The Northeast is in a state of evacuation on Saturday as Hurricane Irene, a Category 1 hurricane with sustained winds of 85 miles per hour, travels up the coast.
President Obama declared a federal emergency in New York City and Long Island while New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced a mandatory evacuation for people living in low-lying areas of the city by Saturday afternoon. Major transportation was shut down by noon as well as ferry service as the mayor urged New Yorkers to prepare for possible power outages, stock up on water, non-perishables, medicine, flashlight, and charge cell phones.
Tweets from the mayors office read: “Don’t wait until gale force winds to leave. It will be too late. You must start your preparations to leave now. We can joke about thins on Monday morning. But until then, it’s a matter of life and death.”
The storm has caused several concerts to cancel or postpone shows. Below is a short list of events courtesy of Pollster.
Meanwhile the Broadway League issued an official statement saying all Broadway performances in New York City had been canceled this weekend.
“The safety and security of theatregoers and employees is everyone’s primary concern. As a result of the suspension of public transportation by government authorities in preparation of Hurricane Irene, all performances will be cancelled on Saturday, August 27th and Sunday, August 28th,” said Paul Libin, chairman of The Broadway League.
Dave Matthews Band Caravan dates at Governors Island in New York City on Saturday and Sunday are being rescheduled – no dates announced
Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Tour featuring Avenged Sevenfold, Three Days Grace, Seether, Bullet For My Vallentine and Escape The Fate will rescheduled for Aug 30th at the Comcast Center in Mansfield, MA
HMag Fest featuring The Walkmen rescheduled for September – announcement to be made.
Lynyrd Skynyrd concert at the Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa in Atlantic City has been rescheduled for Oct. 1.
Mary Chapin Carpenter at the Sandler Center in Virginia Beach, VA has been rescheduled for Oct. 6.
Crosby, Stills & Nash charity benefit concert in Wainscott, NY – reschedule to be announced
Jimmy Buffett’s in Bristow, VA at Jiffy Lube Live has been rescheduled for Sept. 1
Journey’s at Bristow, VA at Jiffy Lube Live with Foreigner and Night Ranger has been rescheduled for Sept. 4. (Foreigner will not appear on the new date due to a scheduling conflict).
Javelina Festival at Francis Farm in Rehoboth, MA rescheduled for Sept. 30.
Central Park Summerstage events including the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival and Sunday’s concert featuring Jagged Edge, Avant and Melanie Fiona have been postponed. Reschedule to be announced
The Rib Rock Festival dates featuring B.B. King, J. Geils Band and Buddy Guy (Nikon At Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, NY PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ)
The Afro-Punk festival featuring Janelle Monáe, Santigold, Das Racist and Toro Y Moi
Lyle Lovett’s concert at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, NJ
Pat Benatar / Neil Giraldo at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, VA
Travis Tritt at the Indian Ranch in Webster, MA
Silopanna Music Festival in Crownsville, MD at the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds