Bushwick’s Party Expo Is Still Having (Dry) Shows, Despite Cop Shut Down


Last Thursday, the NYPD shut down our favorite Wu-Tang-endorsed, Superman-marked DIY space, Party Expo, during the release party for Gavin McInnes’s Street Boners book. Wyldlife and Das Racist were scheduled to play after McInnes regaled the room with “live Street Boners,” but Das Racist never did.

“Before McInnes took the mic, it was announced that the front doors had been locked and the gate pulled down,” the New York Press writes. “‘If you wanna leave,’ we were told, ‘you gotta do it ghetto over the back fence.'” Wyldlife managed to grab the microphone, but that didn’t last for long. “‘The party’s fucking over!’ someone yelled,” continues the Press, which then apparently led to “a party on the J train headed back towards the city.”

Party Expo has been visited by the cops before, so for now, they’re still forging ahead with the pre-planned schedule (posted below). “The cops were cool,” booker Stephanie Monfort writes over e-mail. “All the shows are still on.” That includes dates from Soft Black, who may or may not still be looking for a notebook, Anamanaguchi, and GunFight! Monfort also says the spot is working on getting a beer-and-wine license, but at the moment, the shows are dry–which, yes, means no BYOB. Guests are allowed to re-enter, and the Beauty Bar and The Hibachi Tiki Hut are both a few doors down, so there’s that. “Some of our shows we will have a bar if we get the temporary beer and wine license,” Monfort promises.

One more hiccup. According to the venue’s Facebook page, the previous owners have asked the current occupants to remove the eyeball-ruling Party Expo sign out front. “Move it [sic] indoor’s,” one commenter suggests. “I’d look sick on the walls in there!” Not a bad idea.

Full Party Expo full line-up, and more Street Boners party photos, below:

June 5 2010
Babies, Behavior, Phone Tag, La Big Vic

Jun 6 2010
Chicken Little + more tba

Jun 9 2010
Balance and Composure, End of a Year, My Heart to Joy, Daylight, Aficionado, The Motorcycle Industry

Jun 9 2010
Okie Dokie, Zulus, Graffiti Monsters, Mcdonalds

Jun 10 2010
Queen of Sibyls, Dick Heaven + More tba

Jun 12 2010
Soft Black, Ken Minami, Photon Dynamo and the Shiny Pieces, Boom Chick

Jun 12 2010
GayBomb, Nowagehillbilly, Decapitated Hed, MYO, Jeff Carey

Jun 14 2010
Anamanaguchi, Surf Team, So So Death, Filthy Savage

Jun 15 2010
A life Like Story, The Life I Lead +more tba

Jun 16 2010
Joie De Vivre, Empire! Empire!, Robbers, Sleep Bellum Sonno

Jun 17 2010
Genuine Imitations, Turbosleaze + More tba

Jun 18 2010
GunFight!, Aquadora, Miniboone, Dead Leaf Echo, 28DT, and Quiet Loudly

Jun 19 2010
Suis La Lune, Fair Root, Pala, Mortals

Jun 20 2010
The Sharpest, Last Stand For Lucy, Eagle Scout + more tba

Jun 23 2010
T_B_A_, Water, Ming Ming Dance Company + More tba

Jun 25 2010
Chocolateboy, Datura, Bad Teeth, Mother Courage

Jun 28 2010
Merchant Ships, Prawn, Slow Death

Jul 1 2010
Flourescent Vibes, OPPONENTS, Color is Luxury, Two Years on Welfare

Jul 10 2010
Sleepies, Museum Mouth + More tba

[Party Expo on MySpace]