The Bushwick DIY show space Party Expo has had a wild year: after opening back in January with a booze-soaked benefit show featuring three of the rowdier bands in Brooklyn–Japanther, Death Set, Cerebral Ballzy–the space went more or less dry, in response to repeated raids from the cops. (A May release party for Gavin McInnes’s Street Boners book, featuring our pals Das Racist, ended with a stampede of kids running away from the venue as the police hit the back lot.) Somewhere in there, Wu-Tang shot a video using their ample production space. Then Party Expo’s former tenant, an actual party supply store, demanded that the venue remove the “Party Expo” marquee that the store had left behind when they vacated the space two and a half years ago. (Ownership of the sign turned out to have reverted to the landlord, who left it out front). Now, the former tenant–who still operates an online business called Party Expo–has demanded that the space change its name, threatening the still quasi-legal venue with a lawsuit, according to one of the space’s organizers, Jonny Aquadora. Rather than fight it, they’re complying. The new name?
PARTY XPO–basically the same, except less actionable. A reunited Ink and Dagger played there a few weeks ago, and they’ve been having shows nearly every night since then. Most are dry, but Aquadora says that they’ve managed to get the occasional temporary beer permit, too. Either way, the idea is that “people come for the music.” Like Raekwon, for instance: