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July 31, 2009

Is Club Orpheus closing soon?

club orpheusDoes anybody know what, exactly, is going on at Club Orpheus (pictured) these days?

The scruffy little club on the outskirts of Little Italy has been hosting goth parties for years.

But as of mid-August, two of the club's biggest events won't be there anymore.

Rapture, the alt-electro night, moved to the Depot back in May, according to Bmore Electro. And Ascension is ending Aug. 7.

I posed this same question about a year and a half ago, and an organizer of Ascension assured me that the club was still open.

I'm not so sure about it this time.

Can somebody fill me in?

Thanks to Patrick for the link. And if someone from Bmore Electro happens to read this post, please give me credit if and when you use my photos. Crappy as they are, they are still my photos.

(Photo by me)

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 2:02 PM | | Comments (5)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


Hello... No, Club Orpheus is not closing down... I decided to end Ascension after 8 years... There will be a few parties going on after August 7th, one being a rave type night and another a hip-hop night... But, my friend VJ Umbris will be taking the torch and starting up on fridays once the various parties are done for the booking... If you would like to read about why I decided to end it feel free to read the most recent blog on our MS page..... I have and always will love Club Orpheus, for it has been an amazing haven throughout these many many years but it's time for us to let go and sink our toes into other seas....

(Ascension promoter & resident dj)

Kele-De, thanks for weighing in on this. I was hoping you'd see this post and clear up some of the mystery around Orpheus. Cheers!

Orpheus and all of its "parties" for lack of a better term, pretty much went to crap (read: became a total bore)after they got busted 5 years ago for doing real S&M parties. Some idiot blabbed about it to the Baltimore City Paper, and that was the finale of the tie-up-and-beat-people parties.. I gotta say, they were sorta fun, and I'd never seen anything like it in my life, though I'll admit it seemed like obesity was de rigour among the females, with the males looking much better in general. Nowadays, it's really nothing more than an excuse for high school misfits to dress up in black makeup and clothes and pretend like they enjoy the noise they call music that's played there. I went a few months ago and I was totally bored off my ass. It just wasn't the same without the naked people tied up in the basement and on the dance floor getting whipped.

Club Orpheus is alive and well. We are Baltimore's oldest underground dance club and we are here to stay. The Orpheus invites you to explore the more erotic, darker side of yourself. You still must be 18 or older, to enter.

Every Friday features ECLIPSE which I host with DJ Umbris. We spin industrial, goth, alternative, synthpop, and electro, with a dose of stomp metal. Umbris puts on a mesmerizing video light show that is the only one of its kind in the region. We brought back the sexy theme parties and naughty fetish fashion parties every month. We've posted our monthly schedule in advance on the JoinEclipse Myspace page.

Every Saturday features hard-core industrial dance music. For the younger crowd, look for our J-Pop events that pack the house with fans of hi-energy Japanese anime music.



Just thought I'd inform you and your readers that you can find out the latest info about Club Orpheus on our FaceBook site:

We're in the process of phasing out our MySpace and other web site accounts.



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