News 12 First at Five/Wednesday April 10, 2013
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW)--Upcoming concerts at the proposed "Turn on Your Radio Music Park" have been canceled.
Earlier this week, the organizer promised the show would go on as expected, but now says it's a no go.
And promoters of the event say they still haven't been paid.
"It's too bad it didn't get to happen, because it sounded like it was shaping up to be a great event with [a lot] of music," said Linda Walker.
Linda Walker represents the band "Mother's Finest"-- that was supposed to play this Saturday.
"The deadline was Friday," she said. "We needed to not only receive the signed contract, but we needed a deposit."
After extending the deposit deadline an extra three days, she says still never received payment.
"If he was, in fact, selling tickets or advertising that certain bands were going to be appearing and he had not signed contracts or paid deposits then that is not the right thing to do," said Walker.
She's talking about project organizer Charles Collins, who told us just this week the shows were still on.
"The bottom line is, Mr. Collins never paid anyone," said Terry Reeves. "Even after the extension of trying to salvage just the Saturday shows."
Terry Reeves, President, Owner and CEO of Music Matters, says Collins had a great idea and says the artists were excited to perform.
"It's a shame because we were going to bring some beautiful music to Augusta this week, but it just can't happen now," she said.
Despite any controversy, the space is now being cleared. Collins has obtained a business license and is planning to hold concert events April 20th--a week after his originally planned grand opening.
There is no scam here," said Collins.
He says he will pay the artists, even though the concert was canceled.
"I did go through the right procedures of [getting everything] handled," said Collins. "And now I'm out here getting this done and I'm going to get it ready and...have a concert out here next weekend if everybody wants to come out and have a good time."
Book agents want fans to know this weekend's concert was not canceled due to any fault of the bands.
Collins maintains he'll be working to bring concert events to the location on Peach Orchard and Phinizy Rd's for next weekend.