Claims of fraudulent costs being charged and inflated numbers of entry wristbands are at the core of a lawsuit filed by one organizer of Kid Rock and Lynyrd Skynyrd concerts held in conjunction with the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio against co-organizers and the operators of Jacobs Pavilion, where the concerts were held, according to a report from Jeremy Pelzer on Cleveland.com
The lawsuit was filed by Blue Star Productions in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court in late May. It alleges that Pavilion officials and charity group Concerts for a Cause conspired to “hijack” the Kid Rock Show, costing Blue Star at least $1 million in revenue, threatened to “lock out” Blue Star from the Skynyrd concerts unless it paid half of the shows operational costs up front, and sent Blue Star false and inflated invoices totaling tens of thousands of dollars.
A motion to dismiss the lawsuit has been filed by Jeffrey Livingston, a GOP fundraiser and one of the negotiators for Concerts for a Cause. Other defendants include Nautica Entertainment, LLC (owners of Jacobs Pavilion), Nautica owners Jacobs Investments and Jacobs Entertainment; Jacobs facility manager Mary Horoszko, and Concerts for a Cause President Chad Barth.