South Street’s Fluid Nightclub is closing. The Roots’ Questlove tweeted his displeasure at the nightclub’s closing earlier today. Fluid has been around for 16 years, a millenia nightclub years.
“Part of the bigger dynamic is how drastic South Street has changed,” said manager Oronde Gibson, who has worked at Fluid for 14 years. “It’s gone from a mom and pop artsy-type thing to a corporate type-thing.”
Gibson has seen South Street and Fluid's complete evolutiion, reminiscing about a time when the Roots (then known as the Square Roots) played outside on the sidewalk. Now, he said, no one wants to deal with South Street parking issues, so most kids just stay up in Fishtown or Northern Liberties.
The final party will be the long-running hip-hop party Tastytreats on April 6. Booker Stacey “Flygirrl” Wilson said she’s got Questlove and Mike Nyce with Yameen Allworld hosting. More DJs could be added later.