UPDATE Authorities Arrested Man Who Made Bomb Threat at the Roots’ SXSW Jam
A man identified as Trevor Weldon Ingram was charged with third-degree felony charges of making a terroristic threat after emailing Live Nation to report a bomb.
As we reported earlier this weekend, the scheduled Saturday evening performance at SXSW by The Roots was canceled before they were expected to go on-stage, because of an emailed bomb threat to Live Nation Music.
Per Variety, a man identified as Trevor Weldon Ingram emailed the entertainment company to report a bomb planted at the festival’s Fair Market venue. Austin police reacted and proceeded to clear-and-search the area. Ultimately, they concluded that no threat was found, but Bud Light, the concert’s sponsor, decided to still cancel the gig as a safety precaution.
Police were later able to “identify and locate the suspect believed to be tied to this threat,” and Ingram was arrested and charged on third-degree felony charges of making a terroristic threat. SXSW has yet to indicate if The Roots — billed as “Roots and Friends” with Ludacris, Jessie Reyez, Rapsody and others — will be rescheduling the gig.
Questlove shared his thoughts about the whole ordeal in a series of tweets, which you can see below:
But you still whining about not seeing a show after you were told (& tweeted you DIDNT BELIEVE) what happened….doesn’t make you look….selfish tho 🤷🏾♂️? But nevermind safety just “shut up & play yer show!” right? 😐 https://t.co/2FpRl5irIm
— T’Questlove (@questlove) March 18, 2018
Questlove initially tweeted about the cancellation in two-since deleted posts. He described the reason as “a severe emergency.” We are glad all are OK.
One of the most highly anticipated events (for us, at least) was Questlove and Black Thought’s (The Roots) SXSW Jam with friends Ludacris, Jessie Reyez, Rapsody, Tank & the Bangas and more. It didn’t happen last night, March 17, because of “a security concern.”
In two since-deleted posts from Questlove, he described the reason why The Roots & Friends SXSW Jam was cancelled because of a “severe emergency,” which, by other reports was a bomb threat received at Fair Market, where the event was supposed to take place. Sponsor Bud Light apologized for cancelling in a statement, saying, “We felt it was necessary to take all safety precautions.”
See the company’s full response below:
Due to a security concern we have made the hard decision to cancel tonight’s event. Your safety and the safety of all fans at SXSW is our most important priority.
— Bud Light (@budlight) March 18, 2018
The concern was warranted as earlier this week, three packages were delivered to residential homes in Austin, Texas. Out of the three that exploded, two people were killed, and the crimes appeared to have been related, according to The New York Times, but no connection to SXSW has been established.
We are thankful that people are OK and safe. And to those complaining about not seeing The Roots, you still have another chance as the group will be jamming out with their friends in Philly for this year’s Roots Picnic.