Life + Arts

Look to Houston for diverse scene

One of the greatest things about Houston is our music selection. No matter the day, a concert can be found practically anywhere in the city.

Want to listen to some blues? Look no further than The Big Easy. Located on Kirby Drive in Rice Village, this small, non-descript club is known for only bringing the best in blues. The Big Easy is known for cheap cover and the most authentic blues music outside of New Orleans.

If blues isn’t your type, then check out Walter’s on Washington, located at 4215 Washington Ave. This venue typically showcases lesser-known and coming rock and alternative bands. Entry is all ages, so the crowd’s age range can vary extremely, depending on the band.

House of Blues., contrary to its name, features much more than the blues. Coming acts include Cradle of Filth, Katy Perry, Pitbull, Etta James and UB40.

HOB contains a restaurant and full bar within its walls and also hosts a gospel brunch every Sunday, serving traditional Southern food and performances by gospel choirs from around the region.

The Meridian is another local venue that hosts a wide variety of music, from the punk-metal Irish band The Flogging Molly’s to eclectic alternative They Might Be Giants. Located near the Toyota Center, this venue attracts top acts and good-sized crowds on a regular basis.

Warehouse Live, a venue situated on the Eastern edge of downtown, also brings in a diverse group of musicians as well. Set in a warehouse built in the 1920s, the site offers two venues: one that holds 300 for more intimate concerts and another that fits 1500 for larger shows.

The ever-popular Numbers is host to a variety of alternative acts and attracts an incredibly diverse, albeit mostly punk/goth crowd. Located at 300 Westheimer Street for more than 20 years, Numbers has featured performances by artists such as Nine Inch Nails, Cake, Bjork and 30-Foot Fall.

If jazz is an option, try Red Cat Jazz Cafe, located at 925′ Congress Street. This relaxed-atmosphere cafe plays only jazz and serves cajun and creole food in the restaurant portion of the establishment.

Regardless the day of the week, there is always something playing in Houston. The band may not be well-known and the crowd might be small, but for live music lovers, there’s always something worth listening to.

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