Bomb threat forces cancellation of ‘The Roots’ show

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A major South by Southwest show was canceled Saturday night after a bomb threat was e-mailed to the venue earlier that afternoon.

Fans of “The Roots and Friends” said they waited in line for hours to see the show, which was scheduled to start at 8:30 p.m. at Fair Market on 5th Street, but were turned away at the door when security guards said there had been a security concern.

The Roots is the house band on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

Musician Questlove tweeted that the annual SXSW jam session called “Budlight x The Roots” was canceled because of a “severe emergency.” Those tweets were later taken down.

Austin police confirmed the threat and said they were contacted by a Live Nation representative about the e-mail sent to the venue around 4:30 Saturday afternoon. Officers responded and checked out the area, but no threat was found.

However, Bud Light made the decision to cancel the event. In a tweet they said it was a “hard decision” but that the safety of fans is their most important priority. SXSW also issued a statement, apologizing for the inconvenience and thanking festival goers for understanding. 

Just after 11 p.m., police arrested a suspect that may have been connected to the threat. Trevor Weldon Ingram, 26, was taken into custody and charged with terroristic threat. 

The Austin Police Department said there were no indications of any broader security concerns for any other activities. 

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