Couple plans to liven up S.S.F. 

In an "Industrial City" with only three venues for live music, a husband-and-wife team of musicians are hoping their new live-music lounge will strike a chord.

William Henry and Victoria "Marivic" Concepcion, residents ofSouth San Francisco, say they hope to fill a void they’ve noticed in the Bay Area: a lack of live music on Mondays and Tuesdays. The pair received unanimous approval from the Planning Commission Thursday for a permit to turn what’s now Tia Schey restaurant in the Westborough Shopping Center into Henry’s, a live music entertainment restaurant.

The couple’s two-person band, Mirage, has played Sundays at the Tonga Room at San Francisco’s Fairmont Hotel for the past 15 years.

"We’re trying to create a place where everyone can have a good time after work, relax and not think about work," Concepcion said of the new venue, which she said has been her husband’s dream since he moved to South San Francisco in 1974.

The club, expected to be open by March 1, will feature music every day of the week, the majority of it from a house band performing smooth jazz — like David Benoit or Sade — and classic rock like Kenny Loggins, the Beatles and Chicago, according to a city staff report.

Henry and Concepcion hope to also bring in local and international talent, such as Henry’s cousin, who has played saxophone with such performers as Christina Aguilera and Gloria Estefan.

"There’s really no other places for people to go," Concepcion said.

Solita’s, The Maracas Club and Edna’s Ichiban are the only other places to listen to live music in the city, according to police Sgt. Alan Normandy. He said the police department was "reasonably comfortable" with an "upscale" establishment like Henry’s coming into the shopping center.

Despite the dearth of venues, Assistant City Manager Marty Van Duyn said that nobody’s come forward to push for more live music entertainment in the city.

"We haven’t actively pursued that, nor has anyone come in and suggested that that’s something we should help them with either," Van Duyn said.

dsmith@examiner.com

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