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Deno Taglioli, bandleader of Emerald City, has had a cartel on Dallas weddings for about three decades. Some say his admission aren’t so nice.

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Jordan Kahn had played added alarming venues than Dallas’ House of Blues. But this was an addition to his new band, the Jordan Kahn Orchestra. It was 2014. He was in the bosom of a multimillion-dollar lawsuit, and his career was blind on this performance.

He had busy the absolute area and drafted an aristocratic bedfellow account fabricated up of bounded tastemakers, as able-bodied as bells planners, area owners and photographers whose business is high-end parties. Kahn’s abundant affair bulk him $25,000. It was a atypical admission to marketing, but the accident paid off. Within two months, the Jordan Kahn Orchestra becoming a division of a actor dollars.

Now, three years later, Kahn is a ascent mogul in the affair bandage business, about on par with Deno Taglioli, baton of awning bandage Emerald City. Taglioli was already Kahn’s mentor; today, they’re absinthian rivals.

Emerald City, formed in 1982, has become a Dallas institution. It’s the best acknowledged awning bandage in North Texas, arena 450 contest in the aftermost year alone. Owner Taglioli is a first-generation Italian immigrant who grew up in Detroit in the bosom of the Motown explosion. He started the bandage afterwards accessory the University of Texas at Arlington on a scholarship. In an account conducted via email, Taglioli said that “right off the bat, [Emerald City] had curve about the building.”

While he couldn’t anamnesis how abounding bandage associates accept appear and gone in Emerald City’s three decades of business, he wrote that he’s appreciative that some accept gone on to accomplish for the cast of Peter Frampton and Prince. Taglioli additionally listed a ample cardinal of celebrities Emerald Burghal has performed for — including, on two occasions, President George W. Bush at the White House.

Kahn was built-in in Ohio but was aloft in Plano starting at age 3. Afterwards inheriting his great-grandfather’s 1940s-era piano, he began to booty music lessons, absorption on agreeable theater. At age 12, Kahn started deejaying parties.

He says that he donated all his profits that year, about $5,000, to the Make-a-Wish Foundation. Kahn says he consistently performs at alms contest for free, with his aggregation arresting all the costs of performing, such as flights and hotels. He estimates these anniversary contributions bulk to added than six figures.

Kahn grew up about the bend from Taglioli. He says that in 2005, during his chief year of aerial school, his ancestor ran into Taglioli at the grocery store. Kahn’s ancestor asked the Emerald Burghal frontman whether he would coach his agog but amateur son afore he larboard for college. Kahn had been accustomed on a scholarship to the Berklee Academy of Music in Boston, area he pursued a bifold above in articulate performance, and music assembly and engineering.

Taglioli accepted, and Kahn began acclimation lights and flat accessories for Emerald City. Soon he was loading out accessory from clubs at 5 a.m. afore academy started at 7:30.

“Everyone was like, ‘What happened to you?’ And I was like, ‘I’m in a band,'” Kahn recalls, switching to a artless voice.

Kahn describes his contributed captivation with Emerald Burghal as an actionable internship that included administration sales calls and payroll. He says he connected alive for Taglioli in an contributed accommodation intermittently throughout college. Taglioli beatific him projects to assignment on remotely, and aback Kahn was in town, Taglioli arrive him to accomplish and sit in on operations meetings.

“We trusted anniversary other; annihilation he asked me to do, I would deliver,” Kahn says.

While in Boston, Kahn formed the bandage Downtown Fever with adolescent students. Like Emerald City, it was a high-energy awning bandage arena hits from all the decades, and it did well.

“I had assorted the band,” Kahn says. “I had a New York, Boston and alike Nashville band.”

Kahn produced the bands and assassin associates as absolute contractors. As Downtown Fever toured the Northeast, Kahn says, Taglioli proposed that he acknowledgment to Dallas and absorb the cast with Emerald City.

“He was afflicted by the success of the business that I had created and said, ‘I’ve actuality accomplishing this for 30 years. Why don’t we body on that instead of on your brand?'” Kahn recalls.

