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Neil Young performance in Marion? Doubts arise

Details don't add up for event planned for Artisan's Sanctuary

Canadian singer-songwriter Neil Young performs at the Orange Stage at the Roskilde Festival in Roskilde, Denmark, on July 1, 2016.   (Scanpix Denmark/Nils Meilvang)
Canadian singer-songwriter Neil Young performs at the Orange Stage at the Roskilde Festival in Roskilde, Denmark, on July 1, 2016. (Scanpix Denmark/Nils Meilvang)

Doubts have arisen about the Artisan’s Sanctuary announcement it booked musician Neil Young to perform at Woodstock Revisited, a festival the local nonprofit is putting on Aug. 18 at Marion’s Lowe Park.

After Artisan’s Sanctuary President Jim Jacobmeyer announced the performance, he told The Gazette he booked the artist after connecting with him on Twitter after tweeting about the Woodstock festival, which Artisan’s Sanctuary is throwing at the park’s Klopfenstein Amphitheater in honor of the 50th anniversary of the original Woodstock music festival.

UPDATE: It's official. Neil Young is not coming to Marion.

However, Warner Bros. Records, which represents Young, declined to confirm the performance when contacted by The Gazette. Young’s official website, neilyoungarchives.com, does not list the show on his schedule.

Jacobmeyer said he booked Young by working with someone named Doris Ramey, and said her contact information from a signed agreement identified her as Doris Ramey, Representative Agent, MoTown Records. It gave her contact information as NeilYoungTours.org@gmail.com and provided a phone number.

However, emails to that address went unanswered; the phone number is a Google subscriber number that went to voicemail; and the website NeilYoungTours.org does not exist. The actual Motown Records does not capitalize Town. Moreover, Motown Records does not list Neil Young as an artist it represents.

Tickets were on sale on Eventbrite for $20. Jacobmeyer told The Gazette about 650 tickets had been sold to the festival as of the end of Tuesday, and said Neil Young had agreed to a nominal $2,000 fee for the appearance, which was to be a 30-minute acoustic performance to cap off the night.

“After this hectic European tour, he just thought he’d stop by, and he said, ‘I need to unwind,’” Jacobmeyer said.

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After the initial phone conversation with The Gazette and then sending the email with Doris Ramey’s contact information, Jacobmeyer provided more correspondence from Ramey and said he asked her to contact The Gazette directly.

People who bought a ticket through Eventbrite can request a refund through the website, though the website’s policy is that Eventbrite’s additional fees will not be refunded.

The Woodstock Revisited festival has several others on the lineup. They are Zoot & Newt Band, Boy-Scout Hippies, Moving Target, Beaker Brothers and Winterland, along with food and art vendors. It is scheduled from 4 to 10 p.m. Aug. 18.

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