Hurricane Irene Forces Music Closings


Some events postponed
until later, others cancelled outright.


By Fred Mills


From as far south as Wilmington, NC, to as far north (and
possibly farther) as Cohasset, MA, outdoor music concerts, festivals and
related events have been dropping like flies in the anticipated wake of
Hurricane Irene, which as of this writing (Sat. 10 am) continues to track up
the east coast and prompt millions of people to evacuate. Some of the
cancellations were due to concert promoters’ preemptive decisions, due in no
small part to the recent spate of outdoor concert tragedies. Others were
dictated from on high: on Friday New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg revoked
all outdoor-event permits in the city for the weekend.


Among the cancellations:


*Gillian Welch was to play the Winoca Festival in Wilmington tonight; with
that event cancelled, she moved her show a couple hundred miles inland to
Saxapahaw, also tonight. (One imagines most ticketholders were already on the
move westward from the NC coast so it might not be such a burden after all.)


*Mary Chapin
postponed her show at the Sandler
Center in Virginia Beach until Oct. 6.


*The Afro-Punk
in Brooklyn this weekend – possibly one of the most hotly
anticipated shows as it featured Cee-Lo Green, Santigold, Janelle Monáe, Das
Racist, Toro Y Moi, Ninjasonik, Gordon Voidwell, Reggie Watts and others – is cancelled.
No replacement date has been set. Scores of other NYC area shows, including
indoor club events, have also been cancelled or postponed.


*The Silopanna Music
in Crownsville, MD, is cancelled and has not been rescheduled.
Slated to appear were Matt & Kim, Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, Fitz
& the Tantrums and more.


*Styx (yep, Styx…)
had a show at the South Shore Music Circus in Cohasset, MA,
that is cancelled.


Here are some links that will list more cancellations and
postponements. While we are also advised that much of Brooklyn, in particular
the music mecca enclave of Williamsburg,
is being evacuated, there is no truth to the rumors that hipster-aspiring
squatters have been descending upon the area en masse…






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