Due to Damage from Hurricane Ike
The Woodlands Pavilion 2008 Season Ends Early
A structural engineering firm was hired to review and assess the damage, focusing on the stage house structure and seating area roof structure. The engineering report concluded that The Pavilion should not be used for public gatherings until the fabric roof system and its steel structure have been completely repaired. "Regretfully, we have determined that damage sustained during Hurricane Ike (9/13/2008) has caused us to cancel the remainder of our season," said Jerry MacDonald, president and CEO of The Pavilion. "Our facility is unsafe in its current condition to hold any type of public event due to the damage."
"We are very sorry, for both the music fans and the artists, that we are not able to present these events at The Pavilion this season," MacDonald said. "We are now looking ahead to 2009 and our 20th season. The Pavilion will be back bigger and better than ever."
"We are thankful to have had an incredible season prior to Hurricane Ike," MacDonald added.
The following events at The Pavilion have been cancelled, postponed, or relocated as a result of damage from Hurricane Ike:
Houston Symphony's "Music of Mozart," Sept. 19 - Cancelled
Santana, Sept. 20 - Cancelled
3 Doors Down, Sept. 21 - Cancelled/To be Rescheduled
Promoters of 3 Doors Down, previously scheduled for September 21, 2008 at The Pavilion, worked on rescheduling this show at another venue. The rescheduled show would have likely taken place in the Houston area in early 2009. An announcement was be made about the rescheduled event as soon as information was available. Refunds for the cancelled show began Monday, September 29. The refund policy below applied.
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss Sept. 26 Cancelled
Robert Plant and Alison Krauss Played A Benefit Show for Victims of Hurricane Ike. Robert Plant and Alison Krauss performed Friday, September 26, 2008 at the Zoo Amphitheater in Oklahoma City and all net proceeds from the event were be donated to the victims of Hurricane Ike through the Gulf Coast Ike Relief Fund. Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry and the city of Oklahoma City rallied behind this benefit to offset costs and provide additional assistance to Hurricane Ike victims.
The duo was set to perform at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion as part of their "Raising Sand" tour, but due to the damage to The Pavilion sustained by Hurricane Ike, they were forced to relocate the show to Oklahoma City when no other venue in the Houston area was available.
Statement Issued by the Artists
"To the great people of Houston and the Gulf Coast, please know that you are in our thoughts as you continue to recover from all you’ve been through."
Houston Ballet's "Classics on Pointe," October 2 - Cancelled
KSBJ's "The Music Builds Tour," October 3 - Cancelled/Relocated
KSBJ’s "The Music Builds Tour" featuring Third Day, Switchfoot, Jars of Clay and Robert Randolph & The Family Band, previously scheduled for Friday, October 3, 2008, at The Pavilion was cancelled and relocated to the Berry Center in Cypress, Texas. The event took place at 6:30 p.m. on October 3.
Brad Paisley, October 17 - Cancelled
Houston Symphony's "Hocus Pocus Pops," October 24 - Cancelled
Buzzfest XXII, October 26 - Cancelled
14th Annual Children's Festival, November 13-16 - Cancelled
Refunds for Cancelled Events
Refunds for cancelled events were automatically credited to the credit card of those who purchased tickets through www.ticketmaster.com or over the phone through Ticketmaster. For individuals who purchased tickets at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Ticket Office or Ticketmaster outlets, refunds had to be made in person at point of purchase.
Despite the cancellation of the last 10 events of the year, 2008 produced a record-breaking season for The Pavilion with 11 sold-out concerts (15,000+ attendees).
Sellout shows in 2008 included Jimmy Buffett April 21, Buzzfest XXI April 26, Kanye West May 2, Roger Waters May 4, Radiohead May 17, Journey, Heart and Cheap Trick July 26, John Mayer Aug. 2, Kid Rock and Lynyrd Skynyrd Aug. 9, Dave Matthews Band Aug. 15, Projekt Revolution Aug. 24 and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Aug. 29. The previous record for sold out shows in a single season at The Pavilion was 10 in 2004.