Following a City Pages report that the North Loop bar’s owner, Julius De Roma, donated $500 to former KKK leader and current racist David Duke’s 2016 Senate campaign, Jake Rudh announced on Facebook that Transmission, his popular weekly dance night, will no longer at take place at Jäger.
“I refuse to stay at a venue where the owner supports the likes of David Duke and his messages of hate,” Rudh wrote.
This isn’t the first time the DJ has cut longstanding ties with a venue over disturbing public revelations about its owner. In January 2016, Rudh pulled Transmission from the Varsity Theatre in response to a widespread social media outcry against owner Jason McLean, the defendant in several child sex abuse lawsuits.
The next Transmission was scheduled for this Wednesday, Aug. 30. No word yet from Rudh as to where the event might take place in the future.
In addition to hosting the longrunning new wave/post-punk dance night, Rudh is also an on-air DJ at 89.3 the Current.
Here’s Rudh’s full Facebook post:
Transmission will not be taking place this Wednesday at Clubhouse Jager. Nor will it ever take place there again.
Like many of you, I was shocked and appalled to hear the news about the venue’s owner this morning.
I refuse to stay at a venue where the owner supports the likes of David Duke and his messages of hate.
I thank all of those who have come to the venue to support myself, Transmission and it’s hardworking staff. This is not the end of the weekly dance night, but it very much is at Clubhouse Jager.
Bigotry, hate, violence, and racism has no place at Transmission or anywhere on this planet.