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Some Left Unpaid After A Local Music Festival


Nearly a week and half after a local music fest, vendors and performers are still singing the blues. The Michigan Rock and Brew 2012 Beer and Music festival took over Adado Riverfront park on the weekend of August 4th.

A festival aimed at celebrating Michigan music and promoting Michigan business. More than 20 bands took the stage but some are still without their paycheck. Lansing police tell us they have received several complaints from people, who claim they haven't been paid.

Some of the bands tell us they cant in touch with the organizers to find out what's going on. We got in touch with them Tuesday to find out just exactly where the money is.

More than 3 thousand people came out to what organizers hope will become an annual festival.Tony DeNardo of the Muggs, one of the bands who performed says "the event was one of the most professional I've been to as far as playing at festivals, everything was hand shakes and smiles." But he goes on to say "a guarantee is a guarantee and we fulfilled our end of the bargain." They say they were given a bad check, we also talked to another band and a Grand Rapids beverage company who say the same thing. DeNardo says what's been most disappointing is they haven't been able to get a hold of anyone.

"We're easing going guys and we're an easy going band and of course we could work out something even if they couldn't pay us the full amount, I would understand you know we don't want to burn any bridges they seem like nice guys." Ted Wilson an organizer says "the most important thing is not words to people its results."

They said the past week and half has been a long one and they've been seeking legal advice. They say there's good reason their checks bounced, someone stole a large chunk of their funds and they've since been working with police.

They cant say how much was taken or how much is owed but did say they've come up with enough to start paying people back today. Wilson says "what's important is that we are taking care of all our interests and vendors and performers as quickly as possible and because of that we know that we're going to be around. We've had a lot of people come up to us and say how much they loved the festival how great it was ran, how good it is that were fighting for Michigan music and to promote Michigan beers and because of that we know were going to be fine in the end."

We did talk to one man who was also owed some money, he said late this afternoon he was paid. Lansing police tell us the organizers did make a report the Tuesday after the festival about the missing money and their looking into it. They say there are a lot of questions to be answered and a lot of ends to tie up.

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