FORT SMITH, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — TempleLive in Fort Smith will apply to move its Travis McCready concert to May 18 after the state of Arkansas issued a cease-and-desist order and suspended its alcohol permit earlier today, said Mike Brown with the venue on Thursday.
TempleLive continued to sell tickets for the show, originally scheduled for three days before the state is allowing indoor venues to reopen, even after the Arkansas Department of Health issued a cease-and-desist order and Governor Asa Hutchinson threatened to take legal action if the show went on.
Brown said the venue will apply to move the show to be in compliance with the Arkansas Department of Health’s guidelines ‘against our will.’
“We just want to be treated fairly in regard to how other organizations are being permitted to gather,” Brown said.
Travis McCready of Bishop Gunn was set to take the stage at TempleLive in Fort Smith on Friday, May 15.
“At the end of the day we fought the law, and the law won,” Brown said.
After the ABC temporarily stripped its liquor license away, the venue’s representatives made the decision to move the concert to Tuesday, May 19.
“They got it wrong,” TempleLive Owner Lance Beaty said. “They got caught flat-footed despite their best intentions.”
They got bad data and bad models and it yielded bad decisions.LANCE BEATY, TEMPLELIVE OWNER
John Scott, TempleLive’s attorney, said he doesn’t understand why the venue would be treated differently than a church congregation.
“It’s a right to assemble and this is America,” he said. “When you can do it in a way that’s not going to increase any risk in public safety, we wish that the government would’ve recognized that.”
Moving forward, Scott said TempleLive is considering to take legal action against the state of Arkansas.
“Nothing is a done deal,” he said.
Scott Hardin with ABC told KNWA/KFTA TempleLive will receive it’s alcohol permit back as a result of the venue moving the concert date.
“We’ve been punished for thinking about doing something, or considering while we were evaluating. It’s very Minority Report and Westworld, which I thought were pieces of fiction but are now reality in this country and state,” he said.
Tickets will still be good for the show if you’ve bought them, Brown said.