After criticism, Saracen concert will no longer include bikini contest

A concert scheduled for July 3 at Saracen Landing will no longer include a bikini contest after the event became a hot topic on local social media.

Darius McCombs is the CEO of Hunnit BMG Entertainment and, along with Str8 Drop Events, a co-sponsor of Truble Hunnit BMG B’Day Bash.

“Everybody is entitled to their opinion,” McCombs said when asked for his thoughts on the opposition to the bikini contest taking place at a city-owned park. “It was going to be just a simple swimsuit competition. It seem like the opposition is coming from people that want to make [Saracen Landing Manager] Ms. [Trudy] Redus look bad. She didn’t have anything to do with it.”

In her role as manager of Saracen Landing, Redus is responsible for booking events at the facility. She is the wife of former Mayor Carl A. Redus Jr.

Parks and Recreation Department Director April Layher said that when the event organizers applied for a permit, the swimsuit contest was not even listed.

“The concert organizers were very nice and agreed to remove all references to a bikini contest from their concert promotional material,” Layher said. “A bikini contest was not part of the city’s agreement with the event organizers. It is also not in keeping with the family friendly image of the city parks department.”

McCombs said it was really just a big misunderstanding.

“We cleared it up to where everybody is happy. The show will go on,” McCombs said.

Slim Thug and Lil Ronny will be the featured performers at the event, hosted by Kleopatra with additional performances by Project Superstarz, Stackhouse, Scotty Kapone and Rod D.

Tickets for the event are $15 in advance and $25 on the day of the concert.

Tickets are available at Record Rack in Pine Bluff and Ugly Mike’s in Little Rock. Gates open at 6 p.m. and performances start at 7 p.m.