Triple Rock shuts down Triple Double night due to violence

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Mike 2600 spinning at Triple Double
Not long after its five-year anniversary, another popular dance night bites the dust. For the time being, the Triple Rock Social Club's Triple Double on Tuesdays has been shut down.

The reason being cited is an understandable one. Too much negative energy, and too many fights in recent months. In other words, Double trouble. In a heartfelt post, the party's driving force DJ Mike 2600, Wes Winship and the Burlesque of North America crew say, "Although it's hard to say goodbye to the night we've worked so hard to build and maintain, we agree with their decision."

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Since February of 2008, 2600 and his pals -- traditionally three DJs per night -- would spin an eclectic assortment of hip-hop, R&B, disco, Miami bass, and whatever they thought would be a fresh mix for Tuesday night revelers downing two-for-one drinks. Grand flyers were concocted, and guest performers were part of the norm. In his post, 2600 and Winship note that P.O.S. name-checks the night in "Optimist," saying "I wrote the verse on a Triple Double Tuesday."



In recent months, however, this carefree energy put out by the organizers has increasingly met with a destructive element, according to 2600 and Winship. In addition to fights within the venue, and some less-than-courteous patron-to-patron treatment during the events, 2600 and Winship cite a "giant brawl" that started outside the venue last Tuesday. For now, the night is on hiatus, but there is hopefulness in the post for more midweek bliss. We'll miss you, Triple Double.

Here's the full statement from Burlesque:

Five years ago, we joined forces with the folks at Triple Rock Social Club to add DJs, dancing, and videos to their 2-for-1 Tuesday nights. In February 2008, we launched Triple Double, naming the night after the Triple Rock, the three DJs who would spin each week, and the 2-for-1 drinks. The night has run nearly every Tuesday since, with the exception of Christmas, St. Patrick's Day, and a few other random holidays or special events. We've watched thousands, of local music lovers dance to over 1000 hours of hip hop, funk, disco, R&B, dancehall, Moombahton, '80s, '90s, new wave, no wave, rock, Miami Bass, and more, making Tuesday nights look like Friday nights. We've featured guest DJ sets and performances from P.O.S, Jacob Bannon from Converge, The Millionth Word, Big Quarters, Mux Mool, Arctic Universe, Willy Joy, Trama, and too many others to list here. We've seen countless local DJ favorites spin some of their best and most musically adventurous sets. We've screened weird horror movies, foreign cartoons, classic rap videos, held Tetris competitions, and watched Plain Ole Bill come within a few jiggawatts of beating the world record high score on the Nintendo "Back to the Future" game. We've given away hundreds of dollars worth of free pizza. We even got name checked in P.O.S' "Optimist" (I wrote the verse on a Triple Double Tuesday). It's been a lot of fun, but now it's time to say goodbye.

Over the last several months, things have been taking an unsavory turn. We've seen fights break out while upbeat disco music is playing. We've seen dudes act out of line with girls on the dancefloor. We've seen a huge increase of the unpleasant side of running a popular dance night with cheap drinks. All of this culminated in one giant brawl outside the venue last Tuesday. Out of respect for their neighborhood and concern for their patrons, Triple Rock made the very difficult decision to shut down Triple Double Tuesdays for the time being. Although it's hard to say goodbye to the night we've worked so hard to build and maintain, we agree with their decision. We feel if the actions of those responsible were to continue, it would jeopardize the safety of Triple Rock's staff as well as the future of the venue we've been working with since the very beginning.

Both Burlesque and Triple Rock are going to let things cool down for a while. We're keeping our fingers crossed that there will be another way to work together in a similar fashion, but for now we'll keep things on ice. We'd like to thank everyone who's supported us and the night over the years - from the gifted DJs to the hard working staff at Triple Rock, to all of the party people who have called in late for work on Wednesday morning cause they had too much Tuesday night with us.

Peace in the Middle East and on the West Bank, Mike 2600, Wzz Wnshp, & the Triple Double Posse
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28 comments
laylag2
laylag2

I miss the old Triple Rock. I miss the good ol 2 for 1's, no frills. When you had to arrive before the 9 o'clock special began to ensure a spot on the patio (where the venue area is now). Although I attend shows there from time to time, we enjoyed being there because everyone who came out kept it cool and got drunk. Really drunk. Good drunk. It is possible, but it depends on who youre drinking with. Its sad knowing the majority of these kids don't have a clue as to what the place used to be and how special the T Rock was for some of us. The Nomad has followed suit now. They tried a $5 cover to skim out the cheap assholes who don't know how to act around women. That didn't work. I don't blame the bars for shutting these nights down. The good customers and tippers don't want to be around dumbasses who don't know how to fucking act while in public. Seriously. You are in public. Act right.

bHERBd
bHERBd

I go to shows in most venues.  There is an air of violence many nights at Triple Rock.  It is usually because staff is non-existent on the floor during music events.  Most places have employees moving through the crowd at some point or another, not at Triple Rock.  The fat guy sitting on a stool presents such a surly fuck you attitude towards the patrons that there should be no suprise that assholes feel entitled to act aggressively.  I'll go most other places before Triple Rock (including Nomad and Cedar).  I'm gonna go ahead and say "if we are starting a petition for anything let's think about whether the Triple Rock is a venue worthy of our hard earned money".

