Epic Entertainment Kansas City, who recently took over the events at Starlight Theater, has done the unthinkable. Epic Entertainment received a deposit from a local charity - "Horizons Academy" - in advance for their 2010 annual fundraiser on good faith from Horizons that they would be able to put on a similar event as the previous successful year. Horizons Academy submitted their deposit money to Epic Entertainment and they were told that Epic would be choosing their entertainment for them and that they were going to deny them their request for their favorite Kansas City band (the band that had put their event over the top the previous year). Horizons Academy is a local Kansas City Charity which is a learning disabilities school specializing in educating students with learning disabilities. Here's what they got from Epic Entertainment...
Horizons Academy previously held their annual charity fundraiser in 2009 at Starlight Theater, managed by Epic Entertainment, with the most successful fundraiser in Horizon's history. Horizons Academy, incredibly happy with the 2009 fundraiser results, requested the same local band for the 2010 fundraiser after booking The Starlight Theater. Epic Entertainment, who has been openly criticized by many of Kansas City's big name bands, told Horizon's Academy that they would not allow Horizons to have the same band again in 2010.
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Monday, August 10, 2009
Epic Entertainment -Starlight Theater Denies Horizon Academy Their Wishes
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Epic Entertainment has definitely dropped the ball when it came to taking over operations at Starlight Theater. Epic has shoddy management - mostly man-hating overweight females, who remind you of the teacher in grade school that no one wanted to get.
It is no suprise that they took advantage of local charity Horizon Academy by denying them their choice of entertainment.
Epic Entertainment shouldn't have accepted the deposit from Horizon Academy before telling them that they (Epic Entertainment) would have the final say in the entertainment choice. This is pompous and arrogant.
Epic Entertainment should be ashamed of themselves! That is terrible. I know the band that wasn't allowed to play at the Horizon Academy event - they played for the event last year and they were awesome! Representatives from Horizon Academy confirmed that it was the best band that they have ever had at a fundraiser.
Epic Entertainment of Kansas City told Horizon Academy that the band would not be able to return and that is definitely out of line.
Epic Entertainment Kansas City has definitely been in the news more than once for mistreating their clients. We've seen a few references to Epic Entertainment in Kansas City's poor relationship with the overall KC community.
Since Epic Entertainment took over Starlight Theater there have been several complaints from their clients. We've heard that it's just a few overweight female coordinators that are giving Epic Entertainment in Kansas City a bad name.
Has anyone heard about Epic Entertainment and their take over of Starlight Theater?
We were looking online for details of the change in direction that Starlight had taken and we heard that they were going to be taken over by a company called Epic Entertainment in Kansas City. Looks like from this blog that they are not doing such a good job!
Looks like Epic Entertainment Kansas City has it in for local kc organizations. It appears that since they took over operations at Starlight Theater in Kansas City they have only been concerned with the national touring groups and not local Kansas City businesses.
If Epic Entertainment did deny the local Kansas City charity their wishes, that is a shame.
That surprises me that Epic Entertainment would do such a terrible thing to a great local Kansas City charity in Horizon Academy.
Horizen Academy is a very worthy charity who deserves to choose whatever musical act that they want for their annual fundraiser in February.
We were at the event last year at Starlight Theater and we thought that the band was the best we've ever seen - they were just what the event needed.
Shame on you Epic Entertainment!
This is just another example of a large company imposing their will on local small businesses. Epic Entertainment in Kansas City is just another common bother to the local community. Especially if Epic Entertainment denied a local charity their choice of entertainment for a fundraiser - how petty is that?
We have heard many complaints about Epic Entertainment Kansas City - Starlight Theater used to be a great place to hold an event - charity event or otherwise - but now it seems that they have corrupted the system to the point that it is hurting local Kansas City business.
It's ok now anyway, since the Power and Light District has taken over Kansas City, everyone wants to have their events near the District and downtown. No one is going to want to drag their guests through the ghetto that surrounds Starlight Theater. What hotel are they going to put their out of town wedding guests at - the Super 8 on Prospect? Haha!
Hotels near Starlight Theater in Kansas City
Haha, I would love to hear what the reps from Starlight Theater tell their prospective wedding couples when asked what hotel to use for their out of town guests! I'm sure they have some politically correct scripted answer and they probably send them to the plaza.
There's no getting around the ghetto scenery as the guests drive up to Starlight Theater, be sure and roll up your windows and lock your doors!
That's true - Epic Entertainment is not going to be hosting as many events in Kansas City as they started off. Poor management and a terrible location in the heart of the ghetto make Starlight a dismal place to host an event.
