A trial opened in Muskegon County Circuit Court on Ted Nugent (search)'s lawsuit against a summer festival that canceled a concert after he allegedly made racial comments on a Denver radio show.

Nugent filed the breach-of-contract claim against the Muskegon Summer Celebration (search). The festival canceled his June 2003 concert after he allegedly used slurs when referring to blacks and Asians. Nugent has denied making such remarks.

Court papers indicate that Nugent, 56, expected to receive $80,000 to perform. Festival lawyers have argued that no contract had been signed at the time the concert was canceled.

Judge Timothy G. Hicks is presiding over the trial, which is expected to continue through at least March 30. The first witness testified Tuesday.

Nugent, a Detroit native, lived in Concord before moving his family to Crawford, Texas, in 2003.