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Published: Thursday, 8/28/2014 - Updated: 1 month ago

PERRYSBURG

Festival's biggest names pull out of concert

BY MATT THOMPSON
BLADE STAFF WRITER
J-Kwon is among the performers who won't be in Perrysburg this weekend. J-Kwon is among the performers who won't be in Perrysburg this weekend.
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Several big name hip-hop artists billed as headliners at the Mexican American Festival in Perrysburg on Saturday will not be there, which led some local names to jump ship as well.

Organizers of the show at the Perrysburg Community Center, in Perrysburg Heights, predicted a crowd of 5,000 to 7,000 Saturday.

Raine Wilder, a local rapper, dropped out after hearing Bone Thugs-N-Harmony won’t be there.

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Naughty By Nature and J Kwon also won’t be there.

A spokesman for the booking agency for Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, International Artist Agency, said they canceled the show in June because of double booking.

They sent a cease and desist order to local promoters this month, demanding that they stop advertising that the group would appear.

“We backed off the show because we don’t want to be connected to it,” Mr. Wilder said.

“Advertising Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Naughty By Nature, and Coolio is what sold the fans and the bands.”

He said some other local hip-hop artists have backed out too, though others are sticking with the show. Coolio is still scheduled to be there Saturday.

Naughty By Nature’s booking agent, Nick Szatmari, said he hadn’t heard about a Perrysburg show before this week and there was no contract for the group to be there.

Jason Craig, treasurer for the center helping organize the event, said they hired booking agent Rick Robinson of IMG Recordings, to bring in J Kwon, Layzie Bones, and others.

Mr. Craig said festival organizers want a refund of the $7,000 they paid Mr. Robinson because they believe he told them acts were coming, but never contacted those performers’ agents.

Mr. Robinson cited financial issues as the reason some of the clients are not coming.

He would not elaborate, but he said Bushwick Bill is still on his way, as are more of his clients.

Helping promote the event is Tim Corser, who earlier this year was charged with three felony counts for bouncing checks from a rock concert in Jackson, Mich., according to Jackson County court records.

Mr. Craig said he is getting the blame, but it is Mr. Robinson who isn’t coming through with the performers. Mr. Corser was unavailable for comment.

Concert organizers are not offering refunds for the nearly 1,000 tickets that have been sold, Mr. Craig said.

He said the walk-up price will now be $20 instead of $30.

“A show with Coolio and other local talent here is worth $20,” he said.

Mr. Wilder said he was paid for his performance with free tickets, which he could sell.

He said he sold about $400 worth, but will honor those tickets at one of his performances Saturday at Toledo’s Main Street Bar and Grill.

Contact Matt Thompson at: mthompson@theblade.com, 419-356-8786, or on Twitter at @mthompson25.



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