From March 9 through to March 18, Austin hosted South by Southwest, an annual arts and media festival that draws hundreds of thousands of festival goers, musicians, filmographers, politicians, and notable business professionals around the world. 
Especially in “The Live Music Capital of The World,” South by Southwest (SXSW) prides itself on a never-ending array of musical artists. Going 2,000 strong, the diversity of music at SXSW goes beyond any music festival as it incorporates some of the biggest names in music like Childish Gambino and Kendrick Lamar in previous years, and up and coming acts such as Amy Shark and Elohim at this year’s festival.
One universally adored band that was scheduled to perform this past Saturday, March 17 was the in-house band for “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon”, The Roots, featuring Questlove, Black Thought and other members seen regularly on the show.

a mugshot of the accused trevor weldon ingram who made bomb threats at the SXSW 2018 festival

Trevor Weldon Ingram accused of issuing bomb threat at SXSW 2018 (Austin Chronicle)

However, due to a horrifying madman calling in a bomb threat, the entirety of the performance set to also feature accomplished rapper and “Fast and Furious” star Ludacris, as well as alternative band Moon Taxi, was cancelled. Given the recent bombings in Austin committed by the now deceased Mark Anthony Conditt, the cancelling of “Bud Light x The Roots and Friends Jam” did not seem unnecessary.

Although similar to the incendiary weapon attack at an Austin Goodwill location this past Tuesday, last Saturday’s bomb threat was unrelated to the bombings committed by Conditt. The threat was called in by 26-year-old Trevor Weldon Ingram, who emailed Live Nation Music to report a bomb threat at the Bud Light sponsored event that was to be held at the Fair Market venue in Austin’s historic East Fifth Street.
Obviously, this proved to be just a threat and, other than sheer disappointment in the number of cancelled shows, no one was harmed. Ingram faces a third degree felony for making a terrorist threat, and is facing up to 10 years in federal prison, according to Austin Chronicle.

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