Boondocks Owner Arrested Saturday For Noise Violation

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Photo by Marco Torres
Boondocks owner Shawn Bermudez was arrested and booked at the central jail Saturday night when Houston Police Department officers responded to another noise complaint at the popular Montrose nightspot.

Tuesday afternoon, Houston Police Department Public Information Officer Jodi Silva confirmed to Rocks Off that Bermudez had been arrested and was processed at the downtown jail for a Class C misdemeanor.

According to frequent Rocks Off photographer and contributor Marco Torres, who was at Boondocks Saturday to hear legendary New York City turntablist DJ Spinna, who had been brought down by Red Bull for the event, Boondocks' managers and DJs had been warned during an HPD stop at the club February 17 on a previous noise violation complaint that "next time someone would be arrested."

Torres said that he purposely parked two blocks from the club so as to get an idea of possible sources of sound complaints, and "you could neither hear the music nor feel the bass."

Bermudez confirmed to Rocks Off that he had been arrested, but was not aware of any ticketing other than his own. He informed us he has been meeting with HPD to work on solutions for sound ordinance issues unrelated to Boondocks, and plans to continue to work with HPD to solve any outstanding issues.

Other eyewitnesses who requested anonymity told Rocks Off that it is widely believed in the immediate locale that a single neighbor may be the source of the noise complaints, and that the issue may not be so much the volume of the music at the club but rather noise that is being made by people parking in the neighborhood: Slamming doors, loud talking, bottles and other trash being thrown in yards or littering the street, etc.

Bermudez noted that the club only began having complaints in January of this year, which suggests that the complaints may be coming from a new property owner in the area.

Bermudez confirmed that the parking and traffic in the neighborhood could be the impetus for the complaints rather than the volume of music coming from Boondocks. He informed Rocks Off that he has tried to get a handle on this possible angle by parking at various places south of the club in the residential neighborhood so as to get an idea of crowd traffic, behavior and noise.

He added that there is some thought to hiring an off-duty officer to bike patrol the area and exercise more control over the behavior of people parking in the neighborhood who are frequenting Boondocks or other bars in the area such as Etro, Anvil, Catbird's, Royal Oak and others.

Bermudez noted that HPD is not able to inform him as to the source(s) of the noise complaints because of possible witness-tampering issues, but that the complainant(s) would be revealed if and when his case goes to trial.

Bermudez has entered a plea of not guilty and has retained an attorney.



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Datalinkapproved
Datalinkapproved

They were clearly after all the dealers that were selling X and Cocanie. The noise wasnt that bad at all. Pesky HPD, what will they think off next.

Keroppi 75
Keroppi 75

I used to live at 1420 Hawthorne the apartment complex right behind Boondocks when it first opened. I went over to Boondocks a couple of times because I was unable to sleep due to loud music during the week. It sucks when you have to wake up at 6 a.m. to be at work at 8 a.m. and you are not able to fall asleep until after 2 a.m.

Timwoodmusic
Timwoodmusic

This is happening all the time now. The owners are getting tickets the sound guys, even the artists who come play at venues are getting tickets and arrested. The sound ordinance is went from an actual decibal number to wether the cop thinks its to loud or not. Its pretty much bullshit.

NOLA.NATIVE
NOLA.NATIVE

I moved to Montrose, in 2006, to escape the boring sounds of the suburbs.  Jam on it. You know, you know.  

mmmexican
mmmexican

Let's look at the bigger picture. This Shawn guy is sexy, and he's more than welcome to make all the noise he wants to in my bed.

TomatoBasil
TomatoBasil

What I think everyone is failing to point out is that Boondocks is surrounded by apartments. If these residents aren't happy with their current situation who's fault is it but their own? The apartments quite obviously back up to Boondocks, so they signed a lease being completely aware of their environment. There are apartments, literally, everywhere so why pick those if you know you won't be happy? If their major complaint is customers coming and going then at least the owner is considering some sort of patrolling officer.

Marytce
Marytce

Houston does not have zoning. Go to the suburbs if you want a quiet, cookie cutter life. I don't think noise restrictions like these belong in a city without zoning

Stacy
Stacy

It's not the bar itself that's the problem.  It's Boondocks' super classy clientele who pre-party on the sidewalks and leave their garbage everywhere and then walk back to their cars at 2 in the morning yelling at the top of their lungs (and sometimes getting into fights, climbing trees, hitting parked cars, firing guns, etc.).  If people just had a little respect there probably wouldn't be an issue.

Hotmommatx
Hotmommatx

Ridiculous! Move to the burbs d-bags!

markov
markov

Hopefully they'll get Anvil next time.  Ruined the neighborhood

Renee Massey
Renee Massey

Its MONTORSE people! Known for its crazy, artsy, music pumping charm. I say if you dont like it, move to Katy. Thats like an anit-gay person moving into Montrose and complaining about rainbow flags. Get a grip. Most of the people who live in Montrose (I being one) are happy, and proud that we have such a diverse group. Who ever is doing the complaining needs to move. Let someone who loves Montorse take your spot, market is great here = )  

BWhit
BWhit

Well, I appear to have been largely correct in my assumption that one resident is on some hell-bent crusade that may ultimately lead to a hipster/punk/emo/druggie/hippie backlash against the rest of the surrounding neighborhood, even though 99% of the residents are groovy with boonies and don't give a fuck. My guess is that its the damn white bungalow building right behind boonies that looks like it has a bedroom that backs up right against the second floor where the dj and speakers are. And since the columbia blue-clad HPD guys are pretty aware of the copious amounts of blow being dealt and bumped in those small boonies bathrooms, I'm sure they are more than willing to crackdown on the joint for anything innocuous that comes up. So maybe I was wrong that there isnt some sort of law enforcement conspiracy against boonies.

