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Barstool Blackout Presents Next Challenge for Recher, Police

Sold out Wednesday event, described as "a destructive roving dance party"postponed by promoter "to a later date."

UPDATED (8:27 p.m.)—Baltimore County Police Chief Jim Johnson Tuesday said he expected the events that led to a brawl outside the Recher Theater Sunday would not repeat themselves.

The chief may get to test those words later when the sold out Barstool Blackout Tour comes to the venue.

The tour was expected to be at the bar Wednesday.

"Due to recent events and circumstances beyond our control in the Towson area this show will have to be postponed until a later date," promoters said on a statement on their website. Promoters linked to a local story about a brawl outside Recher Theater Sunday that resulted in a number of arrests.

The event was still listed Tuesday night on Recher's website. Promoters wrote that the bar would offer full refunds and promised to return to the area.

"Either way we will be back once this whole thing blows over," the website statement read. "Sorry. Just a case of real bad timing."

The event attracted students from Towson University last year and is sold out this year. [A video of last year's event is attached to this story. Viewer discretion is advised.]

Students interested in attending are actively seeking tickets to the event through Facebook and other social media. Tickets were selling Tuesday night on eBay for as much as $121.

Brian Recher, one of the owners of the bar, was not available for comment, a spokesman said Tuesday.

Nancy Hafford, executive director of the Towson Chamber of Commerce, said she believed the Barstool Blackout event was different from the one that caused problems Sunday morning.

"They're sold out and that's the difference," Hafford said. "I think (Recher) will do everything in their power to ensure that nothing like this happens again."

Earlier this year, an event in New Jersey put on by the same promoter—described by the New York Post as a "destructive roving dance party"—resulted in arrests and nearly two dozen people being taken to the hospital.

Elise Armacost, a police department spokeswoman, could not comment on the planned event for Wednesday. She said police are maintaining a presence in the area regardless.

"We are going to maintain an enhanced presence downtown while this investigation continues and then determine the steps we'll take in the future," Armacost said.

Police continue to investigate the brawl Sunday outside the bar and a nearby shooting. County Executive Kevin Kamenetz said Tuesday that he blames the owners of the bar for the incident.

The police investigation could result in the county taking action against the bar that could include penalties of a fine, suspension or revocation of its liquor license.

number9dream September 26, 2012 at 12:32 AM
Kamenetz blaming the owners of the Recher was the "politically correct" thing to do.
DCMerkle September 26, 2012 at 12:59 AM
Recher is being left holding the bag. That's a shame. KK really should look into past events held by M.S.U. and how they all ended. Ask AMF in Timonium.
Parkvillehoney September 26, 2012 at 04:17 AM
Holy Hell!!! Just click on to the Barstool Blackout Tour website. It looks like this event would be wilder than the "clothing drive" at Recher. What is Brian Recher thinking? Is his motivation just money not security or responsibility!!! Is this the kind of place the Recher Theater wants to be know as having wild rave parties that people are going wild wall to wall (per website). This event looks like another riot and disaster waiting to happen.
Parkvillehoney September 26, 2012 at 04:56 AM
I hope Baltimore County Police have beefed up patrols for Wednesday. Wonder how many attendees to the BarStool Blackout didn't get word it has been postponed. Jee, will it be another angry crowd because they can't get in???
M. Sullivan September 26, 2012 at 12:38 PM
It seems to be all about the money for Recher, Towson be damned.
M. Sullivan September 26, 2012 at 12:45 PM
Part of the problem with Recher is that all the concerts I see on their website are listed as "all ages". This allows a lot of opportunity for underage drinking in, what is essentially, a giant bar. Of course it also allows Recher to make a lot more money. LOL
westy1 September 26, 2012 at 01:50 PM
Looks like fun! Blacklight parties are the best. If only I was 25 years younger. Of course KK is looking to fine the Recher. More money back in his budget. Weren't the arrests made? So it was any eventful night in Towson. Why are we still talking about this? Oh that's right people just LOVE to bitch and moan.
Dale September 26, 2012 at 02:46 PM
It's very simple, if the owners of the Recher want to host large venues, then they should provide more than adequate security both inside and out, and make sure the area is cleaned by their cleaning crews. The Towson police should be available as backup, but they are responsible for the entire community not just Recher.
Parkvillehoney September 26, 2012 at 03:31 PM
OK, we should just overlook this incident as a one time event. Let the Recher hold any event and who cares what the outcome. I remember when the Inner Harbor had the 1st near riot after the fireworks during New Year's Eve. I was there and it wasn't pretty. People were being trampled on trying to get out of the area. Some city leaders thought, " Oh, it is a one time incident." It has become so bad, during holiday fireworks, there are fences around the perimeter of the Inner Harbor to prevent this destructive behavior. Yes, I will bitch and moan to Baltimore County leaders and police that this doesn't repeat itself!
Dave Donovan September 27, 2012 at 12:11 AM
No undersage incidents in 15 years
Dave Donovan September 27, 2012 at 12:13 AM
Politician looking for a scapegoat. Sad that with all of today's issues the moron picks this incident to focus on.
Steve September 27, 2012 at 02:16 AM
LOL PH That never happened. Your nose is growing Pinocchio.
Bryan P. Sears September 27, 2012 at 12:08 PM
You're right, Dave. There was one underage incident in may that resulted in a hearing before the county liquor board. Following testimony before the board, which included the underage guest, the bar was exonerated by the three-member panel. http://towson.patch.com/articles/problems-few-at-recher-theatre
ralahinn1 September 27, 2012 at 03:13 PM
Seeing that video, I think that it was a good thing that"Barstool Black out" canceled. An event like that belongs on the Block in Baltimore city.

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