Boise County Sheriffs officials say the organizers of the "Wicked in Da Woods 2" "Underground & Horrorcore" event did not get the appropriate permits to hold an event at the Cottonwood Campground over the weekend which led deputies to break up the event.
Boise County Sheriffs Chief Deputy Dale Rogers said it appears the event was marred by fighting, vandalism and a possible stabbing before deputies cleared out the campground Saturday.
Rogers said 28-year-old Erik Michael Bowman of Garden City, the organizer of the gathering, was ticketed for having an event without a permit and was arrested on an unrelated probation violation out of Lehmi County for a malicious injury to property charge from 2009. As of Monday morning, Bowman was still being held in the Ada County Jail on a $5,000 bond.
Sheriffs officials were made aware of the event Saturday morning when they were contacted by somebody reporting a stabbing at the campground. Rogers said when they talked to the victim, he changed his story and said he got injured by falling off a rock. Rogers said there was evidence of several fights occurring at the event, which was attended by between 30-to-40 people.
Rogers said another person called dispatchers later that day and told them he was beaten up and his car vandalized (broken windows, slashed tires) by people at the event. No charges were filed in connection with that report. The event was broken up because they werent allowed to hold it, Rogers said.
Rogers said event organizers were collecting a $10 fee for "VIP" access to the gathering, which featured loud music. The camping area, which is on Forest Road 377, (about 16 miles down Arrowrock Road from Idaho 21), does not require a fee. Rogers said people who were not associated with event would have been allowed to stay, but one group that was there decided to leave when the "Wicked in Da Woods 2" group was kicked out.
"You cant have gatherings like that without a permit, Rogers said. We dont want people in the valley thinking they can just come up here and do what they want. We wont put up with that. We took six deputies up there on Saturday."
Horrorcore is a movement in the hip-hop industry (probably most associated with Detroit-based rappers Insane Clown Posse) with horror-themed lyrics and imagery. Practitioners are sometimes know as Juggalos which is what Bowman list as his occupation on his myspace.com page who wear full face makeup.
Bowman describes the "Wicked in da Woods 2012" to be the second such gathering he has promoted, saying, "We got lots more for the Creepers, killas, and Juggalos to get wicked with" on his website, creeperproductions.web. The Creeper Productions twitter feed indicates the event was supposed to be near Grimes Creek in a different part of Boise County but that location was changed because of wildfires near that area last week.
Creeper Productions is not listed as registered business with the Idaho Secretary of States office.