Hip-Hop Concert Canceled Due to Threat of Violence

Hip-Hop Concert to Promote Peace Canceled After Gun Threat NBC 5 News

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  • A hip-hop concert in Newark that was intended to promote nonviolence was canceled due to a gun threat, the organizer says

  • An anonymous phone call to police threatened to shoot one of the performers and guests in the audience

  • The show, Leaders of the New School Back To School Jam, was scheduled at Newark Symphony Hall

A hip-hop concert scheduled for Saturday night was abruptly canceled due to threats made against a performer and the audience, the promoter said.

Newark police received an anonymous threat by phone on Friday saying that one of the performers, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, would be shot, along with others in the venue, said Dexter Thomas, CEO of The Promo Kings.

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Police said only that the concert was canceled "in the interest of public safety."

The show, Leaders of the New School Back To School Jam, was scheduled at 8 p.m. at Newark Symphony Hall.

In addition to A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, PnB Rock and friends, FUNKFLEX and Newark's Own Jahsan Djjayhood Coles were scheduled to perform.

The concert was designed to send a message of peace and non-violence to youth in the community, Thomas said.

Tickets for the show ranged from $128 to $42.

Thomas said he fronted $120,000 in expenses to stage the concert. He said there was no way to immediately reschedule the performane.