United State boutique, from Yelp
Via the sac for tourists blog we learn that the City of Sacramento pulled the September Second Saturday permit for United State, a “DJ/Clothing Boutique” in Midtown. According to the United State blog, Sac PD cited “Attract(ing) a younger audience” as the reason for the notice. Sac For Tourists’ Nick Miller (also of SN&R) followed up on the gossip with a roundup of mostly nonevents between Sac PD and hip-hop folks at last weekend’s Second Saturday.
While there could be more to the story involving United State, the preponderance of evidence that Sac does indeed Hate Hip Hop inclines me to believe that there is something fishy going on regarding urban trendy kids getting a fair shake from the City of Sac. The institutional memory of Sac PD probably does see the local hip hop scene as being violent, as this commenter pointed out. If that’s the case there is not much local hip-hop fans can do to fight that stereotype except maybe embrace the mainstream approach and engage some good PR.
I have had limited exposure to Second Saturday in the last few years, mostly due to the fact that I hate bad art. But it has grown so much in the last decade, meaning much more good art, so I know I should check it out, as I generally like Sacramentans, even the ones who create bad art. But my limited experience with Midtown After Dark these days has mostly jibed with what Stickie said. So it sure seems like there are issues with Second Saturday (I can’t believe you can have open liquor these days, with all the high profile DUI cases our area has seen) that warrant closer attention than a few dozen trendy urban kids hanging out at a store listening to their loud music on the Walkmans and wearing their dungarees and drinking the Moxie Cola.
However, I am sure that Sac PD’s case is probably much stronger than United State lets on. Is there lots of loud music going on at Second Saturday these days?