The Paradox

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The Paradox was a South Baltimore dance club from 1991 to 2016. It was originally a home to house music, but later on got more of a hip hop feel.[1] The club was founded by Wayne Davis.


The Paradox was an important gathering place for Baltimore's DJs, producers, and dance music fans.[2] The sound system was developed, designed, and installed by Richard Long of Richard Long & Associates (RLA) and Dave Soto.[3][4] The club marked important events in the careers of many notable Djs and Promoters in the Baltimore Club Music scene such as K-Swift, Scott Henry, Leroy Burgess Jr., Scottie B and Charles Feelgood.

The Paradox closed its doors permanently in 2016, following a social media announcement[5] by club owner Wayne Davis in October 2015. This news came less than five years after a full renovation of the club,[6] which aimed to draw larger crowds. Despite its apparent success and popularity within the community, the Paradox struggled to make a profit in its later years, particularly due to dwindling alcohol sales.[7] The location which the Paradox occupied will be taken over[8] by Hammerjack's, another long-standing hallmark of Baltimore's music scene—although notably less focused on the club music the city is known for. As of 2020, the new Hammerjacks incarnation has yet to open.[9]


  1. ^ Weigel, Brandon (13 October 2015). "Legendary Club Paradox Will Close Next Year". Retrieved 31 October 2016.
  2. ^ Embert, Casey. "We Made All This Shit! The history of Unruly Records, which just celebrated 20 years, tells the history of Baltimore club music". Retrieved 31 October 2016.
  3. ^ "Nightclubbing: Paradox". Retrieved 2021-01-09.
  4. ^ Paper, Baltimore City. "Man of the House: For four decades Wayne Davis has shown that to build a club you start with the music". Retrieved 2016-10-31.
  5. ^ Entertainment, Paradox (2015-10-13). "Paradox Entertainment - Timeline | Facebook". Paradox Entertainment. Retrieved 2016-10-31.
  6. ^ Maza, Erik (2012-04-20). "Paradox still king: No other club holds a candle to this renovated South Baltimore institution, which has been around for 21 years". The Baltimore Sun. The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 2016-10-31.
  7. ^ Embert, Casey (2016-06-22). "We Made All This Shit! The history of Unruly Records, which just celebrated 20 years, tells the history of Baltimore club music". Baltimore City Paper. Retrieved 2016-10-31.
  8. ^ Sisk, Josh (2013-09-13). "Best Long Goodbye: The Paradox". Baltimore City Paper. Retrieved 2016-10-31.
  9. ^ "On This Day (April 11)…Eight Miles Above Hammerjacks". Gotta Hear 'em All!. 2020-04-11. Retrieved 2021-01-09.

Coordinates: 39°16′35″N 76°37′33″W / 39.27639°N 76.62583°W / 39.27639; -76.62583