When last we checked in with Greenpoint’s Coco66, the club had been raided in the midst of CMJ, shuttered for the crime of having 350 people crammed into a 75 person capacity venue. The venue first told us that “we were misinformed by the NYPD” and that they “didn’t have to close at all”; later, that story changed to them taking “couple days off and make some renovations to just kind of move forward and become a better venue with more space for people.” Whether this was a genuine statement or the words of a club trying to comply with a NYC Department of Buildings complain in a hurry (“a couple days” stretched to a couple weeks at least), we never quite ascertained, but the club has been closed–even for non-musical activities like brunch–since October. But according to Brooklyn Vegan, they’ve been open as a bar since this past Tuesday, and for the first time since October 25th, live music is on tonight’s schedule.
The god Greg Tate’s Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber will be there this evening with likeminded cosmonauts MK Groove Orchestra and Dope Sagittarius. If the show comes off as planned, it will mark the more or less final resolution to the wave of closings and raids that beset New York City venues in the two weeks during CMJ and Halloween, suggesting that NYPD’s interest in local music clubs was more seasonal than it was policy-based. At least, we hope so. No word yet from the third member of the police-action triumvirate, 171 Lombardy, but we figure it’s only a matter of time. In the meantime, let’s enjoy the city’s return to nightlife normalcy; our guess is, we’ve got until the week before New Year’s Eve to do semi-illegal shows and generally enjoy ourselves.