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February 27, 2009

Tighten Up! dance party moves to Sonar tonight

sonar baltimorePablo Fiasco, the longtime host of a popular monthly soul, ska, funk and reggae dance party near Hollins Market, has moved the event to Sonar (407 E. Saratoga St.).

The party starts at 9 p.m. and costs $5.

I'm being a little vague here because certain members of the city's liquor board read this blog, and I don't want to get anybody in trouble.

But for years, Fiasco threw some pretty crazy parties at a semi-underground venue with the initials L.H. ...

These throwdowns are always on the last Friday of the month, which is tonight. So instead of heading to the aforementioned semi-underground venue, go to Sonar instead. It's in the main stage, which is a pretty big space for a smaller dance party, but whatever.

I'm also a little surprised that Sonar's main stage was free on a Friday night, but whatever. I might swing by tonight to check it out and support Fiasco. He's put a lot of effort into keeping this dance party alive.

"I love my city, and I ain't going to let it die," Fiasco said. "We'll start in one corner, and however big it gets is however big it gets."

(Photo of Sonar from Sun archives)

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 10:58 AM | | Comments (8)
Categories: Bars & Clubs, Local music


How do Archie Bell and The Drells figure into all of this?

Tighten Up! is seriously one of the best DJ nights in the city. I'm excited about the move (temporary) to Sonar, but I hope things get worked out somehow with the previous venue.

bonar, meh....:(

bummer.... i loved L.H. for the atmosphere and the cheap drinks and viyarta. (i have no idea how it is spelled)

the music is great, but sonar as the venue is kind of not that great.

fail. This is like old school rap going from the rec center to Studio 54.
He's going to lose a lot of fans. Big ups to Fiasco for trying keep it alive, but some place like the Sidebar would have been better if he could have gotten it.

So, did anybody go to this? Anybody wanna report in?

Why was I out of town for this? WHY!?!?!?!

I was told about 150 people showed up; not a lot for the main room, but not bad for about 24 hours notice.

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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