Beatles tribute, Siemens party add spice to OTC

HOUSTON — The organizers of the Offshore Technology Conference wanted to celebrate its 45th anniversary in a big way.

So they brought in the Beatles.

Actually, it was Beatles tribute band, A Hard Night’s Day, that rocked convention goers to classic hits at NRG Stadium on Wednesday night. The band looked and sounded much like the British original. OTC chairman Ed Stokes told the audience he grew up listening to Beatles music. He also welcomed party goers, saying he hoped this year’s convention turnout would surpass the 108,000 record set in 1982.

“We have a great industry and I’m really glad you all are here,” he said.

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Stokes, who appeared to dance occasionally to the music on stage, ushered out a large birthday cake for the celebration. Then, he told the audience he would award free drink tickets to anyone he saw dancing.

There was a lot of dancing.

Cinco de Mayo with Siemens

On the club level of the stadium, Siemens held its annual Cinco de Mayo party, even though it was few days after the celebrated day. The festive event, which had some 600 people in attendance, featured Latin dancers, tequila tastings, Mexican buffet, cigars on the patio and an abundance of margaritas.

UK-based Stephen Ward, a Siemens business manager oil and gas, said attendance had was up several hundred from last year. “This is always the party people want to come to,” he said.

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