Texas Venues Holding Steady In The Storm

Although the tropical cyclone dubbed Harvey has been downgraded in status from a hurricane to a tropical storm, additional damage is expected, with more rain on its way. Pollstar is keeping an eye on southeastern Texas venues and making note of cancellations.  

A spokeswoman for Live Nation told Pollstar that she hadn’t heard that any LN venues had suffered damage from the storm, as of post time.       

A publicist for House Of Blues Houston told Pollstar, “HOB Houston wasn’t damaged.  We’re following city officials’ lead for when it will be appropriate to re-open.”

Pollstar is waiting to hear back from a number of other venues including Houston’s

Houston Press reporter Chris Gray has been monitoring local venues and said that he’s checked up on about 50 facilities. Last Concert Café, a Mexican restaurant that hosts live music, “is closed for a few days after [it was filled with] 10 inches of water,” according to the publication.

A representative for White Oak told the Houston Press that the venue is “hanging in there. Just a little water through one door, nothing major.”  

Water, Water Everywhere
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– Water, Water Everywhere
Evacuees are helped down Tidwell Road as floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey rise in Houston.

FEMA director Brock Law has declared that Harvey is probably the worst natural disaster in the state’s history, the Washington Post reported.  

An estimated 30,000 people are expected to head to shelters and 450,000 are predicted to seek disaster assistance, according to CNN. The death toll related to the storm is at least eight people.


Over in Dallas, the

As previously reported, Harvey has nixed a number of performances including Coldplay at Houston’s

City and Colour broke the news to fans Friday evening that it was canceling its gigs in San Antonio Aug. 26, Houston Aug. 28 and Austin Aug. 29. Ticketholders were told to expect refund instructions in the next few days. 

Arena Theatre postponed its Aug. 27 Farruko show the day prior to the concert and said that a new date will be announced soon. 

Harvey Pays A Visit
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– Harvey Pays A Visit
A man stands in waist-high water inside his flooded home in Houston

White Oak Music Hall announced Sunday that it was canceling the Stu Larsen show scheduled for Aug. 28 “due to hazardous conditions” and the “safety of our guests, staff and artists.” Automatic refunds will be processed from the original point of sale.

Fans are advised to check with their local venues for more information. It is possible that other shows outside of the area may be affected because of routing and travel delays.


A representative for Cynthia Wood Mitchell Pavilion responded to Pollstar’s request for comment with the following message on behalf of venue CEO and President Jerry MacDonald: “The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion has had no physical damage to the venue from the impact of Hurricane Harvey and is in good shape. Our current focus is on our staff, fans and community whose homes are experiencing devastating flood waters. … Our continued thoughts are with our fellow Texans.”

The venue noted that in addition to canceling the Lady Antebellum concert, it has called off the Sept. 2 Jeff and Larry’s Backyard BBQ show featuring Jeff Foxworthy and