With Hurricane Irene looming ever larger on the horizon, people in New York are starting to take the threat seriously: The subways have been shut down and residents are packing up and exiting the city to take shelter somewhere safer.
The sense of imminent danger has also extended to the city’s bustling music world, with countless performances, concerts and festivals announcing their cancellation in response to the New York governor’s issuance of a state of emergency in anticipation of the potentially catastrophic storm.
Here are some of the big-deal shows that have been canceled so far:
• Days 2 & 3 (Saturday/Sunday) of Dave Matthews Band’s Caravan (tonight’s show is still on)
• Jonny Corndawg’s show tonight in Asbury Park, N.J., as well as his Saturday appearance on the Rocks Off Cruise
• Both nights (Saturday/Sunday) of the Rib Rock Fesitval at Jones Beach featuring B.B. King and J. Geils Band
• Night 2 (Sunday) of the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival
• Sunday’s Central Park Summerstage show featuring Jagged Edge and others—which was also the final free summer show of the series. The show has been pushed back a month.
• Both nights (Saturday/Sunday) of the Afro-Punk Festival, which was to feature Das Racist, Toro y Moi and more
In spite of the numerous cancellations, a few events such as Out in the Streets Fest and the PS1 Warm Up have decided to brave the inclement weather and carry on as planned.