Yesterday we received word that headlining MidPoint Music Festival artist Justin Townes Earle was canceling his tour, including his appearance tonight for MPMF at Know Theatre. Attempts were made to keep Earle’s tourmate Jessica Lea Mayfield on the bill, but she has returned home following the tour cancellation announcement. (Those artists will not be replaced, but local singer/songwriter Nathan Holscher and his band will still play at 9 p.m. at Know; the show has been made free.) This is a great example of why attendees should check mpmf.com before they head out to the fest each night — cancellations and schedule changes are inevitable.
Earle was arrested last week after a performance at Indianapolis club Radio Radio on charges of battery, public intoxication and forcibly resisting arrest. The club’s owner and daughter claim he smashed up his dressing room and hit the daughter. Earle has said only that reports of the incident are inaccurate and that he looks forward to his day in court (which will be Oct. 19).
Wednesday, Earle’s publicist announced the cancellation of the singer/songwriter’s entire fall tour so the singer could enter rehab. Earle is the son of longtime Roots Rock/Folk performer Steve Earle, who has had a well-publicized history with substance abuse. In a Wall Street Journal interview done the day before the Indy arrest, Earle seemed in a foul mood and told the reporter he was not looking forward to his forthcoming tour. Some reports from audience members at the Indy show also suggested Earle was not in the best frame of mind during his performance.
Get well soon, Justin. MidPoint 2011 will have a slot waiting for you when you get all better.
Keep an eye on this blog space for the latest MPMF updates, as well. And also check here for daily coverage from the fest.