“You could see it coming for years now, but that doesn’t make it any less of a drag.”
That’s how The Key’s John Vettese started his farewell post to North Star Bar when it announced the end of its days as a music venue back in October. And while South Philly venue Cha-Cha’Razzi is considerably younger than North Star Bar, the news that the multi-use DIY space is being forced to close its doors is equally a drag – it was only a matter of time before the S. Bancroft St. building was swallowed up in the Newbold development boom.
During its seven year tenure as an artistic space, Cha-Cha-Razzi was an oasis for creators of all kinds. We asked current member and booker Robin Carine to name a few of his favorite memories and his response is telling; he sent back two paragraphs of events that were hosted within and bands that rolled through Cha-Cha’s walls, saying “It’s hard to fit seven years of craziness into a couple of sentences.”