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Wilkes-Barre Venue Cancels Show By Controversial Rapper

February 18, 2018

Ali Baba Liquor Lounge has canceled the Tekashi 6ix9ine concert scheduled for April 21, according to a Facebook post that didn’t provide a reason for the cancellation.

“All tickets have been refunded in full at point of sale,” the post said.

The venue at 219 S. Main St. in Wilkes-Barre was abruptly shuttered Friday, and city code officials posted a notice declaring the premises “unfit for human habitation.” Mayor Tony George said a building inspector went through the building Friday afternoon and discovered that work done inside the building had not been approved by zoning and violated the fire code.

That work inside involved knocking down fire walls, and the city won’t let the club reopen until after repairs are made. Property owner Nabil Abualburak said Friday but he was not sure how long it would take to make the repairs.

Tekashi 6ix9ine, whose real name is Daniel Hernandez, is a rainbow-haired rapper from New York City and is currently free on bail pending sentencing after admitting to posting lewd videos of himself and a 13-year-old girl on Instagram.

After details about the rapper’s legal troubles surfaced, organizers at One Centre Square in Easton canceled a performance he had scheduled there. His performance at Bentley’s Nightclub 1.0 in Ashley on Feb. 9 did happen, and appears to have gone off without any issues.

— MICHAEL P. BUFFER

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