Americana and country performer Adam Hood and his band will fill the Saturday slot left vacant when the Josh Abbott Band canceled its Heart O’ Texas Fair & Rodeo concert in the aftermath of the mass shooting Sunday in Las Vegas.
Abbott and his band had played earlier in the evening and left the stage at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival, but some crew members were hit by shrapnel in the shooting that killed at least 59 people and injured more than 500 others.
The band’s management notified fair officials Wednesday about the cancellation, telling officials some of their equipment left on stage had been impounded for an FBI investigation into the event, said Charva Ingram, fair vice president of marketing and sponsorship development.
Fair officials found their replacement Thursday morning in the Adam Hood Band, also scheduled to play the Texas Music Flood benefit in Waco on Sunday. Hood, an Alabama native, has a considerable Texas following on the strength of his songwriting and albums such as “Welcome to the Big World” and “The Shape of Things.”
In a statement released Thursday, the Josh Abbott Band cited the emotional experience of the Las Vegas shooting as the reason behind the cancellation.
“Out of respect for the victims and their families of the Las Vegas shooting, as well as the overall health of our band and crew, we have decided to cancel our shows this weekend in College Station and Waco,” according to the statement. “This week has been emotional as we try to process what happened.
“It would be disingenuous for us to pretend like this is a normal week of shows. It wouldn’t be fair to you the fans or to ourselves. We will resume touring on Oct. 14 in Houston. We apologize for any inconvenience, but this is the right decision after the tragedy that just occurred. Please contact the venue with further questions. We thank all of you for your love and support during this difficult time.”
Earlier in the week, a spokesman for Abbott said neither Abbott nor his band members would be doing interviews about their experience at the Las Vegas shooting. Abbott lead guitarist Caleb Keeter drew national attention with a Twitter post Monday morning on how the shooting had changed his views on gun control.
Ingram said the last-minute cancellation likely would not cost the fair the fee paid Abbott, but might dampen the fan attraction the Texas band was expected to bring for the fair’s first Saturday night.
Michael Ray performed at the Las Vegas festival but not on the day of the shooting. His Oct. 13 performance at the HOT Fair remains on the schedule.
Waco native Wade Bowen performs on the fair’s official Friday opening. With the prospect of good weather for the fair’s opening weekend, Ingram is optimistic attendance will be strong even with the absence of the Josh Abbott Band.
“I still think it is going to be a great night for us,” she said.