In the summer of 1992, co-founders Skip and Shindog found
themselves in a band that was breaking up. Skip, a regular
on the San Francisco club scene from the days of the I-Beam,
Earl's, Club Anon, Kabuki Nightclub, Echo Beach, 181 Club,
Science Club and others, was disillusioned with the changes
that had taken place in music and attitude. Raves, Rap and
House music had taken over, none of which were very inspiring.
Nightclubs were now meat markets. Bouncers were rude. Cashiers
were rude. Bartenders were rude.
Skip was fed up and felt that he could do a better job. So
he decided to have a "reunion" party of friends, DJ's, employees
from the nightclub on Haight Street called The I-Beam and
play the music of the early ‘80s. A partnership with now ex-bandmate
Shindog, an experienced DJ and promoter, was formed.
The goal of the intrepid duo was to play cool music with
an inspiring dance sound, and try to bring back the camaraderie,
look, feeling and part of the lifestyle of those bygone nightlife
days. With all of that in mind, they produced their first
event together. Held on a Tuesday night in August and featuring
a fashion show with a third partner Samantha Hartley, and
special guest DJ Brian Raffi, the party was a raging success.
Everyone kept saying, "Please do it again!" and...
Somehow, someway, since that groundbreaking night in 1992, New Wave City is now the longest running club in San Francisco.
For detailed accounts of many of our early events, check
out the Archives section.