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The established Houston venue delivers racist response after Trakksounds’ attempts to book the venue.

Fitzgerald’s Live in Houston is easily making itself known as a racist, non-hip-hop inviting venue. Producer Trakksounds took to Twitter early Tuesday afternoon to display his frustration with the venue after attempting to book the venue for an album release show with Starlito & Don Trip.

“The boycotting for @FitzgeraldsLive starts now,” he wrote. This type of response is a disgrace. I will never step foot inside of this place again.”

The e-mail response from Fitzgerald’s Live doesn’t mince words or attempt to hide its blatant racism. “I’m gonna pass on this,” the email begins. “Not a big fan of the nigger, bitch, gonnafuckingshootyou” music or the fans that wear their pants under their ass with 18 inches of underwear showing, drink and smoke pot in the parking lot then scream “you racist bitch” when I ask that they take their lit joint outside. 300 fans that buy little, tip little and create big disharmony – no thanks.”

Two years ago, Pegstar, the name and brand behind over 2,500 shows at Fitzgerald’s Houston ceded operations over to Lauren Oakes, who was then the sound engineer. Oakes is no longer with the venue as all operations went back to Sara Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald, who founded the venue in 1977, currently serves as the head in charge.

Many have taken to social media to voice their displeasure with the email and comments. Those who have promoted shows at the venue in recent months already made it certain that they’ll never set foot inside the venue again.

“Boycott Fitz.”

The language presented in the email response is partially in line with how Fitzgerald’s has booked acts in the last year and change since Fitzgerald took over. In the last two months, only two rap acts – Kay Jay with Devin the Dude and #HTXIndieFest have played the venue. Before her leadership, numerous acts from Doughbeezy to Killa Kyleon, RiFF RaFF and others have performed at the venue.

Fitz responded to Trakksounds’ promise of a boycott with the following, “Boycott away. We do not host misogynistic music that worships rape culture and harbors hatred.”

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UPDATE (3:35 PM) Fitzgerald’s owner Sara Fitzgerald responded to the boycott claims in the Houston Press. Her initial complaints were regarding the Starlito & Don Trip song, “Brutus & Caesar”.

“I listened to the song, and every other word was the [lyrics] I put in quotes,” she says. “And I said to him something to the effect that I don’t want to do that type of music. You know, sometimes I don’t know what I’m getting. Sometimes I book a show and I’m not too sure what comes. We’ve had rap acts, and we had [comedian] Hannibal Burress this past weekend and he used the n-word, you know, in his comedy act.

“It seemed appropriate there,” says Fitzgerald, who resumed day-to-day operations of the venue about a year ago after leasing it out for several years, a period that was not without controversy itself. “But this gratuitous violence and one cuss word after an other just seems to be the hallmark of that music, but after a while it gets quite boring, and the people that like that are just hard to deal with, frankly.”

“Why is my reputation on the line? It was their lyrics,” she insists. “It was their lyrics. That’s what I’m scratching my head about.”

“I shouldn’t have said anything,” she says. “I don’t know. It’s something I’ve been scratching my head over for a long time, because I like to think that we’re open to all kinds of music, but I just…it’s embarrassing.”

“And maybe I’m just old [and] I’m not getting it,” she says. “But for them to say I don’t like black music…I mean, I’ve probably had more black music in Fitzgerald’s than any white club in town. I like music, and I like black music. I just don’t know how to deal with this type of music.”

This story has been updated to reflect that Fitzgerald, not Oakes is the current head at Fitzgerald’s.