Tragic News this morning: Lady Gaga can’t make it.
Well, since I’ve come as far as Montgomery, I might as well go on over. There must be SOMEbody coming who I’ve heard of . . . .
Montgomery AL Advertiser:
Update: manager says Lady Gaga will not be in Selma
Matt Okarmus, Montgomery Advertiser 7:01 p.m. CST March 3, 2015
Update 6:30 p.m.: Arthur Fogel, the touring manager for Lady Gaga, reached out to the Montgomery Advertiser to say he has no knowledge of the singer performing in Selma this weekend.
Lady Gaga was originally advertised on a flyer distributed by Selma Media Relations to appear on Saturday alongside acts such as R. Kelly and Rick Ross. William Scott, public relations director for Selma Media Relations, said Tuesday night he was under the impression everyone on the flyer was confirmed for the show.
However, Scott said he would go with Fogel’s word and say Lady Gaga will not be in attendance. As far as the other performers advertised, Scott said he was told they would be in attendance but that “details are changing day to day.”
In other events for the weekend, a press release from BET announced a concert Sunday scheduled to feature Rick Ross alongside Aloe Blacc, Flava Flav, India.Arie and Tamar Braxton, among others.
BET and Centric will present “Centric Salutes Selma” on Sunday from the Edmund Pettis Bridge. The concert, hosted by AJ Calloway, will be streamed on bet.com and centrictv.com. Harry Belafonte and Peter Yarrow will be in attendance.
Other acts scheduled to appear Sunday: Angie Stone, Arrested Development, Bebe Winans, Bell Biv DeVoe, Blind Boys of Alabama, D-Nice, DeWayne Woods, Donnie McClurkin, Doug E. Fresh, Eddie Levert, Eric Benet, Estelle, Keith Sweat, Kelly Price, Kirk Franklin, MC Lyte, Tank, Tramaine Hawkins, Tyrese, Vanilla Ice and Virtue as well as Bill Bellamy, Bill Withers, Cicely Tyson, Gary Owen, John Salley, Malcolm Jamal Warner, Tom Joyner and more.
Sunday’s event is free and is listed as “standing room only – first come, first serve.”
The weekend commemorates the 50th anniversary of what’s become known as “Bloody Sunday” – the day when state troopers attacked marchers as they tried to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma on their way to Montgomery to demand voting rights for African-Americans
The weekend concerts in Selma will join the previously announced “Dream Marches On” show at Alabama State University in Montgomery featuring headliner Patti LaBelle. Luke Wade, who was a contestant on NBC’s “The Voice,” will open with his band No Civilians.
The “Dream Marches On” concert at the Dunn-Oliver Acadome at ASU will be at 8:30 p.m. Saturday.
The commemoration and concert is sponsored by ASU, the City of Montgomery and the Montgomery County Commission. Tickets for the concert are $35 in advance and $45 the day of the show. Tickets are available through ticketreturn.com or by calling the ASU ticket office at 334-229-4551.