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Promoter of canceled show issues refunds (video)

Camille Doty

By Camille Doty
Aug. 23, 2012 at 3:23 a.m.
Updated Aug. 24, 2012 at 3:24 a.m.


Victoria promoter Frank Salazar issued $20,000 in refunds in the span of a few hours Thursday afternoon.

Salazar, 44, continues to make refunds to Crossroads residents who purchased tickets for Hollywood Teen Star show, which was canceled in July.

Gina Jimenez received money back for two VIP tickets from the original 5 p.m. show. She felt empathy for the Victoria-based promoter.

"He (Salazar) had the best of intentions. He tried twice to have a show," Jimenez said.

Salazar, a father of five, said he cried, lost sleep, and felt sick to his stomach when the concert involving stars from the Disney Channel was postponed and later canceled.

He opted not to have the show at all instead of re-scheduling for a third time.

"I've always been able to fix anything, and I can't fix this," he said.

After a month-and-a-half of waiting, some Crossroads residents still have not received their refunds.

However, on Thursday afternoon, people trickled onto the 300 block of Bloomingdale Circle to get reimbursed. Salazar shook hands and apologized to everyone he could.

Most understood his dilemma, and all smiled after receiving a handful of Benjamin Franklins.

Some people have gotten restless and have threatened to take legal action. Salazar said he wanted to be in good standing with the community before a warning becomes a reality.

"I don't think anyone wants to really sue me," he said. "People just want their money back."

Danny Rosenbrock was the first person in line to get a refund. As an out-of-work contractor, he understands the pressure Salazar faces.

"The way I look at it, it's all a part of business."

Rosenbrock, 48, of Port Lavaca, purchased tickets for his daughter as a birthday present.

He said he would support another Salazar production, if the opportunity arises. "Everyone's going to have a failure somewhere," he said.

Salazar said he has still not been paid by the San Antonio-based promoter, and next time he will not use a middle man to put on a show.

To secure funds, Salazar said he's sold a part of his Big Buck Drilling business, borrowed against the title of his Hummer, and pawned equipment.

Salazar said he has done odd jobs to make ends meet. He's taken close to a $24,000 loss on his merchandise, but to him, peace of mind is priceless.

"I can't move forward in life until this is taken care of," he said.

The canceled show has taken a toll not only on the 20-year promoter, but also on those closest to him. Salazar told his daughters not to fight his battles, but he cannot control what others say to them.

"I don't want people telling my daughter that I'm a fraud when she goes back to school," he said.

Clara Vasquez, who promotes shows with Salazar, defended her ex-husband. She's felt the heat of the cancellation and has tried to maintain her cool.

"He never meant to steal anyone's money. He's not a thief," Vasquez said.

Salazar wanted to clear up the cyberspace cyclone of rumors about his intentions.

He said he's not blocked anyone from Facebook, moved out of town, or given preferential treatment to family and friends in distributing refunds.

"Fifty percent of the people (who purchased tickets) are family and friends and they've been patient," he said.

In an earlier interview, Salazar said he was not going to promote any more events, but he later changed his mind when he received an overwhelming amount of positive feedback.

He's bruised from this experience, but not defeated. Salazar said he hopes to have finished giving refunds by the weekend.

"I'm finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel," he said. "I have to be more prepared next time."

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