OKC Promoter Takes On Zoo

Oklahoma City’s Zoo Amphitheatre and the venue’s former concert promoter could be headed for a legal battle over the rights to a website that’s been used for years to market shows.

Promoter Howard Pollack, who booked the amphitheatre for 30 years, accuses the venue, its new promoter and a ticket agency of pilfering a logo, photo and seating chart from a site he owns, zooamp.com.

In a letter obtained by the Oklahoman, Pollack’s attorney, Bill Zuhdi, claimed Pollack’s marketing tools are being used “without payment or permission to the detriment” of Pollack, adding that use of the website by the new promoter “appears to be an act designed to intentionally confuse the public.

In a response to the paper, zoo officials said they’d “received the letter from Mr. Pollack and are reviewing it.”

Pollack lost a battle with the trust that runs the zoo last year to continue management of the amphitheatre after a bidding competition with a last-second entrant formed the day before bids were to close.

Next he’s gearing up to produce shows at a temporary venue on the site of the city’s former Downtown Airpark beginning July 25 with a Sublime with Rome show.