DJ Jazzy Jeff, Questlove party set to close Fluid after 16 years

Get ready for one last Tastytreats party at Fluid.
Get ready for one last Tastytreats party at Fluid.

What was so special about Fluid?

“It’s not really big, it’s not really beautiful, but it has a vibe unlike any other club,” says DJ Jazzy Jeff of the South Street club, set to close Saturday after 16 years in business. “People come in and lose themselves to the music. The place has an amazing sound system and you have 300, 400 people sweating it out. It’s been like that from the first day to hopefully the last day.”

It’s the final bow for Fluid. The club, along with downstairs restaurant The Latest Dish, will exit the stage with a Tastytreats party. DJ Jazzy Jeff and Questlove of the Roots will spin.

Tastytreats, a longtime Saturday night anchor on the Fluid schedule, moved to the club in 2002 after a short duration at Filo.

“We worked very hard over the years and we really stuck to what we were about — we didn’t change,” says Tastytreats promoter Stacey “Flygrrl” Wilson. “The music, the crowd and the times change but we kept the same vibe with good music and a place where you don’t have to get harassed to hear good music and have a drink.”

The eclectic nature of the hip-hop based Tastytreats party — a night where you can hear everything from current rap to classic soul to rock ‘n’ roll — is representative of the Fluid experience. Over the years, the club has featured everything from drum and bass to new wave, along with DJ giants like Jazzy Jeff.

It was an inclusive world on the Fluid dance floor, once you found the place. The spot doesn’t exactly jump out at you.

“Friends of mine told me about a Monday night party there, The Remedy [with Cosmo Baker and Rich Medina], and I went looking for it,” says Fluid manager Oronde Gibson. “I drove up and down the street and it was wintertime so I didn’t see anybody on the sidewalk and there was no sign. I said, ‘Where is this place?’”

Gibson found it the next week, and eventually started working there.

“There’s an ebb and flow there and it’s so different from a typical club,” he says. “This club encouraged that ebb and flow, of people moving together, a mosaic coalescing.”

The Tastytreats crew is looking for a new spot, so expect some of the club’s parties to go on at other venues. On Saturday, the doors will open early, at 8 p.m., and it’s going to be first come, first served. Jeff will be filming the proceedings for a documentary.

“I cancelled some stuff so I can be on the East Coast,” says Jeff, who played the club about one a year. “I’m playing in L.A. the night before and I finish at 3 a.m. and I have to catch a 6 a.m. flight, but I want to get there early to soak up the day.”



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Mayor reveals new tech hub Digital.NYC

Mayor Bill de Blasio revealed Digital.NYC on Wednesday, a new online platform aimed at connecting all things tech in New York City. The public-private partnership…

Local

Falling debris hits two men in Times Square

Two men were taken to the hospital Wednesday morning after being hit by falling debris from 110 feet above Times Square. Nancy Greco from the…

Local

Queens Assemblyman William Scarborough accused of misusing campaign…

Queens Assemblyman William Scarborough has been indicted on state and federal charges for allegedly withdrawing campaign funds as cash for personal use. Scarborough, a Democrat…

News

U.S. Secret Service director Pierson resigns under fire

U.S. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigned under fire on Wednesday after a series of security lapses came to light.

Television

TV watch list, Wednesday, Oct. 1: 'Criminal Minds,'…

The "Criminal Minds" team adds some supernatural assistance, as the "Ghost Whisperer" herself, Jennifer Love Hewitt, joins the show. She's playing an FBI agent, but you never know when someone…

Music

See the most popular Pandora station in your…

Who knew Bachata music was so popular?

The Word

The Word: Twilight just won't die

You thought our "Twilight" days were behind us, didn't you? Well think again. Series creator Stephenie Meyer (who would rather you not ask about "Twilight"…

Going Out

Which NYC restaurant lost its three-star Michelin rating?

A record 73 restaurants in New York City collected coveted Michelin stars on Tuesday as a mix of trendy spots and fine-dining stalwarts underscored the…

NFL

Rex Ryan fields more questions about Geno Smith,…

The idea Geno Smith will be replaced by backup Michael Vick appears to be all smoke, as the Jets are intent to ride with their second-round draft pick.

NFL

Will Beatty playing like franchise left tackle again…

Left tackle Will Beatty, who is the elder-statesman of Giants’ line, has turned around his season and become a consistent force on Manning’s blindside.

NFL

John Conner back with Jets for second stint

He'll be back. It's "Terminator 2" for the Jets, who brought back John Conner to the team on Tuesday after placing fullback Tommy Bohanon on…

NFL

Fantasy football: Ben Tate to break out, Larry…

Fantasy football: Ben Tate to break out, Larry Donnell will stay solid

Career

Creating a support system for minority women in…

When Kathryn Finney founded digitalundivided — an organization devoted to engaging minority communities with the tech world — she didn’t know quite what to expect.…

Sex

We can learn a lot from animals about…

There’s a lot we can learn about love from the birds and the bees — and the chickens, monkeys and squirrels that we share the…

Style

Saint Laurent

Our review of the Saint Laurent Spring '15 show at Paris Fashion Week.

Style

Céline: Paris Fashion Week Spring 2015

Our review of the Celine Spring '15 show during Paris Fashion Week.