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Comment Archives: stories: Music: Buckle Bunny

Re: “A Doggone Drag

Randy, you are out of your mind bro.

YOU hired Noble to hire people, one person can't do everything. We all know this, it takes a team. Dan is seriously as good of a worker and human being as we have on this earth. You are really making yourself look silly by trying to say he is not a good volunteer or person. If only you knew how much he did to make your fest happen. If only you knew how much we all did.

Or do you know and you are keeping inside because you don't what else to do? You have backed yourself into a bad corner.

Couple more things...


"... I never met Daniel before then and I never trusted him or Josh. I only met Josh for a moment, but it was more than enough."-RL

Randy, please tell me why. It would be interesting to know, oddly enough.

"These and other guys claimed to "sponsor" stages with their name and authority written all over them and charged for the honor?!? Funny idea of sponsorship! I never had any gripe with Waka was my earlier point, and leaned toward more of a mix of music like Bonaroo, not a comparable size for God's sake."-RL

The mix of Wakarusa & Bonnaroo is similar, the size just differs. You were so lucky to have these small grassroots companies giving your festival a chance, we were all out there checking it out to see if we should tell everyone about it next year. We would have if you wouldn't have decided to write bad checks, put yourself in a corner and accuse people of wrongdoings to TRY to get yourself out of trouble.

Good Luck Randy, I do feel for you and all that surrounds you. I wish you the best.

Posted by Joshua on 09/25/2007 at 11:38 PM

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This is to Joshua
I was a vendor at DogStock, and I well know that between 3,000 to 4,000 were in attendance for the five days. The thing you are not looking at is lots of those folks in the campgrounds never, or rarely came out of the campgrounds. We all know that both Randy, and Eric should both be held accountable for the error of having to many bands that did not contribute their time for the dogs. If the event would have grown ot 50 bands for 2007, it would have worked, with one national act an evening. I am not standing up either, but I did read an interesting comment by Noble in his explaination of DogStock about sponsors. He says he got a check from Redoctane (Guitar Hero II), and it was made out to him, well that is a thing he should have never of done. All checks for the event was to be made out to DogStock Music Festival, or Akita Adoption and Rescue Foundation. This can for sure get him in hot water. I am not bashing anyone. This event is a done deal, and none of us will ever have to worry about it being held again (I hope it is not true, but I am a realist). The peace loving people of the 2000's are not like the ones of the 60's. They were all raised differently, to get everything free that they can, and that is bullshit.

Posted by vendor at dogstock on 09/25/2007 at 11:29 PM

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For The Record:

I NEVER hired Noble's volunteer coordinator. Noble did! Noble also along with "Daniel Barickman" passed out all the cart keys to over ten carts. We caught his staff drunk, on hallucinigens, scalping tickets and driving at as high a speed as they could muster. Two carts were wrecked. Noble is a known liar and a thief and Josh seems to be his toady. I'm not certain where Dan fits in. Others on his staff as aforementioned were witnessed doing all kinds of illicit activity, not me!

Interesting as well Barrickman cites rumormongering about me and pot. By the way, I do not nor have I ever sold pot or anything else for that matter other than a room addition here or there. Were you there for the incident that you allege? I have never been charged or convicted of anything more than a traffic ticket! Maybe Dan has inside information for future reference??? Fascinating! I further haven't a clue how I could sell pot or pot holders at this juncture. We're flat!

By the way, Mr. Barrickman was the worst example of a volunteer coordinator I have ever seen! Noble blew him away the year before, and you know it makes me choke to admit that, but its the very reason Noble had my trust! I never met Daniel before then and I never trusted him or Josh. I only met Josh for a moment, but it was more than enough.

These and other guys claimed to "sponsor" stages with their name and authority written all over them and charged for the honor?!? Funny idea of sponsorship! I never had any gripe with Waka was my earlier point, and leaned toward more of a mix of music like Bonaroo, not a comparable size for God's sake.

