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White Oak Music Hall And Neighbors Reach Settlement Over Noise Complaint Suit

Under the settlement, the venue must adhere to a private sound ordinance that neighbors will be able to monitor independently

White Oak Music Hall. Photo Florian Martin | Houston Public Media.

White Oak Music Hall and neighbors in the Near Northside reached a settlement over noise complaints.  Neighbors sued the venue in late 2016 for making too much noise.

The settlement stipulates that White Oak Music Hall follow certain noise restrictions for their outdoor performances.  

The venue is installing real time sound monitoring that neighbors will be able to watch through a webcam. 

If the venue breaks the agreement, the hall could be fined up to $15,000.

The plaintiffs’ attorney Cris Feldman said the venue also has to comply with other rules, like stricter limitations on how late bands can play outdoors on school nights. 

“White Oak has to cut off on 9:30. No shows on STAR nights, STAR testing nights,” said Feldman, “That has been an issue in the past.” 

In a statement, Johnny So, Managing Partner of White Oak Music Hall said he is glad the issue has been resolved. 

“We think it is the quintessential definition of a compromise, with both groups agreeing on a middle-ground that addresses the plaintiffs’ concerns regarding outdoor event frequency, outdoor event volume, and even such things as school testing schedules.”

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