|Silver Jews at Walter's on Washington, September 2008|
Rocks Off learned this morning that Walter's on Washington, one of Houston's primary venues for local bands, indie-rock, hardcore and touring acts not yet on the radar of Warehouse Live and House of Blues, will close at the end of October. The building has reportedly been sold and, we hear, Walter's owner Pam Robinson is looking to relocate.
Walter's opened in 2000 and became one of Houston's main indie venues when Mary Jane's (now Pearl Bar) closed in 2005, hosting shows by the Hold Steady, MGMT, Devendra Banhart, Silver Jews, Six Organs of Admittance, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings and many, many others. Once it closes after the Misfits tribute band Dannzig's Halloween night show, the last link to Washington Avenue's heyday as Houston's main live-music artery (Rockefeller's, Satellite Lounge, Mary Jane's) will be gone. Jeff Balke has an excellent blog on Washington's lengthy musical past here.
Congratulations, douchebags - you win this round.
Rocks Off left a message for Robinson; we will have more information once we get in touch with her.