- The Washington Times - Monday, May 13, 2013

A Northeast D.C. nightclub, shuttered after a man was stabbed there last week, has banned a go-go act because of violence at its shows, according to official reports on the incident.

Adding to the growing list of clubs in the District and Prince George’s County that refuse to host TCB, Fur will no longer book the 12-member group because of “ongoing violent issues with this band,” according to a report filed with the District’s Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA).

The megaclub — which can hold as many as 3,000 people — has been closed since the May 6 stabbing and its liquor license suspended pending a summary suspension hearing before the regulatory agency.

The night of the stabbing, a group of men jumped a 19-year-old man after he threw a drink on one of their friends, according to the ABRA report. The man was stabbed several times in the chest and arm during the fight, and the group was escorted out of the club, running from security before anyone realized the victim had been stabbed, the report states.

Ten Metropolitan Police Department officers and 27 private security guards were working at Fur the night of the stabbing, standing watch over nearly 300 patrons.

Fur’s general manager, Ahmed Shah, did not respond to requests for comment.

Mr. Shah said in a letter to ABRA that “in the past 10 years we have never had an weapon inside of Fur, or any incident like this.”

“We will no longer be having the band play at Fur and [are] cancelling the Sunday party,” he said, referring to TCB’s weekly concert at the club.

The report doesn’t blame the band for the violence, but across the area police officials have been quick to draw associations between TCB and fights at local clubs — prompting a de facto ban on TCB playing in Prince George’s County.

The fact TCB will no longer be welcome back at Fur for its regular Sunday night gig was news — although not unduly surprising — to band manager Ben Adda.

“Police don’t really want us playing,” Mr. Adda said, rattling off a list of clubs past and present that stopped hosting them. “The easiest solution for you is to say the band is the problem, but that isn’t going to solve something.” The Scene, a club housed in Northeast D.C.’s gritty warehouse district, stopped hosting TCB in 2010 after a stabbing that happened more than an hour after the end of a show and at least several blocks from the club, the Washington City Paper reported at the time.

“I believe we’ve asked you to terminate your contractual relationship with TCB and Polo and the Boyz,” Alcohol Beverage Control Board member Nick Alberti was quoted as saying in the 2010 article.

In addition to the Scene, the now-closed D.C. Star, Mirrors and Venus Lounge all also banned TCB in the recent past, Mr. Adda said.

“They get pressed by the ABC Board and police,” he said.

The Metropolitan Police Department says the onus is on the clubs to keep events safe.

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