The in style Los Angeles nightlife vacation spot, Union, has rebranded to the brand new identify Catch One as a tribute to the venue's unique identify and wealthy historical past.

Having initially opened as Jewels Catch One in 1973, the venue was one of many first homosexual black discos within the United States and served as a safe-haven for Los Angeles' African-American LGBTQ group. Owned by businesswoman and activist Jewel Thais-Williams, she fought tooth and nail to maintain the venue open over time - combating systemic racism, the AIDS epidemic and an arson assault that just about burnt the venue to the bottom in 1985. Hosting the likes of Sylvester, Whitney Houston, Luther Vandross, Janet Jackson, Donna Summer, Whoopi Goldberg, Rick James and Madonna amongst others, Jewels Catch One was one of the crucial well-known and longest working black homosexual dance bar within the United States.

“[Jewel’s] Catch One was on the identical degree as all of the legendary golf equipment in American historical past; you understand, Studio 54, the Limelight, the Stone Wall, the Black Cat” mentioned the venues present membership proprietor Mitch Eldson in an interview with LA Weekly. By altering the identify again to Catch One, the venue hopes to "embrace the previous-owners mission of sparking real human connection on the dancefloor.

The rebrand comes with a brand new brand and aesthetic for the membership's artistic route. With its new design in tow, Catch One vows to proceed in brining a number of the best names in digital music, rock, hip-hop and past to the City of Angeles

To have a good time its rebrand, Catch One joins forces with QUEER NOISE on October 14 to honor the unique membership proprietor Jewel Thais-Williams with a particular showcase that will likely be headlined by R&B artist Kelela. Grab tickets right here

To be taught extra in regards to the historical past behind the venue, head on over to Netflix to look at the unique documentary Jewels Catch One - an informative movie in regards to the rise, triumphs and tribulations of this iconic music vacation spot.

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