Texas live music venues opened before 1980 | Texas Music History Tour
The Texas Music History Tour includes this guide to Texas' older live music venues. Experiencing in present-day locations Texas' rich musical past is a joy unbounded.
For the 130 venues below, the TMO lists: contact information, year established, venue and historical website links, a brief description and any annual events held.
To suggest additional venues or to add to the information below, please email music[at]governor.state.tx.us.
For a list of all music venues in Texas, please see our section Live Music Venues
Some of the information found below is from the Handbook of Texas Music published August 2003 by the Texas State Historical Association.
The Texas Music Office would like to thank the Texas Historical Commission and Geronimo Treviño III, author of Dance Halls and Last Calls: A History of Texas Country Music for assistance in providing this information.
To view a slideshow of Central Texas dancehalls documented by the Austin American-Statesman, click here.
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Center of Taylor County
1700 Highway 36, Abilene, TX 79602
(325) 677-4376; Fax (325) 677-0709
The Coliseum of Taylor County's capacity is 8,000. Current rates are $2,500 per day or 10 percent of gross.
A tremendous amount of time, effort and a 7.9 million-dollar bond improvement package has brought our buildings and equestrian facilities up to date and beyond the expected standards. Designed to accommodate large crowds, our multi-purpose center is capable of handling any event no matter the size. The Coliseum of Taylor County's capacity is 8,000. Current rates are $2,500 per day or 10 percent of gross.
1100 North Sixth Street, Abilene, TX 79604
(325) 676-6211; (325) 676-6432; Fax (325) 676-6343
Abilene Civic Center can handle almost any kind of event you can imagine, from Broadway musicals to banquets and exhibits. Our versatility will astound you. Includes the ACC Auditorium (capacity 2,138); the ACC Foyer (9,000 square feet); the ACC Exhibit Hall (20,000 square feet) and the ACC Conference Center (14,000 square feet). Recent performances: Phantom, David Copperfield, Michael Martin Murphey, the West Texas Rehab. Center Telethon, Asleep at the Wheel, Laser Light Show, A Chorus Line, LeAnn Rimes, Ted Nugent, Blackhawk, Bill Engvall, Third Day, George Jones, Gary Morris, STOMP, and the Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra. House sound includes Soundcraft 24-channel soundboard with two monitor sends, seven Electro-Voice monitors, Renkus-Heinz, Electro-Voice and JBL speakers powered by QSC amplifiers. Lighting consists of ETC 192-channel lightboard and dimmer system with 108 available dimmers. Main stage is 60x45 feet. Stage wings are 45x45 feet. Dressing rooms are available backstage. Auditorium day rental is $700.
352 Cypress Street, Abilene, TX 79601
(325) 676-9620; Fax (325) 676-0642
The Paramount Theatre of Abilene is an historic 1930s movie palace which underwent major restoration in 1986. A Member of the League of Historic American Theatres. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The theatre is open every afternoon from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and you are invited to take a free self-guided tour. The building is occupied over 200 days a year, seeing an estimated 50,000 people.
2300 North Second Street, Abilene, TX 79603
We are first and foremost, a miniature golf course and family fun center, but we strongly feel that live music only enhances the recreational experience that our Park offers to the public. Play Faire Park's outdoor venue is nestled in a wonderful old neighborhood and it is very important to us to be a good and respectful neighbor. The purpose of the Park is to provide a space to escape and have fun...we know that music is a key component to this and that it can establish the tone and atmosphere. Because of this, we are selective in the types of shows that we host and promote.
3881 Vine Street, Abilene, TX 79602
(325) 698-2102; Fax (325) 673-1166
Ponderosa Ballroom features live country music on Friday and Saturday.
Civic Center and Coliseum
401 South Buchanan, Amarillo, TX 79105
(806) 378-4297; (806) 378-4246; Fax (806) 378-4234
Amarillo Civic Center & Coliseum has both a 2,434-seat and a 7,800-seat facility. Rates for Center are $600 versus 10 percent of gate admission with a $2,500 cap. Productions include: The Sound of Music, Cats, and Hello Dolly! The Amarillo Coliseum is a 7,800-seat facility. Rates are $1,000 versus 10 percent gate admission. Panhandle Tickets acts as the ticket supplier for the Amarillo Civic Center and the Canyon Event Center. The venues are often booked for conferences, musical performances, arts and crafts shows, graduations and proms. Please contact Dorothy Brown at (806) 378-4297 to have Panhandle Tickets supply tickets for your next event.
