Houston Music

BP? Maybe Not - Five Other Possible Summer Fest Sponsors

Today is not only 4/20 and whatever the name for the Wednesday of Holy Week is - sorry, it's been a while since Rocks Off has been to church - it's the one-year anniversary of the BP blowout in the Gulf of Mexico. It's also the latest April Fool's Day in history, because earlier today, the pranksters at Free Press Summer Fest announced via "press release" on the Free Press Houston Web site they had signed up two new sponsors for the festival scheduled for June 4 and 5 in Eleanor Tinsley Park:

Free Press Summerfest is proud to announce not one but TWO new sponsors for this year's festival - British Petroleum and HUMMER! And with the new sponsors comes a new name: the Houston Free Press Summerfest will now be known as the BP HUMMERFEST.

Nice try, guys, but Rocks Off isn't buying it. For these kinds of events to succeed, they need to sell tickets. Lots of tickets, and that makes us think "I'll take 'PR Disasters' for $2,000, Alex." But hey, times are hard and music festivals aren't cheap, so Rocks Off thought we'd help out and suggest five other companies who would probably be willing to help underwrite some of the fun.

Maybe.

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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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