Here’s the latest video from the morons who follow Andy Esquivel from state to state. It’s absolutely HILARIOUS!!!
The basic premise of this video, if you watch the whole thing, is that Andy started a club called “Phe Playground” back in 2007 or something. The club was perfect for Xtagged because you could look out it’s windows and see people’s license plate numbers as they arrived (in the dark). My wife and I supposedly went to this club because I was a part of Xtagged (never paying a cover) and then I was supposedly “fired” form Xtagged by Allen Brady in 2007 never to return. Andy had great times running Playground and it had tremendous potential, but I (Daryl Acumen) had it shut down. Now that Shar Jenkins has gone to the Utah SEC (Actually the Utah Department of Securities) and told them the truth, the securities fraud case against Andy is in the toilet and Xtagged and Playground will be returning to Utah! People will fly from miles around to see the new club and Andy and Shar will be famous.
The TRUTH is much different.
Playground started life as Suede, a great Jazz club in Park City. When Suede finally closed it’s doors after years in business, a couple of guys bought the lease and the liquor license with money loaned to them by their mother. The club was actually pretty cool, but never really took off. Early on, Andy Esquivel approached the new owners about Xtagged and said he was going to hold all sorts of huge Xtagged events in the venue to drive traffic. About this time same Andy approached me about having my website PartyUtah.com promote Xtagged and the Xtagged events. Even thought I didn’t think much of Xtagged (or Andy), I agreed because it would give me an excuse to meet the owners of the new Playground.
I went to the Playground twice. The first time was just to look around and to meet the owners. I guess Andy conned the owners into thinking I was somehow connected with him because he got really upset when I talked to them about my website on my own, saying I “embarrassed him” because he’d already hooked me up. I told Andy very plainly that although I appreciated the introduction, NOBODY represented PartyUtah.com but me and I would not under any circumstances allow him to “negotiate” some sort of relationship with a club on my behalf or allow him to interfere with my efforts to reach out to club owners.
The second event was supposed to be a big Xtagged party, but was in fact a complete bust. Andy bragged that he’d bought a dozen big screen TVs for the club, which I found suspicious, and brought one from home as an example. He had three or four friends in that night, but otherwise it was dead. At the back bar I remember most vividly being approached by Allen Brady, who confided that he was beginning to think Andy was a “fraud” and completely full of crap. I agreed, but didn’t say so publicly. All I said in reply that sometimes startups feel like cons in the beginning and that I was sure everything would work out just fine. I then spent some time talkign to DJ Panama and left when it was obvious that nobody would be showing up. This was the ONLY time I ever talked to Allen Brady about Xtagged at Playground. The idea that he somehow “fired” me from Xtagged that or any other night is ridiculous, since I already had a job and would NEVER have agreed to “sign up” for a venture like Xtagged to begin with (even if I didn’t suspect that it was a scam).
I never went to Playground again because I didn’t see a reason to. Photographer Eric Hamilton shot an event with Tommy Lee at the club a few months later and licensed the photos to Party Utah, but he later confessed that Andy had talked him into shooting for free in exchange for shares in his fake company. Somewhere in there Andy claims to have conned the owners of Playground into giving him 10% ownership of the club in exchange for a percentage of Xtagged. The terms of the agreement change depending on what year you ask Andy about the transaction – at one point he claimed to have given the owners of Playground exclusive rights to Xtagged in Utah, which of course he’d already sold to Club Bogeys in Ogden.
Playground lasted less than a year. They didn’t even survive long enough or make enough money to remove the “Suede” logo from the floor at the club’s entrance. It was a nice place with potential, but Park City is a tough market and most club owners in Utah over-estimate the revenue potential of their ventures and burn out before they really reach their stride.
The idea (blurted out in this video by Shar Jenkins as if it was an obvious fact) that I had something to do with Playground failing is ridiculous. The idea that Andy Esquivel could re-open the club is even more so! The DABC isn’t giving out new liquor licenses right now, and they CERTAINLY wouldn’t give a license to a convicted felon who’s on trial for securities fraud. Even if Andy COULD get a liquor license in Utah, he’s so broke that he could never afford the lease, much less the utilities and improvements required to open a club – he probably couldn’t even come up with the cash for the door cover without help from one of his brainless minions. If you want proof, look what happened to Andy’s crappy little attic office in Denver.
The new legal name of Xtagged is ‘111701135’ and it’s CEO is about to get a number of his own. My advice to Andy is to either take a plea bargain now, or prepare for a very long stay in Davis County Utah.