The Cattlemen's Club
3803 East Amarillo Blvd., Amarillo, TX 79107
The Cattlemen's Club is a historical location on old Route 66. We're open everyday, 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Monday-Saturday and 12 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Sundays. There is no cover.
The Golden Light Cafe and Cantina
2908 West Sixth Street, Amarillo, TX 79106
The Golden Light Cafe is the oldest restaurant in Amarillo and perhaps the oldest restaurant continuously operating in the same location anywhere on Old Route 66. Golden Light Cantina features live music every weekend as well. Open from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m., cover is usually $5. Top drawing acts include: Macon Grayson, Stoney LaRue, Mickey & the Motorcars, Bo Salling and the Brakes Are All Gone and Lonesome Goat.
327 South Commercial Street, Aransas Pass, TX 78336
Originally built as a movie theater in 1937, the Rialto Theater is now a Texas non-profit corporation fostering education in art, music, and live theater while preserving this historically significant building. A stage has replaced the movie screen and ninety-eight seats create an intimate performance opportunity of wonderful acoustics with the original brick walls exposed. Live music and stage plays are hosted throughout the year. An art gallery welcomes visitors where the original ticket and concession areas stood. Studio space is also available for rehearsal, workshops or other small classes.
Royal Theater Late Week Lazy Boy Supper Club 2
107 East Main P.O. Box 1070, Archer City, TX 76351
(940) 574-2489; (877) 729-7692; Fax (940) 574-2490
The Royal Theater is a national icon best known as "The Last Picture Show," and made famous by the Larry McMurtry novel and award-winning movie of the same name. The Royal Theater burned to the ground in 1965 and was faithfully restored in August 2000 through the support of The Archer Community Foundation.
Annual event: Events are held every third Saturday of each month except for June, July, and December.
Music Hall Johnnie High's Country Revue
224 North Center, Arlington, TX 76011
(817) 226-4400; (800) 540-5127; Fax (817) 460-3913
Live musical shows are a special part of Texas's heritage, and the Johnnie High Country Music Revue has been a part of that heritage since 1974. This fast-paced country music variety show consistently offers a dazzling lineup of veteran entertainers and shining new stars, as they present a "family style" concert every Saturday night.
of Texas at Arlington Texas Hall
701 West Nedderman, Arlington, TX 76019-0192
Texas Hall is a 76,000 square foot combination proscenium theatre and athletic special events center conveniently located between Dallas and Fort Worth with easy access from either IH-20 or IH-30. We have access to approximately 4 million potential ticket buyers in our primary market area. Seating capacity for the building is 2,709 for stage productions and 3,309 for athletic events. Texas Hall hosts an annual average of 200-300 events including concerts, lectures, theatre, dance competitions, and recitals. Our professional event and technical staffs are available to assist you. With a full production Meyer Sound Lab System, an Avolites QM-500 and an ETC Obession II lighting desk, we are capable of providing any technical support your show may need.
213 West Fifth Street, Austin, TX 78701-2910
(512) 402-1689; (512) 320-8424; Fax (512) 320-0579
Antone's has long been known as "Austin's Home of the Blues." The legends all have appeared here over the last 2 decades: Jimmy Reed, Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters, Fats Domino, and B.B. King. Now world renowned as the "Best Blues Club" anywhere, Antone's has attracted many people from around the globe.
3201 South Lamar Blvd., Austin, TX 78704
(512) 442-6189; (512) 444-5233; Fax (512) 416-6845
The Broken Spoke has hosted several videos and motion pictures including videos for Asleep at the Wheel and Chris Wall, the BBC documentary Texas Saturday Night, Honeysuckle Rose with Willie Nelson, and Wild Texas Wind featuring Dolly Parton. Over the past 37 years, we've been honored to have some of the greats of country music booked including Bob Wills and Ernest Tubb. Named "Best Honky Tonk in Texas" by Texas Highways in 1991. Our restaurant is open for lunch and supper, 10:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m. We also serve large parties up to 500 people for supper and dancing.
P.O. Box 7338, Austin, TX 78713
(512) 475-6515; Fax (512) 475-6599
Since 1970, the Cactus Cafe has featured the finest in local, national, and international folk and acoustic music acts. The Cactus Cafe is located in the Texas Union at the University of Texas at Austin.
