South Florida Bracing for Hurricane Irma, Tove Lo, Paramore & Steve Earle Cancel Shows
As Hurricane Irma barrels toward South Florida on a direct path for such major cities as Miami, Orlando and Ft. Lauderdale, the concert industry is retrenching and canceling shows in advance of what weather experts are calling the most powerful hurricanes to ever hit the Atlantic coast.
One of the first shows to be postponed was a gig slated for Thursday night (Sept. 7) featuring Blackberry Smoke with the Chris Robinson Brotherhood at the Pompano Beach Amphitheater. The storm resulted in five total booking losses for Robinson's band, including gigs at the St. Augustine Amphitheater (Sept. 8), one at Jannus Landing in St. Petersburg (Sept. 9), The Social in Orlando (Sept. 10) and Vinyl Music Hall in Pensacola on Sept. 12.
And though they said they're normally "pretty optimistic," the folks at the Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater announced on Wednesday that Friday night's (Sept. 8) Paramore gig would be postponed until December 6. "Hurricane Irma has given us some #Hardtimes," the venue wrote in a Facebook post announcing the news. A spokesperson said the building would be closed over the weekend and that at press time the 2 Chainz show slated for Sept. 17 was still on.
The Broward Center for the Performing Arts has postponed a Steve Earle & the Dukes show with Los Lobos, originally scheduled for Friday (Sept. 8) and the entire three-day slate of performances at the St. Augustine-based Sing Out Loud Festival (Sept. 8-10) -- which was to feature sets from Earle, Lake Street Drive, Wolf Parade, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Los Lobos, Lucero, Deer Tick and many more -- has been canceled.
Not taking any chances, the Plaza Live in Orlando announced it was closing its doors from Friday until Monday (Sept. 11), with a Tove Lo gig scheduled for next Thursday (Sept. 14) called off at press time; another show by Lo at Revolution Live on Sept. 13 has also been canceled according to a tweet from the "Disco Tits" singer.
The House of Blues in Orlando has canceled its signature gospel brunch on Sunday (Sept. 10), though at press time a gig by Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley was still on the calendar for Tuesday (Sept. 12). The Christian rock festival Rock the Universe at the Universal Orlando Resort, slated for Friday and Saturday and featuring Chris Tomlin, Lecrae, Kari Jobe, Casting Crowns, Andy Mineo, Family Force 5 and others will go on as scheduled tonight, but Saturday's lineup has been scratched.