Being able to experience live music again has been important to the morale of concertgoers, according to Adrienne Joseph of Kessler Presents, which owns The Heights Theater at 339 W. 19th St. The historic and iconic venue reopened for performances about two weeks ago, while White Oak Music Hall at 2915 N. Main St. also has resumed concerts.
Joseph said the demand to see live music is still there and it seems to be what people need after months of music venues being closed due to COVID-19.
“To open safely means so much,” Joseph said.
The upcoming shows are mostly rescheduled shows that were previously called off due to the pandemic. Depending on the demand for the artist, because of the reduced capacity of 25 percent, an artist may play multiple shows. For example, The Band of Heathens with an early show at 5:30 p.m. and a late show at 8:15 p.m. on Nov. 28.
Other upcoming shows include Zachary Williams on Dec. 4, BJ Barham on Dec. 5, Kevin Russell on Dec. 10, Jack Ingram on Dec. 18 and John Fullbright on Dec. 19.
The Heights Theater is taking measures to try to keep its patrons safe from COVID-19, which is outlined at https://theheightstheater.com/covid-19/.
With the cases of COVID-19 rising in the Houston area, Joseph said the longtime 19th Street staple is taking things day by day.
“We comply with all the ordinances in place. But we have our standard protocols in place,” Joseph said. “That’s our basis for safety.”
The team at White Oak Music Hall is keeping a close eye on COVID-19 cases as well.
“We’re keeping open lines of communication with the Mayor’s Office of Special Events and public health officials to adjust our plans as guidelines change,” said Mike Mauer, marketing director for the music hall. “Our number one focus will always be the safety of fans, employees and artists at our shows, so we’re watching things closely.”
White Oak Music Hall recently established a GRID Concert Series consisting of socially-distanced outdoor concerts. GRIDs are separated from each other by 6 feet in all directions.
After its successful first run of GRID concerts, White Oak released its second wave of artists, including Houston native Robert Earl Keen with Max Flinn on Saturday, Nov. 21. Other upcoming shows include William Clark Green with Mitchell Ferguson on Nov. 28, the band St. Paul and the Broken Bones on Dec. 2, Smith & Myers with J.R. Moore and Zack Mack on Dec. 4, Parker McCollum on Dec. 5, comedian Bill Burr on Dec. 7, and Koe Wetzel and Read Southall on Dec. 11.
“We realize we’re unique in being able to host concerts like this. We have 35,000 square feet of usable space, an outdoor stage, the support of artists and our community of fans, and coordination from the mayor’s office,” Mauer said. “It’s all able to come together in a way that’s been a lifeline for our business and our employees.”