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Posted March 17, 2012 | 8 Comments
DJ appearance at Front Royal tavern canceled
Disturbance at recent city event prompted police to boost patrols
By Joe Beck -- firstname.lastname@example.org
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.