Fortunately, as far as we could tell, nothing truly dire has happened to any local venues — again, that we’ve seen or heard of, or has been reported to us. But given that it could still be days before the floodwaters fully recede and even the earliest damage estimates begin to be calculated, we’ve all still got a long way to go. What we do know from checking up on about 50 venues' social media Sunday afternoon, and reaching out to them the same way, is that these folks are going through a lot. (Many of them have been understandably dark since before the storm, but not all.)
On Facebook, Andrew Youngblood of The Secret Group said of his neighbor White Oak Music Hall, “the venue seems fine but North Main is super flooded”; in the same conversation, a security-cam screenshot of Warehouse Live’s patio facing St. Emanuel Street showed minimal street flooding. "Hanging in there. Just a little water through one door, nothing major," White Oak confirmed later.
About 12:30 p.m. Monday, Heights Theater owner Edwin Cabaniss sent over this message:
Most importantly, our entire crew is safe. The Heights Theater, by it's namesake is on higher ground, so that has helped. Even so, the water has been up to the brink twice but the sandbags held and miraculously the rain slowed and allowed for drainage, so we did not flood. We are not out of this yet, but are feeling very lucky and blessed.
As of 2 p.m. Monday, Rudyard's was open and expecting to stay that way until about 10 p.m. Also this afternoon, a post in the "Friends and loyal patrons of Numbers Nightclub" Facebook group showed a picture of the venerable Montrose alternative club; manager Rudi Bunch commented, "...the club is fine. I feel very grateful." Walter's Downtown owner Zack Palmer posted Tuesday that the venue was intact.
As for any possible benefit shows in the offing, promoter Mark C. Austin of The Convoy Group says “something big is gonna go down” once the waters have. For now, “closed until further notice” is the order of the day, and of course the Houston Press will update this story as more information becomes available.
Hope everyone is staying safe out there! All of our locations are closed until further notice. https://t.co/9Wxbd13wUk— Dosey Doe Coffee (@doseydoecoffee) August 27, 2017
We're hanging in there! Closed until further notice, but should be back up and running tues at normal hours (weather permitting) #staysafe— Goode's Armadillo (@ArmadilloPalace) August 27, 2017