Waco urban radio station KWBT-FM 104.9, The Beat, has canceled rhythm-and-blues singer Chris Brown’s performance at the Aug. 17 Summer Jam 2013 at the Extraco Events Center because of unexpected costs.
KWBT general manager and program director Ed Graham said Brown’s managers told the station Tuesday night it would need to book a charter flight for Brown and his entourage to accommodate a court date for the singer on Aug. 16, the day before his Waco performance.
That charter flight to and from Los Angeles would cost KWBT an extra $25,000 above Brown’s $175,000 concert fee, surpassing what station officials felt they could afford to bring the Grammy-winning singer to Waco, Graham said.
Canceling his appearance wasn’t easy given the concert’s considerable local buzz.
“This was something a lot of people were looking forward to,” Graham said.
Brown’s court date concerns last month’s probation revocation after a May 21 hit-and-run incident in Los Angeles. No one was injured, but Brown reportedly left the scene without providing necessary information.
The singer is serving a probated sentence for beating his then-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009.
His departure from the Waco concert leaves R&B singer Kelly Rowland, a former member of Destiny’s Child, as headliner, with Jonn Hart and Kirko Bangz still on the program.
Summer Jam tickets went on sale July 21, with floor seats at $141 and $126. KWBT is negotiating with Ticketmaster to adjust ticket prices for the Brown-less concert and set up a procedure for ticket refunds, Graham said.