The Rent Is Due

This weekend brings about another edition of Rent, supposedly one of the best underground parties around.

Rent is an event that is held once a month (the last Saturday) at Union Bar, located on 202 Tuam. This has been its recent home for the past 6 or so months. Prior to Union Bar, it was held in a more underground-like location (I have no idea where, I just remember I could never find it when people gave me directions).

The concept: the rent is due, and we’re going to throw a big “house party” to help pay for it.

Or at least that’s what I can make of it. What I can’t make of it is why it costs $10 to get in ($5 for email list members). I’ve gone to Rent a couple of times (March and May – see my post about May’s Rent) and have found it to be somewhat uncomfortable. It’s packed, the A/C is weak, and there are some wierd people there. Drink prices are average.

Nevertheless, the vibe is great, the music is good to dance to, and its a great idea. There are two music rooms, as well as a deck outside. DJs playing there are: Little Martin, Michael DeGrace, Brotha Jibril, and Selecteur Thomas de Paris.

I’ve only heard of Michael DeGrace, but I thought I’d throw those names out just in case any one else had heard of the others.

If you’ve never gone before and are looking for something different, it may be worth a shot. With the weather getting cooler (supposedly), the heat problem may no longer be an issue. If that is the case, I suggest you go check it out.

Oh, and arrive early to avoid the lines.

4 Comments so far

  1. who... hymn? (unregistered) on September 24th, 2004 @ 12:06 pm

    A cool concept, but sounds like an event to avoid. One of the golden rules of living in Houston is: thou shalt have A/C. Which is why I

  2. sputnik (unregistered) on September 27th, 2004 @ 1:34 pm

    Why does it cost $10 to get in? Well, how much does it cost to rent out Union Bar? How many people do you mean by packed – 200? 300? Multiply that by $10 and you’ve probably covered the venue as well as the organizer’s monthly rent check.

  3. Brotha Jibril (unregistered) on July 2nd, 2005 @ 2:55 pm

    http://WWW.UPSIDEDOWNHOUSE.COM Check us out and see for yourself. We have a new venue and plenty of A/C for those of you who dont dance… I have no idea why you would go to a club and not dance and get a lil sweatty. Anyway, the concept is about good dance music, weather it be House, Funk, Soul, DIsco, Rare GRoove, or pop. Its all about feelin’ good and livin’ life to the fullest.

    Come join us and you never know, we might just change your mind about being crammed into a room with close to a thousand music lovers and sweattin’ your balls off.

  4. MillionHou (unregistered) on October 14th, 2005 @ 9:53 am

    Rent is awesome can’t see why anyone would have a problem with 10 bucks but hey it takes all kinds. As for the ac i’ve never had a problem until i got caught up in the music and danced like no one was watching but i thought that was the point the day of the stand and model crowd has long gone. The vibe is great the crowd is mixed from one continent to the next multiple languages can be heard as you make your way through the crowd. There aren’t many party nights like this and that

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