Monday, October 26, 2009

30 Hour LaBelle Music 'Event' Cancelled

County Nixes Rodeo Grounds Concert After Discussion With Promoter

LaBelle, FL ­ The 30-hour musical event, Solace, originally announced to be in LaBelle on November 7-8 at the LaBelle Rodeo Grounds, has been postponed according to concert producer Joseph Stubblefield, of Team Jesus Wins. ''Unforeseeable circumstances'' were the reasons stated by Stubblefield.

The Hendry Recreation Board had given permission for the use of the grounds without cost,  not knowing that Stubblefield was intending to sell camping spaces for up to 120 24' x 24'  sites at $45 to $55, and sell admission tickets from $8 to $15. Stubblefield,  who runs the for-profit company Team Jesus Wins, apparently got free use of the rodeo grounds by not telling county officials the full details, and by associating the event with a local church ministry.

The event was to be ''sponsored'' by Bull Pit Outreach Ministry of LaBelle, according to a previous press release. A ''portion'' of the proceeds was to benefit the American Red Cross, he said. Stubblefield's press release said the LaBelle Rodeo Grounds can host 3,000 in the arena, and the first 1,000 War Veterans to show a Military ID card were to get in free.

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