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Super Bummer Sad Land: The South By Southwest Overflow Fest Is Dead

The next couple of weeks were shaping up as a big one for Super Happy Fun Land. Hell, it was looking to be a great week for music lovers in the city of Houston, as some 60 or 70 or more of the nation and world’s top up-and-coming bands had booked shows between March 7 and March 17 at the newly-relocated performance space on Polk Street in the East End. Houston’s music lovers lacking the mad jack and copious time entailed in making a pilgrimage to Austin could get their music fix right here in H-Town in the shadows of the old Maxwell House Coffee plant.

Unfortunately, the fire marshal had other plans. Super Happy Fun Land’s woes with officialdom are well documented here, but owner Brian Arthur rashly thought he could get the clubs codes up to snuff in time for this overflow fest. Turns out he couldn’t, and now six or seven dozen bands are scrambling for a place to play.

“I was out of town yesterday, and when I got home I checked my Myspace and I had twenty emails from bands asking if they could play my place,” says No Tsu Oh owner Jim Pirtle. “We booked all we could at Dean’s at No Tsu Oh, but there are still a lot of bands scrambling.”

There will be more on this story to come. In the meantime, you can see the list of bands (and their contacts) that had been scheduled to play at the Overflow Fest at the cached Event Calendar for Super Happy Fun Land here.

If you are a club owner, throw ‘em a bone. If this city can accommodate hundreds of thousands of New Orleanians after Katrina, surely we can come up with gigs for a few dozen bands after this disaster. – John Nova Lomax

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