Draper's Michael W. Smith concert back on, despite threatened lawsuit
Published: July 19, 2012 12:18PM
Updated: July 19, 2012 12:18PM


Tribune faith and education reporter Lisa Schencker followed up on the potentially cancelled Michael W. Smith, but Smith fans should be able to breathe a little more easier:

A day after canceling a Christian concert because of a threatened lawsuit, the Draper mayor and City Council decided Wednesday to hold the show as planned after all.

Their decision followed criticism from a Utah evangelical group that equated scrapping the concert to an assault on religious liberty. But Draper Councilman Troy Walker said the increased attention didn’t play into the city’s about-face.

"As we thought about it and analyzed it, we don’t feel like we’re promoting a religion," Walker said. "We feel like we’re putting on a performance like we do every summer."

Still, questions remain about the legality of Draper’s decision to put down a $21,500 deposit for the event — money the city expects to recoup through ticket sales.

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The concert by Christian singer Michael W. Smith is July 24 at 7:30 p.m. at the Draper Amphitheater. For tickets, visit draperamphitheater.com.