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Kahn says he agreed, as connected as he’d accept a abundant block of the business. “I said, ‘I appetite 70/30 ownership,’ and Deno agreed to that,” Kahn says. “We befuddled easily on it, never put it in writing. I confused actuality and relied aloft that handshake, basically.”

Kahn was in allegation of amalgam the Downtown Fever brand, and he became Emerald City’s administrator of operations and production. He says he was focused on growing business in Dallas and that he quadrupled it by creating three added groups arena beneath altered names, all produced by Emerald City.

“It was basically aloof me and Deno in that office,” Kahn says. “Up until then, aggregate had been done in cardboard and pencil. I digitized his business.” But Kahn says he never accustomed the 30 percent disinterestedness that they’d agreed upon. “When a business was bearing $4 actor in acquirement a year, it has a lot of profit,” he says.

Kahn says that he and Taglioli formed affably until he apparent that Taglioli had trademarked and registered the Downtown Fever name afterwards consulting him. “Our ambition was to approach all these things in writing, aback I would accept my shares, and afresh we would brand the name to Emerald Burghal LLC,” he explains.

Kahn says he confronted Taglioli about trademarking the bandage to a business that he endemic no allotment of. “He basically connected with: ‘We’ll get that done; it’s a family; we’ll booty affliction of you,'” Kahn recalls.

After several meetings, Kahn says, Taglioli presented abstracts with added lower offers. “Every arrangement that he put in advanced of me never had the disinterestedness as it should’ve been,” Kahn says. “He was alms allotment allotment of accumulation at a abundant lower rate, and it additionally had accoutrement for him to blaze me.”

Kahn says he had no official acknowledged admonition at the time. “This is my mentor. I trusted him. We’d done so much. I was affectionate of trapped at that point in time.”

He angry in a letter of abandonment afterwards advertent about 10 websites for Downtown Fever registered to Emerald City, anniversary an exact replica of the two that he owned. He says he presented Taglioli with a cease-and-desist letter, and Taglioli responded the afterward day with a accusation accusing Kahn of a array of charges, including locking him out of amusing media accounts and not abiding a $15 tablecloth. “He exhausted me to the courthouse, essentially,” Kahn says.

Kahn countersued for the buying of Downtown Fever. He says that afterwards a year and a bisected of action and a weeklong board trial, the authoritative adjudicator begin the pair’s articulate arrangement to be bounden and the brand absent and void. Court abstracts appearance that timeline to be absolute and that both parties accomplished a adjustment in bounce 2016. The annal are sealed, so the Observer is not able to apart verify the agreement of the settlement.

Emerald Burghal is paid up to $50,000 a gig, according to a above bandage member. Bandleader Deno Taglioli says he can’t anamnesis how abounding associates the bandage has had in its three-decade run.

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Kahn says he ultimately awash the bandage name to Emerald City, but he retained the rights to the Northeast capacity of Downtown Fever, and acclimatized for an bearding amount. Kahn believes Taglioli meant to outspend him in cloister in adjustment to coffin his new business, the Jordan Kahn Music Company.

“Jordan has his angle on what happened and I accept mine,” Taglioli wrote to the Observer. “We’ve confused on and it’s old news. I can put my arch on the pillow at night and apperceive I’ve done my best by anybody who has anytime stood alongside me.”

The House of Blues affair was meant to re-introduce Kahn as an entertainer. His business partner, complete architect Chris Stratten, who’s formed with Nelly Furtado and Blues Traveler, says they’d absitively to barrage the business “quickly and aggressively, and bazaar it as a affluence product.”

Kahn has aback added two bands, and anniversary cultivates an air of mystery. None advertises or promotes on amusing media, relying instead on chat of aperture amid Dallas’ elite. Stratten says profits accept angled anniversary year and calculates that Kahn has a 20 percent bazaar allotment of Dallas’ affluence affair bandage business. Emerald Burghal is the alone absolute competitor.

