More charges filed against concert promoter in Daviess County

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DAVIESS COUNTY, Ky. (WEHT) New details about what happened during and after a concert in Daviess County, where some performances were cancelled, and the promoter was arrested.

Jason Giardina was originally facing traffic related charges, and more were filed Monday afternoon.

Robynn Kuhen was among those wanting to see David Allan Coe take the stage.

“I’ve never been to a concert with my husband in our 33 years,” she said. But after learning he wasn’t going to perform, she felt cheated.

“It makes it feel like I got ripped off. I’m upset. We didn’t get the shirts we were promised,” she said.

Daviess County Sheriffs Deputies pulled Giardina over on Highway 54 just outside Owensboro after spotting his trailer without tail lights. Major Bill Thompson says he was first charged with operating under a suspended license, no brake lights, and other traffic charges. Detectives charged him on Monday with theft by deception misdemeanor charges, stemming from allegedly selling tickets while knowing Coe wouldn’t be performing. He was also charged with marijuana possession and drug paraphernalia possession.

“They felt the promoter knew David Allan Coe was not going to be there and he continued to sell tickets under the pretense that he was going to be there,” said Maj. Thompson.

He also says a text message was sent to Coe saying the show was cancelled due to low ticket sales. Mike Hamilton, chairman of the Daviess Co. Lions Club Fair, says they’ve had calls from people demanding refunds, but they only rented space to Giardina and should send requests to those they bought tickets from.

“I thought the promoter should’ve said something, but he got into his trailer and left. I don’t think he wanted people jumping down his throat,” said Hamilton.

Giardina told Eyewitness News that he would have a statement on what happened at the fairgrounds by today. But when we reached out to Daviess County Jail officials to see if he wanted to comment, we were told he turned down our request.

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(This story was originally published on September 16, 2019)

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