Hologram show stopped: Chief Keef Hologram Benefit Concert
Published: July 27, 2015
Hologram show stopped: Chief Keef Hologram Benefit Concert, Rapper Chief Keef appeared — via hologram — at a Hammond music festival Saturday night, but his performance was shut down by police within minutes.
The concert, planned as a benefit for a toddler and a friend of the rapper’s who were killed earlier this month, was originally scheduled to take place last week at Pilsen’s Redmoon Theater. But pressure from City Hall, which said the show “posed a significant public safety risk,” caused the theater to cancel the event.
Instead, Chief Keef, a Chicago native whose real name is Keith Cozart, planned a show at an undisclosed location, at first thought to be in Chicago.
That turned out to be Craze Fest, a daylong hip-hop festival at Wolf Lake Pavilion in Hammond, Ind. About 2,000 people attended the event, which featured rappers Lil Bibby, Jacqueese, Tink and Riff Raff, organizers said.
Chief Keef partnered with Los Angeles-based Hologram USA to beam his performance to Indiana from a soundstage in Beverly Hills, Calif. The rapper, who has had various legal troubles in Illinois, opted not to return to the Midwest, citing several outstanding warrants.
Organizers encouraged fans to donate $50 to benefit the families of 13-month-old Dillan Harris and Marvin Carr, 22, who were killed July 11. Dillan was killed in the Woodlawn neighborhood by a vehicle fleeing the scene of a shooting that killed Carr, a rapper who went by the name Capo and was an associate of Chief Keef.
But information about where Saturday’s show would actually take place was in short supply. On Saturday afternoon, Chief Keef posted, then quickly removed, an Instagram photo of Wolf Lake Pavilion, encouraging fans to buy tickets. Later, he wrote on Twitter the show would take place at Lincoln Hall in Lincoln Park.
Lincoln Hall representatives denied the rapper would perform there. Rock band Clap Your Hands Say Yeah was already booked to play the venue.
About 9 p.m., Chief Keef’s spokesman, Owen Phillips, confirmed the hologram performance would take place in Hammond. It was also streamed live on filmon.tv.
Chief Keef played one song, his hit “I Don’t Like,” and was talking about putting a stop to violence when the power was cut off.
Police rushed toward the stage, turning the music off about 10:25 p.m. Shining flashlights, they ordered concertgoers to leave. Fans who gathered Saturday left the grounds in an orderly fashion, though disappointed.
Sisters Asherah and Stefanae Coleman, of Chicago, stood on the corner of Sheffield and Calumet avenues waiting for their mom to pick them up early. They were furious at the decision to cut the concert short.
“They shut down a hologram and told us we had to leave. (Chief Keef) wasn’t even here,” said Asherah Coleman, 18. “We’re in two different time zones.”
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