The threat of rain -- and the possible damper on ticket sales -- caused promoter
Although the Friday, Saturday and Sunday event is advertised as "rain or shine" on its website, Song said that was posted before he had learned that owners of the venue,
The festival also needs to sell 3,000 tickets -- at
Song said he doesn't believe the event will be canceled altogether, "but no one is really helping the situation by making negative comments and spreading rumors."
Disappointment: As of Monday afternoon, the
"I've been to festivals where there's been worse weather predicted than this," said
The Krohs have family and friends flying to
"(Kayla's) very upset ... She was excited to share another new original, so she was disappointed," Kroh said.
"For (Kayla) to get recognized and win that
For a first-time festival, organizers "shot really big," and she said she'll be more hesitant before booking her daughter with them again.
"I truly believe (Song's) heart is in the right place ... I just think it was too big, and I'm hoping that he can somehow rebound from all this and be successful," Kroh said.
"Not since Milli Vanilli has 'blame it on the rain' sounded rather suspect. To 'reschedule' due to possible rain doesn't make sense, as this was being advertised as an event that would happen come rain or shine ...," he wrote in an e-mail.
Cross said it's becoming clear that "there is no money to pay everyone who was told they'd be paid, and that's the reason for what I think will officially become a cancellation of this event."
The full-time musician said he was going to put the gig money toward recording his debut album.
Festival performers agreed to a contract that states payment will be made immediately following their performances. Song said every act that plays at the festival will receive a check.
Proceeds from the festival were to go to the building of a free music and arts school in
"The youth deserve an effort better than this, and the people who invested their time, talent and resources deserve an honest explanation as to why their investments have been wasted," Cross said.
From abroad: Although Jason Wolfe Greene, singer and guitarist in the
"We did schedule for this event to be on
"They have claimed it is because of weather, yet the forecast shows no threat of severe weather or weather (inclement) enough to discourage the average festival concertgoer ... The failure of this event is solely the promoter/producer's fault in this instance," the statement says.
Song said the best way to make this event happen is to buy tickets, which are available at www.centralpamusicfest.com and will be refunded if the event is canceled, he said. A crowdfunding website is also live at www.indiegogo.com/projects/central-pa-music-fest-2014.
"We're doing as much as we can to push it through, to make it happen, but we can only do so much," Song said. "Ultimately, at the end, it's everyone's effort."
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