Again, licensed, bonded security handed Eric Noble thousands he now claims never existed!?! Why would they say that? All publicity materials and the website noble demanded be set up instead of our existing one had "Noble Empire" listed as the first in charge. Noble credited himself (what kind of ego maniac names a company after themselves with the word "empire" attached?) and loyal family with being the promoters of the fest in numerous interviews and diatribes. Funny, it seems they might bear some responsibility; financial, legal, moral and ethical?!?

"A nation can best be judged by how it treats its animals."... Gandhi

Posted by Randy Long on 09/25/2007 at 11:04 PM

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Mirrored photo, obvious? not sure what you mean...

Sure send the images to info@loyalfamily.com, thanks.

Take care!

Posted by Joshua on 09/25/2007 at 9:50 PM

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I've read all this, I was at Dogstock 5 and yeah there were a lot of cancellations. I was promised alot of bands that I didn't get to see but I still came out because I had friends in Lawrence to see. Regardless, yeah there were a lot of problems. There were a ton of people that were either a band or with a band and had passes. There were alot of shady people and questions couldn't get answered. No one really had answers about anything but my friends and I still toughed it out. I heard of some bands leaving after their shows and giving their passes away to attendees and other stuff like that. There were some people on golf carts that didn't seem like they should be on golf carts too. I saw one at the bottom of a hill when we were walking around and thought that was a sign of how the festival was going. My question is, if all this illegal activities were going on, why weren't people like Noble, Joshua, Daniel, or any other of Noble's people asked to be taken off the festival grounds? It sounded like they were allowed to go anywhere and were in charge of something all weekend. Personally, if I watched people stealing money, I'd kick them out as fast as I can. On top of that, if there was that much money flowing through the gate, wouldn't there be more than one person working the gate? When I came up, there was only one guy there and I was the only one coming in. I'd assume that if there was as much money coming through the front gates as Randy says, it would have come in during the opening days and wouldn't a couple of people have to be at the gate to watch all the money? and wasn't money stealing a concern right off the bat or was this an after thought? Lastly, people say there is scalping. Why would anyone scalp a ticket for an event where everyone is already in? Unless they found people scalping tickets in Melvern, then I could understand but it sounds like they're being accused of people scalping tickets inside the camping area or at the front gate which by the way traffic was when I got there was really pointless.

Posted by Robbie on 09/25/2007 at 9:29 PM

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The "red psycheledic style" one that was sent to R. Long via email and was also posted all over Wichita. I even made small business card size posters with "dates/prices" posted on them. Too bad I can't upload the poster here so you could see it. As for the stuff you mention--I tried to reuse some of it but when blown up your "mirrored" photo was so obvious at 16 X 20 size it was scrapped. In fact the only thing I reused was last year's logo in order to have something people would remember (other festivals do this also). I also made a B/W flyer that was 8.5 X 11 for counter handouts. Both sets of artwork are totally different. If you'ld like I could email you my samples if you like.

Posted by Designs by Nikki C on 09/25/2007 at 9:27 PM

Re: “A Doggone Drag

Randy, you are out of your mind bro. YOU hired Noble to hire people, one person can't do everything. We all know this, it takes a team. Dan is seriously as good of a worker and human being as we have on this earth. You are really making yourself look silly by trying to say he is not a good volunteer or person. If only you knew how much he did to make your fest happen. If only you knew how much we all did. Or do you know and you are keeping inside because you don't what else to do? You have backed yourself into a bad corner. Couple more things... "... I never met Daniel before then and I never trusted him or Josh. I only met Josh for a moment, but it was more than enough."-RL Randy, please tell me why. It would be interesting to know, oddly enough. "These and other guys claimed to "sponsor" stages with their name and authority written all over them and charged for the honor?!? Funny idea of sponsorship! I never had any gripe with Waka was my earlier point, and leaned toward more of a mix of music like Bonaroo, not a comparable size for God's sake."-RL The mix of Wakarusa & Bonnaroo is similar, the size just differs. You were so lucky to have these small grassroots companies giving your festival a chance, we were all out there checking it out to see if we should tell everyone about it next year. We would have if you wouldn't have decided to write bad checks, put yourself in a corner and accuse people of wrongdoings to TRY to get yourself out of trouble. Good Luck Randy, I do feel for you and all that surrounds you. I wish you the best.

