Top 10 Places To Catch Live Music In Houston
While Austin, Texas may be the live music Capitol, Houston doesn’t lag far behind. With many national acts calling Houston home, it’s no wonder that the city has a great music scene. Be it local or national bands, here are some of our favorite places to catch shows and enjoy music.
Fitzgerald’s, or Fitz, as it is commonly referred to, is one of the oldest live music venues in Houston. The venue hosts acts from across the whole music spectrum. While temporarily closed to undergo renovations and new management, Fitzgerald’s will be up and running next month with a facelift and some great shows to kick off their makeover. One of the coolest things about Fitz is there really is not a bad seat in the house; whether you’re front and center or in the upper balcony, you’re sure to have a good experience.
Once located off of Washington, Walter’s Downtown has taken residency in a new, bigger location downtown next to UH- Downtown. The venue typically hosts metal and punk bands, but has an eclectic mix of genres thrown in as well. Going to shows at Walter’s Downtown feels like being at an abandoned warehouse repurposed with live music. Walter’s open floor plan and back patio area make this place a great place to hear your favorite tunes.
The Continental Club
The Continental Club started in Austin and because of the venue’s success opened a location in Houston. Houston is lucky to have this gem and we’re glad they’re rockin’ more of Texas. Calling itself, ‘The granddaddy of all local music venues,’ The Continental Club draws in crowds to enjoy the music, décor and rockabilly vibe. If you’re in the mood to find a new band to get into, stop by. You’re in good hands.
Pub, Pub Grub
Rudyard’s is a cozy British pub tucked away in Montrose. Downstairs pub patrons can enjoy a pint or play darts, while upstairs is where the music takes place. Mostly showcasing local musicians, Rudyard’s also hosts a variety of events from literary readings to stand-up comedy. This is your one-stop-shop for all things cool.
Shoeshine Charlie’s Big Top Lounge is an old Houston bar connected to the Continental Club. Serving Houston’s finest with the top DJs and local bands, step out on the expansive patio and enjoy the Christmas lights and kitschy vintage furnishings. The place has cheap drinks and is a great place to support local music.
Back in the day, Warehouse Live used to be the only thing in EADO aside from the sport venues. Now, the neighborhood holds its own with great bars and places to eat. Warehouse Live is the glue that holds it all together. Hosting names such as Drake, Phantogram and a slew of others, Warehouse Live’s intimate setting sets itself apart from other venues. Not to mention EADO is the center for the upcoming Whatever Fest that takes place in November. Be sure to catch some great shows during the festival at Warehouse Live.
House of Blues
If you haven’t heard of House of Blues, it’s okay to come out from under your rock. With Houston being the nation’s fourth largest city, it’s no wonder a high profile venue like House of Blues occupies space in Downtown. What sets House of Blues apart from other venues is its full bar and restaurant, in addition to its intimate Bronze Peacock room that’s a little smaller than the main room where most of the bigger shows are held.
Discovery Green hosts many events aside from live music, but the stage and open-air acoustics make this a sweet spot to catch tunes. Not only will the Untapped Beer and Music Festival take place in this 11.78-acre lot, you can catch some other great shows during the week. The best part is, often times the shows are free. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs and get lost to the sound in the center of the city.
This one-of-a-kind place is home to many of Houston’s creatives. The Summit takes on a DIY vibe, hosting concerts, art, and other creative events for emerging locals. If you’ve ever wanted to start a band or are looking for a new place that’s different from the typical concert venue, head over to The Summit and take it all in.
CYNTHIA WOODS MITCHEL PAVILION
Cynthia Woods Mitchel Pavilion
While Cynthia Woods is a bit of a drive from the city, it’s still a great place to catch music. Many national acts tour though Cynthia Woods in The Woodlands. The amphitheater has ample lawn seating and the acoustics always sound great. Dave Matthew’s Band hosts shows every summer. If you’re a fan, mark your calendar and head out to The Woodlands.
By Morgan Cronin
Morgan Cronin has a BA in journalism from The University of Oklahoma. She enjoys collecting passport stamps and is always looking for a good latte. She has lived in Houston most her life. Follow her on Twitter @Kwik_satik.