Avett Brothers postpone show after man enters venue with gun
TROUTDALE, Ore. (AP) — The Avett Brothers band postponed a sold-out show in Oregon after a man showed up to the venue with a gun, then disappeared into the crowd.
The popular roots-rock band called off its concert Saturday night at the McMenamins Edgefield in Troutdale after it says a man triggered a metal detector when entering the venue, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported .
“When confronted by the security guard and informed of the no-firearm policy of the venue, the individual stated that he was an out-of-state police officer and showed a badge,” the band wrote on its website.
The man walked into the crowd before security could verify his story, according to the band.
“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 band wrote.
A McMenamins spokeswoman and the show’s producers said the incident did not warrant evacuation or endanger the audience.
“The security of our patrons is of utmost importance,” spokeswoman Vicky Hastings said. “We regret the inconvenience but feel the proper decision was made to postpone the show,”
The sheriff’s office said it has no credible information of a threat and has not opened a criminal investigation.
McMenamins is working to reschedule the show, said Jimi Biron, who handles bookings for McMenamins, but fans who would prefer a refund can contact email@example.com. The Avett Brothers offered to go on Sunday night instead but the Edgefield already had Steve Martin and Martin Short booked to perform, he said.
Information from: The Oregonian/OregonLive, http://www.oregonlive.com