Thursday, April 19, 2018

Lakeview: "420" Concert Canceled Over Security Concerns

Herbert "G Herbo" Wright | Twitter
Friday night’s “4-20” concert at the Vic Theatre in Lakeview has been canceled by promoters after Chicago police told theater owner Jam Productions that enhanced security would be needed due to a pending gun charge against one of the show’s headliners.

Herbert “G Herbo” Wright, 23, and two other men were arrested near State and Randolph on February 22 after police received a tip that they were carrying guns in their limousine.

Wright was seated in the rear of the vehicle and cops said they saw him put a handgun into a seat pocket. Another gun was found under the seat where Deavonte Kimble was sitting and a third firearm was allegedly found inside a gym bag that was in the limo’s front seat with Marchello Walton, according to charges.

When 19th District (Town Hall) police learned that Wright would be headlining a show in their jurisdiction, local police executives asked Jam to create an "enhanced security plan" for the event at 3145 North Sheffield.

Police said these guns and magazine were recovered from a limousine carrying Wright (inset) on February 22. | CPD
Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said the Vic pulled the plug on the show because the venue is not staffed to handle major disruptions.

The Vic show is the second concert featuring Wright to be canceled this year in Chicago over security concerns. The WGCI Take Over Jam at the Chicago Theatre was canceled at the last minute in March after police raised security concerns.

Wright told the Chicago Tribune, “It’s never been any problem, any acts of gang violence or anything like that, that should restrict me from trying to do shows, so I’m just trying to get to the root of the problem, whether I have to hire more security or whatever the case may be.”

But as of Thursday night, the “4-20” show is no longer mentioned on the website of promoter Pete’s House. The Vic website lists the event as canceled.

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