Roots Show at SXSW in Austin Is Canceled After Bomb Threat

Roots Show at SXSW in Austin Is Canceled After Bomb Threat

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Questlove, the Roots’ drummer, performing in 2014. He defended the cancellation on Twitter on Sunday.

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A bomb threat in Austin, Tex., led to an arrest and the cancellation of a Roots concert at the South by Southwest festival.

On Saturday afternoon, a representative of the event promotion company Live Nation Music called the police to report that a bomb threat had been sent via email. The police scoured the area around the Fair Market venue, where a “Bud Light x The Roots & Friends Jam” showcase was scheduled for that evening, and found no threat. But Bud Light opted to cancel the event.

“Your safety and the safety of all fans at SXSW is our most important priority,” the company wrote on Twitter on Saturday.

The Austin police subsequently arrested Trevor Weldon Ingram, 26, charging him with making a terroristic threat, a third-degree felony. “There are no indications of any broader security concern for any activities relating to this incident,” the police department wrote in a statement.

The incident came with Austin already on edge after a series of homemade bombs exploded around the city early in the week, killing two people and injuring three.

Questlove, the drummer for the Roots — a live hip-hop group that also performs as the house band on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” — defended the show’s cancellation on Twitter on Sunday, writing: “No one is Mr. ‘show must go on’ than me. But we can’t risk our lives if we are told there was a bomb threat.” Ludacris, Rapsody and SWV had also been scheduled to perform at the concert.



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