Noise Complaint Muffles Mango's July 4 Blast

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Muhammadali
"I Want You To Party"
Mango's
July 4, 2011

Mango's could have been drastically more packed for its 24-band Fourth of July "I Want You To Party" extravaganza if not for the meddling neighbors and the red and blue. We arrived at 2:30 p.m. and watched the crowd straggle in from the blistering heat. Originally, two stages were set up, one inside and one outside. After Gnome Chomsky played at 2 p.m., Mantis gathered up an intrigued, weight-shifting crowd outside.

Unfortunately for us, the set lasted about as long as it took for them to set up - the soulful, piano-based quartet led by Nicholas Greer had to cut their set short only three songs in because of the cops. Seriously, who makes a noise complaint on Independence Day?

Mango's back-door neighbor, of course. During the waiting period when no one knew what to do and just sat around outside, we got to hear a lot of stories about ye olden days before there were huge high-rises behind the venue. But in a matter of minutes, promoter Eric Dean managed to get in touch with the kind people at Numbers and move the outdoor bands inside across the street instead.

We figured it would be a good time to walk back to our apartment and hang until things picked back up. Maybe it was the sudden venue change, or maybe everyone in Houston was out of town or watching fireworks, but when we came back around 7 p.m., there seemed to be less people than there were at the hottest time of the day.

Even Jeremiah, the faithful and energetic Mango's doorman, was slumped over his wristband table.


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Mango's

403 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX

Category: Music


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Sauqkgy
Sauqkgy

Funny fact, Anise Parker(The Mayor herself) show up 4 blocks away from Mango's to shut down a Roof top party because we were being to loud on fourth of July. When everybody didn't take off fast enough, a lot of cops showed up to make sure the Mayor got what she wanted. 

Werd
Werd

Looks Like were gonna have to move more venues to the warehouse district and around the brewery....

Guest
Guest

A) Did the event require a sound permit? Did Mango's have one?It's my understanding you don't need a permit before 10pm, I may be wrong. I've lived in Montrose for over 20yrs. Those shitty condos behind Mango's sat empty for a long time before they were completed and hosted all sorts of run-away crack addicted butt sex parties. From Taft to Lovett, it smelled like human shit and regret. Anybody that lives in those joints wouldn't want to know what went on inside prior to their arrival. Finally, yes the neighbors were dicks for calling the cops. Same fucking thing happened at Dirks coffee the other week. You can forget Montrose ever being the seedy under-belly it once was. Those days are long gone.

Honey_Badger
Honey_Badger

The police didn't ruin everything. They just did their job when they were called. This brings me to the people who DID ruin everything: Those who called the police about the noise. On July 4. Listen folks: If you don't like loud music and bars, don't move behind a freakin' BAR that's been there for years, and then act all surprised when you hear loud music. See also: If you don't like train horns, don't buy an overpriced townhouse near train tracks.

H_e_x
H_e_x

I've been in some condos in Montrose, and they are as ugly on the inside as they are on the outside. Cheap construction, awful floor plan and use of space, I don't know why anyone would live in them.

Hummus
Hummus

Agreed, the sleepy lil town of Sugarland is a short drive away with its California Pizza Kitchen's and all the Dave & Busters fun you can handle... 

Skippy
Skippy

Typical Johnny Come Lately high rise douche bags. Which leads me to this little rant-All fucking yuppies must fucking die.

POOPOOPLATTER
POOPOOPLATTER

Why oh why do people move into Montrose and become nuisances to the neighborhood? If you want peace and quiet all year long, Sugarland is about half an hour southwest. You're bored and happy and we get to keep Montrose as it is intended - without you.

Sigh...
Sigh...

I live on that block of Lovett and it still smells like human shit and regret. I tried to reason with my roomate about his Sunday morning ritual, but there's no talking sense into him. Accompanying his weekly fecal festival are ear-splitting cackles that attract noise violations on occasion as well.

Enough
Enough

Sounds like you'd fit right in.

Tomcelica84
Tomcelica84

There's a CPK at West Grey and McDuffie.

Realitycheck
Realitycheck

B/c, like, YOU were born and raised in the 'trose, right? B/c, like, if you moved to the 'trose to like, actually work for someplace that doesn't sell booze or pizza, or doesn't support local art, you moved there for the wrong reasons, right?

H_e_x
H_e_x

Oh for the love of god write something funny. Nothing is more disappointing then a lame comeback.

Skippy
Skippy

Where I was born and raised has nothing to do with the fact that the area has been known for it's clubs and bars and their live music scene. It's not as if the high rise and condo residents were there before and the bars/clubs moved into the area. They moved into the area knowing what it was like. Just like the situation in Austin, they decide that just because they live there now, the clubs/bars should not be allowed to operate as they have before. If you want to live there, fine, just don't bitch about the loud music and patrons of those businesses. That's a reality check for ya. 

H_e_x
H_e_x

For fucks sake man, the "I know what you are, what am I" shtick doesn't work past second grade. Go bitch about women and Mexicans in the other threads.

Enough
Enough

You are the King of Lame Comebacks, clown.

Blake
Blake

"There has always been residential property behind that bar (and other bars) and the tenants have never enjoyed the bars allowing bands to play in the parking lot."

I live on that block of Lovett. That side of the street. I don't care about bands playing outside during the day. Please don't speak for me.

Skippy
Skippy

To quote the article, "During the waiting period when no one knew what to do and just sat around outside, we got to hear a lot of stories about ye olden days before there was a huge highrise behind the venue...". That's what I'm referring to. Now maybe the author of the story got the facts wrong, but there are other places where this has happened, as well. Large highrise or condo development is built next to a bar/club or other entertainment venue. The well healed move in and then begin to complain about the neighboring business that was there before them. That's the kind of bullshit I'm commenting about. As for hipsters and yuppies, I'm neither. Fortunately, I'm not poor either. What I am is "just making it". Which is exactly why I don't buy $7 shots of Jameson. On that bit of insanity, we can agree.         

Deadhorsebeater
Deadhorsebeater

There has always been residential property behind that bar (and other bars) and the tenants have never enjoyed the bars allowing bands to play in the parking lot. Mangos should have had a permit. If nickleback wanted to set up shop right outside of your window you'd want to do something about it, too. And as far as yuppiedom is concerned, most hipsters at those shows are yuppies in disguise. Stop pretending to be nobly poor. It's insulting to real poor people. Mangos charges $7 for a shot of Jameson.

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