Skip to comments.Rock the Red (DNC Opposition concert/event) Cancelled – Update: City Changed Responsibilities
Posted on 08/30/2012 3:20:08 PM PDT by bigtoona
The event is cancelled, but STAY TUNED!!
More info to come as its available, but in speaking briefly with Rock the Red organizers, yes, Rock the Red at Bojangles Coliseum has in fact been cancelled.
When the organizers first approached Bojangles (A city owned venue run by the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority) with the intent to hold an event, marketing assistance was specifically asked for and granted. A deposit of $11,000 was also required.
Shortly after the contract signing, according to organizers, a number of CRVA employees with whom the contract was worked out and from whom assistance was offered were let go and replaced. The new crop, again according to organizers, were less helpful and failed to live up to the obligations for marketing support that were originally agreed to.
In addition, Rock the Red was also told last week that a total of $31,000 was due ($15,000 of which for union labor) or the event would be cancelled. This amount was not anticipated to be due until at least reconciliation at the time of the event.
Needless to say, this unexpected acceleration of demands by the CRVA was undelivered, and Bojangles cancelled the venue.
In speaking with John Snyder, an attorney retained by Rock the Red, a specific complaint regarding marketing efforts was in how the CRVA dealt with TicketMaster. The event was listed as a Republican Event, even though as a PAC Rock the Red could not be affiliated with the GOP. Furthermore, searches for any of the performers by name in TicketMaster would not return results that included Rock the Red.
According to Snyder, Whenever you have to use the government as a middleman, it never goes well.
Organizers are currently working to find an alternative venue, so the event may still be on in a different format.
Again, more information as it becomes available.
Rock the Red was to be a major political/entertainment event for Conservatives set to take place next week (September 5) here in Charlotte during the DNC. Music stars Travis Tritt, Charlie Daniels, and Lee Brice were confirmed performers and many elected officials, candidates, and local political talent were set to give speeches. It was shaping up to be a spectacular event.
It appears that as of now, not only is the rockthered.com website down, but Ticketmaster is showing the event has been cancelled. Click HERE for screenshot.
I havent seen this reported anywhere else yet, and have sent a communication to organizer Jason Lambert to get the details of whats going on.
Stay tuned and Ill let you know what I hear.
Update: Bojangles Coliseum, the event venue, now is also showing the event as having been cancelled on their website.
So it looks like we have three levels of confirmation here, which is a shame. If the promoter responds, well be happy to post the explanation for the cancellation.
The local NBC channel completely left out all of these facts from the story. On the 6pm news they simply said that the event organizers did not pay the deposit on time causing the event to be cancelled. This smells like RAT.
OR...just hear me out...THEY DIDN’T PAY THE DEPOSIT.
If a contract was signed then how could the city change the tems? seems financial damages are in order.
should have had the cncert out of the city limits.
Is Charlotte a rat controlled city?
“Is Charlotte a rat controlled city?”
If I was a Democrat I would tell you that indeed Charlotte is a democratic negrohood.
Can you picture Obama showing up at a place called BOJANGLES STADIUM? ?
Rats outnumber Republicans 2 to 1 in charlotte now. Also, obammy is going to accept his nomination in Bank of America stadium. They are doing everything they can to hide the name of the stadium and are calling it panther stadium instead so they can keep playing the 99% card.
From what I hear they have blocked off much of the downtown area. They are demanding that all the restaurants stay open - even though anyone outside of the blocked off area can’t get in there.
In addition to ruining the business of the restaurants they are demanding thousands of dollars in payment to the city in order to ‘benefit’ from the convention.
This is second hand information. Sounds very un-American.
I’m glad I didn’t get my husband tickets after all.
I hope the traffic snafus aren’t too bad. We go to Pineville on Thursday afternoons.
The biggest rat is the guy running the event. Ticket sales were labeled as donations. A subtle distinction that will make a difference when seeking a direct refund. The state AG should investigate.
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