Rolling Stone reports that it has confirmed the security concern was a bomb threat; Austin Police Department said more information would be made available on Twitter. Austin Police proceeded to clear and search the area, ultimately concluding that "no threat was found", but the concert's sponsor, Bud Light, still cancelled the gig as a safety precaution.
"Due to a security concern, we have made the hard decision to cancel tonight's Bud Light x The Roots SXSW Jam", states the pale lager brand in an emailed official statement.
The Roots drummer and DJ Questlove reminded fans that he will still be in Austin for a separate performance Sunday afternoon.
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The Roots had a show cancelled at SXSW this weekend following reports of a suspected bomb threat.
The according to a set list, the show was going to include appearances from Daniel Rateliff, Dermot Kennedy, Ludacris, Daryl McDaniels (DMC of Run DMC) and Jessie Reyez. "No one is Mr "show must go on" than me". The city noted no indications of "any broader security concern for any activities related to this incident".
"We were all backstage, about an hour before @rapsody performs with @theroots at SXSW, when we got the word of a bomb threat", writes the Winston-Salem native.
Over the last 10 days, there have been three reportedly related package explosions in the city, killing two African-American men and severely injuring a 75-year-old Hispanic woman.