Denton County Problems: NYE Show with Health, John Maus is 86'd as Accusations Fly

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That exciting triple-bill we announced back in September featuring Health, John Maus and Quintron & Miss Pussycat and slated to come to Denton's The Warehouse on New Year's Eve will now be a decidedly less exciting affair.

Mostly because it won't be happening.

The show, promoted by Matthew & The Arrogant Sea frontman Matthew Gray's talent-buying upstart, Denton County Proper, has officially been canceled. It no longer appears on any of the band's web sites.

Panache Booking, the booking agency for both Health and Quintron & Miss Pussycat, has formally pulled its bands from the bill this week in the wake of another Panache-handled band, Bleached, never being compensated for performing a Denton Country Proper-promoted show at Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios earlier this month.

According to Rubber Gloves owner Josh Baish, Denton County Proper had agreed to pay Bleached $500 for its show on Monday, October 10, and, when it came time to settle up with the bands, Gray, whom Baish calls "a compulsive liar," was a no-show.

"I paid for their gas and drinks and spoke with their manager," Baish said. "But I just didn't have $500 to give them."

Gray is singing a different tune.

"It's complete fucking bullshit," Gray says this afternoon. "I booked the show while I was on the road. I'd agreed to split the cost of the show with Rubber Gloves."

Baish says that was never the case, that the band's contract stated otherwise, that he's had to spend the past few weeks patching up his venue's relationship with Panache because of Gray's improper handling of the show, and that his venue will now be taking over the promotional and fiscal responsibilities of the once-Denton-County-Proper-handled Indian Jewelry show set to take place at Rubber Gloves on Friday, November 18.

This news comes in the wake of an earlier announcement from Denton County Proper (which was initially launched as essentially a charitable organization) that its scheduled November 4 event at Hailey's Club featuring John Oates has been canceled due to low ticket sales.

Gray, however, insists that this is the end of his company's problems. Aside from his strained relations with Rubber Gloves and Panache, he says his other booking agency and venue relationships remain intact.

Upcoming shows scheduled to take place at Andy's Bar (including a November 11 performance from Eleanor Friedberger) and Hailey's Club (including a show this Thursday night featuring Owen) will go ahead as planned. So, too, Gray promises, will the Saturday, November 5, show at Hailey's featuring Here We Go Magic and Active Child, which Gray says will now also feature Georgia-based rockers Dead Confederate. DCP's slated February 10 "block party" featuring Akron/Family, Low, comedian Michael Showalter and another newly announced band, Murder by Death, is similarly moving forward, Gray says.

He also says he plans to announce in the near future a new headliner for DCP's New Year's Eve shows.

Then again, this is not the first time Gray has let his words get out in front of him.

Regardless, Gray for now appears unfazed by the kerfuffle at hand.

"I'm not giving up," Gray says. "I'm not shaken by this. Bring it on."

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14 comments
C.
C.

Eleanor Friedberger is canceled as of today. This is 100% confirmed.

Ben Oliver
Ben Oliver

Heard Saturday's show just got canceled too

Question
Question

What's the year on that We Shot JR article? Isn't it rather old ?

Ohno
Ohno

Who's going to book 35 this year?  WE'RE SCREWED.

local band
local band

Is this why I can't get booked at Dans Silver Leaf anymore?

Jacksenron
Jacksenron

Matthew Gray is broke and uses whatever tactics necessary to survive.  Its a shame that he takes it out on others. 

ThreeOranges
ThreeOranges

"I'm not giving up," Gray says. "I'm not shaken by this. Bring it on."

This is the reaction of a reasonable man with nothing to hide, obviously.

Duh
Duh

Matt's been scamming this town for years.  Nothing new here.

Disgruntled in Denton
Disgruntled in Denton

Not a good look, Mr. Gray! Not only is he doing a disservice to the bands and venue owners; he's also disrespecting people who are spending their hard earned money buying into his false bookings and corrupt ethics. Above all, he's disrespecting the name of Denton and putting a bad taste in the mouths of agents and others who would potentially be booking future shows here but after dealing with this jackass might rethink that altogether. A total disgrace to an otherwise respectful group of talent buyers and booking agents in Denton. Shameful.

Wcampbell
Wcampbell

Matt is not involved with 35.  You are not screwed.  In fact the first round of bands has been announced. 

a.
a.

im not sure but i thiiiiiink he has very little, if anything, to do with booking that. It's already in the process of being booked. The folks of Dentoneer do that biznez. 

Rlly
Rlly

Dan's is easy to get booked at if your band doesn't suck.

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