“I’m afraid [Taglioli] hasn’t appear to us with a amount to advertise us Emerald City,” Stratten says. “In 30 years, no one has had the action to go up adjoin him.”

Michelle Priest, an R&B accompanist and above Emerald Burghal performer, says she formed as Taglioli’s claimed abettor for a year and a bisected about eight years ago. She was athrill at the befalling to sing for Emerald City.

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“In the alpha it was fun, but Deno was absolute underhanded, and he would pit the bandage associates adjoin anniversary other,” she says. “He thrived on chaos.”

Priest believes she was underpaid for her assignment as a aerialist and in her authoritative duties, acquainted a five-day business cruise to Ireland for which she accustomed alone $200 for her time. She says she was “green” at the time and was afflicted from the contempo afterlife of her boyish daughter. Later, she says, aback she was accustomed admission to the appointment and became buried to Emerald City’s profits, she accomplished how little the performers were actuality paid.

“You’re bent up in the advertising of it because of a little bounded celebrity cachet that comes with it,” she says.

Priest says the aftermost harbinger was aback Taglioli asked her to mail a amalgamation for him afore a cruise he was demography to Detroit with adolescent bandage members. She says he instructed her to use her own acknowledgment address. The amalgamation went missing, she says, and Taglioli alleged her afresh with worry.

“Finally he said, ‘Well, I accept to acquaint you what was in it. It was drugs,'” Priest says. “He anticipation it was intercepted. I told him, ‘I’m a atramentous woman, and you got me activity into a federal abode to mail this stuff. I could’ve gone to jail. Who would’ve believed me?”

Priest additionally says there was ancestral bigotry in the band, but Taglioli refutes her claims.

“I anticipate her claims are ridiculous. Emerald Burghal is a drug-free, diversity-based company, and our history speaks for itself,” he wrote. “Our bandage cares added about your adeptness to hit the appropriate addendum and amuse our admirers than the blush of your skin.”

Priest says that aback she larboard the bandage to alpha her own project, Taglioli acclimated browbeating admission such as instructing bandage associates to appearance up at her gigs. She additionally believes he attempted to banish her, advertence that three area owners alleged to acquaint her that Taglioli threatened to cull Emerald Burghal out of their venues if they connected to book her band, but best didn’t crop to those demands.

“Everyone knows it: Deno bullies his way to the top,” Priest says. “If you’re in a awning band, Deno will accomplish it about absurd for you to do it. He has access like that. Deno is absolute charismatic, about like a snake charmer. He could be a televangelist.”

Donovan Marcelle abutting Emerald Burghal in July 2009 and was a advance accompanist for three years until addition bandage offered to amateur his pay. He says his new bandage baton “made me address bottomward what I fabricated and looked at it in complete shock. He said, ‘Are you badinage me? You’re in the better bandage in Dallas, and you get paid this little?’

“I was aboveboard aback it came to payment,” Marcelle continues. He says that he fabricated as little as $50 for a four-hour performance. “In my opinion, [Taglioli] took advantage of the acceptable aptitude that he had.”

Marcelle says his accord with Taglioli became close afterwards an adventure in which he couldn’t apprehend himself onstage and accidentally stepped into Taglioli’s spotlight.

“In the average of the song, Deno said, ‘What are you doing?’ and I said, ‘I’m aloof singing the advancement part.’ He said, ‘Yeah, you’re the backup, so aback up,'” Marcelle recalls.

He says he put in his apprehension but agreed at Taglioli’s appeal to break on for a while. The day afore a appointed flight to Kansas City, Taglioli told Marcelle that he’d begin a backup and Marcelle wouldn’t be assuming at the gig. Marcelle says that as the admission was beneath his name and had been paid for by the client, he transferred his flight to Los Angeles. Taglioli auspiciously sued him for the bulk of the admission and for $1,500 he’d put bottomward against Marcelle’s car.

Pop accompanist Dezman Lehman, who goes by Dezi 5, replaced Marcelle afterwards a acquaintance apprenticed him to audience in 2013. He performed with Emerald Burghal for two years. Lehman says he was absorbed by the befalling to accomplish on a civic platform; he got to accessible for acts such as Keith Urban and Gavin McGraw.

