08/26/2011Provided by Citysearch -
The operator of a San Francisco nightclub said that the Labor Day Shakedown, a benefit concert featuring Bay Area rappers, will not be happening at his venue.
Fifteen rappers, including Oakland's Too Short, were expected to perform next Friday at Space550, using some proceeds to help Juliana Pe?a, a South San Francisco 2-year-old who is fighting the rare cancer neuroblastoma. But an attorney for Space550 said the contract for the event was signed by a former manager without the owner's consent.
""It's an unfortunate situation,"" said Mark Rennie, an attorney for the Bayview nightclub. ""The first time we even knew about the concert, someone was calling up to buy tickets to the Too Short concert. We said, 'What Too Short concert?' ""
CoBlooded the Great, an organizer who was performing at the event, said this week that he had a signed contract with the club and stands to lose $15,000 or more if the event doesn't go forward. On Wednesday, he said through a publicist that he's still working on a solution and hopes the benefit for Juliana can go forward, possibly at another venue.
Rennie said a final decision has been made not to have the event at Space550 after consulting with police and the San Francisco Entertainment Commission. Club owners say the contract is void because the promoters didn't plan for security or secure liability insurance.
""We don't know which way is up, to be honest with you,"" Rennie said. ""Everybody is of the opinion to just keep the club closed and see what the fallout is. (If people) file lawsuits, we'll just have to deal with it.""
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