After careful consideration, the BayFest committee has decided to remove five-time Grammy winner CeeLo Green from the BayFest 2014 line-up. The committee made this move due to recent a recent comment on Twitter that BayFest President/CEO Robert O. Bostwick, Jr. says is “contrary to the beliefs and conscience” of BayFest.
After being cleared of a charge of rape of an intoxicated person, Green posted on Twitter that, “People who have really been raped REMEMBER.” This controversial social media post has not only led to the cancellation of his BayFest performances but also the cancellation of a number of other performances. His upcoming reality show on TBS “The Good Life” has also been canceled.
BayFest fans were left to wonder who (if anyone) would replace Green on the Miller Lite Stage. The BayFest committee did not leave the public wondering for long. Less than a week after announcing Green’s cancellation, organizers announced The Roots would be taking Green’s performance slot on Sat., Oct. 4.
The Roots’ live-instrumentation hip-hop has earned them a large and diverse fan-base. When they are not performing on stage, they serve as the house band on NBC’s “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.” The Roots are guaranteed to get the crowd grooving and moving to their funk-laden hip-hop sound.
In other BayFest news, the CMT network’s “CMT Hot 20 Countdown” is partnering with BayFest. According to a recent press release, this fan interactive television show “will interact with the festival attendees while discussing the latest news and videos from the hottest country artists.” This episode will air after BayFest weekend.
Those wanting to attend BayFest have until Fri., Sept. 19 to purchase early bird weekend passes for $60. After Sept. 19, weekend passes will be sold for $80 with single day passes being sold for $40. Weekend passes can be purchased at area Circle K locations and the BayFest website.