Iconic Houston music venue to close within weeks
Warehouse Live, a pioneering music venue that played a pivotal role in establishing EaDo as a vibrant nightlife destination, will bid farewell after its Dec. 2 Tribute Fest, featuring ten tribute bands gracing two stages.
Situated across the Eastex Freeway from downtown, Warehouse Live stood as a beacon of entertainment long before restaurants and bars transformed St. Emanuel Street into a bustling hub of after-hours activity. Debuting in early 2006, Warehouse Live marked its soft opening with an NBA All-Star Weekend party, followed swiftly by a performance by Houston R&B artist Támar.
The show, featuring a surprise guest appearance by Prince on guitar, drew a packed crowd. After Támar’s electrifying set, the legendary artist serenaded the audience with his iconic Purple Rain.
Over the ensuing 17 years, Warehouse Live’s 1,250-capacity ballroom and 450-capacity studio space hosted a diverse array of performers. The venue’s closure heralds a period of transformation and relocation. Warehouse Live will not vanish into thin air.
Instead, it will undergo a metamorphosis, emerging in a new guise. The space at 2600 Travis will undergo renovations, and on Dec. 29, the rebranded Warehouse Live Midtown will open its doors in the Rise Rooftop location, kicking off with a performance by Sullivan King.
An official grand reopening celebration will take place on Dec. 31, featuring a high-energy performance by Cash Cash. Big City Entertainment LP envisions the Rise Rooftop/Warehouse Live Midtown space as a unique multi-use concept boasting 15,000 square feet and a retractable roof.