Boxing - Karim Mayfield
Friday, October 20, 2017 | Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez

Boxing returns to the ring in SF with two city natives vying for titles

A quarter-century ago, those were weekly sights at the brick-laden fortress known today simply as “The Armory.” Boxing has been largely absent from San Francisco for 25 years — the last title fight in the City by the Bay was in 1992.

Now gloves are set to fly at the “Madison Square Garden of the West” once again, and two San Francisco natives are on the card to represent their hometown in a historic fight.

Drill Court boxing
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 | Julian Mark

After half a century, boxing returns to SF Armory

From the 1920s to the 1940s, the court was used for some of the West Coast’s highest-profile boxing matches, bringing in thousands of spectators every week and earning itself the title “Madison Square Garden of the West” for its sheer size.

On Saturday, October 21, history will come full circle. The Armory will be holding its first prizefight in more than half a century. Karim Mayfield, a San Francisco native, and Miguel Dumas will be squaring off for the WBU Welterweight Americas Belt.

Emmylou Harris at The Bummers Ball by Ria Burman
Thursday, October 12, 2017 | Ria Burman

Emmylou Harris + Shovelman at the Armory for the Bummer’s Ball

The Bummer’s Ball is a fundraising event hosted by Rocket Dog, an all-volunteer, non-profit dog rescue group. Steve Earle and Emmylou Harris performed on either side of an auction, raising money to help homeless and neglected dogs. There were psychics and numerology readers, Palomacy Pigeon Rescue was there, and scattered between the guests were circus performers contorting on tables. Willy Tea Taylor from the Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit played a sweet solo set and a surprise performance from Bob Weir ended the night.

Shovelman opened, giving weird, wild, Western-style, loop-rocking support at the Bummer’s Ball held at the San Francisco Armory. Having made a customized guitar from a shovel, Shovelman loops beats, strums, and finger-picking creations, resulting in a sound unique and intense. Shovelman is the soundtrack for vast open roads, the lone traveler and the western frontier. He’ll be at The Great Star Theater on Oct 20 & 29 performing in Kat Robichaud’s Misfit Cabaret Presents: Horror Show.

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017 | Peter Lawrence Kane

The Armory After Porn

Adult-film production is likely gone from California, but nightlife legend Audrey Joseph won’t let the coolest building in the Mission just sit there.

“I fell in love with this place because the potential was real, and I perceive myself to be a nightclub developer. For me, the bigger the space, the better — because I can lower the price and people can come in and get bang for their buck and because I can work on volume. That’s why we spent so much money on the soundsystem, the stage, the grid.” – Audrey Joseph

Thur. June 29, 2017 | Donna Sachet

Post-Pride Prism

That night, we experienced a world-class dance party at Audrey Joseph and Brian Kent’s Jungle: Pride at The Armory. Swathed in animal print fabric and supported by the able arms of Richard Sablatura and Jeff Doney, we stormed The Armory, joining thousands of smiling dancers and fellow hosts BeBe Sweetbriar, Carnie Asada, and Andy Lax, surrounded by the most incredible sound system, lighting and other special effects, and atmospheric details this City has seen in decades. The international DJs and gogo dancers lived up to all expectations and Betty Who’s 1AM appearance provided the perfect peak performance.