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Local Non-Profit Petitioning Against Ted Nugent's Concert at Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center

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by Alicia Neaves
NewsWest 9


PERMIAN BASIN - A famous rock singer is striking a chord in the Basin. A local group is petitioning against Ted Nugent's performance at the Wagner Noel.


In less than a month, rocker Ted Nugent is set to perform at the Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center. Proceeds will benefit Show of Support, an organization for local veterans. But Una Voz Unida, a local non-profit out of Odessa, isn't too thrilled. They've started a petition against Nugent's performance in hopes he won't play a single note.


"When you watch anything that Ted Nugent does, you can kind of see the type of audience that he stirs," Art Leal, President and Chairman of Una Voz Unida, said.


Ted Nugent, possibly known for his music, or ultra-conservative views, is being met with a petition urging the Wagner Noel to drop his performance on August 17.


"He's referred to the President of the United States as a chimpanzee, he has said some pretty vitriol comments about Hillary Clinton and he has some very, very crooked views," Leal said.


Una Voz Unida of Odessa advocates for continued education and leadership in the community. They are concerned Ted Nugent's performance will shed a bad light on the Wagner.


"As a veteran myself, I don't approve of him and I believe that the Show of Support group that they errored in selecting him. There are many other supporters of veterans that could have been more appropriate," Leal said.


Nugent's performance will benefit Heroes Plaza, an outdoor memorial dedicated to veterans, featuring plaques of the four veterans who died in the 2012 Hunt for Heroes tragedy.


"We do believe that the Wagner ultimately has the ability to cancel a venue or say no to a venue that may bring a negative light on the facility," Leal said. 


NewsWest 9 spoke with Wagner Noel who said all they do is provide the venue, meaning their selection does not endorse their particular views.