CHICAGO — Just hours after the first details about rapper Chief Keef's concert, said to benefit the family of a 13-month-old child who was fatally struck by a car involved in a police chase, emerged, the host of the event has pulled out.
The concert, announced by Keef's label Sunday, was set to feature a hologram performance by Keef and take place at Redmoon Theater in Pilsen at 8:30 p.m. Friday. But hours after that announcement was made, Redmoon Theater officials said they would not host the event.
"The concert is no longer happening at Redmoon," Hutch Pimental, chief of staff at Redmoon told DNAinfo Chicago around 5 p.m. Thursday.
Pimental said he didn't know whether the concert would take place elsewhere.
"We are not sure if they have an alternate venue," he said.
Asked why Redmoon backed out, Pimental said: "We did not understand the full nature of the event so the event won't be happening here."
He declined to comment further.
Event organizers could not provide information about a new time or location for the "#StopTheKillingNow" concert when reached Thursday evening.
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The original announcement included that a ticket would require a minimum $50 donation while the concert will also be streamed on FilmOn.com, the website of Keef's label, which has signed him to a two-album deal.
The rapper and FilmOn's CEO Alki David will match all donations that will go to the family of Dillan Harris, a 13-month-old baby who was fatally run over Saturday by a car police say was leaving a shooting that left friend Marvin Carr, also known as rapper Capo, dead. Capo was a friend of Keef's.
The concert has drawn criticism from Rev. Michael Pfleger of Auburn Gresham's St. Sabina Church who called out Keef for being responsible for much of the violence.
"he has been one of the encourager's of the Violence.....Instead of having a concert...why doesn't he Man Up and acknowledge it's time to stop this violence and Apologize for his part in it!!!! we don't need a concert...we need PEACE......7 DEAD and 24 SHOT this weekend and he wants to do a concert.....Chief Keef....SHUT UP!!!!!"
Chief Keef, whose real name is Keith Cozart, won't be attending the event in person and will be performing via hologram from Los Angeles because of outstanding warrants in Chicago, organizers said.
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