Confederate Railroad books Illinois gig after state fair ban

In this June 12, 2000 file photo Country music fans are reflected in the glasses of Southern rock group Confederate Railroad lead singer Danny Shirley during a concert in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The country rock band whose logo with Confederate flags got it banned from a southern Illinois state fair will perform at a nearby private venue.

Confederate Railroad will play Sept. 5 at Black Diamond Harley-Davidson in Marion.

The band was removed from the DuQuoin State Fair's Aug. 27 Grandstand lineup last week by Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker's administration.

Shad Zimbro is Black Diamond Harley-Davidson co-owner. He says booking Confederate Railroad was not a matter of showing anyone up but simply giving southern Illinois fans the show they wanted.

Pritzker told reporters at an event in Chicago Wednesday that the "Confederate flag is a symbol not just of slavery, but of treason against the United States." He says it remains an emblem of white supremacists today.

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