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Capitol Heights nightclub MSG is staying closed. Yesterday, its owner asked a Prince George’s County circuit judge to suspend the new law that police used earlier this month to shutter MSG following a fatal shooting outside the venue, the Examiner reports. The judge denied the request.
Owner Eric Pickens has another chance today, however, at a hearing before county officials—-a body created by the July 22 legislation that Pickens opposes. That bill enhances officials’ abilities to shutter nightclubs that are linked to close-by violence—-a measure that WCP contributor Steve Kiviat took issue with in a post last week.
Another Prince George’s County venue has happier news. Kiviat notes that roots and blues roadhouse the Surf Club has been granted temporary permission to hold some shows, including a Hank Williams tribute on Aug. 26. In March, a fight that broke out at Surf Club at a one-off rap night led to a homicide off its premises.