Capleton concert canceled over hate lyrics
February 14, 2010
By KAREN VELIE
Capleton’s concert at Downtown Brewing Company on Feb. 17 has been canceled. The club’s management and the show’s promoter, Numbskull Productions, said in an e-mail on Feb. 14 to the Gay and Lesbian Alliance of the Central Coast (GALA) that they were canceling because of information provided by concerned citizens.
Capleton is watching his United States tour crumble as groups against hate have put pressure on venues that planned to host the Reggae singer who advocates for the murder of gay people. A concert planned for earlier this month in Humboldt was also canceled.
Last week, GALA members began organizing a peaceful protest to coincide with Capleton’s scheduled San Luis Obispo performance. GALA is now asking members of the community to meet at Downtown Brewing Company on Feb. 17 to show community support for the club’s decision.
“We are grateful for their willingness to listen to the concerns of the community regarding this performer’s inflammatory lyrics, and appreciate the careful thought that went into the decision to cancel the show,” GALA said in a press release that also thanked the community for its support. “The support from the community has helped us rise above hate and stand together as one.”