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September 20, 2010

Virgin Mobile FreeFest: We have no Plan B yet if T.I. bails

T.I.'s drug bust put in question his touring plans for the Fall, including a Sept. 25 stop at Merriweather Post Pavilion for Virgin Mobile FreeFest. Already, three shows have been canceled as he sorts through his legal problems.

But festival organizers say he will not be replaced if he bails because there's no time to find a back-up.

The Atlanta rapper was arrested  Sept. 1 in Los Angeles for ecstasy possession, among other charges. He's due to appear soon before an Atlanta judge who'll decide if he violated his parole.

In light of his legal woes, he's canceled three shows already - Penn State, Jackson State University, and West Virginia University, which was scheduled a day after Virgin FreeFest.

Seth Hurwitz, chairman of promoter I.M.P., says he's waiting to hear "official word" from the label about the scheduled appearance. But as of now, T.I.'s still on the bill.

"I don't know that we can plan until Thursday," he said.

If the Atlanta judge revokes the rapper's parole, and he cancels the festival appearance, the show will go on anyway.

"There's certainly enough entertainment going on," Hurwitz said. He's considered replacement acts, but hasn't found the right one.

"We're not going to find another act just like that," he said.

One possibility would be to extend other bands' set times, spokeswoman Audrey Fix Schaefer  added. Set times haven't been locked in because organizers have yet to formalize a schedule of the day's events, five days before the festival.

Virgin Mobile FreeFest is Saturday 25 at Merriweather Post Pavilion. Follow up-to-date coverage at our FreeFest page and Midnight Sun.

Photo: T.I. official Facebook


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Posted by Erik Maza at 3:04 PM | | Comments (7)
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Have you heard anything yet about the schedule for the day? What bands are playing when?

1.) What an idiot (TI).

2.) Who cares?

3.) Why would they cancel the festival? That's just ridiculous considering there will likely be two other bands playing at the other stages DURING HIS SLOT alone.

Don't really know anything about this guy but it's not like music stars and partying are a new combo. Either way I'm going because it's free and should be a fun day outside. There are a few good and a few decent bands playing and the price means even if all I did was hang out and eat and drink it won't cost any more than a night out at the bars instead.

@sara: they haven't released a schedule of events yet.

Quality and cheap to bought the handbag? Please come here
http://www.coach188.com

I believe I could use a Coach handbag cheap....if only there was a website...

Why did you capitalize 'Plan B' in the headline? This was unnecessary and confusing. You had me thinking that they were going to replace T.I. with the British rapper/singer Plan B.

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at erik.maza@baltsun.com. Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

Midnight Sun covers Baltimore music, live entertainment, and nightlife news. On the blog, you'll find, among other things, concert announcements, breaking news, bars closings and openings, up-to-date coverage of crime in nightlife, new music, round-the-clock coverage of Virgin Mobile FreeFest, handy guides on bars staying open past 2 a.m. on New Year's Eve and those that carry Natty Boh on draft. Recurring features include seven-day nightlife guides, Concert News, guest reviews of bars and concerts, Wednesday Corkboard, and photo galleries, as well as reader-submitted photos. Thanks for reading.
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