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Bassnectar Opts To Bring Own Security To The Congress Theater

By Samantha Abernethy in Arts & Entertainment on Mar 29, 2012 9:20PM

Electronic act Bassnectar has decided to bring his own security detail to his sold-out show at the Congress Theater after hearing the venue had security issues. Bassnectar announced it on his website. Via WBEZ's Jim DeRogatis, a spokesman said:

“His security make sure kids are OK, have water, etc. He heard about the Congress and what happened after the Rusko show”—the sexual assault and beating of a young woman outside the venue on New Year’s Eve—“and was concerned. I believe they were going to move to the UIC Pavilion or United Center. He is adamant to make it super-safe on this one.

Earlier this week Ald. Joe Moreno (1st) filed a request for a Deleterious Impact/Public Nuisance hearing in an effort to get Congress theater owner Eddie Carranza to fix structural issues and improve security. Carranza sat down with DeRogatis to defend his venue saying, basically, why fix it if the venue still sells out?

Carranza sent an email to members of the Logan Square community to announce a meeting at the theater on Sunday, April 1 at 2 p.m.

It is my wish that through a mature adult conversation we can cancel what The Congress Theater feels is an unnecessary hearing on April 17th for the Deleterious impact Public Nuisance Hearing and close any unresolved issues with open community dialogue. I believe The Congress Theater is good for the community and encourage you all to come out and show your support and bring to us your ideas you have that might make us better.