The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 5 Blues Clubs
3. DAN ELECTRO'S GUITAR BAR
Rock and alternative musicians, such as the upcoming Queen Caveat and JAyBoY HeNdriX, pack the house just as easily. (One tip: If you forget your beverage, try the Royal Clown beer. You won't regret it.) 1031 E. 24th St., 713-862-8707, Facebook page.
2. THE BIG EASY SOCIAL & PLEASURE CLUB
What a delightfully inaccurate and yet, equally perfect name for this place. Big? It's not the hugest place in the world, but there is a dance floor in the middle, perfect for Dancing With the Stars hopefuls. Easy? Certainly not on the eyes; if you're looking for an endorsement from the Houston Decorative Center in favor of this place's frou-frou interior, for the love of cheese, look elsewhere.
But for Social and Pleasure, this place is tops. The Big Easy boasts a weekly lineup of local favorites, including The James Reese Band on Tuesdays, Luther and the Healers on Thursdays and Alan Haynes the last Saturday of every month. Like Dan Electro's, musicians and non-musicians alike can hop onstage Wednesday nights for a go at a few minutes of local fame. The last Thursday of each month, the Houston Blues Society hosts a fete. And Sundays are reserved for the ear-squelching sounds of zydeco.
All in all, would the latter end of the club's name be an appropriate description? Absolutely. 5731 Kirby Dr., 713-523-9999, www.thebigeasyblues.com.