Posted by Joshua on 09/25/2007 at 8:38 PM

Re: “A Doggone Drag

This is to Joshua I was a vendor at DogStock, and I well know that between 3,000 to 4,000 were in attendance for the five days. The thing you are not looking at is lots of those folks in the campgrounds never, or rarely came out of the campgrounds. We all know that both Randy, and Eric should both be held accountable for the error of having to many bands that did not contribute their time for the dogs. If the event would have grown ot 50 bands for 2007, it would have worked, with one national act an evening. I am not standing up either, but I did read an interesting comment by Noble in his explaination of DogStock about sponsors. He says he got a check from Redoctane (Guitar Hero II), and it was made out to him, well that is a thing he should have never of done. All checks for the event was to be made out to DogStock Music Festival, or Akita Adoption and Rescue Foundation. This can for sure get him in hot water. I am not bashing anyone. This event is a done deal, and none of us will ever have to worry about it being held again (I hope it is not true, but I am a realist). The peace loving people of the 2000's are not like the ones of the 60's. They were all raised differently, to get everything free that they can, and that is bullshit.

Posted by vendor at dogstock on 09/25/2007 at 8:29 PM

Re: “A Doggone Drag

For The Record: I NEVER hired Noble's volunteer coordinator. Noble did! Noble also along with "Daniel Barickman" passed out all the cart keys to over ten carts. We caught his staff drunk, on hallucinigens, scalping tickets and driving at as high a speed as they could muster. Two carts were wrecked. Noble is a known liar and a thief and Josh seems to be his toady. I'm not certain where Dan fits in. Others on his staff as aforementioned were witnessed doing all kinds of illicit activity, not me! Interesting as well Barrickman cites rumormongering about me and pot. By the way, I do not nor have I ever sold pot or anything else for that matter other than a room addition here or there. Were you there for the incident that you allege? I have never been charged or convicted of anything more than a traffic ticket! Maybe Dan has inside information for future reference??? Fascinating! I further haven't a clue how I could sell pot or pot holders at this juncture. We're flat! By the way, Mr. Barrickman was the worst example of a volunteer coordinator I have ever seen! Noble blew him away the year before, and you know it makes me choke to admit that, but its the very reason Noble had my trust! I never met Daniel before then and I never trusted him or Josh. I only met Josh for a moment, but it was more than enough. These and other guys claimed to "sponsor" stages with their name and authority written all over them and charged for the honor?!? Funny idea of sponsorship! I never had any gripe with Waka was my earlier point, and leaned toward more of a mix of music like Bonaroo, not a comparable size for God's sake. Again, licensed, bonded security handed Eric Noble thousands he now claims never existed!?! Why would they say that? All publicity materials and the website noble demanded be set up instead of our existing one had "Noble Empire" listed as the first in charge. Noble credited himself (what kind of ego maniac names a company after themselves with the word "empire" attached?) and loyal family with being the promoters of the fest in numerous interviews and diatribes. Funny, it seems they might bear some responsibility; financial, legal, moral and ethical?!? "A nation can best be judged by how it treats its animals."... Gandhi

Posted by Randy Long on 09/25/2007 at 8:04 PM

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Wow Randy. You got reamed. Looks like you might want to get used to from the sounds of where you will be going in the not too distant future.

Posted by No Way Man on 09/25/2007 at 7:44 PM

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I am here to clear up any of the above comments listed above made by the other posters. I was hired by Eric and Randy to handle all of the volunteers for the festival this year. I came on board in the Spring of 2007 to help raise money for the Akita Foundation which is a very worthy cause to work for, and because I wanted I love to help bring people together to enjoy great music. Since I also work for a 5013c full-time, I knew how important an event like this could mean to the Akita Foundation.

