Walking past Wooly's on Locust, i've noticed that they have upcoming show posters up. It's legal now in Iowa to host concerts. It turns out the first post pandemic concert at Wooly's was scheduled for this Friday night with the Iowa country artist Cody Hicks.
Tuesday morning, Wooly's announced the cancellation of the show due to comments Cody has been making on his Facebook page. As Wooly's noted in their Facebook post, they were particularly upset with the comment, "if black lives matter so much, why do they keep killing each other?" Wooly's explained that these views are not in line with their beliefs.
Cody Hicks was interviewed by We Are Iowa and says the cancellation of his show hurts his livelihood. The show as his only income for the week. He says he thinks the death of George Floyd was wrong and he doesn't condone police brutality. This is his interview with We Are Iowa.
Wooly's released a statement to the news outlet that said, "Cancelling shows is not something we take lightly and would never do because someone supports the police. The decision to cancel the show was because of repeated comment with racial undertones and negative rhetoric toward racial justice and protests."