Created: 07/28/2014 10:38 PM
By: Ryan Luby, KOB Eyewitness News
Big names often bring big bucks in the music industry.
But there are big problems for a local company that hoped to cash in on a security concert featuring a nationally-recognized rapper.
Locally-based Str8lace Entertainment, which successfully recruited Kirko Bangz to its "1st Annual Sickle Cell Summer Slam" a week ago Saturday at Balloon Fiesta Park, now faces a civil lawsuit.
According to city permit paperwork, the event was projected to bring 2,000 people.
"We feel like we were taken advantage of, and we can't get any resolve out of it," Mitchell Lawrence, owner of Lawrence Security said.
He filed the civil lawsuit Monday afternoon.
He said Str8lace Entertainment contacted his company seeking security services roughly a week before the event.
He ultimately had the group sign a contract for roughly $2,200, which included ten officers -- eight unarmed, two armed -- for roughly 15 hours of work.
The contract included a clause which said Str8lace Entertainment would pay Lawrence Security the day of the concert.
Since the concert, Lawrence said he's made repeated attempts to contact the group but hasn't had any success.
"And yet we're still waiting to get paid so we can pay these officers," he said.
Lawrence also contacted the Sickle Cell Council of New Mexico and learned the group was not an official organizer of the "Summer Slam."
KOB's investigative team spoke with the director of the Sickle Cell Council who said she was grateful for the increased sickle cell anemia awareness, but said her organization hasn't received any money from the event.
Lawrence said his business relied on the concert.
He said they turned down another opportunity elsewhere that weekend.
"I'm a small mom and pop business. The money that we do earn goes for our home, our car, our utilities," he said.