Black Oak Casino Resort announced in a news release Friday that it has canceled its concert series at Westside Pavilion in Tuolumne again this year and will not be rescheduling previously postponed shows featuring the rock band Train and rapper Ice Cube.
The release said the reason for the cancelation is due to ongoing health and safety concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, which forced the resort to cancel its 2020 series last year.
“The concert series was actually cancelled in December, but this is the official announcement,” said Dee Baldwin, marketing manager for the resort. “Due to COVID and ongoing concerns moving forward, we don’t have the mechanisms in place this late to put on a concert.”
Ice Cube and Train were originally scheduled to perform for the 2020 concert series last spring and summer. Although the shows were postponed until the fall, a second wave of cases that led to dozens of deaths and thousands of infections in Tuolumne County forced them to be pushed out to this year.
Last year would have been the third in a row that the resort has hosted the concert series at the former West Side Lumber Co. mill property on Tuolumne Road, which the Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians purchased at a foreclosure auction in 2002.
Other acts that have played at the series in past years include Peter Framptom, Bad Company, Foreigner, and Snoop Dogg, among others.