Pam Robinson

  • Music

    July 24, 2014

    The 2014 Class of the Houston Music Hall of Fame

    Meet the five inductees of this year's class.

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2014

    Walters Owner Pam Robinson Hangs Tough

    Pam Robinson is not going anywhere. The outspoken owner of Walters Downtown -- and now an inductee into the Houston Music Hall of Fame -- has felt better, true. Recently her doctors discovered that the experimental drug that had been attacking her cancer was going after her heart just as aggressive ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2014

    The Houston Music Hall of Fame Class of 2014

    There's an old saying in the music industry that you have your whole life to make your first album but six months to a year for your second. This is almost the reverse. Last year, when we started the Houston Music Hall of Fame to salute the 25th anniversary of the Houston Press Music Awards, the who ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Rachel Bays, Filming Them Softly

    Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See the original Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? Recently, the Houston Press took a g ... More >>

  • Music

    October 17, 2013

    Halls of Fame

    The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 Concert Venues.

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2013

    The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 Concert Venues

    As the Houston Press doffs our kudos cap to local institutions great and small in the Best of Houston® 2013 awards, all through October each of our four blogs will be looking beyond the winners of selected categories in a series we like to call "The Rest of the Best." Rocks Off happened to draw Fri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2013

    Estimated Total From Walters' Cancer Benefits Nears $20K

    The results are finally in from the "Keep Calm // Fight Cancer" benefit that was held last weekend for Walters' owner Pam Robinson. According to Kat Keeter, who works on the booking and management team at Walters, the three-day benefit held at the Northside Village venue brought in "between $15,000 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2013

    Pam Robinson Benefit at Walters, 9/6/2013

    Keep Calm // Fight Cancer Benefit for Pam Robinson Feat. The Tons, The Suffers, New York City Queens, Wild Moccasins, Featherface, Second Lovers and The Manichean Walters September 6, 2013 When push comes to shove, the music community does its best to stick together as much as possible. Whether a b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: Keep Calm Fight Cancer, Krewella, Dr. John, etc.

    Keep Calm, Fight Cancer Benefit Walters, September 6-8 Leave it up to Houstonians to stand up and join the cause. Not even 48 hours after Walters announced that longtime owner/den mother Pam Robinson was battling Stage 4 cancer, that single status update had already reached 15,000 people through sh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2013

    Upcoming: Keep Calm, Fight Cancer Benefit, Kinky Friedman, Hank Williams III, etc.

    Brian Wilson & Jeff Beck: With Al Jardine, David Marks., Tue., October 1, 8 p.m., $55 to $495. Bayou Music Center, 520 Texas, Houston, 713-225-8551. Cristian Castri: Thu., October 17, 8 p.m., $39.50 to $$79.50. Bayou Music Center, 520 Texas, Houston, 713-225-8551. DrFameus: With The Magic Beans., ... More >>

  • Music

    August 22, 2013

    Super Bowl Shuffle

    Five Texans players who should make an album.

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2013

    Here's to You, Pam Robinson: Musicians Rally Around Beloved Walters Owner

    Texas has a lot of history, and for better or worse, we're damn proud of it. So it's no surprise that Houstonians grow attached to their places and things, and Walters is no exception. This past Saturday, August 10, news began to spread that Walters owner Pam Robinson had been diagnosed with Stage ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2013

    Houston's Top 25 Closed Music Venues

    Before we go any further, this isn't over. Houston fancies itself as forever moving forward, a "city of the future," but in a relatively short time span -- the past 40, maybe 50 years -- it's managed to rack up an impressive number of live-music stages that have come and gone, and left quite a lasti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2013

    Saturday: Will to Live, etc. at Walters

    Will to Live, Band of Mercy, Black Coffee, Altered Minds Walters January 26, 2013 Anytime I find myself at a real, honest-to-God hardcore show, it's hard not to compare it to the anarchic, adrenaline-soaked matinees at New York's legendary CBGB. Long after the likes of the Ramones and Television ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2012

    Bonus Rocks Off 100: Asli Omar, The Tontons' Indie-Rock Siren

    Who? It's hard to argue that any local band is more on the way up than the Tontons, and a lot of that can be credited to the incredible sounds that come out of singer Asli Omar's mouth. Smooth as silk sheets, but with a pop-princess kind of power that enables her to stand firmly with one foot in ind ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2012

    Houston's Top 5 Alternative Venues

    5. NUMBERS Numbers fell off. Numbers ain't what it used to be. No one goes there anymore. Blah, blah, blah. Sure, the venue may be a far cry from what it was during its heyday, when the likes of Iggy Pop and Henry Rollins were stomping through town and nearly tearing its walls down. But Houston, as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2012

    Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 8 Places to See a Local Act

    Year after year after year, Houston nurtures and cultivates its music scene. It has grown into substantial force, arguably as powerful and diverse as it's ever been, with legitimate talent in just about every branch or genre. Accordingly, the city is flush with venues to see said talent, be it wel ... More >>

  • Music

    March 1, 2012

    Welcome to the Neighborhood

    An iconic Houston music venue settles into new digs amid a hint of controversy.

