Newsbrief: "Buzzkill" -- Venerable DC Weekly Rave Party Dies from Overdose of Ecstasy Enforcement 9/27/02

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Buzz is no more. For the first time since 1995, the Nation nightclub in southeast Washington, DC, that hosted the weekly dance party, was dark last Friday. For the past seven years it had hosted Buzz, one of the nation's best known continuing rave events, but Nation pulled the plug on Buzz after DC police arrested eight people on Ecstasy distribution charges during the September 13 show.

"Nation's Friday night rave event has attracted a peaceful and generally law-abiding crowd," the nightclub said in a statement announcing the cancellation. "Unfortunately, it recently has become clear that an unacceptable criminal element has infiltrated this event. Despite stringent security measures on the part of Nation, including thorough pat-down searches, this element has been difficult to dislodge."

Indeed, according to some patrons of the club, Nation had resorted to increasingly tough security measures. "They were doing everything they could, a raver identified only as Moore told the Washington Post. "You had to go through a full search when you came through the door, practically airport-level security. They would pat people down, make people take off their shoes, unfold the brim of your hat. They would throw people out on the slightest inclination."

Some Buzz patrons who spoke with DRCNet vowed to boycott Nation's other ongoing events in protest, and supporters of Buzz staged a candlelight demonstration at the club last Friday. But Buzzlight Productions, whose Amanda Huie is a member of ROAR (Ravers Organized Against the RAVE Act), vowed to find a new location for the DC tradition. "Buzzlife has nothing to hide," she told the Post. "We are about the music and the scene, which is about being as you are." Huie described a week's work of fruitless negotiations with Nation as "intensely sad."

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