The events—a collaboration among the Houston Music Foundation, Houston Methodist Hospital System and the Heights Theater—will take place noon-4 p.m. on May 5 and June 2. The May 5 event will also include live music from Houston-based DJs DJ Sun and DJ Big Reeks.
In an April 28 press release, Bun B said the live music community was hit especially hard by the coronavirus pandemic, and the recovery of the industry hinges on being able to host in-person events again. The upcoming vaccine drives are open to musicians, music industry professionals, gig workers and venue staff as well as live music fans and audience members.
“Live music heals, the shot protects,” Bun B said in a statement. “We’re all tired of this pandemic, and the live music community needs to get back to safely contributing to society live and in-person. This is a pivotal moment, and if we want full capacity live music back—we all need to contribute.”
The Houston Music Foundation was founded in April 2020 by Houstonians Mark and Rachel Austin to help local musicians during the COVID-19 pandemic. The foundation has distributed more than $85,000 in grants to musicians and industry professionals to date, according to the April 28 press release. Those interested in supporting the group can donate through the related 501(c)3 nonprofit Artists For Artists.
The vaccine drives will take place at the Heights Theater, 339 W. 19th St., Houston. Appointments can be scheduled online through Houston Methodist with pages that cater to both English and Spanish speakers.