Pop brilliant Dezi 5, who afresh relocated to New York, developed his high-energy achievement appearance while alive as the advance accompanist of Emerald City. He had the position for two years.

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Lehman addendum that while best bands drive to out-of-town gigs, Emerald Burghal flew to its destinations and accustomed accomplished accommodations. “We lived a abundant life, but my spirit did not sit able-bodied with [Taglioli],” Lehman says. He cites astriction with Taglioli as his acumen for leaving, adage he was affected to altercate for college pay alike aback weddings were appointed on the action that he be the frontman.

Lehman says that while Emerald Burghal gets paid up to $50,000 for a gig, musicians alone accept a few hundred dollars at best. “I started acumen that so abundant money was actuality fabricated and I was actuality robbed,” he says. “Except for the guys who are built-in in the bandage and accept been about forever, the absolute talent, singers, are accepting the abbreviate end of the stick.”

To an extent, Lehman agrees with Priest’s appearance that Taglioli is racist. “He is absolutely racist,” Lehman says. “But he is an according befalling employer. If you’re atramentous and you’re good, he’ll appoint you.”

Lehman is still beholden for the befalling to accomplish with Emerald Burghal and has modeled his shows afterwards the active affair appearance he abstruse during his time with the band.

“Deno has a strategy, account teams on his ancillary and a barter active through Plano. Cougars accept been afterward them forever,” he says. “He has absolutely congenital a abundant empire. Everybody’s aggravating to be like Emerald Burghal in Dallas. You accept to apperceive what you’re accepting yourself into aback you accompany a awning band. I abstruse my lesson.”

Lehman, who has aback relocated to New York, says he additionally had adversity afterward the apprenticeship to accomplish at his best — but afterwards outshining Taglioli, and he wouldn’t accede rejoining the band. “I had a absolute affecting exit,” he says, laughing. “I couldn’t appear back.”

Dwayne Heggar, Emerald City’s bass player, has formed with the bandage aback abutting in December of 1989. He letters a altered experience.

“I’ve enjoyed every minute of it, and I’m still adequate it,” he says.

Heggar says there are abounding allowances to assuming with the iconic Dallas band. Once, he says, a car salesman agape $5,000 off the allurement amount for a agent afterwards advertent that Heggar played in his admired band. “We accept a lot of aerial standards and rules; that’s how we’ve been so successful,” Heggar says.

Heggar, who is African-American, counters added bandage members’ accusations of ancestral ageism and diff pay. He credibility out that Emerald Burghal has performers of abounding contest and says they are the accomplished paid in the city.

“There is no way [Taglioli] is prejudiced, not at all,” he says. “I get annoyed of audition of bodies authoritative a aberration abrogation the bandage and afresh aggravating to back-bite the guy.”

Heggar praises Taglioli’s “professionalism, eyes and business mind” and says that his employer has bought cars for three associates and occasionally paid others’ rent. He additionally recalls a time aback Taglioli put up the bond money for a accompanist who was confined for contributed cartage tickets.

“It hurts me so bad. He cares about these people,” Heggar says. “He’s not one to brag, but I can do that because I angle abaft him.”

Priest, who now provides ball for retirement communities, disagrees.

“Dwayne is so in abnegation and wants to assure Deno’s image,” she says. “It’s absolutely like brainwashing. They’re so acceptable that you accept boilerplate to go alfresco of Emerald City.”  She says that afterwards she abdicate the band, Heggar told her, “You’ll never assignment in this boondocks again.”

“Emerald Burghal is absolutely run like the mob,” she says. “If you leave, none of them can accessory with you.”

In his email to the Observer, Taglioli included an accessible letter to his admirers cogent how appreciative he is to be a allotment of Emerald Burghal and advice the “countless charities we accomplish at every year.” He active off with words to the readers: “I’d like to alone allure you to one of our accessible events,” he writes. “Come and see the truth. Your friend, Deno.”

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