City Heights rock 'n' roll bar Eleven is changing hands. A group under the name Kadu Inc recently applied for a liquor license at the location, and co-owner Alexandra Kacha confirms to CityBeat that she and a partner, Neil Rajiv Dutta, are buying the bar from its current owner, local craft-beer aficionado Scot Blair (owner of Small Bar, Hamilton's Tavern and Monkey Paw).
The liquor license is pending approval. The sale is in escrow, said an agent at Centennial Escrow, which is handling the account. Kacha declined to disclose the sale price. Blair did not respond to voicemail messages.
Eleven, which hosts live punk, rock and even some electronic music, has gone through big changes in recent years. It used to be a gnarly dive called Zombie Lounge and later became the gritty punk club Radio Room. Blair bought Radio Room two years ago and did a major remodel to clean the place up and give it a rock theme.
Regulars can rest assured that the bar probably won't change much once Kacha, a local photographer, and Dutta get their hands on it.
"We're not changing too much at all," Kacha says. "We're pretty much just going to keep it the same."
Indie-jazz super-group Montalban Quintet just released a new single, a slow, moody, horn-driven cover of Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" that's well worth checking out. They'll play at Eleven on Wednesday, Oct. 24. After that, they'll take a break for a while; drummer / electronics guy Chris Prescott says "morale is good" in the band, but he's about to go on tour with Pinback, and other members also have busy touring schedules coming up. They'll likely be back in action in February, he says.
Rapper / producer iD the Poet—aka Kurt Kohnen—recently dropped a heady new mixtape, Instrumentals Vol. 3: Ethos, which you can download for a price of your choosing off his Bandcamp page, idthepoet.bandcamp.com.
Correction: We originally ran a photo with this article thinking it was of Montalban Quintet. In fact, it was actually a photo of The Moody Blues. Montalban member Chris Prescott claimed it was a publicity photo of Montalban Quintet, but we should've known better. We're sorry for the error.