Despite the group being scheduled to perform in two separate cities on New Year’s Eve, the official Sister Sledge band is still headlining MoonPie Over Mobile.
Kathy Sledge, the group’s lead singer, is slated to perform in Mobile on Dec. 31, while two of her sisters will be performing in Florida at the same time. Despite the separate performances, Kathy Sledge has the rights to the name.
“The Sister Sledge trademark is owned by Kathy Sledge and as such her Sister Sledge show is the only official show, which is protected under U.S. trademark,” an email from the Sister Sledge Live management team stated. “Any other groups or entities calling themselves ‘Sister Sledge’ in the U.S. are infringing upon her Sister Sledge trademark.”
In the email, the management team called Kathy Sledge the “real deal” and described the other two sisters as “backup singers who will perform in Florida.”
Along with the email correspondence, representatives for Kathy Sledge sent a letter confirming she owns the trademark to the name.
“This correspondence is to confirm that Kathy Sledge is the legal owner of the ‘Sister Sledge’ trademark … has filed all documentation and notices required by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office regarding the same, and is hereby exercising her legal right to use and license the use of such mark in the provision of entertainment services in the nature of live musical performances.”
Last week, Lagniappe received an email from a representative of sisters Debbie and Kim Sledge stating they were the “official” group.
“The official Sister Sledge (featuring sisters Debbie and Kim Sledge, plus band) are performing in Florida on New Year’s Eve,” Sam Harvey wrote in an email. “Perhaps Kathy Sledge and band are performing in Alabama.”
This isn’t the first setback for the event this year. It was previously announced by Councilman Fred Richardson that a planned headliner had dropped out at the last minute. During the City Council meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 4, Richardson said the organizers had signed someone even better.
Following the music, the event will culminate in the dropping of a 12-foot electronic MoonPie from the 34-story RSA Trustmark building downtown. The event will also be capped by a laser light show and what Richardson has promised will be a larger fireworks demonstration than usual, sponsored by natural gas company Spire.
Other events during the night include the cutting of the world’s largest edible MoonPie made by Chattanooga Bakery. The confection will be sliced and distributed free to the crowd.
The New Year’s Eve event will kick off the state’s bicentennial celebration.
“We are honored to begin Alabama’s bicentennial celebration in our great state’s oldest city,” Alabama Bicentennial Commission Chairman Arthur Orr said in a statement. “Mobile’s history is Alabama’s history. Its people and the event that have taken place here have shaped our past.”
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