As I told you earlier, a promoter at this weekend's Jukebox Music Festival in Anderson, California unceremoniously told Alan Jackson this morning that he wasn't invited to perform any longer at the festival because apparently Jackson's rescheduled concert on Friday had messed up ticket sales for his performance tonight at the festival.
At least that was the story Jackson's crew was given.
But if that wasn't strange enough, the promoters of the festival actually shut the festival down hours early without giving other performers the chance to perform as scheduled tonight, leaving thousands of paying fans disappointed.
And they had the gall -- GALL I say! -- to interrupt Ms. Pam Tillis when she was trying to perform for her fans.
So, so strange.
According to the Anderson Valley Post, the meltdown began at about 2:30 this afternoon shortly after Ricky Skaggs had done his sound check and Pam Tillis was about to take the stage to do the same. Suddenly one of the promoters took the stage and announced to the crowd that “we are shutting down the festival.”
No explanation at all. He then went on to say, “The venue is now closed. Please go home.”
They then shut all the sound equipment down on the festival's two stages. Pam Tillis wasn't having it and announced to the crowd that she would stay as long as fans were willing to stay and started singing Amazing Grace with the crowd singing along with her.
That's when uniformed security guards took the stage and told everyone to get out.
“I thought Pam Tillis was great and trying to do what she could for all her fans. I am very disappointed in the promoter. I think a better solution could have been found for Sunday's performance,” said Robbie Ennis of Cottonwood, who witnessed the event.
At 3 p.m., a statement was sent out stating:
"We are very grateful for those of you who were able to join us on Friday and Saturday at the Jukebox Music Festival,” the statement read.
“Despite the hard work and dedication of countless volunteers, community supporters and generous sponsors, we are saddened to have to close the gates on our inaugural festival at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 22.
"We are very sorry to have not been able to fulfill our dream. We hope you all enjoyed the two-and-a-half-days of music, dancing and eating.
"For more information send us an email at email@example.com. Please allow two weeks for response while we sort this out,” the statement continued.
Wow. Just wow.
For a full account of what happened throughout the Sunday Jukebox mess, head over to the Anderson Valley Post.