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Eli’s Mile High closing

By awoodall
Thursday, May 1st, 2008 at 1:10 pm in Oakland nightlife.

elis.jpgA note from Samuel D. Marshall: I want to start off by thanking everyone that I’ve met these last 2 1/2 years owning the business side of Eli’s Mile High Club.  I succeeded my dream of becoming an official owner of a club, I by no means opened it to get rich, I opened it to save live music, and make it a fun place to come to and have a little fun.  These past 2 years have been very difficult times for me trying to work a fulltime job, and then run and host at the club Eli’s Mile High, and then try to run my own band, and then try to find that happiness.  Well the landlord decided to raise the rent by an anormous sum to where I could not take it anymore, so, I decided to say enough is enough so I decided to move on.  So once again I want to thank everyone who came out and supported the club, and like the saying goes, I’ll see ya all down the road, take care everyone, and be true to yourself everything will be alright. (Picture by Jackson West)

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7 Responses to “Eli’s Mile High closing”

  1. ab Says:

    Thanks for closing bad neighbor. Please crawl back in your hole and stay there. Try not to cut down, illegally, any more decades old magnolia trees. Ah, I can finally get some sleep again :)

  2. Angela Woodall Says:

    Please use an inside voice on this blog, folks. I can see the problems for neighbors but many are saddened by the closing of yet another club. Did you know you were moving in next to an area zoned for such clubs?

  3. Jill Says:

    I am so saddened by this, Sam Marshall (owner) was the only one that could have revised this place and he did a hell of a job. I came every Wed, and Thursday for the Karaoke and I always came to support the live music on the weekends. Thank you Sam for keeping it alive and i do agree that you were much more happier playing your music and I’m looking forward to your band Marshall Law getting back on the circuit, oh 1 other thing, whoever opens up Eli’s I hope you standup to your neighbor I believe his name was Jeff because Sam just flat out told him where to go, where the sun don’t shine literally, he’s a 40 somethin dickwad that needs to get a life, hopefully Eli’s will reopen soon, thanks again Mr. Marshall.

  4. Ab Says:

    Angela, did you know there are school kids that live on this block that were loosing sleep from the club noise and obnoxious patrons. You guys are morally bankrupt jerks to think you can come into a residential neighborhood and act like morons just because there’s a club there. The only good club owner was Frank Kline of Biscuts and Blues. He kept the sound at a sane level and listened to us if we had problems. He didn’t run wild hip hop parties with patrons breaking car windows, throwing trash everywhere and ending in a sideshow like Sam did. Sam was completely inconsiderate of the neighbors concerns and never turn down the audio level when we asked. All the neighbors are joining forces to keep our block peaceful. I hope it reopens as a mellow neighborhood bar and restaurant WITH NO LIVE MUSIC!

  5. Kevin Says:

    Here’s a thought …. as some of the posters above have mentioned, the location for Eli’s Mile High Club is no longer a suitable one for a blues club. But how about opening up in a new location under the same name? You could keep parts of the building to have some of the history…. just a thought.

  6. Angela Woodall Says:

    Yeah, I think that’s a good “win-win” kind of idea but is a rose by any other name…or do we lose something by recreating a place, as if it were in Disneyland?

  7. JAMMI_Journalist Says:

    Every nightclub has a whining neighbor somewhere around. . . next they’ll want us to shut down the freeway. If you can’t run a nightclub next to a major freeway and adjacent to a storage yard for industrial machinery, where can you locate one?

    While a few individuals who made problematic choices about their place of residence will sleep more peacefully, the community as a whole is poorer for the loss of a nationally-known cultural venue.

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