By Scott T. Sterling
The fallout has been fast and furious in the state of Indiana after the passing of Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Among the various protests in opposition to the ruling was the famed Chicago band Wilco canceling a scheduled May 7 at the Murat in Indianapolis, calling the act “thinly disguised legal discrimination.”
With news coming out of Indiana that the law has been amended, Wilco has announced that the show is effectively back on.
“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,” the band explained via Facebook. “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.”
Wilco goes on to detail ticketing information regarding the show before expressing relief about the legal amendment and a new charity aspect to the Indianapolis concert.
“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,” the band wrote. “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.”