Haw! officially (and unfortunately) canceled
transmission: email / website
May 2, 2002
UWS Yeee Haw! dance event canceled, controversy follows
Drop Bass Network, Genius of Fun, Wrekt Records & the University of
Wisconsin-Superior Student Activities Board regret to announce that due
to circumstances beyond our control the University of Wisconsin-Superior
Dean of Students has canceled "Yeee Haw!" which was to be held
Saturday, May 4, 2002, at The UWS Wessman Arena in Superior, Wisconsin.
The reasons we have for the cancellation from the University, which originally
approved, endorsed and advertised the event, are that UWS could not insure
the safety of the patrons due to staffing, liability issues and an apparent
unwillingness of local police to secure the event.
The nature of the event was well known to UWS and local law enforcement
during the several months of careful and strategic planning. The cancellation
was a shock to all parties involved including the promoters, the arena
managers, the students and staff who worked on the event, as well as the
Campus Police Department - who we worked closely with to make the event
consistent with all concert standards in place at Wessman Arena at UWS.
Public and police pressure advocating a naive, misinformed and demonizing
perspective may have also contributed to the UWS decision. It is suggested
that "we" are now what the then controversial and profane King
of Rock and Roll "Elvis" was to our grandparent's generation.
This seems comical but is actually painful as there was great effort and
care taken with this event to make it a very safe, positive and fair priced
concert for everyone.
We are sorry, as is UWS.
A new genre of music - "Electronica" - has come of age, and
despite its great popularity everywhere, this cancellation leaves many
disappointed music lovers who will not get their chance to see some of
the world's best known and loved DJ talent such as DJ Frankie Bones, DJ
ESP, Paul Birken and DJ Doormouse on the famous Wall of Bass soundsystem
- all slated for Yeee Haw!.
This cancellation may be an excellent topic of discussion in regard to
our civil liberties as American citizens and it is also may be an excellent
time to reflect on the nature of the electronic music industry and "Raving"
as we know it. The past reputation of "Raving" haunts us. However,
professional promoters such as ourselves are working (and in this case
"worked") within the law and with conventional festival sites
and venues to showcase electronic music in the completely legitimate concert
We are also working to repair the damage of careless ravers and countless
fly-by-night promoters who are out for a fast buck throwing misleading
and illegitimate events which ultimately make the music you love even
harder to be heard. We will keep fighting for this music scene.
But, the bottom line is that this is America and we should have the right
to assemble, especially if we are willing to conform to all the standard
concert and law enforcement guidelines that were asked of us, as we did
in the case of this event. Our rights will often need clarification in
a legal setting, as we see happening every day around the country. That
is part of being American as well.
Many have suggested that we move the event to another location. Other
promoters have moved their events in the past, but often deliver a drastically
inferior show from the one originally promised. As tempting as it is for
us to relocate "Yeee Haw!", we cannot insure the high quality
of event that we have promised you. We have been known over the past 10
years for top quality productions and we have no intention of deviating
from that now or at anytime in the future.
Refunds for advanced ticket holders will be available at all ticket outlets
less the $1 service charge.
Thank you and happy Spring! Please stay tuned for other outstanding future
Kurt Eckes - Drop Bass Network
Woody McBride - Genius of Fun
Robert Wagner - Wrekt Records
Matt Hanson - University of Wisconsin Superior Student Activities Board