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Deer Tick cancels Austin Derby Fest appearance; White Denim fills slot

Peter Blackstock
pblackstock@statesman.com

Editor’s note: This article was originally published April 30, 2014

UPDATE: White Denim will fill the 8:30 p.m. headlining slot at Austin Derby Fest, the festival announced late Wednesday afternoon.

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Indie rock band Deer Tick has canceled its scheduled appearance as headliner of Saturday’s inaugural Austin Derby Fest, according to a post on the band’s Facebook page late Wednesday morning.

The post cited cancellations of shows in Dallas, San Antonio, Austin, Houston and New Orleans “while John undergoes a sudden medical procedure,” referring to frontman John McCauley. “While the situation is by no means life-threatening, it is severe enough to require immediate attention.”

An Austin Derby Fest spokesperson said Wednesday afternoon that the festival is “working very hard to replace Deer Tick” in the 8:30 p.m. spot, which is the last time slot on the all-day, six-band event. Other acts booked are Ray Wylie Hubbard at 7 p.m., Dirkty River Boys at 5:30 p.m., Whiskey Shivers at 3:45 p.m., MilkDrive at 2:30 p.m. and Possessed By Paul James at 1:30 p.m. The schedule is built around a 5 p.m. live screening of the Kentucky Derby horse race. The festival takes place downtown on Nueces Street between Third and Fourth streets.

Deer Tick’s statement noted that the band hopes to resume its tour on May 8 in Nashville.