In every city, there are people who work at venues, book shows, and make sure that those who perform and those who attend have the best evening possible. It’s a pretty thankless job that doesn’t pay well and typically doesn’t offer any health benefits. For over forty years, Houston has seen plenty of ups and downs in the live music industry, and Rudyard’s in Montrose has hosted many of them. Now, the space’s general manager and former booker is stricken with a brain tumor, and the venue and city are ready to rally around her to get her back on her feet.
In those forty years, Rudyard’s has hosted a ton of bands that you’ve more than likely heard of while giving a space to many you’ve more than likely never heard of. While bands like The Sword, Trans Am, Lou Barlow and Jason Lowenstein of Sebadoh and Baroness to name a few have played there over the years, local legends like The Hates, MyDolls, and so many more have also played the upstairs space too many times to count. Over the years, the bar has had several notable bookers, though few are as high spirited and kind as Stacy Hartoon. Known affectionately as Punk Rock Stacy, she is easily the most accommodating and easy to work with promoter may bands have dealt with in their storied careers. With this devastating blow to her health, the kind woman who owns Rudyard’s has started a GoFundMe campaign to help Stacy with covering the expenses of treatment, which if you are unaware, are astronomical. The club is also throwing a three day benefit show this Friday Saturday and Sunday. Complete with an auction of rare items, if you live in or around the Houston area, your attendance is greatly appreciated.
Every city needs a Punk Rock Stacy in it, and if you’re lucky, your city does. You can donate funds directly to help her GoFundMe campaign here, or if you live in or around the Houston area you can purchase tickets for the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday shows at the venue. A suggested donation of $10 each night will go to Hartoon, with Fiday and Saturday shows having doors at 8 p.m. and Sunday with doors at 5 p.m.; all shows are 21 & up. All proceeds will go towards helping a wonderful person get back to giving bands a space to perform.
Image Credits: Photo Courtesy of Rudyard's.