Fort Point Q&A is back, this time with music on our minds. Tony Savarino is a renowned Fort Point-based guitarist who plays for local acts like Ruby Rose Fox as well as national bands like Missing Persons. He also teaches guitar to local students and international students as far as Berlin. Fresh off his residency at local restaurant Internal Matter, we visited Tony at his home on 249 A Street to talk about growing up in Fort Point and his career as a musician.
(Photo Credit: Bruce Rogovin)
Question:What’s your favorite thing about Fort Point?
I love the location and the fact that its eclectic identity still hasn’t left. It feels like Fort Point’s roots are still very much in the ground here. For example, Barlow’s reminds me of a more mellowed out The Channel. I really miss the old Fort Point, and how it used to be in the old days with the whole arts scene. I also love my neighbors, they feel like family to me. It’s nice to have a lot more people and shops here too. Back in the day it used to be a ghost town on the weekends. The heat would get turned off during the weekends too, so we’d have to keep space heaters running during the colder months. The new stuff is pretty nice as well. Don Eyles’ PYR 2014 is stunning, the parks in the neighborhood are really fun to go too. I love Internal Matter, Fort Point movie nights. The neighborhood on the whole is a lot cleaner and prettier than it’s been in the past.