Snooze Theatre Raided by Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office
Update on Friday: "THE SHOW TONIGHT IS CANCELLED AND SO ARE ALL OTHER SHOWS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE."
Things started to go sour just before midnight, when a man in PBSO green pulled Snooze co-owners Jordan Pettingill and C.J. Jankow outside to question them about their beer and wine license, which had reportedly expired. He proceeded to loudly admonish the pair, called for backup, and told them to cease all alcohol sales, adding "but you can keep the music going." Easier said than done, Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office.
Update: according to PBSO public information officer Teri Barbera, Jankow and Pettingill were eventually arrested for selling alcohol without a license.
The spirit of the Snooze Theatre was first explored back in December 2010, when members of the West Palm Beach psychedelic synth-rock act the Jameses teamed with Pettingill and Jankow to host a two-day weekend festival at the spot dubbed Zitfest. Since then, when the owners aren't on tour with their bands Cop City Chill Pillars and Love Handles, the Snooze is a labor of love that has united a small, passionate segment of South Florida music lovers who want something different from a velvet rope and a $16 martini.
|Photo by Reed Fischer|
|PBSO sent two cars to the Snooze Theatre on Monday evening.|
Via Chrome Dick, who was there to perform with Suede Dudes:
In light of how difficult it is to obtain a beer and wine license for a South Florida bar in the first place and additionally how challenging it is to make it into a profitable venture (see Monterey Club), it was especially disheartening to see the night cut short by the law.
So the cops totally shut down the show at The Snooze Theatre tonight. Mainly because they were bored, saw some kids hanging out having a good time, and decided to ruin the rest of the night. Four of the six bands played... well, William Stull played half of a set.
Why couldn't they just leave us alone?! They should be patrolling the shitty areas and preventing crime, not music and creativity.
Any sort of public safety officer is that public safety should be the highest priority. When law enforcement focuses on keeping the peace and keeping people from harming themselves, it's arguably one of the greatest qualities of living in the United States. However, witnessing the Snooze Theatre raid felt more like harassment than "an education for all of us," as the man in green called it during his extensive explanation of the importance of treating him with the respect he deserves. How about treating one of the most upstanding venues around with the respect it deserves too?