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Blues band ‘Tuba Skinny’ cancels Eilat, reportedly responding to boycott appeal

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Tuba Skinny is an upandcoming New Orleans jazz and blues band. It has cancelled a show in Eilat, Israel, scheduled for tomorrow night, without explanation at its website. Electronic Intifadah says Tuba Skinny did so after receiving cultural boycott materials, and an urgent plea not to play Israel… EI:

The group has joined the picket line of Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters, Elvis Costello, The Pixies, the late Gil Scott-Heron, Carlos Santana, Pete Seeger, Massive Attack, Faithless, Gorillaz Sound System, The Tindersticks and the Klaxxons.

Update: Commenter Eljay directed me to Tuba Skinny’s facebook page, where singer Erika Lewis wrote on Friday:

In light of the violence in Eilat and the surrounding region, Tuba SKinny will not be performing at The Red Sea Jazz Festival. We are sorry to miss all of you who might be there, and we hope to be able to return at a more peaceful time.

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