Thee Oh Sees were originally scheduled to play Leo’s Music Club tonight as a part of a set of Bay Area shows kicking off their latest US tour (they played Great American Music Hall yesterday and will be playing there again tomorrow night). However, we just got word that the show has been (rather abruptly) cancelled. Instead, according to the band’s web site, they’ll be playing at the Ghost Town Gallery.
We don’t know much regarding the Leo’s situation – only that something happened at the club over the weekend. In addition to the cancellation of Thee Oh Sees’ show, Saturday’s Bells Atlas show was moved from Leo’s to the Starline Social Club.
From a press release sent via Parish Entertainment Group:
After enduring an illegal raid last weekend that illegally shut down Leo’s Music Club over the weekend, the Parish Group has decided to cancel Tuesday’s performance of national recording artist and Pitchfork favorite Thee Oh Sees.
After watching our patrons, our employees and artists get roughed up over the weekend by[the] Fire Inspector . . . who arrived at Leo’s armed and with 10 Oakland Police Officers in tow, we couldn’t assure the management of Thee Oh Sees a safe passage through Oakland at the beginning of their two month tour and we didn’t want to put our patrons or employees at Risk from this inspector.
Was anyone at Leo’s on Friday night who can shed some light on what happened? Feel free to post any info you might have in the comments.