Michelle Shocked removed from Telluride Bluegrass Festival - Reverb

UPDATED: Michelle Shocked replaced on Telluride Bluegrass Festival lineup after anti-gay rant

UPDATE: Planet Bluegrass has told us that Michelle Shocked (Sister Shocked & The Campbell Brothers) has been replaced by Drepung Monks on the Telluride Bluegrass lineup.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.

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  • JustSayinEP

    Maybe Michelle can learn to do a version of the Dixie Chick’s “Not Ready to Make Nice”……

    So now eTown and Planet Bluegrass have appointed themselves the thought police. It seems they’re saying to her “Just shut up and sing, Michelle! We don’t want anyone who thinks differently than us performing! Diversity of a sexual nature and color is acceptable, diversity of thought and opinions? NOT!”

    • Tbone

      Bigotry isn’t diversity.

  • Mode

    A. What did she say?
    B. It seems the narrow minds are winning, believe as we do or face the consequences.

    • http://twitter.com/randyfmcdonald Randy McDonald

      If Michelle Shocked had said what she said about “homosexuals” about any other demographic–about Jews, about blacks or Hispanics or Asians, et cetera–then there’d be just as severe a backlash.

      • JustSayinEP

        Exactly! Hence – thought police. The litmus test is “you all must think the same way, you all must accept what we accept, you all must ‘be nice’ and ‘not mean’, you all must be liberal or progressive in your thinking, and then we’ll let you perform.”

        I think Shocked is one sick cookie, and I have no love for fundamentalists of any religious ilk (including conservative Christians and/or rabid environmentalists). But I’m just as disgusted at the holier-than-thou ass-hats who instantly declared her persona non grata for DARING to have an opinion different than their own…….

  • Candace

    To Mode and JustSayinEP, seriously, what is wrong with you? Thought police? Michelle got up on stage and said “You can go on Twitter and say ‘Michelle Shocked says God hates fags.” That’s MILES different than “We’re ashamed the president of the United States is from Texas.” If Michelle had said “You can go on Twitter and say ‘Michelle Shocked says God hates N*^&^#s,” would you be talking about the thought police? eTown and the Planet have a long history of promoting tolerance and acceptance; having Michelle Shocked up there would like inviting the Westboro Baptist Church to share their stage.