Indie musician Ray LaMontagne has canceled his upcoming performance at Bass Concert Hall, scheduled for Thursday, September 22. An announcement released Tuesday cites the campus carry law as the reason for the last-minute cancellation.
"I consider myself to be a very open-minded human being, and I always try to see things from another's point of view. I realize this is a controversial issue and there are strong feelings on both sides of it. But no matter how hard I try to understand the rationale for allowing guns on campus or, more broadly, the 'concealed carry' law in general, I just cannot in any way support that ideology," reads the statement.
Texas' controversial campus carry law, which went into effect on August 1, allows those with a concealed carry license to bring handguns onto public university premises. As Bass Concert Hall is a venue operated on the University of Texas campus and by university officials, the law applies to concert-goers.
"On behalf of myself and the band, and everyone involved in the tour, I want to express our collective disappointment in the decision to allow guns on campus and within the campus venue," said LaMontagne.
Refunds will be distributed to credit card purchasers immediately; those who bought tickets with cash must visit the place of purchase for a refund. For more information, contact the Texas Performing Arts Ticket Office.