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The Roots Cancelled SXSW Concert

By Fabiola Antunes
In Celebs
March 18, 2018
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The Roots, Formed in 1987, in Philadelphia, have become one of the best known and most respected hip-hop acts in the business, winning four Grammys - Photo: pressherenow.com. The Roots, Formed in 1987, in Philadelphia, have become one of the best known and most respected hip-hop acts in the business, winning four Grammys – Source: pressherenow.com.

The Roots cancelled their “Roots and Friends” show at the South by Southwest conference on Saturday night due to a “security concern” that multiple reports say was a bomb threat.

Later, an update by NY Daily News revealed that a 26-year-old man was the suspected author of the bomb threat, Texas officials said Sunday.

Trevor Ingram, 26, was arrested on suspicion of emailing a bomb threat to organizers of Saturday night's Roots concert at South by Southwest - Source: Austin Police Department.  Trevor Ingram, 26, was arrested on suspicion of emailing a bomb threat to organizers of Saturday night’s Roots concert at South by Southwest – Source: Austin Police Department.

Austin police swarmed the Fair Market venue after event organizers Live Nation received a threatening email around 4:30 p.m. local time Saturday. The show’s sponsor, Bud Light, ultimately canceled the hip-hop show about a half-hour before it was scheduled to begin, according to the Austin Statesman newspaper.

Officers searched the building, but Gov. Greg Abbott’s office said “no threat was found.”

“Due to a security concern, we have made the difficult decision to cancel tonight’s Bud Light x The Roots SXSW Jam,” show sponsor Bud Light/Anheuser-Busch said in a statement. “After working proactively with SXSW, the Austin Police Department, and other authorities, Bud Light believes this is the best course of action to ensure the safety of our guests, staff, and artists, and appreciate your understanding. We are truly sorry to have to cancel the event, but we felt it was necessary to take all safety precautions.” Rolling Stone reports that it has confirmed the security concern was a bomb threat; Austin Police Department said more information would be made available on Twitter.

In a series of Tweets that were deleted within 20 minutes, Roots drummer Questlove wrote that the cancellation was due to a “severe emergency.”

“Uh, welp can’t say much but for those in Austin waiting in line to see us tonight,” he wrote. “Tonight’s show has been cancelled. They’ll make official announcement but I’d rather save y’all the trouble of waiting in line.”

The Roots were scheduled to appear with Ludacris, Jessie Reyez, Rapsody, Dermot Kennedy and Tank and the Bangas.

Austin cops continue search for package bomb suspect

 

Sources: Variety and NY Daily News

 

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