Houston Music

Bands Want Houston Beer Fest to Pay Up

A number of bands who played the recent Houston Beer Fest are now upset with the promoters, claiming they bounced checks to as many as 20 acts who appeared, as well as some vendors. Meanwhile, the promoters say they are digging out from a huge financial hole resulting from scheduled headliner Rick Ross's no-show at the event (not to mention theft by their own employees), and are pursuing legal action themselves.

Tuesday afternoon on the Houston Beer Fest 2015 Facebook page, Evan Dickson, manager of Austin alt-rock group Dynamite Hack, posted, "You guys should really pay all the bands from 2014 before scheduling 2015."

His comments were co-signed by Jonathan Pretus, vocalist/guitarist for New Orleans-based The Breton Sound, who also performed at Beer Fest. Later in the thread, he said the band was not informed of the free beer available in the artists' catering area until it was too late and the band had already bought their own beer tickets, "which in itself was an adventure."

"Not the most organized event I've ever been to," he said.

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Chris Gray has been Music Editor for the Houston Press since 2008. He is the proud father of a Beatles-loving toddler named Oliver.
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