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The department “doesn’t dictate on the entertainment a club hosts,” wrote Assistant Chief Diane Groomes in an email. “It is upon the venue to hold a safe event and be responsible for such.”

In Prince George’s County, police took a more proactive stance when they approached a group of club owners in the county in 2009 and asked them to stop booking TCB, police spokesman Lt. William Alexander said.

“It was not an edict. If they have played, it’s not like they have violated something. It was more like a gentlemen’s agreement,” Lt. Alexander said. “Everyone seemed to realize that TCB seemed to be a magnet for violence.”

County police have over the years regularly — and the band contends at times mistakenly — named TCB after outbreaks of violence. They have in the past said the band attracts members of rival neighborhood crews and gangs who get into fights when asked to call out their affiliations during concerts.

Mr. Adda says the band has never had a problem when it has played private events, such as at local high schools or colleges, nor at its weekly gig at the Icon nightclub in Waldorf, Md.

“It’s more proactive in terms of trying to prevent a situation,” Mr. Adda said of Icon.

Fights and fatal attacks can happen at any club, but the incidents seem to garner an unfair amount of scrutiny when go-go is center stage, said politically active go-go promoter Ron Moten. By banning go-go bands, the District is losing out on a piece of its homegrown culture and the diversity that includes, he said.

“Often when something happens at a club the first thing they do is blame the band,” Mr. Moten said. “That’s not to say the band isn’t responsible sometimes, but is that something you blame on the band or the club or the rest of society?”

The stabbing was the second time in two months that Fur has come under scrutiny after an outbreak of violence. In March, a drive-by shooting injured 13 people outside of an affordable housing complex on North Capitol Street, about two blocks from Fur. Several of the victims and at least one of the shooters were patrons of Fur that night, but investigators never directly linked the shooting to anything that occurred inside the club, and it was not closed.

This is the fourth time the club has been closed, noted D.C. Council member Tommy Wells, Ward 6 Democrat who represents the area where the club is located.

The closure forced management to move a Saturday concert to neighboring club Ibiza, though a notice on Fur’s website said the move was “due to amount of the tickets sold for this event.”