As one side of the arts scene celebrated the arrival of the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company in 2013, "urban promoters" mourned the closing of Club Dubai, an upscale urban nightclub in the same location downtown. Then, in 2012 when the Ray Charles Lounge in Cedmont, owned by a black couple, tried to gain a liquor license, it ran into obstacles. "Under no circumstances shall the licensee allow any show, band, act, etc . . . to perform entertainment that can be classified as predominantly Hip-Hop in nature," read a memorandum of understanding offered up by the Cedmont Community Improvement Association, "including musical and cultural genres and/or elements of Hip-Hop, such as rhythm and blues (R&B), go-go, funk, reggae and/or reggaeton, disco, dance hall, etc."