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Music in Houston is historically wrapped in blues and country, with legendary artists ranging from Townes Van Zandt to Guy Clark. In 2018, you can find pop, punk, singer-songwriter and rap music throughout Houston in a variety of different venues. Whether an old-fashioned venue or large warehouse-styled rooms, the options to see artists can vary widely. Here are the venues that set Houston apart as a music destination.
First opened in 1929, the Heights Theater was recently reopened in 2017 so no seat is 90 feet from the stage. Originally a single-screen theater, it later transitioned into a gallery before it was restored to the live concert venue it is today. You can also get married in this theater.
Opening in 1977, this two-story venue features a variety of different local and touring artists. It is also available for fundraisers, meetings, rallies and pretty much any need for a gathering. Called “the Fitz” by Houstonians, Fitzgerald’s has Houston‘s heartstrings as it remains a prime music spot to create lasting memories.
Located in Sunset Heights, Dan Electro’s is dog-friendly and even has a steak night, as well as a crawfish service and local beer. This spot is more of a dive bar with a large outdoor patio and a casual, friendly vibe.
A pub as well as a music venue, McGonigel’s Mucky Duck gets crowded quickly, so be sure to make a reservation beforehand. You can enjoy listening to your favorite local singer-songwriter while eating some fish and chips and drinking a Guinness, which truly can’t be beat.
With locations all over the country, the House of Blues is an American music venue staple. In Houston, the food (be sure to get some voodoo shrimp) and the music are distinctly Houstonian. Whether you’re looking for the famous Gospel Sunday Brunch or a night of quality jazz, the House of Blues never disappoints.
White Oak Musc Hall is more of a complex than a simple theater. Covering seven acres, it is made up of the Upstairs (smaller room), Downstairs (larger room) and the Lawn (outdoor amphitheater). It sees hundreds of shows every year and has artists coming for every listener.