Ticket holders may still be reeling from yesterday’s announcement that hip-hop festival-on-wheels Rock the Bells had been canceled. The two-day event, booked by California-based promoter Guerilla Union, was scheduled to take place at RFK Stadium Saturday and Sunday. Due to low ticket sales that would’ve led to a “devastating” financial loss, it’s no longer happening. Fortunately, some of the unofficial events planned around the festival will occur regardless, and there’s a last-minute celebration that should help ease the pain.
LivingSocial had scheduled exclusive performances by members of Rock the Bells performers the Wu-Tang Clan at their 918 F Street venue tomorrow night. That’s still happening, the deals company announced yesterday. What was supposed to be a Rock the Bells afterparty has now become the party.
Speaking of parties, the organizers of the locally grown Trillectro Festival are throwing a free gathering at the Howard Theatre tomorrow night to soothe the blow of Rock the Bells’ abrupt cancellation. “The demand was there, [so] we filled the void,” the Trillectro team said of the free party in an email. The party goes from 11 p.m. until 3 a.m., and the organizers recommend you RSVP.
Tonight’s White Mandingos show at U Street Music Hall will also proceed as scheduled. Anyone still looking to see L.A. rapper Murs (who was supposed to host Rock the Bells along with radio personality Peter Rosenberg), Bad Brains bassist Darryl Jenifer, and Sacha Jenkins can catch the supergroup at 7 p.m. tonight.
Additional reporting by Dean Essner