Weekend concert cancellations stack up ahead of Hurricane Irene
UPDATED 7:56 PM ET It's pretty safe to say that if you were planning to attend a concert or music festival over the weekend on the East Coast, Hurricane Irene will put a damper on those plans.
A long list of cancellations is stacking up, none bigger than the three-day Dave Matthews Band Caravan, which was scheduled for this week on New York's Governor's Island. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has issued a state of emergency, and Mayor Mike Bloomberg has revoked the event's permit due to safety concerns.
Friday night's (8/26) DMB Caravan show, however, is a go, and those holding tickets the Saturday and Sunday (8/27-28) are invited to attend.
Organizers plan to reschedule the Governor's Island event, and those who attend on Friday will also be allowed to use their tickets on the rescheduled date. Updates and more information will be posted at the DMB Caravan website.
(Keep checking back -- this story will be updated throughout Friday):
hMAG Music Fest, which was to take place Saturday at Hoboken, NJ's Pier A Park, has been postponed until sometime next month. The bill was to be headed up by The Walkmen and School of Seven Bells.
The Silopanna Music Festival, which was to take place at the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds in Crownsville, MD, has been canceled. Acts on the bill were to include Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Jimmie's Chicken Shack and Matt & Kim, among others.
Brooklyn, NY's Out in the Streets Music Festival, which was to take place Saturday and Sunday, has been canceled.
This weekend's Central Park Summerstage shows have been called off. The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival featuring Toots Thielmans, James Carter, Tia Fuller and others will be rescheduled to a date (to be announced). Sunday's show featuring Jagged Edge, Avant and Melanie Fiona has been postponed to Sept. 21.
ZZ Top's Sunday show at the NYCB Theater in Westbury, NY, has been rescheduled for Monday. Paul Revere & The Raiders' Saturday gig at the same locale has been canceled.
Mary Chapin Carpenter's Friday performance at Virginia Beach, VA's Sandler Center has been postponed to Oct. 6. As of Friday afternoon, Carpenter's Saturday concert at Wolf Trap in Vienna, VA, was scheduled to go on as planned.
Reigning "American Idol" Scotty McCreery and the rest of the American Idols Live! crew have postponed Sunday night's scheduled show at Albany, NY's Times Union Center until Sept. 4. Tickets for the original show will be honored on the new date. As of Friday afternoon, Saturday's show at Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence, RI, is currently scheduled to go on as planned.
The New York Pops concert scheduled for Sunday at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel, NY, has been postponed to Oct. 1.
Casinos in Atlantic City, NJ, are closed down this weekend due to a mandatory evacuation. Among the affected shows are a Lynyrd Skynyrd show at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, which has been postponed to Oct. 1. The same venue has postponed three scheduled Frankie Valli shows and a Donny Osmond gig.
A planned Sunday concert featuring Blake Shelton and Aaron Lewis at the Summer Stage at Tag's in Big Flats, NY, has been rescheduled for Oct. 2, according to a press release.
Planned Saturday and Sunday performances The Temptations & The Four Tops at the South Shore Music Circus in Cohasset, MA, and the Cape Cod Melody Tent in Hyannis, MA, respectively, have been canceled.
Travis Tritt's Sunday show at Indian Ranch in Webster, MA, has been canceled. Refunds are available at the point of purchase, according to a press release.
As previously reported, Kenny Chesney has moved up his planned Sunday show in Foxboro, MA, to Friday. Those holding tickets for Sunday's show can use them today. As of Friday afternoon, Saturday's Chesney show at the same venue was still expected to happen as scheduled.
Both Rib Rock Festival shows featuring B.B. King and the J. Geils Band, among others and other performers, have been canceled. Shows were scheduled for Saturday at Wantagh, NY's Nikon at Jones Beach Theater and Sunday at Holmdel, NJ's PNC Bank Arts Center.
New York City's Afro-Punk Festival, which was to take place Saturday and Sunday at Commodore Barry Park, has been canceled. "The event organizers are regrouping to plan the next steps and will keep the public updated," said an event press release. Cee Lo Green, Santigold, Fishbone and Janelle Monae were among the acts scheduled to perform.
Sunday's planned Styx show at the South Shore Music Circus in Cohasset, MA, has been canceled, and won't be rescheduled.
Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo were scheduled to play Saturday and at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, VA, but those shows have been canceled.
The Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival's Sunday stop at the Comcast Center in Mansfield, MA, has been rescheduled for Tuesday (8/30). According to a press release, tickets for the previously scheduled performance date will be honored at the rescheduled date; for those unable to attend the rescheduled date, refunds are available at point of purchase.