Downtown's all-age jazz club at 344 Seventh Avenue, Dizzy's, was shut down in June for a city-mandated earthquake retrofit. Owner Chuck Perrin says the planned November reopening has been delayed until mid-2008.
In the interim, Perrin has found a new location at the San Diego Wine and Culinary Center (200 Harbor Drive). The move five blocks west solves Perrin's previous biggest problem: scheduling conflicts with neighbor Petco Park on game days. On those occasions Dizzy's has gone dark, as huge Padres crowds kept the club's patrons away.
Though the combination 8000-square-foot wine bar and cooking school offers live jazz for its Thursday and Friday happy-hour crowds, Perrin's concerts will be the first to be held at the three-year-old facility. Unlike the Seventh Avenue location, alcohol sales will be permitted.
SDWCC owner John Alongee says he's thrilled to host a regular concert series, but don't expect to see hip-hop, rock, or country music pop up there.
"We're not a nightclub per se, so I don't think harder-edged music would work."
The grand opening takes place November 29, with a performance from guitar virtuosos Fred Benedetti and George Svoboda; on November 15, a preview show will feature the Nathan Hubbard Octet.