Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 8 Places to See a Local Act
Year after year after year, Houston nurtures and cultivates its music scene. It has grown into substantial force, arguably as powerful and diverse as it's ever been, with legitimate talent in just about every branch or genre.
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Accordingly, the city is flush with venues to see said talent, be it well manicured subsidiaries of corporate venues or locally owned iconic landmarks. Plenty of proper enjoyable places were left off the list due to the sheer number of quality venues the city now has. (That's one of those good problems to have, I'd guess.)
These are the best eight places to see local musicians in Houston.
8. Bronze Peacock Room (House of Blues): The House of Blues is a relative newbie, sure. And the House of Blues isn't exactly a homey venue, sure. But it's Bronze Peacock Room, a smaller offshoot of the main section of the venue, has played to countless local shows during its four-years-young life cycle. It is small and intimate and well put together, arguably the most traditionally attractive of any of the other places that landed on the list.
The Bronze Peacock Room
1204 Caroline, 888-402-5837, Web site
7. Dean's Credit Clothing (Dean's on Main): Considering that this spot is actually two separate locations (notsuoH's is located right next door; they're both part of the same compound), this one has a bit advantage. What's more important, though, is that this hangout, cool and trendy as cool and trendy have ever been, is pushed into importance by its eccentric owner, Jim Pirtle.
Few nightlife characters match Pirtle's quirkiness (he famously once draped his entire house in fabric), but fewer still match his enthusiasm for showcasing local musicians. Rock, rap and everything in between are all welcome.
316 Main, no phone, Facebook page
6. Warehouse Live: Multiple winner of the HPMA for Best Music Venue, Warehouse Live has grown into an unquestionably important part of Houston's music scene. And with the addition of its two smaller rooms, which offer smaller but still substantial capacities, which are ideal for local talent, it has rooted itself even further in. WL has played host to everything from murderously enjoyable producer battles such as the Space City Beat Battle to indie rock sets from Bang Bangz and Handsome Ransom to raptastic rap showcases from underground noisemakers Doughbeezy, Dante Higgins, KAB and more.
813 St. Emanuel, 713-225-5483, Web site
1204 Caroline, Houston, TX
316 Main, Houston, TX
813 St. Emanuel, Houston, TX
3718 Main, Houston, TX
1120 Naylor St., Houston, TX
2706 White Oak, Houston, TX
3801 Polk, Houston, TX