For people shopping Houston property and those who have been living in Houston for years, the music scene is a great way to relax with a drink, dance your heart out, and experience amazing artists live. Whatever type of music you love, Houston has a venue for you. Find live local bands and beer brewed in the city or go for sophisticated cocktails and nationally known groups.
Cactus Music is part music store, part concert venue. There are both new and used CDs for sale, but the vinyl collection is where the shop really shines. Sort through the huge collection, find some old favorites or discover new ones, then give your choices a listen before buying and bringing them home. You can also attend free concerts at the shop most Saturdays. They serve free St. Arnold’s beer, too!
Everyone Living in Houston Can Find a Favorite Venue
For those who like real country music, Dosey Doe is the place to go. The music venue is located in a converted tobacco barn, which many musicians describe as the best venue they’ve ever played. The Big Barn, as it’s affectionately called, serves up not only incredible music but also a fantastic menu. The dinner menu changes depending on what’s in season and who is playing. They’re also open for breakfast on the weekends. Come in Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. On Sundays, catch the jazz brunch from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Fitzgerald’s is located on a Houston property originally built in 1918 as a Polish cultural center and dance hall. In 1977, Sarah Fitzgerald opened the venue, often called the Fitz, and hosted legendary groups including the Ramones and R.E.M. The two-story space now hosts both up and coming and established alt-rock groups. The venue can hold up to 1,000 guests. The Fitz will also work with individuals and groups to host all kinds of events, from birthday parties to cook-offs to fundraisers and much more.
White Oak Music Hall opened in 2016 and has quickly distinguished itself with a wide variety of musical and comedy acts. You can hear everyone from old school blues musicians to new bands just becoming known to nationally-known groups like the Flaming Lips and Social Distortion. There are actually three separate venues. Most weekends, the Lawn stage is where more well-known bands perform. Up to 3,000 fans can attend a concert here. The Music Hall is indoors and can hold up to 2,000 fans. It’s the venue for comics, classical music, and country. The Stage at White Oak Music Hall is an intimate venue with room for 200 attendees. It can be booked for private events, as well as hosting local bands. A rooftop pavilion gives VIPs great views and also hosts private events.
Rudyard’s in Montrose has been serving up British pub fare along with great live music since 1978. It also has an amazing list of microbrews, many brewed right in Houston. Rudyard’s calls itself the “living room of Montrose”, and it’s easy to feel relaxed in the venue. In addition to live music on Fridays and Saturdays, there’s Grown Up Story Time and Hot Jazz Sundays on Sunday. On Monday, come for stand up open mic night, while Tuesdays is karaoke night. Wednesday is for board games, and Thursday is the darts tourney.
This is just a short list to get you started on your musical journey through the venues in Houston. Take time to experience the incredibly diverse live music tradition in the city!