Bomb Threat Cancels Roots Show at Fair Market

Annual jam shuttered while APD investigates venue

Black Thought at SXSW in 2017
Black Thought at SXSW in 2017 (Photo by David Brendan Hall)

Update: Police arrested 26-year-old Trevor Weldon Ingram for issuing a terroristic threat on Saturday night.

Original story: Organizers abruptly canceled the Roots’ South by Southwest set at Fair Market tonight, reportedly due to a bomb threat.

A Chronicle staffer standing in the media line at the Fifth Street venue overheard venue staffers and SXSW volunteers talking about a bomb threat at the venue, and delivering word that the show was canceled.

Roots drummer Questlove confirmed news of the cancellation via a tweet around 8:30pm, in an attempt to save fans from waiting in line. Around the same time, the drummer posted an Instagram story with the following caption: “Welp. It’s 2018. Show cancelled. These are the times we now live in.” (The tweets and story have since been deleted.)

A second Chronicle staffer spoke with someone working at Fair Market tonight, who confirmed that Austin Police were canvassing the property to determine whether there is any validity to the threat. There are no plans to resume tonight’s show.

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