Hurricane Irene Forces NYC Concert Cancellations

Dave Matthews Band Caravan events, Afro-Punk Fest with Das Racist, final Summerstage show and many more succumb to approaching storm.

New Yorkers: Trade your earplugs for some frozen dinners and a couple seasons of your favorite TV show on DVD, because chances are the concert you bought tickets to this weekend has been canceled.

With Hurricane Irene tearing her way up the East Coast, many bands and venues that had shows planned in areas likely to be hit by the bad weather conditions are either rescheduling or canceling the gigs in anticipation of the storm. Forecasts are predicting the hurricane will affect states including South Carolina and Virginia and on all the way up to the eastern coast of Canada through Monday.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has declared a state of emergency, and the city’s transit system will be completely suspended beginning at noon on Saturday, which is having a direct impact on previously scheduled NYC concerts. A spokesperson for the Bowery Presents confirmed to MTV News that the Dave Matthews Band Caravan events at Governors Island on Saturday and Sunday have been postponed. New dates have not been announced, but ticketholders are being encouraged to attend the event on Friday (August 26) instead.

Of course, it’s also unclear whether bands that were set to play alongside DMB at this weekend’s concerts will be around to perform at a later date. The Roots were supposed to perform Saturday, and Gogol Bordello were slated to perform Sunday.

The Afro-Punk Fest was also a casualty of Governor Cuomo rescinding all event permits for the weekend. “The Afro-Punk festival has been barred from holding any public assembly in Commodore Barry Park this weekend. Afro-Punk staff have been meeting with officials and sponsors to try and avoid cancellation but have had to cancel this weekend’s festival due to safety concerns,” the festival planners said in a statement. “The event organizers are regrouping to plan the next steps and will keep the public updated.”

Himanshu Suri of Das Racist, who was to perform at the festival, apologized to his fans over Twitter and said he might fly out to St. Louis early to avoid missing that gig as well. Fellow Afro-Punk performer Chaz Bundick of Toro Y Moi similarly apologized in a tweet.

Fans planning to see ZZ Top perform in Westbury, New York, on Sunday are in luck, because the show has only been delayed until Monday, August 29, Pollstar is reporting. But fans that can’t make the new date will be refunded; the same goes for ticketholders who planned to attend Saturday’s now-canceled Bill Medley with Paul Revere & the Raiders concert.

The last of the free Central Park Summerstage shows this season, set for Sunday, has been rescheduled. Jagged Edge, Avant and Melanie Fiona will perform on September 21 instead, according to Brooklyn Vegan.

On Thursday, the Museum of Modern Art’s PS1 announced on Twitter that their Saturday night Warm Up outdoor music series would go on in spite of the forecast. But on Friday afternoon, they tweeted a follow-up, saying, “Sadly, we have to cancel.”

At press time, many Broadway shows were set to go on, though Entertainment Weekly reported that all Saturday and Sunday performances of “The Lion King” and “Mary Poppins” have been canceled.

Many events are being canceled and rescheduled outside of the New York area, as well. Journey’s concert at Jiffy Lube Live on Sunday has been postponed to September 4, MTV News confirmed with a Live Nation spokesperson. As a result of the date change, Foreigner will be unavailable to perform on the new date. (All tickets will be honored on the new date.) Unfortunately, fans planning to attend Saturday’s Silopanna Music Festival in Crownsville, Maryland, are out of luck, because the festival has been canceled and won’t be rescheduled, according to Pollstar. (Refunds are being issued at points of purchase.)

Kenny Chesney’s Sunday concert at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts, has been moved up to Friday (August 26), the country singer announced on his website.

The Boston Herald is reporting that Sunday’s Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival show at the Comcast Center in Mansfield, Massachusetts, has been moved back two days to August 30. And the Essex Music Festival in Essex, Massachusetts, has been rescheduled to September 3, The Gloucester Times said.