It sounds like things got UGLY Saturday night at Frank’s Place, where Faster Pussycat and L.A. Guns were supposed to take the stage. Numerous people are telling us the show’s promoter — IQ Promotions — ran off with the door money and the headlining bands then refused to play because they hadn’t been paid.
You might have already seen the upset comments coming into The Beehive. I’ve gotten a good number of phone calls and e-mails in addition to those. From all of it, I’ve been able to piece together this rundown of the events:
About 150 people (at $20 per ticket) were at the show. It started fine, and the local bands performed as scheduled. Before the headliners went on, IQ’s Heather Porter, who had been working the door, left with the money. John Corabi, the first of the headliners, played his set. As the next bands were setting up, they came out and said they weren’t going to be playing. In addition, I’m told that neither sound nor security got paid — and somebody even left with the headlining bands’ merchandise money.
I tried to reach out to Porter for her side of the story. I called her phone numerous times, but it goes directly to a voicemail that says it isn’t receiving messages. I sent her an e-mail that she hasn’t responded to in 24 hours. The MySpace page used by IQ Promotions has been deleted. And there’s a Craigslist ad by Porter’s husband’s former band looking for a replacement and saying they were “totally screwed” too.
I also got an e-mail from 95.7 The Fox this morning, whose logo was the show flier, saying, “We were not on site, we were not a presenter and I am horrified to see our logo attached to that debacle.”
Stuff happens at shows — especially shows operated by local promoters. But this incident seems especially ugly. It’s elicited a number of reactions: someone wanting to hunt her down, someone saying they’d never go to another IQ show and someone hoping for legal action. A local sound guy, noting Porter already had a sketchy reputation, said: “She should be blacklisted from every club in this town.”
It’s worth noting that Saturday night’s show was originally scheduled to take place at Jon Jon’s, but got moved to Frank’s Place a couple weeks back. A lot of recent IQ shows have had similar venue-shifting. It was supposed to host a May 21 date at Crest Theatre with Nashville Pussy, but that got downgraded to Jon Jon’s before getting canceled altogether. Word was that Nashville Pussy hadn’t gotten paid its deposit, so they canceled the date.
IQ’s next big scheduled show is Aug. 8 at the Tower Theatre with the Michael Schenker Group. Interestingly enough, the Tower’s manager Susan Neville said she talked to Porter this morning. At that time, Neville said she was unaware of what had happened at Frank’s Place on Saturday. She says the Aug. 8 show has already sold more than 100 tickets, but that the theater has the money. She sounds hopeful that the show can go on without incident.