Posted in music | venues on October 30, 2010

Of Montreal show @ Santos Party House (more by Vincent Cornelli)
Of Montreal

Read what Santos Party House has to say (closed for Halloween weekend), below...

Dear Friends,

[Thursday] was one for the books at Santos Party House. We had been working since the morning in preparation for the 20th anniversary celebration of the legendary record label Ninja Tune, in addition to the string of amazing Halloween events we had been working on for months. At around 9:15pm, the mounting excitement was crushed when the NYPD barged into the club and informed us that we were to cease operations until further notice. Needless to say, we were shocked.

The summons we received lists a few minor incidents that occurred months ago for the most part, all involving people not under the direct employ of the club. While many of the allegations listed in the order are simply untrue, we take most offense to the argument that SPH promotes behavior that causes " irreparable harm to the City of New York, its residents and visitors." Our intentions are exactly the opposite. We are a mom-and-pop business that strives to maintain the cultural and creative traditions that make this city such a miracle. SPH does not condone any illegal activity and has always gone above and beyond recommended security protocol to ensure a safe environment for patrons and staff. Spontaneously closing an independent business that has continuously cooperated with authorities (on one of the most profitable weekends of the year) is not the answer. It' s absolutely ridiculous. Steve Lewis succinctly wrote today, " Has anybody been in Madison Square Garden during a concert? Drugs are in schools, playgrounds, offices, parks and, quite possibly, every building-commercial or residential-in town. Nobody thinks of closing these places down, only the clubs."

We have a hearing on Monday and are confident that we will be cleared of any wrongdoing and will resume business as usual shortly. Until then, we encourage our allies in nightlife to remain vigilant and protect your businesses. We are deeply appreciative of the outpouring of support in the press and on the internet. Our apologies go to the incredible event planners and customers that we intended to share the weekend with; we wish you a killer Halloween. Please bear with us as the best is yet to come.


Santos Party House



Comments (21)

Is there any news on the Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black show that was supposed to be at Santos tomorrow? Wondering if it's been moved somewhere else or canceled...hopefully just happening somewhere else!

Posted by s | October 30, 2010 2:04 PM

corrupt police, fuck um!

Posted by Anonymous | October 30, 2010 2:13 PM

"You gotta make sure the right people get paid off or laid off to keep a club running on all cylinders."

-Johny Poontang.
(famous club owner)

Posted by Anonymous | October 30, 2010 3:15 PM

at don hills, no hussle club though

Posted by Anonymous | October 30, 2010 3:40 PM

fuck the police!

Posted by Anonymous | October 30, 2010 4:01 PM

mom and pop? sure.

Posted by Anonymous | October 30, 2010 6:21 PM

It was kinda mom and pop...
Like if your mom was Courtney Love circa 1993 and your dad was Timothy Leary circa 1969.

Posted by Anonymous | October 30, 2010 8:45 PM

anyone need any circus tickets?

Posted by gov patterson | October 30, 2010 11:55 PM

the fucking media!

Posted by Anonymous | October 31, 2010 2:26 AM

hurry! flush the coke in the fuckstall.

Posted by Anonymous | October 31, 2010 3:58 AM

"and your dad was Timothy Leary circa"

lick the mirrored ball for a special treat

Posted by ghost rider | October 31, 2010 6:31 AM

there's no such thing as a venue without any violations, funny that no live nation or bowery venues have been visited by these task forces...hopefully this can be the end of it and the nypd can go back to sitting on their asses

Posted by Anonymous | October 31, 2010 9:21 AM

What does "not under the direct employ" mean? That isnt a strong defense in court.

Posted by Anonymous | October 31, 2010 9:22 AM

if they closed every venue in NYC where there's ever been consumption of dealing of narcotics, we would be living in a ghost town
authorities need to take the stick out of their asses and control, not repress

Posted by Anonymous | October 31, 2010 10:20 AM


Posted by Anonymous | October 31, 2010 12:17 PM

valeu, polĂ­cia!
tem q

Posted by Anonymous | October 31, 2010 3:23 PM


Posted by Anonymous | October 31, 2010 7:52 PM

that letter sounds like it was written under the influence of marihuana.

Posted by Anonymous | November 1, 2010 9:40 AM

what are you sales going to do about it? NOTHING!

Posted by nygrump | November 1, 2010 9:41 AM


Posted by Anonymous | November 1, 2010 5:28 PM

Bowery Presents, Live Nation NYC, and AEG Live (who owns and runs Best Buy Theater, B.B. King's, and Highline Ballroom) not only pay off the cops but pay them to shut down their direct competition which Santos is.

Posted by D | August 4, 2013 4:42 PM

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