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Houston Voice, July 2, 2004 - File 005. 2004-07-02. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 17, 2017. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/2139/show/2114.

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Title Houston Voice, July 2, 2004
Contributor
  • Crain, Chris
  • Fisher, Binnie
Publisher Window Media
Date July 2, 2004
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
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  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
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Transcript 4 JULY 2, 2004 www.houstonvoice.com HOUSTON VOICE nou Tongues wag, stories differ in Grace Jones affair ston news Rich's says promoter failed to pay Grace Jones, but promoter claims club was closed By JOHNNY HOOKS The Pride event that was talked about most on Monday was the one that never happened: Grace Jones' much-publicized appearance at Rich's. The fans who gathered at the club heard an announcement that Jones was in the building and was preparing to take the stage. The next announcement informed patrons that due to circumstances beyond the control of the club, Jones would not be appearing The rumor mill and wagging tongues suggested that a near mini-riot ensued with patrons pulling posters of Jones down and shredding them, as well as tearing fixtures from the walls. Rich's owner. Nassim Joseph, who purchased the club in October 2003, said there was no riot. "There was no mini-riot, nothing was destroyed, and people were very understanding," he said. Joseph said the problem had nothing to do with Grace Jones but rather with the Miami promoter, Margarito Guajardo. Joseph, who said he plans to turn the club over to a new group that will market it to a straight audience, wanted Rich's, as it has been known for 20 years, to go out on a high note. When contacted about an appearance by Jones, Joseph said, he booked the show. Joseph said Jones was in the building around 4:30 a.m. and per her contract with Guajardo and Joseph, was to be paid the second half of her $25,000 fee, in cash upon arrival at the club. "The promoter tried to finagle with Jones, asking her to accept less money, or a check, to which Jones replied she would not," Joseph said. He said the promoter indicated he had lost the key to his lockbox and was unable to pay Jones what her contract stipulated. "She was very nice about it to me, but refused to go on and returned to her hotel," Joseph said. Attached by bodyguards? Joseph made the announcement that Jones would not appear, then headed to her hotel to try and work something out. When he arrived at the hotel, Joseph said he was attacked by the promoter's The appearance by Grace Jones at Rich's last weekend didn't happen, but stones differ as to why. bodyguards, leaving his face bloodied. When Jones realized what was happening, Joseph said, "She offered to go ahead and do an intimate show for the remaining attendees, to which I replied it was not necessary. There were only staff left then anyway." Contacted by phone in Miami, promoter Guajardo claimed that Grace Jones did not appear at Rich's because when she arrived, she found the club locked. A faxed, hand-printed statement from Guajardo reads: "The Artist was on their way to the club. When we all arrived, the club was closed. The Artist had the decision to perform anytime before noon, as on contract." The document bears signatures that read: Grace Jones, Chris Robert Jones (personal assistant) and Margarito Guajardo. In the aftermath, Joseph has threatened to sue the promoter, and Guajardo has threatened a countersuit. No more gay Rich's Joseph, who said he was at Rich's opening in 1983, said the weekend and the rumors that followed have left him devastated. "I just am sick to my stomach that this is how Rich's is going out," he said. Certainly after the events of Pride weekend, Joseph said, he has no choice but to change the club. "It may be the same old Rich's for one more weekend, then it will change," he said. "I will retain ownership, but I cannot continue to hemorrhage money. I think it's sad." He added, "We we're already only open on Friday and Saturday nights and to be honest, this is a business and the gay community has not been supportive of the club since I took it over." July 4th • "Spiritual Parenting" Rev. Janet Parker Please Join Us For Praise and Worship at our Sunday Morning Service And Experience the Love of God! Maranatha & Fellowship Metropolitan Community Church "Building Community Through Compassion urch Service begins at Warn and nursery is available for small children. Shepherd Groups meet during the week for prayer and bible study, contact church office for information. Visit Our New Improved & Larger Nursery/Children's Area 3333 Fannin, Suite 106, at 10AM Church office 713-528-6756 • E-mail maranatha@evl.net www. maranathamcc. com Resurrection MCCs Vacation Bibte School Arty I9ttr23rt Children of all ages are invited to join us for Vacation Bible School Free and Open to the Community! For information, call 713-861-9149 Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church 2025 W. 11th. St. - Houston, TX - 713-861-9149 |Vg www.resurrectionmcc.org i
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