Austin Acoustic Series Promoter Sued

AUSTIN (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — A New York-based singing group, The Roches, has filed suit against Austin promoter Sally Cooper, of Austin Acoustic Series, contending that she hasn't made good on her contractual obligations.

According to Austin360, the disagreement centers on a Dec. 1st concert in which The Roches were guaranteed $7,500 to perform at the Unitarian Universalist Church. The Roches contend that they have only recieved $200 through their SRO artists booking agent.

Cooper claims that she "got in over her head" with the event and that she had only sold 111 tickets for the 300 capacity venue, with a 250 ticket break-even point.

"I knew I wouldn't have the money to pay them, so I offered to cancel the show, to put it all on me," Cooper told the blog.

"They were already in Austin, so they decided to do the show on good faith," said Jeff Laramie of Madison, Wis.-based SRO. "We were told that the money was tied up with the ticketing agency, so we gave her a Fed Ex number to send the money. We were expecting to be paid in full… And then we got two hundred dollars."

Another act, Seattle-based Tingstad & Rumbel, also have reported being owed money for a 2006 show. A post on the Austin Acoustic Series website says that as of May 1st, the series will be disbanded. – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers

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