The inaugural Silopanna Music Festival, which was scheduled to take place in Crownsville Saturday, has been cancelled because of Hurricane Irene, promoters Rams Head Group said in a statement this morning.
Organizers and performers were concerned about their safety in the face of the Category 3 hurricane, which is quickly moving towards Maryland at 100 miles per hour.
All tickets to the festival, which was to feature Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Matt & Kim, Trombone Shorty and Fitz and the Tantrums, will be refunded, the statement said.
"There was a lot of time and money and heart put into the festival. At the end of the day, we had to do what’s best for the safety of all involved, from fans to talent," said Rams Head spokeswoman Erin McNaboe, who declined to go into financial specifics. "We tried to delay the decision as long as possible, but it was the right thing to do to keep everyone safe."
Rams Head made the call to cancel this morning. The festival will not be rescheduled.
"At this point, due to the nature of coordinating 20 different bands, it's virtually impossible to replicate that same line-up," McNaboe said.
Kyle Muehlhauser, Rams Head Group president, said in the statement: “There are a lot of moving parts to a festival this large; bands are flying in from out of town, there are two days worth of stage & lighting to be built and crews are starting to pack up gear in of support the national bands. This decision had to be made by Thursday morning. Our biggest concern is the wind factor; we just don’t want to risk having any issues with the stage."
All tickets will be refunded at point of purchase. And those purchased via the bands will need to be returned to a Rams Head box office for a refund.
Irene is epected to approach the coast of North Carolina Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.
In the region, it has forced officials and residents from Baltimore to Ocean City to reconfigure plans and prepare for powerful winds and possible flooding.
Ocean City is expected to start feeling its effects on Saturday, and officials have evacuated international students and are asking tourists to postpone plans. BWI Marshall Airport has also been preparing for delays because of the wind and rain.
Reporter Frank Roylance will have updates on the hurricane at Maryland Weather.