"Another day, another racial controversy at the Power & Light District," read the first line of a Kansas City Star article this weekend. It's our new friends Cordish Development back in the uncomfortable media spotlight!
The Blazers and our fair city are currently working with Cordish development to turn the Rose Quarter into a 24-Hour entertainment district resembling Kansas City's (but with more "Portland flavor"). While those plans work through the public process, Cordish is racking up goodwill back in KC - first with a racist dress code and now snagging national headlines for allegedly kicking DJ Jazzy Jeff offstage for playing hip hop.
Jazzy left the Cordish-owned stage half an hour into his set Saturday night. "HOW DID THEY KICK ME OFF STAGE IN KANSAS CITY FOR PLAYIN HIP HOP...I'M A 25YR LEGEND...THIS IS SOME BULLSHIT," rants Jazzy on his Twitter. "I MEAN I WAS PLAYIN SHIT LIKE JUST A FRIEND...ITS A HEINEKEN COMMERCIAL FOR GODS SAKE...AND 3000 PEOPLE WERE ROCKIN...WTF MAN"
One of the fans in the audience says, "Cordish had Jazzy Jeff escorted out by the fucking cops because P&L is a 'family establishment.'"
But the president of the Power and Light District says that district officials simply "misspoke" and meant to ask Jazzy just to turn down the music to save their sound equipment.
Thanks to tipster and Kansas City native Kjerstin.
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