First lawsuit filed against Showboat Music Festival - WNEM TV 5

First lawsuit filed against Showboat Music Festival

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The music festival's stage. The music festival's stage.

WNEM TV5 has learned that a civil lawsuit has been filed against the Chesaning Showboat Music Festival after the fest canceled all of its musical guests.

That cancellation notice was issued by the Showboat Music Festival just a day before the major acts were set to perform.

The civil suit was filed on July 23 by plaintiff Star Tickets with attorney Andrew Baran representing. The filing doesn't state what sort of compensation may be sought by Star Tickets, or if the filing is on behalf of ticket holders.

TV5 confirmed the show's cancellations with the Chamber of Commerce just before noon on Monday, July 15.  Later in the day, Showboat Festival Board President Scott Hewitt told TV5 the concerts couldn't move forward.

"There were a host of factors that played into it so we just decided it had to happen," said Hewitt.

Hewitt would not explain what the factors were, but did say he is working with his team to determine exactly what went wrong. 

"I can assure them as soon as I know, they'll know. That's about the best I can do right now. I don't know how long it's going to be before I can get that information out, but as soon as I know, they will know," said Hewitt.

The Charlie Daniels Band, Bret Michaels, Theory of a Dead Man and KC and the Sunshine Band were slated to perform. Charlie Daniels Band was set to play Tuesday night, followed by Bret Michaels on Wednesday night.

Norm Anderson and his wife paid about $200 for two VIP tickets to the Bret Michaels show scheduled for Wednesday night.

"Extremely upset because my wife's been waiting 2 1/2 months to go see Bret Michaels, so we could have went to Mt. Pleasant to see him, but just because he was coming to small town USA, now he's gone, so not going to happen," said Anderson.

Others, like Eric Kruske, who flew back to his Chesaning hometown from Seattle, told TV5 last week  he's not mad but rather sad about the situation.

"I was shocked when I heard the news, and didn't believe it at first, but yeah, it's sad," said Kruske.

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