Rendez-Vous Houston, 25 Years Later: Some Memories

Today was the 25th anniversary of Rendez-Vous Houston, a massive downtown concert/light show put on by Jean Michel Jarre.

Foul weather hampered the effort to set up the concert, and a massive traffic jam followed it. But Houstonians seemed to love it. (Although we don't quite believe this line from the wikipedia entry about the cars that stopped on I-45 to watch, who allegedly "applauded, wept and laughed." Who knows, maybe someone did cry.)

We asked on our Facebook page for memories of the event, and readers came through.

R. Clayton McKee Had a wonderful spot on the roof of a parking garage in Memorial. Set up the cameras on tripods and the simulcast on the radio; listened and enjoyed and shot fifteen rolls of excellent pictures.

All of which were ruined by a lab tech who fed them into the wrong film processor.

Joanie JoJo was there with a group of friends on our cruisers....we sat on top of a beer truck and had a GREAT view ~ didnt hurt that we were tripping on mushrooms

Suz Warren I was there with friends. I had just discovered Jarre's music and was in heaven. We watched sporadically as we had to avoid building security. Employees like us had been planning for weeks to watch the show from our roof. The day of, the building owners decided no one would be permitted and hired extra security. The building was key card access, so there were no strangers in the building. We had to go floor to floor to see the show, carrying our transister radios with us. And what a traffic jam!

Rodney Walsworth I was in a production of "The Birds" at The Ensemble Theatre. We performed the show that night for an audience of five. So, I missed it.

Christina Solis I was there!! Sat on the lawn on Allen Parkway with my siblings. It was amazing. Especially because there seemed to be no particular reason for it other than to show off. I loved seeing everyone on 45 just stop and watch.

And, of course: Bg Graves That's was 25 years ago? JEEZ!!

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