SOMA PUNK WALKING TOUR TODAY Monday 9/21 2:00 PM MEET @ Oasis Club Corner 1516 Folsom!

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Punk Rock Walking Tour: #1 ‘SOMA’

Do you remember SOMA back in the day?  Come along if you do and if you don’t… for whatever reason! Not fully conscious( we have all been there),still a sneer in your mother’s eye,  in the East Village, and hadn’t yet arrived in SF..Maybe you were even still flitting with the 60’s we know some were still holed up in VW buses before they came into the light Now wasn’t THAT a hellish chapter in history, we’re with the Deadbeats on that one.. We wont be singing Kumbaya on this tour but there’s still a rare american wino here and there still in SOMA .

Here’s is a chance to wander SOMA  before AIDS changed the face of the city forever. A time when cell phones and Facetime were still cartoon chuckles on the Jetsons,  when leather ruled SOMA streets, and punks shared the clubs with other outlaws. Punk erupted on these dark streets.. there’s even a  missing rattlesnake we never quite located from the Vats.  Walk the walk with us on this hot September. Get on your shoes and maybe some clothes( they passed that nasty nudity ordinance so we do need to dress despite the heat) and join us at 2:00 PM. Couldn’t quite make it out the door in time? Catch up with the tour along the way!

Monday on the 21 September 2015

Meet at 1516 Folsom (old ‘Oasis Club’ corner) @ 2 PM.

1. 1535 Folsom, ‘The Stud’ (part of the old Folsom ‘Miracle Mile’).

2. 115 Kissling, (Urban Mgmt. Concern / New Youth).

3. 1681 Folsom, ‘Folsom St. Studios’.

4. 36 Sheridan, ‘Metal Church’.

5. 220 10th St., ‘10th Street Studios’.

6. 1360 Howard St., ‘The Pit’.

7. 777 Tehama St., ‘Lewd House’.

8. 705 Natoma, Rat’s Palace’.

9. 56 Sumner St., ‘Geza & Paul’s’

10. 72 Hallam, ‘The Barracks’

11. 934 Brannan, ‘SOMAR’/’South of Market Cultural Center’.

12. 145 Florida, ‘The Vats’

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Walk into the Past: Punk Walking Tours

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Photo of the Mabuhay by Bobby Castro

PUNK WALKING TOURS! All at 2:00 all are free!

We started to probe our collective memories back in May at the Emerald Tablet when we began to creating a Map of punk landmarks at SF Punk Renaissance: Early Warning.  We mounted a giant Map,  stuck pins on the map to identify the places, puzzled over exactly where “that house” was located, and talked about times and places gone by. As we shared tales, we thought.. what about a Punk Walking Tour? And the idea was born! Eric Bradner has expanded on the original idea and created an amazing series of narrated walking tours in conjunction with Raymond Ernest Andre III, through the areas of the city we all knew and loved. He’s also in the  process of creating a PDF version of the map with descriptions of the sites; we hope that visitors to the city will be able to use it for their own self guided tours of our history. At the end of each tour, we’ll stop for a beverage and time to talk. The tours are for folks who were there and those who are curious.. lets share our history in all the ways possible!

Join us for a series of narrated Punk Walking tours exploring punk landmarks from clubs and after hour party joints to record companies, crash pads, and the gathering places

MONDAY 9/21/15 WALK INTO THE PAST, SOUTH OF MARKET 2:00 pm

The first of four punk walking tours, this walking tour focuses on South of Market punk landmarks. Join your host, Raymond Ernest Andre lll on a narrated walking tour filled with tales of punk’s underground revolution as the tour travels past legendary and infamous brick and mortar landmarks Learn about the clubs, rehearsal spaces, infamous punk houses, and after hour punk party venues. It was a different world back in the 70’s hear about it and share your own tales if you were there!  ALL AGES. FREE Meeting time 2:00 PM on the corner of 11th & Folsom on the old Oasis corner.

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THURSDAY 9/24/15 2:00 PM THE TENDERLOIN Take a deep breath and a short walk past sites of punk employment, and where bands were born, the Strand and the Egyptian theaters. Wander past the clubs, rehearsal spaces, dope spots and soup kitchens. Contrast the corporate Warfield Theater with disreputable dives like the Sound of Music club. Explore the queer/punk intersection, visit spots related to punk’s forgotten record of social activism, and hear about some of the old buildings in their early 20th Century heyday. ALL AGES. FREE Meeting Time 2:00 PM at the Odd Fellows 26 7th St

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FRIDAY 9/25/15 WALK INTO THE PAST: THE MISSION 2:00 PM