I arrived in Melvern the night of July 25th which was a Wed around 10pm. I parked at the main gate and was shown around the campgrounds on a golf cart by Eric Noble. Around 10:30 I took up the post at the Main Gate with the security detail. I stayed on shift until 3:30am before turning in. The only cars that came through that night were volunteers and a few VIP campers who already had their tickets.

Since I wasn't familiar yet with the layout of the festival area being 80 acres, I decided to sleep at the front gate in order to monitor to make sure the folks coming in and out were legit, since at Dogstock 4 someone drove through the locked gate to get out. I slept 2.5 hours that night and was up at 6am. I had a few cars come through Thursday morning, which included some artists who were playing that day and some other campers who again already had tickets. From an event planning perspective which is what I do full time in KC, I was a bit taken back because from 5am until 10:30am ish, I was at the front gate, but there wasn't any security. When I inquired to Randy about this he said it was a finnancial issue. To put it in perspective the front gate was never locked and the security detail hired by Randy which consisted of 12 or so employees to cover 80 acres were only on shift from 11 am until 1:30 in the morning give or take. This is a red flag because now the front gate is wide open for anyone to enter. At the same time I didn't want to staff volunteers at the front gate to take money as that was a big responsibility, and to let them be in charge of handling cash isn't kosher in my book. Next time I would suggest having paid staff members not volunteers work the front gate 24/7 to ensure that there is no issue or scapegoats for the Longs to point fingers at.

On Thursday during the day we started to have a good stream of cars come through. We did sell tickets and a few VIP tickets at the front gate too which helped to pay for some of the bands early on. The issue I saw with this was the money was placed in a rubber maid container until someone was able to make it up to the front gate to pick it up. Since a lot of the staff/security/ were staying in local hotels a half hour away it wasn't always feasible in the morning to leave the post being monitored only by volunteers with money not secured. This was not a good choice on the festivals part, because anyone could have access to the rubbermaid container. On top of that if you were actually at the festival this year, you would have seen the tent that I put sides on to shelter the volunteers from the sun except for in the front.

So im curious as to the posters mentioned above who said they saw staff selling tickets and pocketing the money at the front gate: Where were you were standing or squatting, since the only way to see the front table at the gate was from the road or standing in front of the tent, and if you weren't staff of the fesival, why did you hang out at the front gate instead of listening and supporting the musicians at the festival? Why did you wait two months to now make a claim that this was taking place instead of finding someone on staff that moment and making it known. To make a claim that you watched staff do these things makes you just as responsible by sitting on the sidelines and doing nothing about it.

For the record I nor my volunteers took any money from the rubbermaid container while I was at the main gate. Why would we? Many of the volunteers and staff who in the end were volunteers anyways (since Randy wrote us all fradulent checks) were there to help the cause and see live music, and of course help the animals. In no way shape or form did 3,500 paid fans come through those gates. I had a golf cart most of the weekend and was up at the gate often. At one point on Saturday the line of cars outside the gate was ten deep. That would mean starting Friday we had over 1750 cars truck and busses roll through. That would also be saying that over $200,000 in money was exchaged at the front gate. Why would Eric Noble who had an interest in the festival as a music promoter gather all of his contacts, bands, and assocaites, hire them on to play dogstock, and then pocket $200,000 to leave his friends and the Longs high and dry? That seems like suicide to me. That's like saying that Eric no longer wants to be in the music business, and this was his last hurrah. Wouldn't you think that he would want to make the festival a success since his name is on the line?

On Friday as the festival got into full swing things began to change. I went from being in charge of the volunteers to managing the main stage as well at the wishes of Randy and Suzie. With that added position my responsibility changed drastically. I now was in charge of artists, volunteers, stage crew, and other various tasks including security.

