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Posted at 4:36 AM ET, 01/18/2009

Party's Over

By Fritz Hahn

411 New York Ave. NE -- I had barely made my way into Shift, the late-night party featuring house music legends Ron Trent and Danny Krivit, when a police officer told everyone to make their way outside.

Krivit was apparently just getting into the groove around 3 a.m. when the cops showed up. When we exited the building, police cars were lined up in the right hand lane of New York Avenue and a helicopter circled overhead, shining its spotlight onto bewildered clubgoers, who either stood in circles talking or headed for their cars.

Drug bust? Underage drinking? Not what I heard so far. DJ Chris Burns, whom I ran into in the stairwell, said it was an occupancy issue. The Loft, a makeshift dance-studio-meets-nightclub in an industrial park off New York Avenue, did seem more crowded than ever. I know the venue wasn't on the preliminary list of liquor licenses approved to stay open until 4 a.m. this weekend.

The reason for the shutdown remains a mystery, and the status of other events scheduled for the Loft -- including Monday's awesome Yes We Did party -- is unclear.

SUNDAY UPDATE: We've confirmed that the police shut down the party because of "an occupancy issue."

-- Fritz

By Fritz Hahn  | January 18, 2009; 4:36 AM ET
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It may interest readers to know that the Yes We Can party has now been moved to Muse (717 6th St NW)... From what I understand, the party's now starting at 8PM.

Posted by: spiggah | January 19, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

(or rather the "Yes We DID" party)

Posted by: spiggah | January 19, 2009 3:31 PM | Report abuse

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