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City Stages of Birmingham owes Doobie Brothers and seven more acts

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ABC26 is reporting that no less than 8 bands are suing the infamous City Stages of Birmingham, AL for failure to pay for their performances during the 2009 show.

City Stages came to be in 1989  and 2009 was the last year of the show, when the Birmingham Cultural & Heritage Foundation filed for bankruptcy liquidation on July 24, just three days after the show, citing debts of about $1.3 million and assets of $115,831. City Stages had struggled financially since 2000, carrying debts that ranged from $60,000 to $861,000, according to organizers.

According to a lawsuit filed in Jefferson County Circuit Court, no less than 8 acts received bad checks from the Birmingham Cultural & Heritage Foundation, City Stages' parent company, after their performances at the festival in June.

A total of $167,800 in bounced checks, all signed by George McMillan, former president of Birmingham's City Stages festival, according to Michael J. Douglas of Friedman, Leak, Dazzio, Zulanas & Bowling, attorney for the plaintiffs.

The management companies of artists involved in the lawsuit hold McMillan  responsible for money owed to them. Such debts range from $1,750 to $51,000. The lawsuit charges McMillan with three counts of fraud and negligence, along with  conversion and unjust enrichment. The latter two counts allege that McMillan has taken money owed to the artists and used it to benefit himself.

"The musicians want to be paid the money they were promised to come to City Stages 2009," Douglas stated. "Mr. McMillan made the representations that these amounts would be paid, and Mr. McMillan signed the checks that were returned for insufficient funds."

McMillan secured $250,000 from the city in addition to $300,000 the city already had budgeted for the $2.3 million event on June 19, just three days prior to the event

In an unrelated case, bad-check charges against McMillan and the festival's executive director, Denise Koch, still pending.

Music acts involved in lawsuit :

Doobie Brothers (Doobro Entertainment Corp.), $51,000
 Neville Brothers (Neville Productions Inc.), $40,500

Indigo Girls (Indigo Girls Inc.), $22,500
 Guster (Guster Touring Inc.), $18,000
 Jonny Lang (JGL II Touring Inc.), $17,500
Mat Kearney (MK-Music), $12,500
 Wild Sweet Orange, $4,050
 Dead Confederate (Dead Confederate Touring), $1,750

More Information:, City Stages 2009


  • Emylou Lewis 5 years ago

    Oh wow didn't know.

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  • Charlene Collins ~ Atlanta Family Health Examiner 5 years ago

    Very interesting!

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