Many attendees would come to the main gate and request a festival schedule, but we didn't have any to give out. Why, because as the weekend went on more and more bands began to drop off the schedule and we had to keep revising the stages. One might call it a "bait and switch" when you advertise several top name bands to come to your festival, and then you drop them. This is what happened at Dogstock 5. On top of that the local radio and TV stations gave away several hundred tickets in order to drum up more people to come to the festival in the likely hopes that their friends would also come and hopefully buy tickets too. And what do you think those people did with their tickets who lived locally? They probably sold it to the festival attendees who stopped in town on their way and bought the tickets for a fraction of the cost of what the festival was selling them for. (This is pure speculation on my part, but we live in a capitalistic society, and the truth is it's not personal its just business to most people)

I cared so much about making the festival a success and helping the Akita Foundation that I went fourty hours straight on the clock until Saturday afternoon to make sure things got back on track. I stayed up all night long working for Randy and Suzie while they stayed hunkered down inside their house too afraid to face reality and the situation they created. If you were up at 5am you may have even heard me hammering stakes in the ground by the main stage with a sledgehammer as I redesigned the backstage area's orange plastic fencing where volunteers and artists were allowed to eat after they completed their shifts because of the lack of checks and balances. Without wristbands its hard to tell who can come in and out, and believe it or not friends, I did this because I wanted to make things successful, and go home with a paycheck.

What is most surprising to me is that Randy and Suzie have not once apologized for any wrong doing. I mean come on..committing fraud is a pretty hefty crime. Not to mention intent to sell marijuana which is a felony in Osage County which Randy is now facing as well. Did he forget to mention that in his comments when he was pointing fingers that he is now a criminal. You can gather this informaion online for only a $1 these days...

During the time that I have been writing I see that 5 more posts have traspired. Randy-what does Noble's previous efforts at Waka have to do with Dogstock? If you're going to openly slander him in public and say these things about him then why did you hire him in the first place? It's been two years since Noble and I worked at Wakarusa, and you're spouting off comments that you knew all along. If he had such a bad falling out with Waka, then why didn't you do something about it. When you openly lie to the public and have your back against the wall, all you are able to do is continue with the lies, when in the sad reality you're going to: lose your farm, lose the shelter, be considered a drug dealer, and go to prison, and you still put the entire blame on Noble.

Does Noble own the Akita Foundation? No. Did Noble write any fradulent checks? No. Did Noble get arrested within the past two months for intent to sell pot? No. Has Randy or Suzie publically on this post ever said were were at fault for the festival? No. It's hard to place 100% blame on Noble when this is your land, your money, and your event. By the way how did Dogstock 6 go Randy? Were there 3,500 people at Dogstock 6 too?

I would be happy to talk with anyone regarding the festival and what I personally saw behind the scenes since I had full access the entire five days I was there. Finally to Jim on comment #15-You're completely right about volunteers working the main gate, and to the fact that you didn't mention seeing ANY SECURITY there either.

Oh that's right, money was too tight to have security around the clock for this Bonnaroo type festival.

Posted by Daniel on 09/25/2007 at 7:31 PM

Re: “A Doggone Drag

Noble don't like no schwag!

He is kind and those who know him know this.

C.O., you are not nice and your post is a bigger waste than this one.

Go play fantasy football or something...

You are ruining it for the dorks.

Posted by Anonymous Dog Lover on 09/25/2007 at 7:29 PM

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Mirrored photo, obvious? not sure what you mean... Sure send the images to info@loyalfamily.com, thanks. Take care!

Posted by Joshua on 09/25/2007 at 6:50 PM

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To the above poster...

What poster did you do? We designed the poster, fliers, website, and current myspace graphics (go ahead and use it Randy, not worth the time of contacting you)

Some local guy stole some of our art and used it to make the official T-shirts for the fest. I decided not to bother considering all the other negative energy surrounding this fest. Again, not worth the time and effort.

