Civil unrest in Cincinnati has caused rapper Lil' Bow Wow to postpone a concert scheduled for the Taft Theatre on Friday (April 13) because of a citywide curfew.
Lil' Bow Wow's reps at So So Def Records said they were alerted of Mayor Charles Luken's dusk-to-dawn curfew on Thursday afternoon by the venue's promoters, and a joint decision was made to tentatively reschedule the show what was supposed to be the kickoff of Lil' Bow Wow's summer tour to May 15.
In addition to Lil' Bow Wow's Friday night concert, a performance by comedian D.L. Hughley slated for Saturday at the Taft Theatre and weekend shows by the Drop Shadows and Pete Yorn have also been canceled.
Rioting has rocked Cincinnati since Tuesday, when hundreds of people took to the streets to protest last weekend's slaying of an unarmed black teen by a white police officer.
According to The Cincinnati Enquirer, 19-year-old Timothy Thomas was fatally shot by officer Steve Roach as police were attempting to arrest Thomas for 14 outstanding warrants, 12 of which were for minor traffic violations.
After more violence, looting and vandalism continued in downtown Cincinnati on Wednesday night, Luken declared a state of emergency on Thursday, followed by a curfew prohibiting those within the city limits from being outside from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.
Based upon the city's state of emergency, the curfew order could last as long as two weeks, and Cincinnati's chief of police, Tom Streicher, said during a press conference on Friday that the curfew will continue indefinitely.
If the curfew extends through next week, concerts by David Gray at the State Theatre and Guster at Bogart's slated for Tuesday could also be in danger, although a spokesperson for the State Theatre said the Gray show is currently planned to go on as scheduled.
Publicists for Guster were unaware of any immediate changes in the band's tour. Gray's reps did not return calls by press time.
As for Lil' Bow Wow, the first official date of his summer tour will now be on Saturday in Louisville, Kentucky.
On Thursday, Lil' Bow Wow gave fans in Dayton, Ohio, a preview of his live set during an impromptu performance at Memorial Hall. The concert, which also included an appearance by Lil' Zane, was originally scheduled to be a mock show and dress rehearsal for the Cincinnati opening night.