HOUSTON, TX (KTRK) — A party promoter gets caught in the middle of a heated argument between a lounge owner and a landlord over unpaid rent.
After watching a report from Only on 13, the promoter decided the venue was not a good fit for Saturday’s expected Good Vibes Only festival.
Good Vibes Only festival chief curator Wale Adekoya said they were expecting about 1,200 people at Amahle Bar and Lounge to enjoy good music, food trucks and more.
Now that the festival was postponed, he had to email every person who bought tickets about it.
“Everyone is obviously upset,” Adekoya said.
He said he initially canceled it because of the weather, but his team considered hosting the party anyway.
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“I’m really closing it not just because of the weather, but in recent news that has come out about issues that have been brought to light with your story,” he said.
On Friday, ABC13 aired a story about the lounge’s owner, LaDonna Wiggins, in a rent dispute with her landlord, Ayman Jarah.
As a reminder, Wiggins was charged with bank fraud in 2021 after she used CARES Act funds totaling over $3.6 million to purchase luxury items, two homes and multiple vehicles.
Lounge staff arrived to find the doors padlocked by the landlord, who says Wiggins owes him $73,000 in rent.
On Saturday, a Wiggins representative sent screenshots of what appeared to be bank transfers totaling $63,500.
Wiggins’ attorney produced a letter stating that his client had “made all required payments”.
Adekoya, the curator, didn’t want to get involved in the back and forth.
“It’s like kids come into the house when parents fight,” Adekoya explained. “So I’m basically trying to keep us and everyone else out of their business.”
The promoter decided the venue wasn’t ideal after hearing the landlord tell Eyewitness News that he would be welding the doors shut ahead of Saturday’s celebrations.
“The risk and the reward didn’t match,” he said.
The festival will be rescheduled for September 17 at a different location.
Wiggins and her rep did not respond to ABC13’s request for a follow-up interview.
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