HPMA Ceremony Heavy With Winners, Light on Drama

The 2012 Houston Press Music Award Winners

The Houston Press Music Awards ceremony is a little like a family reunion where you go just to see what your crazy cousin from Temple might do: Will he pass out on the playground teeter-totter, throw some punches at your uncle, or be a big hit on the dance floor?

Usually you could at least expect one nominee or another to do something mildly outrageous, like A Dream Asleep's T-shirts spelling out "TITS" at the 2010 ceremony, or random winners using their acceptance speeches to rant and rave about something (even us). This year was my fifth HPMA ceremony after taking over as music editor, first after missing last year's show in the hospital, and things are a little different.

Before the ceremony started, I was swapping surgery and prescription stories with Free Press Houston and Summer Fest's Omar Afra, there accepting Best Live Music Venue for Fitzgerald's, and Concert Pub North/Jetspeed Entertainment promoter John Escamilla. Now that's rock and roll.

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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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