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Suit reveals bad vibes between St. Petersburg music venue officials

ST. PETERSBURG — A lawsuit filed in Pinellas Circuit Court earlier this month pits officials with two of downtown's most popular live music venues against each other.

Officials with State Theatre Concerts are suing promoter John C. Bodziak, owner and president of Jannus Landing Courtyard and director of State Theatre Inc., claiming breach of contract and fraudulent misrepresentation, and seeking more than $15,000 in damages.

In 2007, Bodziak sold business assets of the State Theatre, which has been in operation since 1924, to State Theatre Concerts for $475,000.

Bodziak agreed to hold 12 to 16 concerts a month at the venue and to spend up to four weeks helping the buyers become familiar with running the business, the lawsuit says.

The buyers hoped to receive information including contact information for bands and crowd-size estimates for certain acts — all of which are "necessary to conduct business in the highly competitive concert promotion industry," the lawsuit says.

The suit says Bodziak never delivered the information, even though he had said he would. Bodziak, who also books concerts at Jannus Landing and other venues, is "protecting his competitive advantage in negotiating and booking performers at his other venues," the suit says.

The suit also says that some assets included in the purchase price are, in fact, owned by the landlord.

Bodziak could not be reached for comment Friday.

Suit reveals bad vibes between St. Petersburg music venue officials 08/29/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, September 2, 2008 2:59pm]
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