Police Batons Up: Crowd Chaos Cancels Free Hanson, Rapper Drake Show


Unruly crowd member looks at camera/videographer apparently for validation of police brutality after police knock another crowd member from police line. (June 16)

A free New York City concert by Hanson and rapper Drake was canceled Tuesday after too many people showed up and the crowd became unruly, with some concertgoers throwing chairs and bottles. Police were called in to help break up the crowd.

The set started at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Manhattan’s South Street Seaport, a popular tourist destination and outdoor concert venue at Pier 17, with an opening act and the MMMboppers and rising hip-hop star set to follow.

Organizers expected a crowd of 10,000, but about 20,000 people packed the area. Soon enough the masses got surly and fights broke out. Charis and bottles started flying just as Rapper Drake was about to go on stage.

Report of two people arrested and only a few with minor injuries.

Hanson is an American pop rock band formed in Tulsa, Oklahoma by brothers Isaac, Taylor, and Zac Hanson. They are best known for the 1997 hit song “MMMBop” from their major label debut album Middle Of Nowhere, which earned three Grammy nominations.

Clarke Isaac Hanson (born November 17, 1980), Jordan Taylor Hanson (March 14, 1983) and Zachary Walker Hanson (October 22, 1985) are the first three children of parents Clarke Walker Hanson and Diana Hanson (née Lawyer). The Hanson family also includes younger siblings – Jessica Grace (July 31, 1988), Avery Laurel (November 5, 1990), Joshua Mackenzie (January 7, 1994), and Zoë Genevieve (January 14, 1998). Most of the males in the Hanson family are commonly called by their middle names – Isaac, Taylor, and Mackenzie (“Mac”)

Drake (Aubrey Drake Graham) was born October 24, 1986. He is a rapper. He is known for his song Best I Ever Had.

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