1110 East 52nd Street, Austin, TX 78723
The Carousel Lounge is a quiet, dimly lit, bar with a Cheers-like atmosphere done in a circus motif. One of the filming locations for the 1993 Austin-based film Dazed and Confused. Open seven days with live music five nights a week.
P.O. Box 3843, Austin, TX 78764-3843
(512) 441-2444; (512) 441-0202; Fax (512) 443-5478
The Continental Club is now celebrating our 46th anniversary. The Club has been used extensively for nationally released music videos and movies. Texas music pioneers Tyler Dee "T.D." Bell and Alfred "Snuff" Johnson performed here regularly. Hours are 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Monday-Friday; 3 p.m.-2 a.m. Saturday; 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Sundays.
Annual event: Annual events include Elvis Night (January 8 and August 16), Buck Owens' Birthday (August 12), Hank Williams' Birthday (September 29), Wanda Jackson's birthday (October 20).
13422 Dessau Road, Austin, TX 78754-1844
(512) 469-0000; (512) 417-8203
The legend of Dessau Hall spans more then 130 years of Texas Music History. The original hall was built by German immigrants in 1876. It was an attractive 2 story building. After a fire, a second hall was soon constructed around 1940. This hall was well known for a huge tree that grew from the center of the dance floor and out though the roof. However, disaster struck this hall as well in 1967 when it also came to a fiery end taking the old tree with it. The third Dessau Dancehall was built in 1969 by Arkie Sawyer and Leona Kincl. This building stands today and still contains the original 3000 sq ft. wood dance floor, renowned as one of the largest in Central Texas.
1600 West Fifth Street, Austin, TX 78703
(512) 478-0336; (512) 478-3142; Fax (512) 478-1520
Donn's Depot is one of Austin's most unique nightspots. The club opened in 1972 and is housed in an old Missouri-Pacific train depot.
510 South Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78704
(512) 474-7091; (512) 441-5518; Fax (512) 474-7091
Ego's is a small eclectic bar that has hosted Grammy nominees and winners since 1978.
1701 Red River, Austin, TX 78701
(512) 471-7744; (512) 477-6060 tickets; Fax (512) 471-9652
The Frank C. Erwin Center at the University of Texas at Austin is a 17,800-seat facility with a 7,900-seat half capacity. The Erwin Center has traveling sound equipment and promotes all shows in-house. Box Office manager is Thom Ramirez. Additional memberships include the International Entertainment Buyers Association and Box Office Management International. The Box Office is open Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
and South Austin Neighborhood Bar
4700 South Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78745
(512) 851-9300; Fax (512) 851-9303
Hill's Cafe began in 1941 when Charles Goodnight - the inventor of the frontier Chuckwagon - and his family built a 20-seat coffee shop next to the Goodnight Motel on South Congress. It was opened with partner Sam "Posey" Hill, hence the name Hill's Cafe. The Goodnight's bought out Mr. Hill in 1957. After 54 years, Boomer Goodnight and the Goodnight family have passed the torch to Austin radio personality Bob Cole. Throughout the years, the cafe complex has grown to accommodate nearly 500 people. Hill's Cafe has survived flood and fire, and still continues to tell the story of one of the greatest traditions of Texas. Hill's Cafe features Texas singer-songwriters Wednesday-Saturday from 7 p.m.-10:30 p.m.
In The Wall
2538 Guadalupe, Austin, TX 78705-4520
The Hole in the Wall, an Austin music landmark for 30 years at the corner of Guadalupe and Dean Keaton, reopened in 2002 and continues the tradition of booking a wide variety of live music.
1133 East 11th Street, Austin, TX 78702
When G. "Sarge" Godwin was stationed at Bergstrom Air Force Base during his first tour of duty in Austin in the 1960s, he visited the many clubs lining both sides of East Eleventh Street. They included The Hot Shot, The Shamrock, The Brown Derby, Charlie's Playhouse, The Navasota Club, The Clock, Shorty's and The Victory Grill. He especially enjoyed spending time at a corner establishment, The Long Branch Inn, and playing pool there with other servicemen and some of the club's local clientele. After leaving the service in 1990, Godwin returned to the city with his wife, an Austin native. He decided to purchase the place as a way to enjoy his retirement years. The centerpiece of the club, a massive carved oak bar, is a reminder of the clubs long history, which is rumored to date back to days when its patrons would ride up to and tether their horses outside. Nowadays, the Long Branch is increasingly picking up where many of the other nightspots on East 11th have left off, by hosting live music by blues artists for a loyal following of local music lovers.
