Several major musicians had their starts here in the concert halls and night clubs of the Bayou City. Certain venues are better than others for checking out who will be the next major stars of the music scene. While the atmospheres and music types vary widely at these sites, they all share a love of great music and promoting upcoming talent. Whether you prefer hardcore punk or cool blues, this places have what you’re looking for.
2706 White Oak Blvd.
Houston, TX 77007
Fitzgerald’s in the Heights the quintessential music venue for Houston. Since opening in 1977, the stages at Fitzgerald’s have played host to upcoming, local talent as well as major musicians including the Ramones and REM, and singers such as Tina Turner and James Brown. Most of the music may be classified as independent rock. What sets this venue apart from others is that it allows all ages into every performance, even without a parent. Younger attendees are kept away from the bar because wristbands required to purchase alcohol are only given to those older than 21 upon entering.
1120 Naylor St.
Houston, TX 77002
Walters recently moved from its original location on Washington Avenue, but its new site still is the place to go if you want to see punk and metal bands perform in their early careers. Some of the bands that get their start here make it to larger venues with bigger audiences. The new Naylor Street location remedied the problems the old site had. If it has been a while since you went to Walters, ygive it a second shot.
2425 Norfolk St.
Houston, TX 77098
McGonigel’s Mucky Duck might have a funny name, but it is a great place to get up close and personal with the performers on stage. Many of those who entertain are singer/songwriters. A range of established favorites and new blood make this a great place to visit any night of the week. Open mic night on Tuesdays is a mixed bag in which you might see a stellar singer or band, or find a new favorite act. While enjoying the show, partake in some of the best food available at any of Houston’s music venues.
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2007 Grant St.
Houston, TX 77006
Anderson Fair plays host to singer/songwriters who favor folk sounds, as it has been doing since the 1970s. Visiting this venue feels for a moment like being in a school assembly, but the comfortable arrangement and proximity to the performers will remove that notion from your mind. If you visit, don’t forget an order of those killer nachos or another choice from its selection of wines, beers, sodas and movie-style snacks.
1031 E. 24th St.
Houston, TX 77009
Dan Electro’s Guitar Bar is a Sunset Heights blues institution that has dedicated itself to hosting smaller, unknown acts since it opened in 1988. If you want to engage in Houston’s oldest tradition of blues jam sessions, get over to Dan Electro’s on Thursday nights. Musicians who have performed at the blues jam include Billy Gibbons and Greg Allman. Actor Richard Gere even showed off this musical talents at a blues jam session at Dan Electro’s.
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