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News Release
Cancelled Avett Brothers concert - 07/08/18

On July 7th, 2018 an incident occurred during the Avett Brothers' concert at the McMenamins Edgefield property in Troutdale.  Ultimately the Avett Brothers decided to cancel their show, and have released a statement explaining their decision on their website.  Since the incident, the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office has received numerous media inquiries into the specifics regarding the incident that led to the band's decision to cancel the concert.


At every Edgefield Summer Concert Series event,  a private security contractor operates the admissions area and provides patron security inside of the concert venue.  Members of the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, under contract with McMenamins, provide law enforcement services in support of private security staff during these concerts.  As is standard practice at all Edgefield Summer Concert Series events, ticket holders are required to walk through a metal detector upon entering the concert venue. 


During the Avett Brothers' concert, MCSO staff were notified by the private security contractor that a patron had walked through the metal detector and activated the alarm during the admission process.  MCSO staff was informed by private security staff that the patron may have been carrying a concealed firearm, but no firearm was seen, and no overt threat was made by the patron towards security staff, other patrons, or the band.  The individual allegedly told private security staff that they were an "out of state law enforcement officer," and displayed some type of identification while making this statement. 


After the patron had walked through the metal detector, and before MCSO staff had been alerted of the incident, private security staff lost sight of the patron.  MCSO members were notified of the incident and began looking for the patron, along with the security staff.  After a search of several minutes, the patron was not able to be located. 


The Avett Brothers were notified of the event by McMenamins staff, and they chose to cancel their concert.  MCSO did not receive any credible information related to this incident that led our agency to believe that an imminent threat towards the safety of anyone in the venue, or on the Edgefield property, was in danger.  As a result, there is not a criminal investigation related to this incident.  If, at some point in the future, MCSO receives credible information that a violation of the law occurred as a result of this information, we will look into that allegation.


Any further inquiries into the decision to cancel the concert should be directed to the Avett Brothers or McMenamins staff.  


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