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Oakland bar and music venue Elbo Room Jack London to close

Elbo Room Jack London, Oakland’s decades-old outpost San Francisco pop stage that closed in early 2019will also be closing soon.

Thursday, co-owners Matt Shapiro and Erik Cantu made the announcement Instagram that they put the bar up for sale.

“It’s been a long journey for me and Erik,” Shapiro told SFGATE. “…We both love Elbo Room; it’s shaped us and it’s a big part of our lives. We’ve met so many people there and done so many great things, and on the other hand, it’s time to do something different. to do. .”

Shapiro and Cantu both began working at the San Francisco Elbo Room on Valencia Street in the early 2000s, taking over ownership in 2010. Rumors circulated for years that the San Francisco music venue would be razed to the ground to build apartments, but that housing project never materialized. However, it finally closed in early 2019 after the landlord sold the building – but drama ensued when the former landlord announced the closure weeks before the bar owners actually closed it. Today, the former Elbo Room in San Francisco is now a music venue called the Valencia Room.



To keep the Elbo Room alive, Shapiro and Cantu opened the Oakland location in 2018. Now they’re closing it—but not this time because of the ownership drama. One factor in the decision is that Shapiro is moving to Germany to be with his wife, whom he married during the pandemic.

“We were forced to close in San Francisco,” Shapiro said. “We didn’t know when we were going to close, and it was announced before it was true, so this time…it was nice to be able to make a plan, discuss with everyone, and go out on our terms.”

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The Oakland location nearly had to close during the pandemic, but a Shuttered Venue Operators Grant kept it afloat. When the Elbo Room Jack London reopened last September, it saw a huge upsurge in interest in live music.

“The shows went like gangbusters,” Shapiro said. “That was great. It was really great to see that a lot of people who said they missed live music during the lockdown really missed live music.”

Elbo Room Jack London, located at 311 Broadway, Oakland, is closing.

Thanks to Elbo Room

Some of his favorite shows at Jack London over the years include classic punk bands like Bush Tetras and Swingin’ Utters, as well as up and coming dark wave acts like Boan.

Since announcing the closure, fans of the Elbo Room have been “extremely supportive but very sad,” Shapiro said.

Lucky for them, the actual closure of the venue is still a few months away. Selling the bar is a process that will take time, so Shapiro said he’s still booking shows through February 2023. He also hopes the buyer will be someone who will keep the Elbo Room spirit alive and maintain the space as a music venue holds. .

“It’s bittersweet,” Shapiro said. “It’s really sad. We just decided it was time. We had to decide at some point it was time, and I feel good to move on.”

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