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ESSENCE FEST FOLK WERE NOT PLEASED WITH THE CITY OF HOUSTON!

DID MANAGEMENT AT THE CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU DO ALL THEY COULD TO MAKE ESSENCE FEEL WELCOMED?


The Insite is hearing from several reliable sources that executives from The Essence Music Festival were not at all satisfied with the treatment they received here in the bayou city. We’re told the lack of effort put forward by the convention and visitors bureau really upset the Essence organizers. While banners and marketing campaigns have been used for other conventions and major events in the past none of that I’m told was done for the weekend long music event. Representatives from the magazine held meetings earlier this week with several city officials to express their displeasure with Houston. However, sources at city hall tell The Insite every effort is being made to smooth this fiasco over in an attempt to try and get Essence back again next year. We’re told venues downtown are being considered to centralize the event and make it a lot easier for the concert goers from all around the country. The question is: Is it too little too late?

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  1. The Chron has posted a story that tiptoes around some of the issues without really getting into it very deep:

    http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/4029979.html

  2. I wouldn’t mind seeing Essence fest NEVER return to Houston. They have had it New Orleans and the city was still a pile of garbage, I really don’t think the inspiring words of Louis “Jew bashing” Farrakhan are going to help Houston in the slightest.

    BTW if one was to read the Insite they would think the festival went of pretty good.

  3. I’ve attended the festival since 1998,and i must say,this was the worst year ever!First off,u had to drive about 15-20 minutes to get anywhere there,whereas,in N.O,walking to a party or hanging out was a breeze———houston was not welcoming visitors at all!I stayed at the westin galleria and they were boosting and scamming us BLACK PEOPLE with parking,$2.00 1 800 charges on their phone,towing cars a lot where guests was told to park 4 free bcause they didn’t have a parking lot for guests,who was paying $200 a night? Come on! No disrespect to anyone from n.o,but much ups to houston for taking us in,but to essence execs,PLEASE USE THE MONEY THIS CITY PIMPED FROM US BLACK PEOPLE TO REALLLLLLLLLLLY REBUILD N.O FOR 2007 ESSENCE OR U WILL BE SORRY AND LOSE A LOT OF MONEY WASTING YOUR TIME IN HOUSTON.LOVE THE CITY,BUT COMING TOGETHER AS ONE LIKE U PREACH ON A REGULAR BASIS DIDN’T SEEM TO WORK HERE,AND THIS IS COMING FROM A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS WOMAN WITH MONEY AND ALL ACCESS BACKSTAGE TO ALL CONCERTS AND STILL DISPLEASED!YOUR LINEUPS GTREAT CHOICES,SOUND SYSTEMS.HORRIBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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