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Jake Mcelfresh, aka Front Porch Step, was originally supposed to be a featured artist on Warped Tour this summer. That was, of course, until the allegations of sexual misconduct began being thrown at him late last year, resulting in the cancellation of both his headlining tour as well as being dropped from the Warped lineup. Well, all that has changed, at least for today, as Front Porch Step is on the schedule in Nashville today as part of the Acoustic Basement. Here’s a picture of today’s schedule; Mcelfresh is slated to perform from 1:20 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.:
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Neither Mcelfresh or Kevin Lyman has commented on the addition; Substream has reached out to Acoustic Basement organizer Brian Marquis for comment but he has yet to respond. However, that didn’t stop Dan Campbell, frontman of the Wonder Years, to publicly announce his withdrawal from the Acoustic Basement today under his Aaron West moniker. Campbell remarked via Instagram, “I won’t be a part of the acoustic basement today and I encourage you to go see Man Overboard at 1:15.”
Nashville: The Wonder Years at 6:30. I won’t be a part of the acoustic basement today and I encourage you to go see Man Overboard at 1:15. A photo posted by Dan Campbell (@broompeople) on
We’ll keep you updated on this story as it develops.
UPDATE: While there was a rain delay at the Nashville date of Warped Tour today, music has resumed, and Front Porch Step did, in fact, play his set in the Acoustic Basement. Witnesses reported there were numerous security guards present in and around the tent. Here’s a video of Mcelfresh addressing what we can only assume was a heckler at the start of his set:
Opening remarks. pic.twitter.com/qSWAbN4cMI
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Furthermore, fellow Acoustic Basement act Grey Gordon, who did play his set earlier in the day, posted a lengthy statement on his Facebook page, which revealed that Acoustic Basement organizer Brian Marquis had “absolutely no part in the decision to add FPS to today’s lineup.” You can read his words below.
UPDATE 2: More video of Front Porch Step’s set has surfaced, courtesy of SwitchBitch Records. In the first video, you can hear crowd members yelling obscenities at him, at which point he stops and addresses the hecklers.