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Bands ready to take the stage for Alienstock in Rachel despite conflicting reports

Posted: 11:26 PM, Sep 16, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-17 09:20:55-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Bands are booked, tickets have been sold and final preparations for Alienstock are in full swing.

The event in rural Nevada is just one of three events happening this week. One of the performers for the event said despite conflicting reports they are ready to take the stage.

Alon Burton is the frontman of the group Wily Savage.

"I definitely think this could be this generations kind of Woodstock feeling,” said Burton.

13 Action News caught up with Burton just outside of Reno. He talked to us via Skype while he was resting up for a long trip to Rachel Tuesday.

"We have been out there multiple times working out the logistics,” said Burton. “Plotting the festival grounds and getting everything in order so that we can go out there and have a really successful festival."

Even though he's been on the road, he’s still in the mix and aware that with the event just days away there is still confusion about whether it will go on as planned.

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"The past couple of days have been really rough on all of us," he said. “And I have had to deal with answering thousands of questions too.”

On Sept. 12, attorneys representing Matty Roberts sent his former partner, Connie West, a cease-and-desist letter claiming Alienstock was his idea and intellectual property.

Roberts is now hosting a competing event in downtown Las Vegas after expressing concerns about poor planning and lack of resources.

"Kind of having the inside scoop,“ said Burton. “I'm nervous about the misinformation but also I think we've got a handle on everything."

Burton said the artists are not getting paid, instead they are performing for the experience and exposure.

"They are all coming out with RV's and tents and all of that, so really I don’t think that's going to be an issue, “ he said.

Even so, Lincoln county officials said Monday the event is costing them hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The Office of Emergency Management budgeted $250,000 from a county funds to oversee Alienstock in Rachel and Area 51 Base Camp in Hiko.

$90,000 will feed more than 350 first responders from at least 15 state, local and private agencies. $40,000 to 50,0000 will pay for travel. $36,000 will pay for portable toilets and hand washing stations.

"It has been pretty stressful, but we've got our end locked in,” said Burton.” So, we're going to have a good time. We're going to have a good party out there."