An all-black party in Houston featuring Fabolous and Trey Songz was reportedly shut down on Sunday (January 17) after the fire marshal pulled the plug due to overcrowding at the venue.
Though COVID-19 cases are higher than they’ve ever been, a number of venues across the country continue to hold music events, with often maskless people crammed into tight spaces. One recent example came Saturday in Houston, when Trey Songz and Fabolous visited Club Spire for the event “The Black Affair.” According to Houston Fire Marshall’s office, not only was the club packed, it way exceeded the maximum capacity of the venue.
Fire Chief Samuel Pena said it was, on top of being a super-spreader event, a fire hazard. “If there was an emergency, a fire or something that would have occurred inside, we would have had a massive loss of life because [of] the means of entry,” he said, adding that “the exits were blocked.” According to ABC13, in addition to the club’s overcapacity, about 200 people were waiting outside the venue with the hopes of getting in.
The event occurred just days after Meek Mill and Bow Wow faced criticism for performing at a packed-out show in Houston as well. Video showed a room filled with maskless partygoers, which made the rounds on social media.
Trey Songz and Fabolous now join names like Mulatto, DaBaby, and Chase Rice as artists who have faced criticism by holding packed events during the pandemic.
You can read fans’ thoughts on their event below.
People risking their lives to see Trey Songz and *checks notes* FABOLOUS?? https://t.co/IOTRE9Xp5d
— NUFF (@nuffsaidny) January 17, 2021
This past weekend niggas decided to risk their lives for Fabolous, Trey Songz and Boward Woward… pic.twitter.com/ZiFDEodDoK
— Tasha Mack Management (@theleolondon) January 17, 2021
Trey Songz and Fabolous?? Is this 2011? https://t.co/ii4iaPkV6u
— Operation Lifesaver (@dre___843) January 17, 2021
Traveling out of state, waiting in line & pre-paying to see Fabolous & Trey Songz in the year of our lord, 2021? Where these ppl stuck in 2008 time capsule?
— Shawn Cletas (@Li_Marz) January 17, 2021
People going out in the middle of a pandemic for TREY SONGZ and FABOLOUS in 2021. Tuck this year in too tbh https://t.co/P6TR08XTdx
— Puneet Singh (@puneetsingh) January 17, 2021
— Darling Nikki (@dnice2184) January 17, 2021
We are never going to escape this pandemic. ????? https://t.co/rOhKoBNbFk
— ??Nadia?? (@NadiaGladysM) January 17, 2021
In the middle of a pandora’s playlist? pic.twitter.com/Sq7si6iZoa
— ?Teddy? (@dontjudge_lol) January 17, 2021
In December 2020, a Songz performance at the Ohio nightclub Aftermath led to the venue being slapped with numerous violations as the R&B singer took selfies and shared drinks with patrons.