CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A Charlotte festival for conservatives in town during the week of the Democratic National Convention has been cancelled, according to an organizer.
'Rock the Red 2012' which was planned for September 5 in the 11,000-seat Bojangles’ Coliseum has been cancelled, an official with the organization said Thursday. Promoters had booked country music acts Charlie Daniels, Travis Tritt and Lee Brice, who have now withdrawn.
A spokeswoman from the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority, Kim Meesters, told NewsChannel 36's Stuart Watson, “The event organizers signed a contract and they did not meet their financial obligations.”
An attorney for 'Rock the Red' said Ticketmaster did not display the event as a concert and called it a "Republican" event when he said it wasn't affiliated with the party.
“It would have hurt the other venues and obviously we want to have a nice pretty picture for all our out-of-town visitors,” said John Snyder, who represents “Rock The Red PAC.”
Organizers also said the CRVA dropped the ball on marketing 'Rock the Red.' CRVA told NewsChannel 36 that it was a straight facility rental with few "deliverables."
Rock the Red is offering refunds through the point of purchase, usually Ticketmaster, and organizers are scrambling to find a venue. Snyder said they have not given up on hosting the event.