Sad news for New Yorkers. This past weekend, legendary downtown music venue Santos Party House hosted its final show and closed its doors indefinitely. The venue, co-owned by rocker, Andrew W.K., came under fire for its hosting the presumably neo-Nazi affiliated “Oi Fest” this past weekend, and while we can’t say with any degree of certainty that it was the catalyst, the building’s owner has foregone renewing Santos’ 10-year lease, forcing the venue to shut down. Though the fact that this happened mere hours after the event took place certainly points toward that being the case.
Over the years Santos Party House has been something of a haven for some of hip-hop’s most heralded, including Questlove, Q-Tip, Just Blaze and the gamut of seasoned selectors. It’ll certainly be missed, but with hip-hip and r&b moving heavily towards DIY spaces across Brooklyn and the Lower East Side, we assure you there will be no shortage of places to catch your favorite acts live and direct in the wake of their closing. If anything, this will enforce the necessity of reasonably-priced, better sounding spaces in the area and we hope the industrious sorts heed this call.