The future of The Ox in question after Two-Piece Fest gets busted

Update: March 2, 12:45 P.M.
March 30th’s show with The Body and Whitehorse has been moved to The Barbary and will be put on by R5 Productions. James Plotkin has also been added to the bill. Tickets are $8 and can be found HERE.

Update: March 2, 8:56 A.M.
In what is surely not the final chapter of this story, we now have news that The Ox is preparing to “go legit.” The Ox housemates sent a letter to the A.V. Club Philadelphia to address their future, saying that they will now go through getting the venue up to code and getting the proper permits. I wish them luck, and hope that they succeed in what is sure to be a lengthy and costly process. Be on the look out for benefit shows to help them out! Any more news on relocations of shows will continue to be updated on this post.

Update: March 1, 1:30 PM
Another show that was to be held at The Ox has been relocated. March 8’s with Shark?, Levek, Arches and Cough Cool has been moved to the Danger Danger Gallery. Thanks to Hamza for the update!

Update: February 28, 1:48 PM
According to the comment below by Jen Foster of Rethink Pop Music (they represent The Yes Way), this Friday’s TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb show (which includes The Yes Way, Penrose, and more) has been relocated to the Mausoleum of Contemporary Art (a.k.a. PhilaMOCA) at 531 North 12th St. Tickets are $5 and the show starts at 8 PM. The Philly Concert Calendar has been updated to reflect the change, but until I hear about the other shows they will remain listed at The Ox. Thanks a lot to Jen for the info!

Original Post: February 28, 12:25 P.M.

The Ox, a legendary DIY venue, was shut down by cops on Saturday afternoon during their annual Two-Piece Fest. According to a tweet by an attendee of the fest (presumably) “ten cops came to the Ox, ended two piece fest, and wrote down everyone’s drivers license numbers.” The Deli Philly confirmed the news from Slutever (one of the duos set to perform that day). It’s not clear what time the cops shut things down, or what bands had yet to perform

And sometime in the early hours of Monday morning, The Ox’s Facebook page posted to its wall about the future of The Ox:

“Dearest OX fans, please stay tuned for updates regarding the relocation of upcoming shows. We’re not prepared to make any official announcements regarding the future of the OX (mostly because we still don’t know ourselves) but we thank you all for your support!”

“And for the record, the organizers, bands, show-goers, EVERYONE who was there at Two Piece Fest was AWESOME. Much love to you all. NO REGRETS WHATSOEVER.”

The Ox had some great shows lined up, including one on Friday featuring TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb and Penrose. They’ve also got shows with Slutever, The Trophy Wife, Adam & Dave’s Bloodline, Jeff the Brotherhood, Arc in Round, and many more on their calendar. For now those events remain on their Myspace calendar, but it is obviously unclear if any of them will still happen, or where they’ll happen. Until an official announcement, I will leave those events listed on The Swollen Fox’s Philly Concert Calendar.

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  • http://www.rethinkpopmusic.com Jen Foster

    Friday night’s TJ Kong show will be relocated to a space at 531 North 12th St. called The Mausoleum of Contemporary Art, also known as “PhilaMOCA”. Same time, just a different locale. We’re very saddened that The Ox has fallen on hard times, but they want us to still have a great night with all 5 bands…
    TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb
    The Yes Way (Brooklyn)
    Penrose
    The Courtesy Tier (Brooklyn)
    The Sea Around Us

    Still $5…show starts at 8.

  • swollenfox

    Thanks Jen! Post has been updated accordingly.

  • http://dangerdangergallery.com H Danger

    March 08th’s show with Arches, Shark? and Levek has been moved to danger danger gallery!