Well that didn’t take long. Barely a week after their first show together, the relationship between Houston live music fixture Fitzgerald’s and Austin-based concert promoters Transmission seems to be unravelling (has unwound?). At the heart of the matter, according to booking-agent sources, is Fitzgerald’s failure to perform many of the upgrades it agreed to as part of the partnership under which Transmission became the venue’s exclusive promoter.
Foremost among the items left off the to-do list was a freight elevator that would allow bands to avoid loading into the main, upstairs room via the club's narrow outdoors staircase. Agreed-to extensive bathroom renovations have also been reported as amounting to a simple cleaning and repaint.
One of the bands performing downstairs at the Oct. 3 grand reopening (and a regular at the venue over the years) described the small-room’s PA as worse than ever.
Transmission is said to have retreated from the Houston market until it can find a new spot to use as an anchor venue, with the Fitzgeralds once again booking the building that bears their name as a family affair for the time being.
Among the early casualties of the change: a scheduled Jan. 19, 2016, Houston stop by Killing Joke is looking for a new home and will likely be rebooked in San Antonio if an alternate Houston venue can’t be found.