Besides being Houston's primary thoroughbred-racing venue, Sam Houston Race Park is also one of the area's few facilities equipped to host a multi-stage outdoor music event. So, although all racing-related activities at the track have been suspended in light of the Texas Legislature's expired deadline to renew funding for the Texas Racing Commission, which passed at midnight Monday, all other events will go on as scheduled. That includes annual EDM fest Something Wicked's return to the track on October 24 and 25, notes Nightculture's Mike Long.
“We spoke to the race park last night and they said Something Wicked is 100 percent go,” he says via email.
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The other concerts currently on the books are CCA's Texas Concert For Conservation, featuring Lynyrd Skynyrd, on September 26; and Ziegenbock's annual country superfest on October 17, this year headlined by Randy Rogers Band, Robert Earl Keen and Kevin Fowler. Digitour, the traveling festival of teen-oriented acts such as Kalin & Myles and Jack & Jack, had been scheduled for September 5 but was moved from SHRP to Revention Music Center last week.
As for the racing, the park has posted the following message on its Web site:
"After an entire summer with the cloud of a shutdown hanging over the industry’s head, I am bewildered that certain members of the Texas Senate appear to have blocked the release of essential funds to the Texas Racing Commission,” says Sam Houston Race Park President Andrea B. Young. “We thank our friends in the Legislature and other branches of government who have fought to protect the Texas racing industry and the hard-working individuals it employs.
"The legislature did not intend this result, which will now shutter Texas racing facilities, putting thousands of jobs at risk. We believe that this result is irresponsible. We urge the Lieutenant Governor to stand up for 36,000 jobs now before this goes any further. In the meantime, we will continue to examine our legal options. We plan to continue our fight for all the hardworking Texans that make up the Texas Horse industry."