An indie band has canceled a concert in upstate New York after finding out that the venue was planning to host a “ReAwaken America” tour stop.
Japanese Breakfast, nominated for Best New Artist at this year’s Grammy Awards, pulled off their show in Rochester after the Main Street Armory booked a stop for a tour described as “the start of QAnon 2.0” by New York Magazine. The tour stop, scheduled for Aug. 12 and 13 in the city, will feature subsidiaries of former President Donald Trump, such as former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and former Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone.
Flynn is a QAnon conspiracy theorist who called on Trump to declare war laws and “temporarily suspend the constitution” following the results of the 2020 presidential election.
In 2020, Stone was sentenced to 40 months in prison for a series of crimes, including lying to Congress, preventing a house search of possible agreements between Russia and the Trump campaign in 2016, and witness manipulation.
On Twitter, Japanese Breakfast said people went out to tell them about a boycott of the venue because of the trip.
“We were told that the event was canceled and we were later told that it was secretly still going on,” Japanese Breakfast tweeted:
Rochester area executives have also requested that the “ReAwaken America” tour stop be pulled from the site with room for 6,500 people, RochesterFirst reported. Monroe County lawmaker Mercedes Vazquez Simmons said there was concern that stopping the trip would lead to “further bigotry” in the community.
The venue is located in a neighborhood that is predominantly made up of people who are poor, black and brown, leading to concerns from her constituents, Simmons said.
“I’ve received a stream of calls from community members about this trip – what it represents to them – and I want to tell you that there’s a sense of panic going on in this community,” Simmons told RochesterFirst.