Gates officials cancel Fabolous concert after town code violation

April 18, 2019 11:54 AM

GATES, N.Y. (WHEC) -- A hip hop concert scheduled in Gates has been canceled by town officials.

Rapper Fabolous was supposed to headline an event at the Italian American Community Center on April 20. Gates Police Chief James VanBrederode says promoters told him they were expecting 400 people at the event. 


"Anytime there's an event in town that's beyond your normal course of business, the town requires that you come and get a special event permit one, so we're aware of it, and two, so we can make sure there are safety precautions in place," Chief VanBrederode said. 

He says when he met with promoters last week, he tried to give them a little wiggle room to apply for a permit late, even though they are typically issued a month ahead.

VanBrederode says with three days out, the promoters have not secured the $125 permit needed to host the event forcing him to pull the plug.

"It doesn't matter what kind of music it is," Chief VanBrederode said. "The bottom line is we've had two shootings, one in January and one in April. And it doesn't matter what type of music it is, we have to control these things before somebody gets killed."

He says while cleaning up after fights and shootings at the Wheels Up Tavern earlier this month, officers found the flyer to the Fabolous concert.

There was also an incident at the Diplomat Banquet Center earlier this year. After the last event, some promoters claimed they felt unfairly targeted by Gates Police.

The chief says whether an event is a country concert or hip hop concert, the rules are the same.

"It's all about public safety and going over a plan and seeing what security is going to be involved," VanBrederode said.

Tickets for the event were selling anywhere from $60 to $2,100 for VIP booths. VanBrederode says he's not against hip hop events with proper planning.

"Come in and meet with us," VanBrederode said. "Don't just come into my town and put this event on and don't tell us. It just seems sneaky."

Premier Marketing Group, the event promoters, tell News10NBC the concert will now take place at Tropix Nightclub in Charlotte at 4775 Lake Ave.

Officials at the Italian American Community Center say their attorney will be sending a statement out sometime this week.

If you purchased tickets to the concert, you'll have to contact the promoters for further instructions. 


Kaci Jones

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