UPDATE: Planet Bluegrass has told us that Michelle Shocked (Sister Shocked & The Campbell Brothers) has been replaced by Drepung Monks on the Telluride Bluegrass lineup. According to festival organizers, Shocked said on the phone “God loves everyone” and will do a lengthy radio interview this within the next few days to talk about the Sunday show in San Francisco.
After Michelle Shocked‘s anti-gay rant at a concert Sunday night in San Francisco, a number of promoters have cancelled the singer-songwriter’s upcoming shows, including Boulder-based eTown. The next cancellation for the artist may be Colorado’s iconic Telluride Bluegrass Festival. TBF organizers, Planet Bluegrass, posted a note on Facebook saying they were “considering the status” of Shocked at the festival. They are hesitant due to Shocked’s 20-year relationship with the festival.
Planet Bluegrass posted this message on the organization’s Facebook page:
Dear Festivarians… We are carefully considering the status of Michelle Shocked at the upcoming 40th Annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival.
We certainly do not condone any of Michelle’s reported statements from her 3/17 performance. But given our 20-year relationship with Michelle (and our festival being 6 weeks later than her other US performances), we are taking a little extra time to confirm all the facts (beyond the 3rd party news stories) before making a final decision.
We appreciate everyone’s thoughtful Facebook comments, emails, and phone calls regarding the situation. We especially welcome comments from people who were personally in attendance at Michelle’s 3/17 performance.
The folks on Planet Bluegrass
eTown, who cancelled Shocked’s May 3 concert on Monday, also had a similar relationship to the singer.
“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 . “We are deeply saddened by today’s news, and are pulling the plug on this event.”
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.
Check back with Reverb for more news about Michelle Shocked’s status at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival.
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