The 10 Best Music Venues Outside Loop 610
10. BFE ROCK CLUB
The 1960 area goes hard, thanks to this Jones Road bar that can pack more than 500 headbanging souls into its octagon to rock out with an intensity that inner-loop venues either can't handle or just don't want to. BFE books only the heaviest of the heavy Houston-area acts to go with national metal-leaning names like Straight Line Stitch, Surrender the Fall and Saving Abel -- and, it must be said, also promotes the odd oil-wrestling event from time to time.
11528 Jones Rd., 281-894-1811, bferockclub.com
9. GRAND 1894 OPERA HOUSE
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Though concerts make up a relatively small part of the Grand's schedule, it still has more than enough to land a spot here. Built during the second Grover Cleveland administration and deservedly listed in the National Registry of Historic Places, the Grand's luxurious Victorian-era décor and superior acoustics can elevate even an average performance to sublime, and the caliber of the bookings guards against many average performances. Simply put, the Grand is a spectacular place to see a show, adding a level of old-world sophistication almost impossible to find at any other Southeast Texas music venue.
2020 Postoffice, Galveston, 409-765-1894, thegrand.com
8. FIREHOUSE SALOON
This place almost doesn't count because it's literally a stone's throw from 610. But the Firehouse is still the Houston area's premier smaller venue for country music, and has been for a long time. Here you'll find all kinds of country singers warbling among the multitude of vintage beer signs, be they Western Swing revivalists, immortals like Rodney Crowell, Americana artistes and Red Dirt shitkickers who haven't quite graduated to the bigger dance halls.
5930 Southwest Fwy., 281-513-1995, firehousesaloon.com
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