323 East Sixth Street, Austin, TX 78701
(512) 478-8541; (512) 478-8562; Fax (512) 478-0835
Maggie Mae's, located in the heart of downtown Austin on 6th street, has hosted live music off and on since 1977.
P.O. Box 1566, Austin, TX 78767-1566
(512) 472-2901; (512) 472-5470 box office; Fax (512) 472-5824
The Paramount Theatre, then called the Majestic Theatre, was designed by John Eberson of Chicago, who was one of the most respected theatre architects in the United States. Eberson built approximately 1,200 theatres during his career, but today the Paramount is one of less than 25 in existence across the country. It is described by today's architects as part Classical, Revival (1915) in style, and part Baroque-Revival (1930s glamorization). Listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Texas State Historical Marker number 76002072.
10931 Stonelake, Austin, TX 78759
Sam's Boat is a restaurant and bar featuring live music in the form of rock/pop bands at least five days a week.
1607 San Jacinto, Austin, TX 78701
August Scholz (1825-1891), a German immigrant and confederate veteran, built his public bar and cafe in 1866 over an old boarding house, the year following the end of the Civil War. Scholz Garten soon became a favorite meeting place for the German population in and around Austin for many of their social activities and German food. The Biergarten and other rooms were added as the need arose. Scholtz's currently presents live music including German bands on Thursdays and bluegrass on Sundays.
Inn and Bier Garten
1308 East Fourth Street, Austin, TX 78702
Built in 1871 The Scoot is the oldest continuously running beer joint in central Texas. In the olden days weary pioneers would roll their wagons into the Scoot "drive in" for a jug of beer, rations and perhaps some ice when available. Now we have plenty of ice, a great juke box, pool table and plenty of rock and roll several nights a week!
Shores Waterfront Cafe
2905 Pearce Road, Austin, TX 78730
(512) 342-0015; Fax (512) 342-2224
Since 1954, this laidback landmark has been providing quantities of dockside cafe food and live music on the waterfront stage. Ski Shores looks like a classic wharfside diner from the Flipper era. Easily approached by boat, you can also get there from City Park Road.
719 Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78701-3216
(512) 472-5143; (512) 472-5470; Fax (512) 472-7199
The State Theatre is a vintage movie house designed by Austin architect Sinclair Black. Its house interior was recently renovated into an inviting, open, 320-seat space offering patrons optimum visibility and comfort. The renovation also included the construction of a new lobby, backstage work areas, dressing rooms, and a rehearsal hall. In 2000, the State Theatre Company merged with its next-door neighbor, The Paramount Theatre for the Performing Arts, to form the Austin Theatre Alliance (ATA). An endeavor that began with two distinct operational and business models has combined the best of both to become one of Austin's most uniquely productive performing arts resources - a thriving organization that both presents and produces a broad range of drama, comedy, music, dance and spoken-word events of the highest caliber, in downtown Austin's most commanding venues.
6416 North Lamar Blvd., Austin, TX 78752
(512) 451-5440; Fax (512) 451-3256
Threadgill's is the birthplace of the contemporary Austin music reputation. Threadgill's is now an award-winning restaurant. Janis Joplin first performed regularly in public here at Threadgill's at the behest of yodeler Kenneth Threadgill. Texas music pioneer Mance Lipscomb also performed at Threadgill's.
1104 East 11th Street
Austin, TX 78702
The Victory Grill was established in 1945 at the end of World War II. It was named "Victory" because of the victory over Japan. The Victory Grill encompasses an American story because it was begun during a time when African Americans lived within Jim Crow southern segregation; they could not go to places where other soldiers would go to celebrate. Johnny Holmes named it "Victory" so the African American soldiers would have a place to celebrate. Currently Ms. Eva Lindsey is the preservationist and manager of the Historic Victory Grill, Austin's oldest existing blues club. The Victory Grill is recognized as an "original chitlin circuit" juke joint listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, archived by the Texas Historic Commission, and donned as a Texas Treasure by the statewide organization Preservation Texas. During the Victory Grill's heyday, it hosted nationally and internationally renown musicians such as Ike & Tina Turner, Bobby Blue Bland, Freddie King, Albert King, Etta James, Kenny Dorham, Gilbert Askey, Teddy Wilson, Martin Banks, Gatemouth Brown, Big Joe Williams, and Big Mama Thornton to name a few. Johnny Holmes also promoted B.B. King, Lena Horne, James Brown, Chuck Berry and others. Artists like Billy Holiday and Janis Joplin made the grill a regular stop when in the city, as it was a gathering place for musicians from all walks of life. For students from Huston-Tillotson College and The University of Texas the Victory Grill was the place to meet, greet and perform. It was the hot spot! Although currently under restoration, this historic venue is open for scheduled events, tours and educational opportunities. For location and information, log on to www.historicvictorygrill.com or contact Eva Lindsey, Manager at (512) 391-0174.
