The Avett Brothers were forced to cancel their concert at the Edgefield in Troutdale, Oregon, on Saturday (July 7) after a man with a gun entered the venue without permission.
According to a statement on the band's website, an individual passing through the venue's metal detector was found carrying a gun. The man told security guards he was an out-of-state police officer and presented a badge. Security told the man to wait while they consulted with their manager, but the individual disregarded instructions and walked into the venue. After a long search, the man could not be found and the band was forced to cancel the show over security concerns.
"Due to the obvious threat posed by someone in the audience with a firearm, regardless of his (unconfirmed) claim of being a member of law enforcement, we were obligated, for the safety of everyone present, to cancel the performance," The Avett Brothers wrote on their site. "It was unfortunate that such action had to be taken, but we have no regret in being in a position to make a decision which helps to keep our fans safe."