R&B singer Lil’ Mo had a message for the promoters of her show at the Prairie Capital Convention Center here: No dough, no Mo.
The 23-year-old singer refused to perform Wednesday night after a low turnout left promoters unable to pay her. She usually earns about $10,000, she said.
“The promoters all said, ‘You get so much love out here. No one ever comes here,'” she said. “Then I get here, and I thought there was going to be at least 2,500 people here. There was only 175 people there. That’s a dis.”
Fewer than 100 of the $25 tickets were sold, convention center manager Judith Meiron said. Ticketholders were refunded.
Lil’ Mo said she didn’t want to let her fans down, but business is business.
Fans learned about the cancellation about 9:15 p.m after the warm-up band had performed.
“I think it’s kind of bogus,” said fan Brittney Favors, 13, of Springfield. “This is the best thing they’ve had for a while, and she cancels. We got all dressed up for nothing. She’s letting down all her fans.”
Lil’ Mo has collaborated on hits with Missy Elliott and Ja Rule, and had her own hit with “Superwoman Pt. 2.” Her new album, “Based on a True Story,” was released in June.