Concert promoter says singer breached contract, then signed on to play rival stage
UPDATED 4:35 p.m. Tuesday:
Duke Cooper, Travis Tritt's manager, responded this afternoon to claims made in Starlake Roadhouse's lawsuit against Tritt.
Cooper said there was no signed contract between the parties obliging Tritt to do the show that was scheduled for March 30. The booking agency may have "jumped the gun and confirmed it," Cooper asserted, but "we had no deal as we understood it."
Cooper added that the subsequent booking of Tritt to perform at a venue adjoining Starlake's in July of this year was merely a coincidence. "One thing had nothing to do with the other," he said.
As originally posted:
The owner of a performance venue in Pennsylvania has filed suit in Nashville against country star Travis Tritt, accusing him of backing out of a scheduled show and then committing to play at a competing venue.
Starlake Roadhouse Inc. says Tritt was under contract for a March 30 performance at its concert facility in Burgettstown, west of Pittsburgh. In February, however, days after the contract was signed, a booking agent told the promoter the show would have to be cancelled. At first the agent cited conflicts with Tritt's recording schedule, according to the complaint, but then he said the show was off because it had not been advertised on a local radio station, Y108.
After the cancellation was finalized, with refunds issued to the buyers of 474 tickets, Starlake learned that Tritt would headline Y108's annual country extravaganza in July at a venue nextdoor to its own facility.
The legal action accuses Tritt of breach of contract and unjust enrichment, seeking unspecified damages. Tim Warnock and Amy Everhart of Bowen Riley Warnock & Jacobson filed it on Starlake's behalf last week in Davidson County Chancery Court. A copy is available at this link.
Efforts to reach a spokesperson for Tritt have so far been unsuccessful.