"He took a lot of hits with the issues on the outside but he kept coming back and kept opening his doors," Mr. Henry said. "He was an owner that had a hands-on relationship with a band. If you played in there, you could come in there anytime and watch the bands. That kept a lot of unity within the scene that we needed."
"It's a tragedy. He was a good guy. The club meant so much to what we do around here," said rapper Calvin Henry, who goes by the stage name Killa Cal and performs with Rare Essence. "Every band in the game has played in there."