Hurricane Ike Forces Cancellations

Hurricane Ike, the sprawling weather system nearly as big as Texas forecast to strike somewhere near Galveston late Friday or early Saturday then head inland for Houston, is playing havoc with more than the lives of people living in the area.

The massive storm has forced cancellations as far north as Dallas.

A partial list of the Texas shows affected includes Bart Crow Band and Charlie Robinson scheduled for tonight at the Colorado County Fair in Columbus, 33 Miles at Youth Explosion scheduled for this evening at the Deer Park High School,J. Paul Jr. & The Zydeco Nu Breeds tonight at Our Mother of Mercy School and Jamie Bergeron & The Kickin Cajuns at Whiskey River in Beaumont on September 14.

An Eagles of Death Metal show scheduled for September 14 at The Meridian in Houston has also been postponed.

Because of Ike’s ominous size, storm surge and flooding are the greatest threats. In unusually strong language, forecasters even warned of “certain death” for stalwarts who insisted on “hunkering down” in Galveston.

Most people in the city had complied with evacuations, along with hundreds of thousands of fellow Texans in counties up and down the coastline.

In a move designed to avoid highway gridlock and the tragedies that occurred the last time the city was evacuated, most of Houston’s 2 million residents stayed put and were ordered not to leave.

Although many residents are still in Houston and other areas, Ike is expected to be a very dangerous storm. It’s advisable for ticket holders for events in Texas in the coming days to exercise discretion, contact the venue where the show is scheduled to take place regarding refunds or new dates and avoid placing themselves at risk by traveling to any location in the storm’s path.