First, I know the band who EPIC Entertainment denied to play at the Horizon Academy event. I attended the 2009 Bayou Bash and one of the band members (after being told no fireworks or pyrotechnics were allowed) hit a guest in the eye. Obviously the band wasn't allowed back at Starlight.
I do, however, have experience with the women who work at EPIC Entertainment and do agree that they are stuffy, catty and too type-A for their own good. The Creative Director has big issues as well as several of the Event Producers. For me, my Starlight experiences were ruined because of them and there's no way I'll be able to attend a musical with the same love that I did in the past. I'm responding to a post that was clearly written by several bitter members of a band. Grow up. Move on. You're better than EPIC anyway.
Haha! It's all fun and games until someone "losses an eye" - yeah, right. This is simply not true - this is a vicious rumor started by Epic Entertainment reps to cover their ass for denying a poor local charity their choice of bands. They have since denied other organizations such as the YPO Association and many others. They should actually get a lawsuit slapped on them for defamation of character which could easily be proven in a court of law.
Epic Entertainment is despicable and should be avoided at all costs by Kansas City organizations. This is a shame because the band in question has enjoyed a high level of success at Starlight Theater for over 10 years until the new management moved in.
The good news is, Starlight Theater and Epic Entertainment has lost their edge on large events in Kansas City with the addition of more prominent venues - and the other good news is the band in question has moved on to much bigger and better things and continue to prosper as one of the top 3 bands in Kansas City - well, actually number 1 according to recent awards :)
Epic Entertainment Kansas City
This article is true, Epic Entertainment in Kansas City is being very bias and unfair to their clients. We know for a fact that YPO specifically requested their favorite band for their event and Starlight and were turned down by Epic Entertainment and their made up story. The story is slanderous and if they don't watch out will come back to bite them if the band chooses to press matters.
We also heard about Epic Entertainment and the YPO event. YPO had specifically chosen a very popular Kansas City band as their entertainment that they had used before with HUGE success at the VooDoo Lounge last year. Starlight pitched them their extremely weak "house band" that they had to put together because no one would work with them. Epic Entertainment is pathetic.
Starlight Theater is definitely slipping in quality, our experience with Epic Entertainment just put an exclamation point on that. These girls were snotty, rude and this blog is right (overweight), well, there was one short haired lady who was probably gay. Either way, Epic Entertainment is an atrocity, and it's great to see them decline in stature.
Epic Entertainment and Starlight are definitely a venue, and an organization to avoid at all costs. They promised our group several things that we did not receive, and we are one of the groups that Epic Entertainment denied our choice of entertainment. They attempted to control every facet of our event AFTER we had already signed an agreement and put down our deposit, not knowing that they would deny several of our requests down the road in the late planning stages of our event.
AVOID EPIC ENTERTAINMENT and STARLIGHT THEATER at ALL COSTS!
Do not book your event at this venue as the control freaks that call themselves Epic Entertainment are out of control and will ruin your event. Just ask Horizon's Academy, and YPO, these overweight women will absolutely take over and destroy your event. But they will wait until you have already made your deposit on this once great venue. This venue is now sad and run down, a shadow of it's old self, and far out of the way of any major hotels and Kansas City and is actually situated deep in the ghetto of Kansas City.
We also recently heard about Epic Entertainment in Kansas City turning down local businesses who request certain vendors for their events at Starlight Theatre. Epic Entertainment makes sure that they get the deposit first and then tells them that they cannot bring in certain vendors. It is a HUGE scam and Epic Entertainment should absolutely be avoided at all costs as this article states. Glad someone has "outed" them. These are true accounts of the actions of Epic Entertainment. Just ask the charity that was involved, Horizon Academy about it. This is a terrible, awful company.
The quality of entertainment has gone down in general at Starlight Theatre and from Epic Entertainment in Kansas City. Not sure if Epic Entertainment is the direct cause, but it appears that they are definitely making some people upset over there. We were out at Starlight Theatre for the Dream Factory Gala and it seemed to go well, however that event was not produced by Epic Entertainment.
Epic Entertainment was very "smug" in their dealings with us and they also continued to have an attitude long into our event, in fact the entire night. Would not recommend Epic Entertainment to anyone.
That fact was never proven - regardless, it is defamation and slander for employees of Epic Entertainment to communicate to their clients "their" side of the story as it tarnishes the reputation of the band in question. The band has already began building testimony from clients that they have lost DIRECTLY due to the Epic Entertainment employees made up story. This spells big trouble for Epic Entertainment in Kansas City and rightly so.
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