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Concert promoter responds to allegations from Augusta gospel event

Saturday, June 29, 2013 11:47 PM
Last updated Sunday, June 30, 2013 12:21 AM
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Concert promoter Sharif King is deflecting responsibility for a Thursday night gospel show at Tabernacle Baptist Church that left many paying customers upset.

In fact, the Dower Live promoter said Friday that the church is the one to blame.

“This was not the James Fortune and Friends concert,” King said. “This was a Ta­ber­nacle Baptist Church event.”

The Fortune and Friends concert, billed as featuring nationally known acts, was canceled Wednesday, King said, because of concerns with the size of the church. King said it was the church’s responsibility to inform the public that only local artists would perform.

The church reiterated Saturday that its only role was leasing the venue.

“We didn’t even do any of the promoting for the event,” spokeswoman Natasha Carter said. “We had no interaction with any of the artists.”

In a news release May 17, the concert claimed Fortune and Vickie Wi­nans as the featured artists.

The church seemed like the ideal place after plans fell through with Bell Auditorium, King said. In an e-mail provided by King, Monty Jones Jr., the general manager of the Augusta Entertainment Complex, said Dower Live would have to pay more than $7,500 by June 21 or face cancellation. Dower issued a news release June 21 announcing the move to the church.

But in talks with the church, King said, Tabernacle put a cap on how many people could attend. He said that’s when Fortune and Winans were told the show had been canceled.

Fortune sent a tweet on the day of the concert saying it had been postponed. Winans landed in Augusta and prepared to perform, unaware the concert had been canceled.

“Why did (King) pick me up from the airport if the show was postponed?” she said Friday.
Tabernacle contacted King insisting the show must go on, he said. The event was then changed to feature local artists, King said.

King said he sent for Winans to be picked up from the airport as a deal was being worked out to have her perform, but that he lost his phone before it could be finalized. King said he stayed to help count the money from ticket sales. He said he was only at the event to assist with crowd control, not to promote a Dower Live event.

Carter said otherwise.

“We have contracts showing Dower Live leased the venue,” she said. “The church was just the victim of this incident. We don’t want this experience to jade us in any way.”

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GnipGnop 06/30/13 - 12:46 am
He should be in jail

Just like the Bakers and other false prophets that use people's faith to bilk them out of hard earned money....shame on you!!

Dixieman 06/30/13 - 03:36 am
He said, they said

What a mess.

onethickdiva 06/30/13 - 08:12 am
He's a liar. Point blank.

Here comes the finger pointing. I wasnt there and didnt see the documents but sounds like a lot of backpedaling on Kings part. If I invite people to a function and its cancelled, I would let them know, not leave it to someone else.

His own Facebook posts say its not cancelled but moved. Never once mentioned that James Fortune and Vickie Winans would not be there. After it all went down, I commented on that very post and he never responded. Now all posts seem to be missing?

rmwhitley 06/30/13 - 10:25 am
I've dealt

with people for more than 40 years. I believe I can sift through bull----! sharif is full of it in my opinion.

Tigger 06/30/13 - 11:16 am
There should never, ever be a

There should never, ever be a time to charge admission into a house of worship. All parties involved are guilty.
Quote from Jesus Christ : " Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations a House Of Prayer ?? But you have made it a den of thieves ! " I pray this teaches everyone a lesson.. Seperate that which is Holy from that which is unholy !" There are no excuses for this... all parties involved are guilty. So Deacons and Trustees regain control of that of which The Honorable Dr. Charles Walker envisioned, for our people, and the God of the Worlds Consecrated as Holy.
For this is a sin and a shame upon The Historic Tabernacle Baptist Church of Augusta, Ga. " Money has been, and forever will be the root of all evil !!!! "

Cestlavie 06/30/13 - 12:06 pm
Nobody was charging

for a worship service. It was a concert. Tabernacle didn't sponsor this event. Churches are often booked for community events and concerts. This is purely the doing of the promoter. He stayed to count the money???? So he could allegedly pocket the proceeds??? Wow!

@ Tigger - if you are going to quote scripture, please quote accurately. For the love of money is the root of all evil - I Tim 6:10 - Money is amoral - it's what we do with it that makes the difference. Get a cup of herbal tea and relax.

internationallyunknown 06/30/13 - 07:00 pm
I've attended gospel concerts

I've attended gospel concerts at churches where the only "admission" fee was whatever you wanted to give....and the church paid the rest of the bill. The church is just as sad day for a historic church.

Amen Tigger.

Ramsgate1 06/30/13 - 11:45 pm
Tabernacle concert scandal

It's appalling that my church, Tabernacle, a historic institution with a rock solid stellar reputation for more than 127 years, finds itself embroiled in such an unfortunate controversy. While it remains unclear just who is to blame for the concert/promoter fiasco, it is clear Tabernacle should not have been involved. As a long time member of Tabernacle, I feel that the church has long lost its way and its focus under its current leadership. This incident proves the church should immediately turn it's attention back to more Godly principles such feeding the hungry, housing the homeless, supporting our youth and encouraging our many young men behind bars. Our community has many dire needs, a church concert that requires people to spend more of their hard earned money isn't one of them. Hopefully this embarrassing scandal will serve as a lesson that God is still in control.

ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 07/01/13 - 07:20 am

It seems to me that when a Church rents it's buildings out for profit, for a concert, it has just violated any charity status it has and has become a business that is liable for taxes, county, state and federal. Maybe the IRS should get involved.

SashaLee 07/06/13 - 09:05 pm
Tabernacle Baptist Church Scandal

Unfortunately, my comment that was posted last week has been removed. I was told by the Augusta Chronicle that they could not prove that my comments were true. Yet they recommended that I could tell my story to their Faith Reporter. As a member of Tabernacle I have no reason to lie on my Church in which I love but had no other choice than to expose what is really going on behind the scene at TBC because there is no entity at TBC that is willing to hold TBC’s Leadership accountable. Somewhere between Mr . King’s story and TBC’s story about the concert is the truth. There seems to be many clues that the top Artist wasn’t going to be at the Church. Usually top Artist likes to do a sound check the day before or the day of the Concert. Two people got paid Mr King and Tabernacle Baptist Church. Everyone, else got screwed

Sean Moores
Sean Moores 07/01/13 - 12:45 pm
@ SashaLee

No one reported that comment. We don't allow making unverifiable accusations against people.

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