Providence blocked 22Gz concert after intervention from police


PROVIDENCE — The Providence Law enforcement Office persuaded the town Board of Licenses to end a general performance at a regional club by a rap artist accused of gang affiliations, according to a lawsuit submitted Tuesday in Top-quality Courtroom by the Rhode Island affiliate of the ACLU

The rapper, Jeffrey Alexander, performs less than the title 22Gz. 

In 2019, Alexander experienced been blocked from carrying out at a hip-hop pageant at Citi Area in Queens soon after leverage from the New York Law enforcement Department.

This earlier October, the Providence Board of Licenses issued a stop-and-desist order to preserve Alexander from delivering entertainment at a Broad Road lounge on Halloween weekend.

CC Lounge, which hadn’t paid out its amusement service fees to the city, designed no appearance at the licensing board’s Oct. 27 hearing, and the panel issued the get.

“The Board established that enabling this artist to perform would pose a major basic safety threat to your institution, your workers, your patrons, and the metropolis as a entire,” says an Oct. 27 letter sent to the operator of the lounge, at 971 Wide Avenue.

22Gz performs in Irvington, N.Y., during the Pyer Moss Couture Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2021/2022 show, part of Paris Fashion Week, in July 2021.

The proceedings included input from a Providence law enforcement officer who informed the board that Alexander experienced gang ties and proposed that his general performance may guide to violence.

ACLU of Rhode Island made tries to entry files

In the wake of the listening to, the American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island suggests it designed tries to accessibility “any files supplied to the Board of Licenses” pertaining to certain violence at preceding 22Gz performances that experienced led the panel to deny the leisure.


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