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Friday, February 19, 2010

Updated: Blow Up Club Night RIP, S.F. Acts Lose Valuable Break

Posted By on Fri, Feb 19, 2010 at 12:43 PM

Blow Up: Forced to cool off
  • Blow Up: Forced to cool off
You rarely think that popularity will come around and bite you in the ass, but it seems that's just what happened with Blow Up, the wildly successful club night that super-DJ duo Jeffrey Paradise and Richie Panic ran regularly at Rickshaw Stop. Paradise and his wife and club promoter cohort, Ava Berlin, made the sad announcement today, saying their draw has become far too large (attracting more than 500 people per night) for Rickshaw Stop, which has to make sure attendance fits within the city's strict fire codes.

Paradise and Berlin posted on their blog that they've been trying to find a new space for their electro-driven party, but to no avail.

"This is very sad day for us. Richie Panic and Jeffrey Paradise have DJed at every single BLOW UP for what would be 5 years next month," they wrote. "We really don't know what we are going to do. BLOW UP is over. We are wishing you a sad goodbye today." 

The announcement is already having an affect on the local music community. The club night was more than a big dance party. It also gave many locals -- including Wallpaper., Tenderlions, and Hottub -- an early break, with guaranteed, built-in audiences. 

Wallpaper. sent condolences via Twitter, writing, "Very, very sad news. BlowUP gave Wallpaper our first big opportunity in SF."

As for the future of Blow Up, Paradise tells us he's looking for a venue that can handle 500 to 600 "nice but wild party people" that also has a great soundsystem and dancefloor, and doesn't have meathead security. He's looking for a place "not too bougie, not too divey."

"We need a place a lot like the Rickshaw Stop," he laments.

Paradise and crew are taking leave with plenty of good memories. The promoter and DJ lists off "DJ Funk's first gig at Blow Up; killing it with dirty Chicago Booty House and all these girls taking their clothes off; Steve Aoki right as he was blowing up; Jelly Donut vs Hot Dog rap battle" among his many favorites.

Blow Up is a San Francisco institution, and Paradise isn't sure what to do with all this new-found free time. For now he's heading toward the desert.

"We're going on a road trip to Joshua Tree," he says, "and just going to think and get away from everything."

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