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Alki David Postpones Chief Keef Hologram Concert, Blames 'Meddling' Priest

By Jim Bochnowski in Arts & Entertainment on Jul 17, 2015 5:55PM

Photo via Chief Keef's Facebook page
Thanks to the "meddling" of a 66-year-old anti-violence activist, Chief Keef's charity hologram concert, originally slated for this afternoon, is postponed.

Last Saturday, Chicago-born Chief Keef announced that he would be holding a charity concert via hologram in memory of his friend, Marvin Carr, and a 13-month-old boy, Dillan Harris, who tragically died in related incidents on July 13. Keef, unfortunately, can't travel to the city because of several outstanding warrants for his arrest, including a failure to pay child support and driving under the influence of drugs.

The concert was to be held in conjunction with billionaire Alki David, the CEO of FilmOn Networks, who has, of course, made quite a name for himself in the city of late.

That news led Reverend Michael Pfleger, no stranger to addressing the issue of violence in the city, to his Facebook page in protest. In a scathing post, he wrote:

"Chief Keef has announced that he will hold a benefit concert to raise funds for his friend and the baby who were killed this past weekend....REALLY...Chief Keef is one of the reasons we have all this violence...he has been one of the encourager's of the violence.....Instead of having a concert...why doesn't he man up and acknowledge it's time to stop this violence and APOLOGIZE for his part in it!!!! we don't need a concert...we need PEACE."

The concert was supposed to be held at Pilsen's Redmoon theater, where a hologram of Keef would be projected on top of a parked semitrailer. Attendees would be charged a $50 minimum donation to Harris's family, and all proceeds would be matched by Keef and David, according to reports.

But late Thursday afternoon, the theater released a statement declaring the concert would not go on as planned, according to the Chicago Tribune. The statement said, "Redmoon did not understand the full nature of the event. The event will not be taking place at Redmoon."

Without a venue in place, David announced that the concert would be postponed, the Tribunereports. In a statement, David announced:

"The meddling, attention seeking Father Pfleger, who bullied the owner of the downtown theater to back out of his contract, will not succeed. He is exploiting this tragedy and taking money away from the victims and solid charities who are doing good work in Chicago."

When asked about his role in the theater pulling out, Rev. Pfleger called the charges "ridiculous" and that "I had no contact with the venue."