Houston’s White Oak Music Hall Still At Odds With Neighbors
On Wednesday, courts filed a temporary injunction against White Oak Music Hall, a new venue on Main Street north of downtown, after residents living in the surrounding neighborhood filed multiple noise complaints. ABC 13 reports that the courts have ordered the music venue to install an outdoor system that will ensure that the noise level stays below 75 decibels and that the venue files reports with information from the equipment with the court weekly. The venue is also restricted to just two shows on their outdoor stage over the next few months.
The White Oak Music Hall opened last year and features three performance spaces including an outdoor lawn fit for 3,000 attendees, an indoor stage for roughly 1,000 listeners, and a small upstairs room for around 300 people. Neighbors are saying that the outdoor stage is too much for them to handle.
Needless to say, the venue feels slighted by the ordeal. Click2Houston quoted officials at the White Oak Music Hall as saying, “The handful of residents opposed to nine hours of live music a month may be reaping the benefits, but there are tens of thousands of other Houstonians — both near and far from the venue — who ultimately lose out.”