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2011

    Bummer, Dude: The 10 Big Musical Disappointments of 2011

    Photo by Marc BrubakerThis guy's crazy rant at Fun Fun Fun Fest made the list.​All things considered, 2011 was a pretty bitchin' year for popular music. It wasn't all high-fives and Grammies for our musical heroes, however. More than few steaming flops, blown gigs and sour notes made the yea ... More >>

  • Music

    July 7, 2011

    Four More Years

    After 1,661 days (and counting) of immersion in the Houston music scene, a look back.

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2011

    Walter's No Longer On Washington, But Not Gone Either

    Matthew Keever...And then there were none.​Nearly two years after the club first said it was planning to relocate from Washington Avenue, Walter's on Washington has finally shut down, owner Pam Robinson told Rocks Off this afternoon. After Robinson gave her landlord a 60-day notice on March 1 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2011

    Walter's Is Definitely Moving, Owner Confirms

    Photos by Matthew Keever​Pam Robinson, owner of Walter's on Washington, has been keeping busy. "I've been working on this since the first week of February," Robinson said of her plans to move the longtime Washington Avenue music venue to a new location. "I signed all the contracts, I presente ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2011

    Walter's Appears To Be Moving By Month's End

    ​According to the above poster for the Saxton Fox/Art Institute/Satin Hooks show, which was posted on Hands Up Houston earlier this afternoon, Walter's on Washington appears to be moving before the end of the month. The new location, 1120 Naylor, is just north of I-10, in the same industrial ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2010

    Does Washington Avenue Need Any More Live Music?

    Son Lam If Pearl Bar did have live music, where would the band fit?​Last week, the Chronicle ran a story about the owners of Salt Bar, a newer drinking establishment on Washington Avenue, and their goal of building "a live music scene in Houston from the ground up." One of the partners ... More >>

  • News

    February 11, 2010

    Wild on Washington

    The three-mile stretch of avenue is Houston's place to be if you're young, white, single and ready to party. At least for now.

  • Music

    September 10, 2009

    Ghosts of Washington Avenue

    Noise goes whistling through the scenester artery's music venue graveyard.

  • Music

    September 3, 2009
  • Blogs

    August 27, 2009

    Walter's on Washington Closing In October; Club May Relocate

    Bill OliveSilver Jews at Walter's on Washington, September 2008​Rocks Off learned this morning that Walter's on Washington, one of Houston's primary venues for local bands, indie-rock, hardcore and touring acts not yet on the radar of Warehouse Live and House of Blues, will close at the end of Oct ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2009

    Walter's on Washington Owner Pam Robinson: "It's Moving, Not Closing"

    John VanMelt Banana at Walter's on Washington, November 2007​All of you who think last night/today's news that Walter's on Washington will close at the end of October is another nail in the coffin of Houston's indie scene can relax. Rocks Off reached owner Pam Robinson around 12:30 p.m., and she s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2008

    The Ghost Of Johnny Fixx

    A while back, we came across a local ghost story we hadn’t heard. Back in 1980, there was this rock cover band hear called Lic. This wasn’t just any cover band; supposedly bandleader Johnny Fixx was one of Houston’s pioneering punk rockers, and his band brought plenty of piss and vinegar to t ... More >>

  • Music

    May 8, 2008
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    November 29, 2007

    The Smoking Ban

    Has it been good for Houston? A dozen local music figures sound off

  • News

    August 30, 2007

    Smoked Out

    Will "self-enforcement" be enough for Houston's expanded smoking ban to work?

  • News

    July 26, 2007

    Teen Bands

    From Doo Doo Butter to The Dimes, kids leave cover songs and garages behind

  • Music

    November 16, 2006

    Fight the Power

    Could there be a fun, pro-music political action committee in Houston? Why the hell not?

  • Music

    November 2, 2006

    Bad Vibrations

    Houston's ticky-tack noise ordinance and NIMBY neighbors are killing the scene

  • Music

    October 19, 2006

    Warfare on Washington

    In which a routine noise complaint morphs into a small riot

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2006

    A Right Wing Take on the Walter's War

    To Galt, this ain't police brutality -- it's justice. Editor's note: John Galt, Houston's favorite right-wing hipster, contacted music editor John Nova Lomax demanding to be given equal time in the debate over the Walter's on Washington War. HouStoned, being a fair and balanced blog, has complied. ... More >>

  • News

    May 5, 2005

    Restless Pam

    Pam Robinson

  • Music

    February 3, 2005

    En Fuego

    The Arcade Fire burns Mary Jane's Fat Cat down to the ground; also: Scarface/Geto Boys news and the fate of Mary Jane's

  • Music

    October 7, 2004

    Wigged Gigs

    A selection of some of the wildest, weirdest, and most dangerous bands and shows in Houston history

  • Music

    August 14, 2003


    Country Legends 97.1 takes over as the number one C&W station in town

  • Music

    January 9, 2003

    Sidecar Sideshow

    Racket confronts his hatas at a show in his dishonor

  • Music

    September 5, 2002

    Identity Crisis

    Mary Cutrufello's leaving makes us wonder: Is your band a Krogers, Randalls or a Fiesta?

  • News

    June 13, 2002

    CAH? AHA!

    Plus: No Foolin', HGO Curtain Call, Shooting Gallery

  • Music

    May 30, 2002

    Pamland Central

    Pam Robinson is transforming Washington Avenue one bar at a time