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Merriweather Post Pavilion’s roof collapsed last night during renovation work. Crews had been attempting to raise the iconic roof of the Columbia, Maryland venue operated by I.M.P. for a five-year renovation project when it fell down.

According to I.M.P., the roof was “being hydraulically lifted 20 feet over a period of months” and “was in its near-final position” with the next anticipated step being “to secure it permanently.” At 2:30 a.m. Sunday, the roof unexpectedly came crashing down. No one was injured.

“We knew it was too easy,” Seth Hurwitz said. “So, just to see what we’re REALLY made of, we were shown what the roof was made of. Up close and in person.”

“Last night, in the middle of our months-long roof raising operation, the winds of fate prevailed and decided that, instead of simply raising the roof, we should just go ahead and build a new one. Was not our decision, but the bright side is all the money we save on imploding,” he continued. “Nobody was hurt. That is, of course, the most important thing. Second most…yes everything will be ready for season opening.”


BET has put together a six part docuseries about the rise and fall of hip-hop record label Death Row Records. Death Row Chronicles will air its first two episodes on Feb. 20 and feature never before seen footage from the legendary label’s vault and an interview with someone who was present for Tupac’s murder. Death Row records was led by CEO Suge Knight who was known for his aggressive business tactics and helped launch the solo careers of Tupac, Snoop Dog, and Dr. Dre. Check out the trailer here.


SMG Sioux Falls has announced that they will no longer produce the annual RibFest in South Dakota. RibFest first launched in 1998 at the Sioux Falls Arena and has grown over the years from a ‘backyard’ event to an annual festival with national bands and rib vendors. “While it was a difficult decision to make, we are pleased that the event provided many great memories over the past two decades for the region,” said Terry Torkildson, General Manager of SMG Sioux Falls. “SMG is refocusing its resources and efforts to managing and producing events in the venues it manages in Sioux Falls.”

Taylor Mims

Taylor Mims

News Editor at Amplify
Taylor Mims is Amplify's News Editor. She is a Los Angeles native and received her Masters in Creative Writing from Cal State Long Beach.
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