UPDATED 4/3 4:33 p.m.
AJR is already headed to the University of South Florida’s Yuengling Center for a headlining show on November 9, and that might have something to do with why the New York indie-pop band abruptly canceled its free April 5 concert as part of the school’s annual Bullstock celebration.
According to a statement from USF’s Campus Activity Board, AJR’s agency canceled the band's performance without providing USF with an official reason.
“The Campus Activities Board will announce the new lineup shortly as we do all that we can to put on a great event for the USF student body,” organizers wrote. “We apologize for any inconvenience that this may have caused and thank you for your continued support 🤘”
The band, for its part, said that the concert's organizers misled AJR.
"TAMPA-we’re bummed to inform you that we had to cancel our show at USF this Friday. The university mislead us and contracted us to perform a closed show for the students, which we recently found out was free to the public," the band wrote on Facebook.
"This is unfortunately a legal conflict with our headline show in the Fall. We’ll definitely see you at the Yuengling Center for our headline show in November."
Another band that just played in town is still on the bill though (spacebar-avoiding indie-pop act lovelytheband) and an outfit that, well, hasn’t been relevant since 2008 is also scheduled to play (sorry 3OH!3).
Entry is free whether you’re a USF student or not, and gates at USF’s parking lot 35 — tell your Uber that it’s at the corner of Holly & Maple, that’ll confuse them — open at 5 p.m. More information is available via usf.edu.