COVID-19 LOCKDOWN

Like everyone else, the plague has forced DNA Lounge to go on hiatus for who knows how long. DNA Pizza is still open for deliveries -- and delivers pre-mixed cocktails now! -- but our restaurant sales are a tiny fraction of what they were in the Before Times, when there was a busy nightclub next door.

Now would be a great time for you to join to our Patreon or make a one-time donation, above. Even though we have lost all of our nightclub income, we still have a lot of expenses that are not going away: rent, insurance, taxes, permit fees... Depending on how long this crisis lasts, this could end up leaving us on the hook for hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Don't let DNA Lounge be one of the COVID-19 fatalities... Help us hibernate through this pandemic so that we can be there for you when things get back to some semblance of "normal" again.

(In the meantime, we are doing a bunch of free webcasts! Check our calendar for details.)


Who We Are

The umbrella of DNA is host to countless vibrant communities and thousands of regulars. We've had many years of the most diverse, weird, interesting calendar of any venue. A typical month here doesn't include just bands and DJs, but comedy, lecture series, circuses, robotic exhibitions, dance performances, hair shows... We always strive to provide a home for a whole lot of truly amazing art.

We are one of the very few independently-owned, non-corporate-controlled live music venues still remaining in San Francisco.

DNA Lounge has always been a political project: an attempt to move the needle of culture in this city. To provide a forum for a wide variety of art that makes this city a better place. DNA Lounge is putatively a business, but it is also activism.

A political, cultural and artistic project like this does not come cheap. While we consider DNA Lounge to be monumentally successful in all the ways that truly matter, monetarily, the club has always operated at a significant loss.

In the last few years, the financial situation has gotten particularly dire, and we're trying very hard to figure out how to keep the lights on. I wrote in details about this on the DNA Lounge backstage blog a few years ago.

And we are one of the very few independently-owned, non-corporate-controlled live music venues still remaining in San Francisco.

A major contributing factor to our plight is that San Francisco's local music scene is being systematically taken over and dismantled by the multi-billion dollar international media conglomerates AEG and Live Nation / TicketMaster. For years, they have been using their vertical integration and monopoly power to make it nearly impossible for independent venues to compete with them -- and then taking those venues over when they fail. I wrote about this on the DNA Lounge blog in 2018, but it's only gotten worse since then, with Slim's and Great American now controlled by Live Nation, and with Mezzanine, Elbo Room, and Hemlock now closed.

Meanwhile, the astronomical wealth inequality in San Francisco is destroying cherished local businesses and cultural cornerstones on a daily basis, driving them away with high rents, real estate speculation, and higher costs across the board.

So we are asking for your help!



But what's in it for you?

Your donation allows DNA Lounge to continue to exist, plain and simple. We think that's important. We think that's a pretty big deal. We hope that you do too!

But to sweeten the deal, and to give you some well-deserved bragging rights with your friends, if you subscribe to our Patreon, the higher levels of monthly patronage include a membership card that entitles you to free admission for you and a friend!

Check the Patreon page for details on the various membership card levels.

Thank you!!