Molly
Molly

Because it is SO nice to live in the Montrose...own a house....have some crap bar move into YOUR hood and set up shop...find cocaine baggies, needles, A GUN at one time...people having sex in front of your house, used condoms, stupid drunken people screaming, fighting, pissing and driving like the drunken fools the bar lets out around 2 am....yeah...that is awesome...PEOPLE...we get you probably don't work the next day and have to make your drunken drive home to Katy....we get that you think LOUD noise is OK when others have to live next door to it...because its a police state...right? This has been going on since the bar opened...I don't mind a bar near my house....just be respectful...which I get is hard when in todays world...because all these jackasses trashing the neighborhood...must be REAL CHARMERS.

Josh Webster
Josh Webster

It's a dance club that is right next door to houses... If my neighbor was playing 120dB dubstep all night, I'd call the cops too. It's certainly not a "police state" thing. It sucks to see someone's business suffer, but maybe its time to relocate to a less residential neighborhood.

Frex
Frex

If they close Boondocks down where will the kids go to get their cocaine?

Jdeehous
Jdeehous

Wow, now we live in a Police state where anyone can have anyone arrested.  Just continually call in a noise complaint against them.

Tracy Batty Robertson
Tracy Batty Robertson

Good, that hipster pit has been a blight on Houston nightlife since it opened, give me dirty old numbers any day,

H_e_x
H_e_x

At least they will finally know who is calling in all the complaints. Sounds like a real charmer.

Jennifer Zapalac
Jennifer Zapalac

What a disgrace to our city. Shame on you, Mayor Parker.  

Krystal Hardwick
Krystal Hardwick

What a ridiuclous night that was, I hope this isn't going to be a habitual thing

Commandrea
Commandrea

Nope. It's the neighbors who move next to the curve and expect to bitch the block silent. People may not like  Boondock's but like  old Martin Niemölle told us..."In Germany they first came for the Communists,and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist..."

Marilyn
Marilyn

lol.. YEs!! move the snobby yuppies OUT!!!

Evan
Evan

Doctor says I'm not supposed to roll my eyes, so I'll just roll my R's instead.Rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrridiculous

marilyn
marilyn

I love montrose for it's craziness.. It's been the way you describe it forEVER (well, you are totally exaggerating)..Montrose is known for it's wacky bars..Should have known that before you moved into the neighborhood..

T.C.
T.C.

Ridiculous argument. The bars were all there long before as well. If you want the quiet life move out of the city. It's really that simple. The bar was there long before the noise complainer moved in.

Craigley
Craigley

It's life in the big city.  Trust me, that's why I left Midtown.  There comes a time with the BS becomes enought!

GlenW
GlenW

Welcome to the city without zoning. Anyone can open anything anywhere. Didn't you know that before you moved inside the loop (River Oaks and West U exempt of course)?

Cashiola
Cashiola

There's so much fucked up shit going on around the McDonalds/Greyhound station in Downtown... they should start arresting the cook and the busdrivers.  That'll teach all those pimps/prostitutes/crackheads!!!!

BWhit
BWhit

 Hey Molly, maybe its time you move to Katy . . .

Fortune
Fortune

ITS MONTROSE! Move to suburbia if you want boring and quiet. 

Cashiola
Cashiola

Lololol, they don't play dubstep all night long (look him up: www.djspinna.com).  You're right though, it's not a "police state" thing.  It's more of a "crony capitalism" thing.  Mayoral election is in 2013, just sayin!

Freck
Freck

Boondocks is a dubstep club! Nice! 

Cashiola
Cashiola

To the Downtown McDonalds & Greyhound station DUH.  Those cooks & busdrivers better watch out, it's time to lock them up!

Ted Stickles
Ted Stickles

Gillette St at Victor in the Fourth Ward, durrr

GlenW
GlenW

Oh puh-leeze

Josh Webster
Josh Webster

Sure, let me get you a time machine...Is ten years far enough to go back to find #'s a largely-attended, fun place that doesn't look unprepared for anything but the wrecking ball? Probably not.

JK
JK

I don't go there terribly often, but it sure seems like a popular "blight" the times I have been there. The same could be said by different people about past Htown "institutions" such as the Axiom, Emo's, Lola's and, yes, even dirty old #s, huh? To each her/his own, but that isn't really the point. Arresting an owner over noise violations is just stupid and wrong all the way around . . .

MakXJ
MakXJ

The chick that lives in the house next door always gives me a dirty look when I park there. It may be her. 

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rubbercow
rubbercow

A -Fucking - Men!  I am an oldster who still has a house in Montrose.  It used to be a lot more fun (and a whole lot louder).  If you don't like living in the city, the answer for you is pretty clear - don't live in the city.

Josh Webster
Josh Webster

I believe that the particular brand of dance music is most irrelevant here. Insert your EDM genre du jour in place of "dubstep". Close your eyes, think of some music you hate, and then imagine it pounding from your neighbor's garage while you are trying to sleep on a Tuesday night, and you get the idea. 

T.C.
T.C.

Josh doesn't know what he's talking about. It is a legally owned and operated business within which was properly permitted to do the business they do which includes provide music for entertainment. If you have a problem with the way Houston has no city zoning don't move next to bars and clubs. The homeowners are as much to blame as anyone for complaining. Take it up with the city planning commission.

Sahm-Nambulist
Sahm-Nambulist

 I live TEN FEET from Boondocks, moved here three weeks ago, have heard noise from people walking to and fro, car doors etc., but have NEVER heard any music noise. NONE.

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