California Authorities Charge 2 Live Crew Concert Obscene

Rhett Pardon
SONOMA, Calif. — The 2 Live Crew, which battled obscenity charges years ago in the U.S. Supreme Court, has given the owners of Little Switzerland some potential trouble.

The Little Switzerland beer garden of Sonoma, Calif., hosted a concert by the controversial rappers last week and could face fines and even suspension of its alcohol license after state regulators witnessed partially nude lap dancing, simulated sex acts and explicit lyrics.

The California Department of Alcohol and Beverage Control said it had undercover agents who witnessed alleged obscenity violations at the concert.

Little Switzerland, a local beer garden that usually hosts polka bands, is owned by Antonio and Alina Garcia, who have owned it since the 1970s. Both could not be reached for comment Wednesday by XBiz.

The 2 Live Crew was not specifically targeted, according to regulators, but their show scheduled in nearby Guerneville for Nov. 20 was canceled after the Little Switzerland incident.

In 1986 2 Live Crew released its first album and a Florida record store owner was charged with obscenity for selling it to a 14-year-old girl. He was later acquitted.

In 1990 the Florida Supreme Court declared its third album, "As Nasty As They Wanna Be," legally obscene. That ruling was later overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court.