Friday, March 05, 2010

The return of Kings?

I am still waiting to hear from Steve, Paul or Ben whether or not this is true. Now Chico, one of the founders of Sunday dance night Neu Romance, which got its start at Kings and continued at Alibi, just posted this on a Facebook page advertising the last Neu Romance (this Sunday) at Alibi:

After three or so years of hearing, "I miss Kings", and' "When are they going to open another spot?" from all the folks that thought I had inside information (which I never did) finally, I am not the last to know. I haven't heard this from Ben, Paul, or Steve yet, but the Alibi folks are telling me that the Kings folks have taken over control (in agreement) of all entities at the 14 West Martin St. address.

Now Castro, myself and the other members of the Neu Romance/Sweatt Bros. collective can only hope that our services will be required in the future by the Kings ownership. Kings history aside, we worked hard over the last two years or so to establish an old school dance scene down in the basement, and of course we would love to see that continue to grow. But more importantly and immediately when have some last nights to deal with.

This Friday (I'll be at Flanders Gallery from 6 to 9 btw) we will celebrate our last full weekend at Alibi. It's my second to last Friday, but Castor's last Saturday night and the last Neu Romance - in it's current incarnation. Shaun has been setting small fires with Serotto for quite some time now down at Alibi, and he would really appreciate a "community good bye" Saturday night. As for Neu Romance, we hope to resume our status after the re-opening, however we're planning on this being the last one for awhile. Khoa Dinh, the manager of Alibi, has offered food from the pizza parlor to celebrate our last night with him (and he has been a joy to work with).

March is also the month we celebrate our anniversary. Seven years ago this month we started this little Neu Romance thing at Kings Barcade, and it's still all about the music and the people, and we still don't get paid. It's beautiful irony that maybe we will be under the Kings umbrella again. For now just come out and enjoy yourself, and help us celebrate downtown music and culture. It's gonna be your last chance for ahwile.

The Final Neu Romance (again)
@ Alibi Bar & Lounge
14 W. Martin Street
Downtown Raleigh

Photo above by Abbyladybug.

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