Monday, July 14, 2008

FYI: Next Westheimer Block Party October 11th

posted by Free Press Houston @ 9:37 AM


That's right infidels. October 11th it is my friends!
We have a few tricks up our sleeves on this one but are inviting the public to let us know what you think we should include in the next go round. Let us know...

Clutch-tastic photo by Anthony Rathbun

9 Comments:

At July 14, 2008 at 12:12 PM , Anonymous Evan said...

I think it would be cool if you included games, more space, and accurate schedules

Please don't include a fucking scion marketing booth, i swear i will never go to another block party if scion people show up. I would rather pay for wristbands than see them there.

 
At July 14, 2008 at 12:31 PM , Anonymous omar said...

how many wrist bands will you pay for up front? how on earth could we charge for an event like this? sorry, we wil prob have to hurt your notions of cool to keep it free...

 
At July 15, 2008 at 8:26 AM , Anonymous Evan McSocialist said...

17. I really don't know how you could charge for this, and I'm not trying to slam what you do, it is really impressive to me that you can put something like this together, I've got no solid ideas on how to do that. But I don't think monetarily free is as important as keeping it free from corporate interests

Honestly, it has nothing to do with cool, no one thinks i'm cool for having anti-corporate attitudes, quite the opposite in fact. Being cool in america is all about what brands you endorse anyway. It has to do with my desire to have one goddamn thing out there that doesn't treat me like a marketing statistic. Correct me if I'm wrong here, but toyota makes no positive contribution to culture in this city, marketing setups aside. I just wish toyota and any other mega-corporation wouldn't be given a spot in local culture, especially something with the history this has. Local businesses should be supporting this, and if they won't then shame on them

 
At July 15, 2008 at 9:45 AM , Anonymous omar said...

using Scion's money makes me feel dirty. That said, let's be as utilitarian as possible. No sponsors= no Block Party. Now we do have SOME scruples..we don't ever take money from Camel or any opther cigs, despite having been offered tens of thousands of bux, we don't take money never, ever from Sexually Oriented Businesses unlike HoustonPress which derives a lion's share of all it's revenue from, we trun down dollars from everything from GoArmy.com to lawyers who do shady business. We will not however apply a moralistic litmus test to every single advertiser or sponsor. We have our red lines, but Scion is not one of them. I really appreciate your feedback but either way, we are screwed. By even doing something like this, we open ourselves up to criticism from every angle: Not 'professional' enough or too 'corporate' to not enough art to not enough music, blah,blah,blah...To me, the ultimate test of integrity is always the substance as in: Does a particular advertiser,sponsor try and dictate content? We have never,ever let up one inch on our content despite having been kicked out of dozens of distribution locations and having lost tons thousands of advertising dollar. Anything besides that is just 'peripheral'...

 
At July 15, 2008 at 10:20 AM , Anonymous evan said...

Thanks a lot for the response, that definitely helps put it in context. And truth be told i was a bit out of line in the first place. Without a doubt, a lot of great cultural events have been ruined by growing corporate presence, but that doesn't mean that free press will let that happen. It seems like an "alright you can come into my house, but take off your damn shoes" approach, and you've (deservedly) earned a lot of trust to not let this creepy guest wander around the house too much.

And I'll definitely give you credit, having an ISO table or a 9/11 truth table in the same area is a good way to balance it out, and i think as long as all viewpoints are given that is pragmatically speaking the best we can hope for in this unfortunate climate. Certainly, my claims of not attending are fake, I will be at the next block party, and the next one, etc, and the scion people will get more evil leers from me. Its really cool of you to give this insight into how it works

 
At July 15, 2008 at 10:50 AM , Anonymous omar said...

Yeah man- It def sucks but if we can grow it to where we don't need corp$$ and can do it independently, that would be the coolest. Sooon, soon...

Thanks for the support anyway, we hope this next one is gonne be great, gonna try and push the artistic envelope on the visual end and try and reduce the 'carbon footprint' of the eevnt as well as we can..

 
At July 16, 2008 at 6:00 AM , Blogger Kam said...

I just want to play it and it would be a dream to one day close down westheimer that day again...I miss not getting hit by cars.

 
At July 24, 2008 at 9:27 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

sweeeet. my daughter hasn't missed a single block party yet in her life!

 
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