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Front Porch Step Rumors Petitioned to Warped Tour’s Kevin Lyman

Front Porch Step aka Jake McElfresh Rumors Petitioned to Warped Tour’s Kevin Lyman

Front Porch Step on the 2014 Vans Warped Tour. Photo credit: ©Angie Knost LLC

Front Porch Step is the solo acoustic musical project of Jake McElfresh, who got his “big break’ playing on the Vans Warped Tour in 2014, bringing his name into the daily lexicon of the teen Warped fan set.  Controversy has recently emerged surrounding McElfresh and contact he has allegedly had with fans.

Allegations of “sexting”, harrassment, and inappropriate exchange of photos and conversation with underage girls led to a petition on Change.org (https://www.change.org/p/vans-warped-tour-take-front-porch-step-off-warped-tour), petitioning Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman to remove McElfresh from the scheduled 2015 Vans Warped Tour. The petition began in late December, following online rumors that had been circulating since earlier in December, primarily via Tumbr.

On January 1, 2015, Kevin Lyman’s official Twitter account contained the following post:

“Please don’t ask to have your band replace FPS if he is not on the our, iI am in no mood for it right now ” (sic)

This may lead to the assumption that Lyman is considering dropping McElfresh from the tour amid these allegations, and that rumors are prompting opportunistic bands to ask for his spot on the tour with rabid tenacity.

Pure Noise Records has mysteriously dropped Front Porch Step from it’s roster in recent days, as reported by underthegunreview.net (http://www.underthegunreview.net/2015/01/03/front-porch-step-removed-from-pure-noise-records-roster-socials/).  While there has been no official denouncement of McElfresh by the label, fans are anticipating a statement from them in the coming weeks.

McElfresh’s official website lists scheduled upcoming UK tour dates for January 2015 (http://frontporchstepmusic.com/).  Musician Allison Weiss, who was scheduled to tour along with Front Porch Step on at least some of the UK dates, issued the following statement: “Due to the recent allegations made against Jake McElfresh of Front Porch Step, I have decided I will not be touring with him this month in the UK. Whether the shows will happen without him or not is yet to be determined. I promise to post any updates here on Facebook as more information becomes available.” (posted January 2, 2015     https://www.facebook.com/allisonweissmusic)

Amid the gossip and hearsay that have been lingering online for at least two months, we have not been able to substantiate that any official charges have been filed at this time.

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