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Houston is Killing the Music Scene

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Uploaded on Dec 15, 2011

FYI - The meeting shown at the end is for EVERYONE in the music scene. You are ALL invited to attend regardless if venue owner, musician, promoter, sound engineer, etc.

HOUSTON - In Houston, nightclubs and live entertainment flourish.

But some say that could change.

A new law gives Houston Police officers the right to immediately issue a ticket for loud music with or without a decibel reader.

Chris Cardenas was being paid $250 to serve as the sound man at a Montrose bar.

When someone complained about the loud noise, two officers confronted Cardenas and issued him for loud noise and loud bass.

Those tickets totaled $2,000.

"I was a little stunned," Cardenas said. "He didn't really want to explain why I get tickets instead of a warning."

Mike Davis is also a sound engineer.

Only a few days after the ordinance was put into effect, the place he was contracted to work was hit with a $1,000 loud noise citation.

"It does kind of feel like the Gestapo," Davis said. "You wish there was someone in the middle who could sit down say, 'If we're too loud, let's turn down'."

Steve Bundrick runs a local sound and public address company and said the new law and high fines are killing his business.

Bundrick said he respects communities and when the music needs to be turned down, he'll do it.

But the city's effort seems to be a money grab to him.

"September 22 is when the red light cameras went off and October is when the new sound ordinance went into effect," he said.

The group has organized a Dec. 20 meeting to address the sound ordinance.

It will take place at Fitzgerald's in the Heights area. Start time is 7 p.m.

Non-mobile users can check out the group's Facebook page below:

http://www.facebook.com/events/338256...

Read more: http://www.myfoxhouston.com/dpp/news/...

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