The third Punk Walking Tour, this tour focuses on locations around the Mission District. Join your host, Eric Bradner, on a narrated walking tour filled with tales of punk’s underground revolution as the tour travels past legendary and infamous brick and mortar landmarks. Wander past the sites of punk shopping mall the Compound, venues like the legendary Deaf Club and the Tool & Die, theaters, record companies, community centers and crash pads, galleries and after hours party spots, and everyone’s favorite, the 22 Fillmore bus. Hear about how popular our brightly colored hair made us with both cops and the neighborhood, and hear the stories hundred-year-old buildings have to tell, even if the structures themselves have been erased by “progress”. ALL AGES. FREE Meeting Place 16th and Mission near Bart on the Walgreens side

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SUNDAY 9/27/15 NORTH BEACH  2:00  pm Just out of the shadow of the Financial District, ramble past the sites of creative percolation such as the Search and Destroy/ReSearch house, the Savoy Tivoli, and the steps above Broadway. View Dirk Dirksen Alley and punk temples the Mabuhay Gardens and On Broadway, coffee houses, sex shops, cheap hotels and fly-by-night nightclubs. Stroll Broadway, witnessing the influence of the beats, books, and boobs, and hear tales of the Barbary Coast, hippies, and of course, the punks. ALL AGES. FREE Meeting Time 2:00 PM at 722 Montgomery

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The Mab Photo by Bobby Castro

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Come out into the Light: Join Us on the Punk Walking Tours- Share Your Tales and be Regaled with Punk Sights and Sounds of the Early Years

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The Mab Photo by Bobby Castro

Join Eric Bradner  and Raymond Ernest Andre III on a series of  narrated walking tours filled with historic tales of punk’s underground revolution. Wander past punk landmarks -the  clubs, rehearsal spaces, houses, and after hours party venues where punk history erupted. From South of Market, to the Tenderloin, the Mission, and North Beach these are the streets that fostered the revolution. From the population eruption during the gold rush of 1849  to the present, the city has been infamous for bordellos, gambling, opium dens, men getting “shanghaied, ” culture, counter culture, and color. Take this rare opportunity to share the tales of rare punk history; gasp in horror at what has taken their place and close off the tour by sharing a snack and beverage… and rest your feet.  Eric Bradner, famous for his captivating historical cemetery tours,  will bring his wit, wisdom, and tales to the excursions. Raymond Ernest Andre III,  Punk Rock Sewing Circle member, MC, historical fiend,  and snake oil salesman extraordinaire will charm and and regale with tales of life as it once was…

MONDAY 9/21/15 WALK INTO THE PAST, Time TBA

The first of four punk walking tours, this walking tour focuses on South of Market punk landmarks. Join your host, Raymond Ernest Andre lll on a narrated walking tour filled with tales of punk’s underground revolution as the tour travels past legendary and infamous brick and mortar landmarks Learn( or just remember!) about the clubs, rehearsal spaces, infamous punk houses, and after hour punk party venues. Early punk history was created in these locations; the movement crystallized and erupted on these very streets. All ages welcome

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THURSDAY, 9/24/15, WALK INTO THE PAST Time TBA

The third Punk Walking Tour focuses on locations around the Tenderloin. Join your host, Eric Bradner on a narrated walking tour filled with tales of punk’s underground revolution as the tour travels past legendary and infamous brick and mortar landmarks. Wander past sites of major early punk employment and where bands were born like the Strand and the Egyptian,  wander past the club, and rehearsal spaces. Learn about the historical significance of these punk sites and hear the tales. Early punk history was created in these locations; the movement crystallized and erupted on these streets. All ages welcome. Free

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FRIDAY, 09/25/15, WALK INTO THE PAST, Time TBA

The third Punk Walking Tour, this tour focuses on locations around the Mission District. Join your host, Eric Bradner, on a narrated walking tour filled with tales of punk’s underground revolution as the tour travels past legendary and infamous brick and mortar landmarks. Wander past the site of the punk shopping mall the Compound; wander past the clubs, infamous punk houses, record companies, and after hour punk party venues. Learn about the historical significance of these early gathering places and listen to  the tales. Early punk history was created in these locations; the movement crystallized and erupted on these streets. All ages welcome. Free

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Target Bust by Vincent Anton. Vincent’s photos will be featured on 9/23 at Publlc Works

SUNDAY, 09/26/15, WALK INTO THE PAST,Time TBA

The last of four punk walking tours, this tour focuses on locations around the North Beach district. Join your host, Eric Bradner on a narrated walking tour filled with tales of punk’s underground revolution as the tour travels past legendary and infamous brick and mortar landmarks. Wander past the sites of creative percolation such as Search and Destroy ReSearch house, the steps above the On Broadway and Tower Records. View the alley and the Mab, coffee houses, infamous punk houses, and after hour punk party venues. Learn about the historical significance of these early gathering places and hear the tales. Early punk history was created in these locations; the movement crystallized and erupted on these streets. All ages welcome. Free

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