​Union Nightclub in LA rebrands as Catch One in honor of its wealthy LGBTQ historical past

The well-liked Los Angeles nightlife vacation spot, Union, has rebranded to the brand new identify Catch One as a tribute to the venue's unique identify and wealthy historical past.

Having initially opened as Jewels Catch One in 1973, the venue was one of many first homosexual black discos within the United States and served as a safe-haven for Los Angeles' African-American LGBTQ neighborhood. Owned by businesswoman and activist Jewel Thais-Williams, she fought tooth and nail to maintain the venue open through the years - combating systemic racism, the AIDS epidemic and an arson assault that nearly burnt the venue to the bottom in 1985. Hosting the likes of Sylvester, Whitney Houston, Luther Vandross, Janet Jackson, Donna Summer, Whoopi Goldberg, Rick James and Madonna amongst others, Jewels Catch One was one of the well-known and longest working black homosexual dance bar within the United States.

“[Jewel’s] Catch One was on the identical degree as all of the legendary golf equipment in American historical past; , Studio 54, the Limelight, the Stone Wall, the Black Cat” stated the venues present membership proprietor Mitch Eldson in an interview with LA Weekly. By altering the identify again to Catch One, the venue hopes to "embrace the previous-owners mission of sparking real human connection on the dancefloor.

The rebrand comes with a brand new brand and aesthetic for the membership's artistic path. With its new design in tow, Catch One vows to proceed in brining a few of the biggest names in digital music, rock, hip-hop and past to the City of Angeles

To rejoice its rebrand, Catch One joins forces with QUEER NOISE on October 14 to honor the unique membership proprietor Jewel Thais-Williams with a particular showcase that might be headlined by R&B artist Kelela. Grab tickets right here

To study extra concerning the historical past behind the venue, head on over to Netflix to observe the unique documentary Jewels Catch One - an informative movie concerning the rise, triumphs and tribulations of this iconic music vacation spot.

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