600 North Lamar, Suite G, Austin, TX 78703
(512) 472-5400; (512) 444-3286
Waterloo Ice House offers live music of many differnt genres every Thursday (starting between 6-8 p.m.) Friday & Saturday night (starting at 10 pm). We have our own in-house PA system, a dance floor, and cover price depends on the band. We have hosted such acts as Tony Price, Schrodinger's Cat, Reckless Kelly, Uncle Walt's Band and many others.
Arkey Blue's Silver Dollar Bar
P.O. Box 491, Bandera, TX 78003
Arkey Blue's is located at 308 Main Street -- in the center of "The Cowboy Capital of Texas." Ernest Tubb once brought his Texas Troubadours to Arkey's for some great country music.
Civic Center Complex
701 Main Street, Beaumont, TX 77701
(800) 782-3081 ext. 204
Beaumont Civic Center Complex includes: Civic Center (30,000 square feet, 6,500 permanent seats); Julie Rogers Performing Arts Hall (1,700 permanent seats); Rodeo Arena (32,000 square feet, 4,200 permanent seats); and five meeting rooms (500 seats total). Also available is an in-house catering system capable of serving up to 2,500. Each of the facilities is equipped with basic sound and lighting. Concert quality sound is available through M.S.C. Systems, a local sound company operated by Brad Daigle (409/866-8845). Rental options include $1,000 or 10% of Gross Sales for the Civic Center and Rodeo Arena, and $600 or 10% of Gross Sales for the Julie Rogers Hall. Active Texas promoters include Pace Concerts and Stardate. Ticket sales are handled by an in-house service. Recent performances: Tracy Byrd, Collin Raye, Jars of Clay, Jeff Foxworthy, Def Leppard, Ray Boltz and Bill Engral.
County Exposition Center
214 South FM 351, Beeville, TX 78102
The Bee County Exposition Center is the oldest and largest entertainment center in Bee County. The facility was built 35 years ago for the community to enjoy. We have two covered arenas, an auditorium with a large wooden dance floor, a covered open-air pavilion, horse stalls, and RV hookups. Some of the varied types of activities being offered on a weekly basis include the annual Bee County Junior Livestock and Homemakers Show, Western Week Celebration, Diez y Seis Septiembre Celebration, Texas Independence Day Celebration, July 4th Celebration. We have ropings, rodeos, weddings, quincenera, family reunions, company meetings, group dances, concerts, health fairs, job fairs, Trade Days, as well as many other events.
Howard College, 1001 Birdwell Lane, Big Spring, TX 79720
Named for a great friend and benefactor to Howard College, the Dorothy Garrett Coliseum is one of the finest educational and cultural assets to Howard County. The building has become a source for entertainment and athletic events, appealing to virtually every sense of leisure activity. The Dorothy Garrett Coliseum -- a 90,000 square foot facility -- is more than a "coliseum." It is a multifaceted structure comprised of three major elements under one roof that includes a 17,000 square foot arena, meeting room / exhibit area and athletic complex. For events such as concerts, an additional 1,500 portable seats can be placed on the arena floor. An important part of the arena is the professionally designed sound system, complete with a 16 channel mixing board and 36 massive speakers for the best in sound reproduction.
1066 East Ranch Road 473, Blanco, TX 78606
(830) 833-4902; (210) 863-1100; Fax (830) 833-5026
Over 100-years old, Kendalia Halle still echoes from legends such as Floyd Tillman. An old Oak tree out back was bent by Indians to mark a trail years before the Hall was built. On March 28, 1997, "Live from Kendalia Halle" was recorded here by the Geronimo Trevino Band. The Halle was renovated in late 2004. This beautiful Hall has a 2,000 square foot hardwood dance floor which has seen plenty of boot scootin' over the years.
