Missouri Promoter Pays Up

One of three Joplin, Mo.-based promoters accused of defrauding at least 70 vendors out of more than $30,000 for canceled concerts and events paid his dues May 9th: $5,250 in restitution and $1,906 in court costs.

The more than $7,000 payment from 26-year-old promoter Josh Allen will go to 10 artists plus vendors who reserved space to participate in the Ink Deep Tattoo Convention scheduled to take place last December in Kansas City, Mo., according to the Joplin Globe.

Promoter Zachary Grimm, 22, has one year to pay $500 to cover the state’s costs for the investigation and repay $3,225 to six vendors who provided deposits to participate in Godstock, a Christian music festival that was supposed to take place last summer in Joplin.

The court case for the third promoter, 30-year-old Derrick Gates, who listed Allen and Grimm as employees of his OnFire Production and HardNox Productions companies, is scheduled for June 4th in Jasper County Circuit Court in Missouri.