Japanese Breakfast cancels New York show at venue hosting far-right conspiracy event

Japanese Breakfast (aka Michelle Zauner) has canceled its upcoming show in Rochester, New York, after the venue where it was booked pledged to hold an event for right-wing conspiracy theorists.

The show was scheduled to take place at the Main Street Armory on Tuesday, September 27, as part of a North American tour consisting of big hits, festival appearances (such as Here And There, Austin City Limits and the Pitchfork Music Festival ) and opening concerts. for The National, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Florence + The Machine.

The Rochester date was canceled, stereogum reports, because the Armory has decided to move forward with its booking for the “Reawaken America” ​​tour – a traveling conference that hosts speakers known to espouse dangerous and xenophobic rhetoric and conspiracy theories widely. refuted.

Among the main talking points during the tour are the false theory that the 2020 US presidential election was stolen from Donald Trump, and the arguments against implementing measures to combat COVID-19. Two Rochester stops on this tour are scheduled to take place on Friday August 12 and Saturday August 13 – neither are listed on the venue’s website, but several speaker sites have billed them with available tickets.

Announcing the cancellation of his show on Twitter overnight, Zauner wrote, “We canceled the event because a number of people let us know they were boycotting the venue because of the Reawaken America tour. . We were told the event had been canceled and later learned that it was secretly still moving forward.

“It’s a picket line that we support and don’t want to cross. We are unfortunately unable to move the event to another location this time around, but we love Rochester and I’m sure we’ll be back soon.

As of this writing, a petition against Rochester’s visit from the “Reawaken America” ​​tour has received nearly 2,000 signatures. Several of them are from key figures in the Monroe County town community, according to Rochester first, with lawmaker Mercedes Vazquez Simmons telling the publication, “We don’t want it here. We don’t want it in the city of Rochester. We don’t want it in Monroe County. We don’t want it in New York State.

Zauner’s current North American tour continues tonight (July 15) in St. Louis, with her and her band — plus opening act The Linda Lindas — performing at the Pageant. The relay will continue until mid-October, before Zauner and co. embark on a series of rescheduled shows in the UK and Europe. In November, she will play at the Primavera Sound festivals in São Paulo, Santiago and Buenos Aires. Check out all of his upcoming tour dates here.

Last week, Zauner revealed she sang on The 1975’s final single, ‘Part Of The Band’. This was after joining Jack Antonoff’s 1984 ‘SuperJam’ at Bonnaroo, and covering ‘Black Sheep ” from Metric with Anamanaguchi in Brooklyn. .

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