2198 Cottonwood Road, Blanco, TX 78606
Twin Sisters' old Halls echo with the great melodies of "Pappy" Selph, Cliff Bruner, Adolph Hofner, and Caesare Masse. All of them still active after over 60 years and playing better than ever! Pack up the entire family, take the scenic drive out to this historic old Hall, and discover what generations of musicians like ex-Tex Ritter's bandmate Slim Roberts are singing about.
Annual event: Special dances every Christmas and New Years besides the monthly dances which always draw a good crowd.
18424 Second Street, Bracken, TX 78266
The Hanging Tree Saloon features live country and western music three nights a week. One of the friendliest places in Texas, and with Big John here, the safest, is only 14 miles Northeast of the Alamo. This is home base for Geronimo Treviño III and the Geronimo Band, who play here the first weekend of every month, always to enthusiastic dancin' couples. The crowd is made up of everyone from local cowboys to fans from the Retama Downs horse racing track, and everyone is welcome for cold beer and great Texas music.
4100 Highway 105, Brenham, TX 77833
(979) 836-4836; (979) 836-3536
Silver Wing Ballroom is a dance hall and skating rink featuring live country music.
Elk's Lodge #1032
P.O. Box 3325 , Brownsville, TX 78523-3325
(956) 542-3545; Fax (956) 542-0864
The Elk's Lodge hosts country music and never has a cover.
Brown Memorial Center
600 International Boulevard, Brownsville, TX 78520
(956) 882-7945; (956) 882-7941
The Fort Brown Memorial Center (formerly the Jacob Brown Civic Center) is located just one block from the U.S./Mexico border offering a bicultural setting for events. The center is host to conventions, private functions, fine arts performances and concerts. Recent bookings include the Bellas Artes Ballet, Brownsville Art League Arts and Craft Show, and the 1998 Border Governor's Conference. With a capacity of 1,500, the center features a large auditorium including a full-sized stage and several break-out rooms for smaller meetings. Please call (956) 982-1820 for questions regarding rental fees.
500 East Baker, Brownwood, TX 76804
(325) 646-3586; (325) 646-3587
The Brownwood Coliseum includes a 12,587 square-foot coliseum that seats 4,000. This city-owned coliseum is available for $600 per day plus 15 percent commission on all concession sales. Security is required but not included in cost and can be provided by the Brownwood police. The promotion is done by Texas Promoters and various others. A full in-house eight-channel Bi-Amp sound system and 48-channel Strand lighting system are available. The coliseum has a wide variety of events from concerts, dances, banquets, basketball, volleyball, and circuses.
Hall of Fame
P.O. Box 4005, Bryan, TX 77801
(979) 822-2222; Fax (979) 775-4189
Texas Hall of Fame hosts the best acts in country and rock since 1979.
Artists Repertory Company Old Church Theatre
501 West Main, Clarksville, TX 75426
Built in 1920 as an Episcopal Church, the Old Church Theatre was renovated as a theatre and buffet.
Baker Street Pub
2416 Bay Area Blvd., Suite D, Clear Lake, TX 77058
(281) 461-4702; Fax (281) 461-0009
Sherlock's Baker Street Pub began in 1977 as a neighborhood bar in Houston booking occasional local bands. Since then Sherlock's has become a chain of live music venues across Houston and Texas.
A&M University The Rudder Theatre Complex
TAMU 1232, College Station, TX 77843
(979) 845-8903; (979) 862-7330; Fax (979) 845-7312
The Rudder Theatre Complex first opened in 1974, consists of the Auditorium, the Theatre, the Forum and an exhibit hall.
Colorado City Opera House
337 Walnut Street, Colorado City, TX 79512
(325) 728-8400; (325) 737-2163
The Colorado City Opera House is a live music and theater venue which was established in 1899 in Colorado City, Texas. The facility of the Colorado City Opera House was built by the Colorado Opera House Company in 1899, and was the second opera house in Colorado, Texas (now Colorado City, Texas), then cultural center of West Texas. The facility staged light opera, vaudeville, and silent movies (after 1911); it also hosted school programs. The building was converted to a boarding house during the great depression and World War II eras. After falling into disrepair the Opera House was returned to its original use in 1971 after extensive renovations. The Opera House has continuously hosted live music and dramatic play performances since that time, and has featured such notable acts as Hank Thompson among others. In 2009 nearly $75,000.00 was raised by our non-profit organization and spent on historic renovations and facility improvements. Regular performances range from country, jazz and classical piano to dramatic plays. We are also the official home of the C-City Opry and soon to be the home of the Texas Steel Guitar Association.
