Houston Music

Inside Rising East End DIY Venue The Summit

In the wake of last week's announcement of another storied Houston venue closing, it's a good time to focus on the growth of the city's local music scene, in part aided by the recent addition of The Summit. Located in East Downtown at 3536 Navigation Blvd., the venue/DIY space opened by musicians Mike McMullin, Alexander Coco and James Vehslage has been hosting events for a little more than a year now.

Since the trio began renovating the space in March 2013, they have steadily, organically grown as an integral part of the Houston community, hosting concerts for local acts like Fat Tony and Young Mammals, putting on shows for national touring acts like The Hotelier and The World is a Beautiful Place and I Am No Longer Afraid to Die, and working with local nonprofits such as Bootown, 86 Cancer and Houston Zine Fest.

Given the shows and events the owners have put on, it's a surprise to find that the original intentions behind The Summit weren't to build a music venue.

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David Sackllah
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