Representatives for The 2nd Annual Monterey Music Summit have revealed that the concert has been postponed until at least October, because of heightened security concerns, due to an appearance by rapper Snoop Dogg.
The Monterey Music Summit was scheduled for May 30 – June 1 at the Laguna Seca Recreation area, but was canceled after The Monterey County Board of Supervisors demanded heightened security at the eco-friendly concert, which also featured Ky-Mani Marley, Talking Back Sunday, Crystal Method, Ozomatli and others.
At issue is a performance by Snoop Dogg, an admitted gang member and California native. In May, The Board reached an agreement with the Joe Fletcher Presents Inc., organizer of the Monterey Music Summit.
The Board agreed that Snoop Dogg could perform, but the permit called for metal detectors at the door, as well as the presence of undercover officers.
The permit also called for a thorough search of Snoop Dogg and his entourage before the superstar rapper could perform.
Members of The Monterey County Board of Supervisors fear that the rapper, who has made headlines around the world for being banned in two countries due to his past criminal record, would attract gang violence.
Organizers said other reasons for canceling the concert were noise restriction, production costs and a minimal demand for camping. Over 5,000 were expected to attend the event.