How many people were 2005, 2006? anyone know the real answer, not one of Randy's people please.

Any vendors out there want to step up and say how many people were at this year's Dogstock?

Posted by Joshua on 09/25/2007 at 6:36 PM

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The "red psycheledic style" one that was sent to R. Long via email and was also posted all over Wichita. I even made small business card size posters with "dates/prices" posted on them. Too bad I can't upload the poster here so you could see it. As for the stuff you mention--I tried to reuse some of it but when blown up your "mirrored" photo was so obvious at 16 X 20 size it was scrapped. In fact the only thing I reused was last year's logo in order to have something people would remember (other festivals do this also). I also made a B/W flyer that was 8.5 X 11 for counter handouts. Both sets of artwork are totally different. If you'ld like I could email you my samples if you like.

Posted by Designs by Nikki C on 09/25/2007 at 6:27 PM

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Shame on you Randy, this is how you treat people who worked countless hours for a year trying to help your cause.

You made some bad decisions, now be a man and take responsibility for your choices.

The silly accusations you are accusing Eric Noble of, still wouldn't solve half of your financial problems.

And please quit bringing up the dogs for your own mercy, please leave them out of it. We all love them and want the best for them. SOME of us, want the best for everyone!

Peace!

Posted by Joshua on 09/25/2007 at 6:25 PM

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Well, my only loss is that my artwork for the DogStock Festival Poster, the Festival Parking Passes, and the Festival Badges I made up didn't get me any acknowledgement of my work. I'm not griping about purchasing new printing equipment in order to produce large proofs--hey I didn't even submit a bill. It's too bad the acts bumbed out for money reasons (funny how "artists" donate their time for "causes and benefits" but not for this one; and I'm speaking of some of the "name" acts) as well as other factors involved. I wasn't able to attend because of my "job" as well as my wife's upcomming surgery so I proably missed a great show as well as the "Peyton Place" events that abounded. Hopefully this mess will get fixed and I'll get to do another poster for next year's event.

Posted by Designs by Nikki C on 09/25/2007 at 6:16 PM

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I am a little confused...

Why would you want to jump from what Dogstock 4 was to something of the nature of Banaroo without even considering using Waka as a model for Dogstock 5? That seems like a pretty big jump...especially if Randy Long and the Akita Adoption and Rescue Foundation and Sanctuary were broke! Seems a bit foolish to expect to hold an event that large without being able to pay for it and depend only on ticket sales.

From reading these postings I think that Randy Long may have pulled the wool over everyone's eyes and now that his back is against the wall, he's trying paint Noble as a dog hating ticket scalper. It seems like these our the actions of a desperate man.

By the way I did look at http://www.courts.mo.gov/casen... as one of the posters suggested in an earlier comment. It doesn't seem that bills are something Randy Long likes to pay (vet, rent, yellow pages, supplies, etc.).

Oh yeah how was Dogstock 6?

Posted by Flea on 09/25/2007 at 6:07 PM

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Ask the principals of Waka why noble isn't there! He is lying through his teeth. Whether I made the mistake, which was a big one, of having noble and loyal involved, he wasn't welcome at Wakarusa as any more than a paying guest. He won't admit to it, but its a fact. I NEVER wanted to be Waka lite. I wanted to axpand on what we'd done before and if a comparison of style were to be made I considered a Bonaroo style event with donated up and comers and only paying major nationals at a discount. This was not about anyone else until noble picked a fight with Waka. He was raving at times about how they'd screwed him and he was going to get 'em back. All I ever wanted was to raise awareness of the availability of loving dogs from shelters and rescues for loving homes. That and maybe pay for some vet bills and dog food. Shame on you noble!

Posted by Randy Long on 09/25/2007 at 5:20 PM

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Wow Randy. You got reamed. Looks like you might want to get used to from the sounds of where you will be going in the not too distant future.

Posted by No Way Man on 09/25/2007 at 4:44 PM

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