Our Hear Here community storytelling team has been asking San Francisco and Oakland residents the question: what’s a place in your neighborhood that means something to you – and why?
Local musician Nina Jo Smith responded that a significant place to her is the Hotel Utah Saloon in San Francisco’s SOMA district. The Hotel Utah is important to Smith for lots of reasons, one of which has to do with her brother.
The last song featured in this story is from Nina Jo Smith's forthcoming album, People, Places, and Sings. It was recorded live at the Hotel Utah. To learn more about Smith's music and upcoming performances, visit her website.