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Trouble Brewing in Houston Pavilions Exclusivity Battle

Well, Rocks Off was about to head over to Discovery Green's first free Thursday concert of the season when we noticed this item on the Chronicle's real estate blog, Prime Property.

Seems that House of Blues is suing its landlord Houston Pavilions, which is currently in receivership after some funding backed out, for breach of contract (basically). It is also suing longtime Houston nightlife king Scott Gertner, who recently opened the club Scott Gertner's at Houston Pavilions (that's the name), claiming Gertner's plans to expand his recently opened venue violate HOB's right to be the largest live-music venue in the development.

Scott Gertner's at Houston Pavilions recently opened in the complex under a capacity of 400 -- much less than HOB's current occupancy of 1,000 to 1,800 -- but the lawsuit says he plans to expand by opening on the roof.

Of the parties involved, reporter Purva Patel was only able to reach HOB attorney Jeff Lefkowitz, who told her that Gertner's is violating HOB's exclusivity clause.

Rocks Off will continue following this story and report back what we are able to find out.


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Chris Gray has been Music Editor for the Houston Press since 2008. He is the proud father of a Beatles-loving toddler named Oliver.
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