Wilco canceled a scheduled appearance at the Murat Theater in Indianapolis earlier this week in protest of the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act, a move implicitly criticized by Indiana’s music businesses in a joint statement asking artists to turn their Indiana concerts into protest events. Now, as Pitchfork points out, Wilco have decided to play the show after all. In a statement on Facebook, the band reasoned that some recent amendments to the controversial law constitute “a good first step toward creating the sort of welcoming environment we encourage everywhere.” Here’s the full statement:
We consider the changes to Indiana’s RFRA a good first step toward creating the sort of welcoming environment we encourage everywhere, so we’re reinstating our May 7 show at The Murat, which we canceled earlier this week. To quote an Indiana University statement from yesterday, “religious liberty and equal protection under the law are both cornerstones of our democracy and they should not be in conflict with each other.” Well said, IU.
Now for the practical stuff: Tickets purchased through Ticketmaster or The Murat are still valid. If you purchased your ticket during the Wilcoworld pre-sale, you will be contacted directly regarding repurchase. If your plans have changed for whatever reason or if you no longer want to attend the show, refunds are available at your point of purchase.
We’ve been putting on shows with our neighbors in Indiana for more than 20 years and are happy to continue that at the Murat in May. We’ll also donate a portion of the proceeds from this show to organizations fighting to build on the progress we hope this change makes in Indiana and beyond. More details soon.
[Photo by Rachael Barbash/Stereogum.]