Rap artist Tyga's manager confirmed that he will not be performing on Wednesday in Lewiston, Idaho.
“We are not doing it,” manager J Erving said in an email to The Daily Evergreen.
Pullman Events Presents (PEP), the group responsible for the show, posted Friday on the Springbash Facebook page that Tyga would be performing at Boomer's Garden in Lewiston. However, the owner of the venue said Tyga's performance is not confirmed.
“As far as I know, it is not happening,” owner Jay Starnes said. “The show has not been confirmed by (Tyga’s management.)”
Starnes said Boomer's Garden is prepared to hold the concert and PEP has a signed contract with the venue. However, without confirmation from his management, they cannot be sure Tyga is coming.
Students at both the University of Idaho and WSU have voiced complaints about the confusion regarding the Springbash concert.
Starnes estimated that 1,400 people bought tickets for the concert
Event coordinator Erin Wischmann posted Monday on the Springbash event page that the concert may still occur, but that refunds will be issued 5-8p.m. on Wednesday if it does not. This window was chosen because "
“(Pullman Entertainment Presents) are very unprofessional and reply rudely,” said Yousef Ali, a freshman business management major who planned on attending the concert. “I calculated that they have at least $23,760 of people's money.”
Despite student demands for refunds, Police Chief Gary Jenkins said the police cannot get involved unless it can be proven that members of PEP never intended to put on the show.
Janette Matanane, program assistant in the Cougar Card Center, said that students have been coming to the center to ask for refunds. However, there is nothing the Cougar Card Center can do.
“It’s been a negative experience for everyone,” she said. “It’s coming off as a profit scheme as opposed to something for the students. I want to make sure students aren’t victimized.”
In a previous interview with The Daily Evergreen, Wischmann said he will be providing refunds if the concert is canceled.
However, representatives at the CUB Information Desk said nobody from PEP showed up to a table that was scheduled to provide refunds to students on Monday.
The concert was originally supposed to be held at Sunnyside Park in Pullman, but the Pullman Police Department denied a permit for the event for a number of reasons, according to Pullman police.
Residents of the area surrounding Sunnyside Park made numerous complaints to Pullman City Hall regarding the Tyga concert, Jenkins said.
“(Residents) were concerned of the lyrics, the noise, crowd and parking,” he said.
PEP lacked key provisions to obtain a permit for Sunnyside Park, including security and insurance plans for such a large group of people expected in one area, Jenkins said.
Jenkins also said that Erin Wischmann, the event coordinator for the Tyga concert, gave misleading information regarding the intent of the concert.
Wischmann failed to indicate previous controversies that occurred at other Tyga concerts, such as a riot in Los Angeles that included 1,200 people and the shooting of Tyga's opening act Honey Cocaine in Omaha, Neb, Jenkins said.
“In the original application, he mischaracterized the event,” Jenkins said. “He indicated it as a perfect event for the community.”
Though several attempts were made by Evergreen reporters this week to contact PEP representatives Wischmann and Raymond Lewandowski, both were unavailable for comment at press time.