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The Social fills a Rawkus void on North Academy


  • Via The Social Facebook page
While the Rawkus nightclub, which closed its doors in the summer of 2017, drew the kind of online reviews that suggest a somewhat mixed legacy, there’s no denying that the venue was among the most steadfast local supporters of EDM, drum ’n’ bass, and other varieties of DJ-led electronica. Naturally, there was a curiosity regarding what would become of the North Academy Boulevard location, and how that void in the local music “tapestry” would be refilled.

This week, the curious can get a look at what’s to come at the new venue, now called The Social. While unaffiliated with Rawkus and revamped into a space with multiple bars, live music will continue to be a focal point at The Social. The proceedings kick off with an April 4 “Clarks After Dark” business mixer, featuring performances by DJ ManGo (aka Chris DelaCruz), Tony Exum Jr. and special guest and event emcee Papi Sorrels. (Visit for information on this RSVP-only event.)

Right out of the gate, The Social’s upcoming bookings are a diverse and intriguing mix that can perhaps be seen as a microcosm of things to come. An April 3 private grand opening party featured the wildly eclectic lineup of reunited gothic metal band AnaDies, soulful singer-songwriter Alphuh and trap/EDM duo Too Doods.

April 5 features a 20th anniversary concert by local standout Rikki Dee Hall’s The VooDoo Hawks, April 6 brings long-running rapper Tone Loc (yes, that’s right, of “Funky Cold Medina” and “Wild Thing” fame) to the stage, and April 7 features outlaw country singer Whey Jennings — grandson of, you know, Waylon Jennings and nephew of Shooter Jennings. It’s certainly a way to make a statement with an opening week of shows.

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