Nemo, the blizzard that body-slammed the Northeast yesterday into this morning, dumping feet of snow driven by high winds blowing frigid air, forced the cancellation or postponement of several concerts in the region, underscoring yet again why February is among the touring industry’s lightest months. As Friday turned into Saturday, more than half a million people were without power in the Northeast, road traffic had ground to a halt, and thousands of flights were cancelled, the latter situation surely causing difficulties for those artists and music bizzers trying to make it from New York and elsewhere to the more hospitable climes of L.A. for the Grammys Sunday.
But bands and agents take their chances and tour when and where they must, particularly at the club and small venue level, and that sector was hit very hard specifically in the Boston market, where the whole weekend of concerts were cancelled. Among the more notables in Boston, where road travel was banned Friday, were the postponement of George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic at the Boston House of Blues (which would have doubtlessly thawed things a bit had it gone on), and a Passion Pit with Matt & Kim show for Saturday, though as of press time the band’s show tonight at Madison Square Garden was still a go. Also among the postponed in Beantown, according to local reports: Booty Camp at the Middle East Downstairs, Donna The Buffalo at the Center for the Arts in Natick, Mass., and Grace Potter & the Nocturnals at Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel on Rhode Island, among others. Elsewhere in New England, Jeff Mangum postponed last night’s show in Hartford. Daughtry postponed a show at the DCU Center in Worcester, Mass., and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band postponed their stop at the Clark Institute in Albany, N.Y.