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Neighbors Sue White Oak Music Hall Over Excessive Noise

They say noise from an outdoor stage is hurting their quality-of-life.

Outdoor stage behind White Oak Music Hall
White Oak Music Hall also presents indoor shows at its venue on North Main Street

White Oak Music Hall in Houston’s Near Northside opened its outdoor stage last spring, and almost immediately, neighbors started complaining about the noise.

Theresa Cavin lives about a block away from the club, and she says when the music starts, the amplified sound and heavy bass come right into her home. And it’s especially a problem for her nine-year-old son, who’s autistic.

“He would hide in the closet under the coffee table,” says Cavin. “You know, he displayed some behaviors that were — like being aggressive at school and different things because he wasn’t sleeping, because of the noise.”

Cavin is one of the plaintiffs in a class-action lawsuit seeking to close the outdoor stage. Attorney Cris Feldman says it’s become a nuisance and it shouldn’t have a permit to operate.

“It’s absolutely ridiculous what’s going on,” says Feldman. “The city should never have allowed this to happen in the first place. I think the city was misled by the developers here.”

Plaintiffs will now ask a judge to grant a temporary injunction barring any more outdoor shows at the White Oak Music Hall while that lawsuit is pending.

We reached out to the club’s owners to get a response but have yet to hear back.

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Gail Delaughter

Gail Delaughter

Transportation Reporter

From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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