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DJ appearance at Front Royal tavern canceled


Disturbance at recent city event prompted police to boost patrols

By Joe Beck -- jbeck@nvdaily.com

FRONT ROYAL -- Police canceled plans for extra patrols tonight after learning that a company featuring hip hop DJs scrapped a scheduled appearance at the Royal Oak Tavern.

The appearance by Front Royal-based Entourage Entertainment raised worries among police after what Capt. Mark Werner called "a melee" erupted early Sunday during an appearance by Entourage at T.C. Tooties in Winchester.

Teri Sayers, the owner and founder of Entourage, said in an interview she decided to cancel the appearance at the Royal Oak "and formulate a new plan for handling different situations."

Sayers said Entourage had nothing to do with the disturbance at Tooties although she admitted there have been "lots of rumors and speculation" since the incident.

Winchester police reported a fight broke out in the parking lot that involved 100 to 150 audience members. At least three people were arrested.

Werner said his department was ordering up extra patrols for today until the owner of the Royal Oak stopped by the police station Friday and disclosed that Entourage would not be appearing.

Sayers issued the following emailed statement to The Northern Virginia Daily on Friday night.

"At this time, Entourage Entertainment has begun to come under scrutiny in our local community as being a problem or nuisance to that very same community.

"After conversations with local law enforcement, (alcohol and beverage control), and local bar owners, we have deemed it in everybody's best interest to cancel our upcoming event scheduled for Saturday, March 17."

Sayers added that Entourage was "being put in the crosshairs for matters or situations which we at Entourage Entertainment are against."

Sayers said Entourage intends to hold another event "in which we hope to work with the community and local law enforcement more closely to make sure everybody is safe and obeying laws.

"Although no members of Entourage Entertainment nor the staff of any venues where we have hosted events were ever involved ... in the acts of violence or the underage consumption of alcohol, Entourage Entertainment would like to make a public apology for our role in this matter."

In the earlier interview, Sayers said she had founded Entourage earlier this year after moving back to Front Royal from Virginia Beach. She described her company, which includes two DJs and a photographer, as "more or less a promotional company hired by different venues to host events."

"I think the younger crowd in Front Royal need something to stay out of trouble, and that's what we are trying to give them," she said.




8 Comments



Instead of the FRPD and my tax money-- Perhaps this fine establishment and entertainer should foot the bill for the babysitters to keep these children from fighting until they grow up and learn how to go out on a Friday night like everyone else?

The restaurant and entertainment co. probably made a good call canceling, after the bad pr from the incident at the winchester bar. You are correct that people should be responsible when they go out to relax and unfortunatley it is not always the case, but I believe you have no clue as to the kind of tax revenue businesses generate for the community, state, and fed as well as employment locally.Your personal property tax on your '95 Yugo might pay for a no parking sign on main st. after 10 years!

It's a good thing they cancelled, I had left my bulletproof vest at home that night. I'd hate to be taken out by a stray round from one of these kids "popping off" as they say.

Well genuis, there was no '95 Yugos to be purchased. I do think an "inciteful to humans" type of band is most likely not a good thing in Front Royal. The Front Royal "upper echelon" is as wacky and disfunctional as it gets so we should be terrified of the bottom half.

Of course you must have done some intense research to discover that Yugos were not produced in '95, but I was just making a point there "genius". If Steve did actually own a Yugo I have no doubt he would have traded it in for $1500.00 during the Cash for Clunkers program, which I am sure he believes to be a noble, worthy,and fiscally responsible use of his tax dollar.

Wow, wrong again! Sure that I was not the only one who new that useless trivia. Now the point you was making, I understand the tax revenue argument. But should you bring that up on this story, maybe not. The young hip hop(white, black,asian or latino) crowds I have observed that come into places like this are high risk/low reward. In other words they are low spenders(except in the parking lot) and more likely to cause problems. So most likely I think you turning Steve into everything you twisted out of his simple comment, a far reach at best. So unless you know him better than I, wrong yet again.

The tax money portion of my note was metaphorically speaking, but adamant21 probably doesn't know what that means - so....once again...simply put---- WHY SHOULD ANYONE have to foot the bill for these children to misbehave?



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