Teenie
Teenie

leave it up to a couple of immature douchebags to ruin it for EVERYONE else... 

Crystal Erickson
Crystal Erickson

fights went down at ritmo every thursday at the ave and they never shut it down.....i think its just a publicity thing cuz these kids made a big stink about it like nothing bad should ever happen to them in public. how idealistic their lives must be.

Tony Bones
Tony Bones

your right. The night was a success and it should keep running. Maybe just shut it down 1 month to re work it. Let things chill.

Crystal Erickson
Crystal Erickson

i know the people involved so i heard all about it. i feel bad it happened to him, but man i have seen some crazy crazy stuff go down from working at first avenue and they'd never dream of ending a dance night because of something like that. but they have tons of security there and it happens all the time there..so idk. to each is own or something.

Tanner Slade Olson
Tanner Slade Olson

Shitty because if you work in the service industry and and can't go out on Fri or Sat. Tues was great to get out and have some fun. Dumb fucks being creeps towards women and hard heads trying to act tough an fight. If only there was a way to keep the douche crowd out.

Tony Bones
Tony Bones

I heard their was a fight but don't know any details.

SuperCoolRadPerson
SuperCoolRadPerson

Where will women go to get date rape drugs put in their drinks now ?! 

Crystal Erickson
Crystal Erickson

have you heard about this incident that happened? it sounds pretty weak...someone in the hipster dance night community got in a fight and all his friends made a big deal of it. it wasn't even a real fight. they wouldn't care if it happened to the usual suspects, i'm sure.

Tony Bones
Tony Bones

I agree. Whats the point of having security if there not capable of securing? Smh

Crystal Erickson
Crystal Erickson

violence happens at every club. i dont get this. hire security.

Vaughn Lovley
Vaughn Lovley

Shame. Loved this night. Best night to go out during the week and it featured the best of the best DJs in the cities.

Dave Eckblad
Dave Eckblad

Maybe if they stopped playing aggro hiphop crap and stuck to party jams... "Maybe" a lot of things, I know...

thePeruvian54
thePeruvian54

@bHERBd I would much more rather go to the Triple Rock over either of those two venues because if someone was fucking around, I would not want to see big Pete coming at me. I have seen him get up and tough dudes trying to start up at shows nearly shit their pants. Triple doubles has been a fashion show since I can remember, with younger crews getting stupider as the years passed. I'm glad it's shut down for now so I have another calm night I can go out and enjoy hanging with friends at a bar with a good jukebox instead of that annoying dance music.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@bHERBd very sage comment ... this struck me as a major issue all over. you pinpointed it...


"The fat guy sitting on a stool presents such a surly fuck you attitude towards the patrons that there should be no suprise that assholes feel entitled to act aggressively."

Minneapolis
Minneapolis

@gmayland deal with your own problems like a man instead of trying to black ball this idiot from performing in the cities and getting this event shut down with all your drama. You're just as bad as that idiot Big Dylan. You're pathetic. I had been wanting to attend this event for a while and now I can't because you're obviously an attention whore that can't deal with issues like a mature adult. You're pathetic.

Mike2600
Mike2600

@Dave Eckblad sorry Dave, but drunk idiots are gonna act like drunk idiots no matter what music is playing. You're telling me there's never been a fight at a country music venue or a top 40 club?

gmayland
gmayland

@Minneapolis I also didn't even make the petition. This was started by another victim of this person who was allegedly assaulted a few months ago. 

gmayland
gmayland

@Minneapolis FYI the venue shut down the event before I had ever posted anything or filed assault charges. The police did that the same night when they had to break up the violence my friend. Fighting is never the answer.

loserdroid
loserdroid

@Mike2600 Actually.... the music played in the venue can have a LOT to do with the types of people that show up and, therefore, the level of violence present at the venue.   Turn it into a polka night and then see how many people get beat up.   Obviously that's a joke and a bit extreme, however, in all seriousness, I gotta say that nights like Transmission are generally pretty chill (about one fight in 12 years) and the only time I ever saw the police show up at a goth night, he was getting spanked by the dominatrix, despite the fact that I'm sure most minnesotans find Goths "scary".

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@Mike2600 Yeah, there's the occasional fight at the other venues that you mentioned but not like this!

Minneapolis
Minneapolis

@gmayland Right. Well this petition is idiotic anyways. Clearly Rhymesayers and Doomtree have never had any interest in signing this punk to begin with so what is the point of this other than defamation and public shaming? Why not call it what it is instead of playing the victim? Why not support/start a legitimate petition against violence in the Minneapolis night life scene? If he assaulted you I suggest you press charges but this has nothing to do with him playing shows in the Twin Cities. That's completely bogus.

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