From the outset, all looked groovy at Napa's BottleRock Festival, which ran May 8 - May 12. Bands including The Black Keys, Cake and Kings of Leon played great sets, the masses noshed on food and wine from some of Napa's star purveyors, and the crowd mostly kept it mellow. But once the final notes played, BottleRock organizers have been swamped with unpaid bills and a debt that now tops $2.5 million, according to the Napa Valley Register. Among the numerous creditors, 142 union workers are still waiting for $630,000 in wages
Some of those debts stretch to the Sacramento area. NES West, a Rocklin-based company which provided security for BottleRock, claims it's owed $217,000. Also among the Sacramento-area creditors is Neumann Enterprises, which was BottleRock's parking vendor, and runs a prominent valet and limousine service in Sacramento.
And now, the financial fallout is getting really nasty. According to a complaint unearthed by the Napa Valley Register, one of BottleRock's co-founders is being sued by his own father to the tune of $169,089. Emil Meyers, the father of BottleRock co-founder Gabe Meyers, names his son and other BottleRock entities in the suit over a last-minute loan.
Meanwhile, pre-sale tickets are available for BottleRock 2014. The festival is said to run from May 9 through May 11, and a three-day pass costs $329.
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