Echoes continue to reverberate through the concert business from North Carolina’s House Bill 2.
A summation of the music industry’s mindset toward the controversial new law is this “Funny or Die” poster going around social media, which shows a fictional “North Carolina Music Festival 2016” with most of the acts crossed off -- presumably in protest. And it’s amusing, sure.
But at least seven of the crossed-out acts are actually scheduled to play the Triangle in the coming months:
Chris Stapleton (May 20 at Cary’s Booth Amphitheatre)
Willie Nelson (May 22, Booth Amphitheatre)
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats (June 9 at Raleigh’s Red Hat Amphitheater)
Ellie Goulding (June 10, Red Hat)
Toby Keith (July 10 at Raleigh’s Walnut Creek Amphitheatre)
Rob Thomas (July 28, Walnut Creek)
Dixie Chicks (Aug. 12, Walnut Creek).
At least Thomas is marked, “probably out, but double-check.” I’ve made inquiries to see if anything is afoot with any of these shows, and I’ll update if anything definite comes back. Eventually, I guess we’ll see who shows up.
In other news:
*Gregg Allman has announced that his Wednesday night show in Greensboro will go on as scheduled in spite of his opposition to the law. Allman writes that he has the hope “that our music unites people in this challenging time,” concluding with a call for the bill to be reversed. Allman has two future North Carolina dates on the books, including July 22 at Red Hat, and they are still on, too. This echoes Jimmy Buffett’s recent announcement about his two North Carolina shows.
*Also still on are two North Carolina shows featuring ’60s garage-rock pioneers The Sonics, including May 6 at Saxapahaw’s Haw River Ballroom. The tour was originally advertised as “Little Steven’s Underground Garage & SiriusXM Presents.” But in the wake of Bruce Springsteen’s Greensboro cancelation, Springsteen associate Little Steven Van Zandt has removed his name from advertising the event.