Go-Go Venue Club 24 Closed After Brawl, Stabbing

By Rend Smith - City Desk
|  Wednesday, Aug 11, 2010  |  Updated 4:31 PM EDT
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Go-Go Venue Closed After Brawl, Stabbing

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The go-go scene seems to be in trouble again: According to an Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) report, in the small hours of Thursday morning, Club 24 went nuts.

Fans of go-go group Polo and the Boyz seem to have been responsible for the fuss, which led to a brawl and a stabbing at the club off Bladensburg Road NE.

While things might have been calm enough as Polo and the Boyz went through their set list, things went haywire after the lights went up. According to the city investigation, from 1:43 a.m. to 1:46 a.m., club security had to bounce multiple patrons. A witness  to the trouble told investigators he saw "eight to nine fights break out simultaneously, and the club got chaotic." As Ronald Roy made his way out the door with most of the crowd, a witness stated, he was stabbed in the back. Roy wasn't fighting with anyone that night, the witness said.

So what prompted the violence? It wasn't the music, according to security manager Aaron Watkins, but sibling rivalry. In an incident report Watkins  says "the first fight was between 2 brothers and sister  it was broking [sic] up quickly by security personnel and they were put outside the club. Then we had a fight between some males in the club that was broking up quickly by security."

In any case, the violence has inspired D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier to shut down the venue for 96 hours.

In a letter to ABRA, Lanier said Polo and the Boyz are really a go-go band MPD has kept its eyes on in the past: TCB. (The two groups share some members in common.) She also said that Club 24 is dangerous: "I find that continued operation of this establishment presents an imminent danger to the health and safety of the public," she said.

Club 24 was to appear in front of the ABC board this afternoon to find out if and when it will be allowed to re-open.

Info about Club 24's Polo and the Boyz gig was included in MPD's secretive go-go report, though the band is listed as TCB.

Go-Go Venue Club 24 Closed After Brawl, Stabbing was originally published by Washington City Paper on Aug 11, 2010

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