River's Edge Music Festival
Date: June 23-24, Harriet Island, Saint Paul, Minn.
Corporate backer: Citi ( C)

Sure, Citi's coffers help bring in big acts such as The Dave Matthews Band, Tool and The Flaming Lips and 26 other bands and keep ticket prices down to $110 for a two-day pass (though VIP packages go for two to five times that). But that sponsorship also gives Citi a chance to showcase its Citi Private Pass, which gives Citi cardholders access to ticket presales and preferred seating. Consider everyone's back scratched.

If you liked this article you might like

Tom Brady Can Afford a $16,000 Diet: You Probably Can't

$60,000 Gold Toilet Paper And Other Real Life Extravagances

Why Subprime Credit Cards Never Pay Off

Wine, Art, Cars: Alternative Luxury Investments

10 of the Most Worthless And Expensive Olympic Venues of All Time