David Byrne Mystified by Houston's Sprawl, Loves Jones Hall
"We pass a residential neighborhood with lovely oak trees shading the street, and then, without any major landmark to let us know we've crossed a line, we're in the ghetto, with shotgun shacks and old black men sitting on stoops in the withering heat. Boarded up houses, and vacant lots with cars on blocks."And take a bow, Jones Hall. After filling in his readers on some biographical minutae of namesake Jesse H. Jones (real estate entrepeneur, Secretary of Commerce, Chronicle owner, etc.), Byrne says "the stage sound is possibly the best of any hall we've played in. Extremely dry (not echoey) for a symphony hall..." After the show, Byrne and his entourage visited La Carafe about 10 minutes after Rocks Off had left. (Hey, it was late and we had a review to write.) Read his entire Houston diary here.