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eTown cancels Michelle Shocked show after singer’s reported anti-gay rant

Boulder's eTown has pulled the plug on its May 3 concert with show veteran Michelle Shocked after her reported anti-gay rant at a concert. (Promotional photo).
Boulder’s eTown has pulled the plug on its May 3 concert with show veteran Michelle Shocked after her reported anti-gay rant at a concert. (Promotional photo).

Boulder-based national radio show eTown announced it has canceled its May 3 concert with eTown veteran Michelle Shocked after the singer-songwriter reportedly went on an anti-gay rant at a concert in San Francisco.

“From the very beginning, our goal as an organization has been to foster a spirit of community and inclusiveness in all that we do — whether it’s a radio taping, special event, concert or social cause we support,” eTown said on its Facebook page a few minutes ago. “We are deeply saddened by today’s news, and are pulling the plug on this event.”

Shocked, a self-identified born-again Christian, has a long relationship with the program. The singer-songwriter has performed 13 times across eTown’s 22 year history with acts such as the Avett Brothers, the Bad Plus and Barenaked Ladies.

“We cancelled the event as soon as we heard about the news this morning, and made the announcement on Twitter, and responded to individuals throughout the day that were concerned, even before the official announcement on Facebook,” eTown’s Zach Littlefield told Reverb. “It would be safe to say she won’t be on anymore.”

At least one other tour stop, the SPACE venue in Evanston, Ill., has canceled a Shocked concert because of the anti-gay rant, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Full refunds are available by calling the eTown Hall box office at 303-443-8696.

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John Wenzel is an A&E reporter and comedy critic for The Denver Post. Follow him @johntwenzel.