COLUMBIA — The Blue Note will host a celebration of its 30th anniversary when the kings of the West Coast, Snoop Dogg and Ice Cube take the stage. The artists will bring their “How the West Was One” tour to The Blue Note’s Block Party, which will take place outdoors on Ninth Street.
“I don’t know if you can find anybody who can party quite like Snoop,” said Richard King, owner of The Blue Note.
This will be the first time that Snoop Dogg has been back to Columbia since his concert at The Blue Note in 2004.
“Last time was a great show, so we are excited to have him back and to see what he can do,” King said.
When Snoop performed downtown in 2004, fans were turned away from the doors at a sold-out concert. Columbia Fire Marshal Battalion Chief Steven Sapp became concerned that the club was in danger of exceeding its occupancy limit when he received a report about the large crowd outside the venue.
“It was a complaint-driven incident,” Sapp said. “We received a complaint from someone who said it was overcrowded, so we went down and did a count and asked them to stop letting people in the door.”
Between The Blue Note staff, Snoop’s entourage, and those who were on the guest list to attend the show free of charge, the venue reached capacity before all of the ticket holders could get in. Between 100 and 140 people who had bought tickets weren’t able to get into the show.
This time around, King said he plans to make sure that the show will run smoothly.
“I’ve been in close contact with most of the city staff and certainly the Police Department, and we’ve discussed the logistics of everything,” King said. “We’re going to treat it like any other concert we do here, and the city is right there with us.”
The Columbia Police Department is already preparing for the arrival of the celebrities. Public Information Officer Jessie Haden explained that communication between King and the department has been ongoing since Snoop’s presence at the party was determined. Despite the concert being at a busy time of the year for events, the Police Department is ready to dedicate officers.
“We are willing to be there to make sure that it’s a peaceful and fun evening,” Haden said. “There are just the normal concerns, large crowds of people, weather and parking, traffic flow and direction, to take care of. We will have enough officers there to staff the event in case anybody needs anything. We don’t anticipate any problems.”
Tickets for the Block Party cost $35, and gates will open at 6 p.m. on Friday, July 30.