Arts Desk

Crossroads Nightclub Reopens

As suddenly as Bladensburg Caribbean music club and restaurant the Crossroads closed for maintenance on Dec. 10, it reopened on Dec. 23. The large multiroom nightspot and eatery updated its website that day with a new listing of holiday-related events and restored its telephone’s answering machine message. Club owner Alton Gayle, who has not responded to City Paper's requests for comment, posted the club’s end-of-December schedule on his Facebook page that day. The Crossroads has featured Caribbean tunes and culinary offerings since 1995, and first opened back in 1941. On Christmas Eve, longtime local regulars Peter Humphreys and the Oasis Band performed and yesterday DJ Jason Steele brought back state-of-the art Jamaican sounds with the late-night “Dancehall Sundays” event. The club’s remaining listed schedule (as of this posting) includes only DJ events, and only goes through Dec. 31. While the establishment has featured a who’s who of touring reggae and soca talent over the years, including Beenie Man and Machel Montano, the current posted schedule includes no such touring international acts. But the club seems eager to show its patrons that it has their interests in mind. This Wednesday, Crossroads is hosting an invitation-only, customer appreciation night.

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