Red is Dead
There's no easy way to put this, so I'll cut to the chase: Red, the (literally) underground club that kept a friendly, diverse crowd of house-music-loving folks dancing until 5 a.m. on weekends, is closing as of October 23. There's no sneaky motive here, no falloff in crowds, no fallout between DJs, managers or partners. Red's 10-year lease was up, and the landlord decided to double the rent. Owner Farid Ali didn't think he could keep the place going at those rates, and decided to shut down. It sucks, but that's business.
However, Red isn't going down without a weekend-long Irish wake -- one that allows all the club's resident DJs one more shot on that amazing sound system. It's also a chance for Red's fans to realize just how good they had it. There's no cover for any of the events as a way of saying "thank you" to all the regulars.
Thursday finds deep house DJ Tom B -- the longtime Thursday night resident -- paired with 2Tuff, the drum'n'bass collective that created the Wednesday night Rudebwoy Shuffle and brought top-drawer DJs, including Bailey (of Metalheadz) and London Elektricity to town. Friday brings Farid paired with DJ Case.
Saturday promises to be the night that everyone -- and I mean everyone -- will want to hit. It features Sam "the Man" Burns, known for his legendary Sunday night parties that regulars compare to "going to church"; Doug Smith (known as 95 North), who held down the Saturday night residency before heading to law school; Oji, former host of the Underground Experience on Baltimore's WEAA-FM (88.9) ; Tom B and Deesko Rob. This night also features the only out-of-towner on the schedule: New York deep house king Master Kev. Bring your dancing shoes -- doors open "early," which probably means 10 p.m. The party won't stop until sometime after 6 a.m., and it may be closer to 10.
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