Written by: Jeremy Baumhower
For everyone who’s planning on attending the OG Hip Hop BBQ Festival this weekend, that was originally billed as having Bone Thugs N Harmony, Naughty By Nature and Coolio perform– Here are the very reasons why I would not be attending if I were you.
Reason 1) The Promoter: According to the event’s Facebook page a Tim Corser is the promoter– Tim Corser was the promoter of a Jackson County, Michigan annual concert called Rockapalooza which ended with him pleading Guilty to 2 Felony charges of Fraud because he bounced checks to the vendors, including the beer for amounts totaling more than $20,000.
Reason #2) The Acts: The Original billed headline acts when the tickets went on sale were Bone Thugs N Harmony, Naughty By Nature and Coolio– It seems that Bone Thugs N Harmony were never officially booked through their management and will be playing another concert in Colorado, so now it is only two members (Layzie Bones and Mo’ Thugs) will be performing. Naughty By Nature has also stated they will not be performing, leaving Coolio as the only confirmed act of the originally three billed headliners
Reason #3) Venue Size: Organizers have stated publicly that they were hoping the concert would draw close to 10,000 plus people. The contract posted for this event stated clearly the capacity was 5,000. Tim Corser, the promoter has repeatedly told numerous people including potential vendors to expect at least 10,000 people.
Reason #4) Tickets: The prices for this event are $20 in advance, $30 at the door and $100 for special VIP Tickets that included an opportunity to “meet the bands”: The promoter told a local artist who was scheduled to perform that he “was going to go to Columbus and Cleveland and giveaway 100,000 free tickets” to make sure there was a good crowd. This is a common thing to do, it’s called “papering the house”. It turns out that people claiming to be a part of the “organizing committee” has been spotted as far as Levis Commons handing out free tickets. I do not think 100,000 people will be there, but the rule is 1% will. So combine this with the venue’s capacity and overcrowding could be an issue.
Reason #5) Parking: There is a limited amount of parking at the venue itself and the concert promoters are using Perrysburg High School as the location to park your vehicles and are using buses to transport people back and forth. Concert goers will be approx.a mile from your car.
It’s a Powder Keg: If you combine that ten thousand plus potential people could be packed onto a property that holds 5,000, where concert goers will be a mile away from their cars, watching dozens of local hip hop acts, with some to most drinking alcohol, where some ticket buyers purchased tickets with a promised lineup that included Bone Thugs N Harmony, Naughty By Nature and Coolio would all be performing has the recipe for complete disaster.