P.O. Box 817, Columbus, TX 78934
(979) 732-5135; (877) 444-7339; Fax (979) 732-5881
The Stafford Opera House, built in 1886, is the largest flat floored opera house remaining in Texas. Located at 435 Spring Street. Opening performance, "As in a Looking Glass," starred famous Lillian Russell. Magician Houdini also played here, as did other prominent entertainers.
State Park Pavilion
HCR 70, Box 599, Concan, TX 78838
Garner State Park is 1419.8 acres (10 water acres of the Frio River) of recreational facilities in northern Uvalde County. Hundreds of thousands of visitors flock here each year to enjoy its matchless vacation facilities. They swim in the clear waters of the Frio River, scoot its rapids on inner tubes, rent pedal boats, and hike its fascinating nature trails. On long summer evenings, young folks (and the young at heart) meet at the concession building for jukebox dancing every night during the summer season. The park is located in Uvalde County, 31 miles north of the town of Uvalde, 9 miles south of Leakey, or 8 miles north of Concan on the Frio River. From US Highway 83, turn east on FM 1050 for .2 miles to Park Road 29 to the new entrance. Meals and snacks are served in the concession building, though many families prefer to take advantage of the many camping sites and do their own cooking. A limited number of cabins are available for rent. The park offers camping, hiking, nature study, picnicking, canoeing, fishing, swimming in the Frio River (unsupervised), seasonal miniature golf, and paddle boat rentals (mid-March through Labor Day weekend), bike riding (surfaced).
Lodges & Cafe
P. O. Box 165, Concan, TX 78838
Neal's Cafe casual country dining room, built in 1926, offers live country music.
Star Country Club
1849 Belt Line Road, Coppell, TX 75019
(972) 462-1234; Fax (972) 462-7629
Lone Star is the oldest roadhouse bar in north Texas. Due to the character of the building, many movies, TV commercials, and several segments of "Dallas" have been filmed at the Lone Star.
5601 Kostoryz, Corpus Christi, TX 78415-2419
The Moravian Club of Nueces County was conceived and established in 1923 with a goal of building and maintaining a social meeting venue for the then blossoming community of Czech immigrants that were settling in the farm lands southwest of Corpus Christi called the Bohemian Colony Lands. The first Moravian Hall provided a facility for the local Czech community to hold dances, wedding and funeral receptions, and fraternal organization meetings such as KJT, KJZT, RVOS, and other events. The current facility, located at 5601 Kostoryz Road, is the third structure to bear the name Moravian Hall, and continues to provide the entire Corpus Christi area with the services for which it was originally created. The Moravian Club shareholders still meet once a year in February to elect officers and to celebrate the ongoing tradition with a meal and dance.
Coupland Inn and Dance Hall 2
P.O. Box 5, Coupland, TX 78615
(512) 856-2226; Fax (512) 856-2619
Coupland Dance Hall, located at 101 Hoxie in the heart of Coupland, will take you back to the 1800's with its decor of antiques, a hardwood dance floor, and an antique bar dating back from 1886. Movies filmed at Coupland Dance Hall include A Perfect World, Cadillac Ranch, Lonesome Dove, Homefries, and Varsity Blues. Features live country music on Friday, 8 p.m.-12:30 a.m. and Saturday, 8 p.m.-1:30 a.m.
Annual event: On the Saturday before Christmas, we host the annual Cowboy Christmas Ball and featuring live music, period costumes, and fun for the whole family.
Street Cafe & Store 2
215 South Third Street, Crockett, TX 75835
(936) 636-7165; (936) 544-8656 cafe
Camp Street Cafe's present building dates back to 1931. Lightnin' Hopkins, Frankie Lee Sims, and Frank Robinson played here in the 1930s and 1940s when it was known as. The Starlight Barber Shop and Pool Hall. Current shows include Frank Robinson playing Texas Blues and telling the audience about the early days on Camp Street. Shows begin at 7:30 weeknights, 8:00 weekends.
Hall Dancehall & Saloon
P.O. Box 958, Cypress, TX 77410
(713) 664-7450; Fax (713) 664-9678
Tin Hall Dancehall and Saloon, located at 14800 Huffmeister Road. Tin Hall is the oldest honky tonk in Harris County. Established in 1890, Tin Hall is owned by Fred Stockton, great grandson of one of the founding families. The facility has been updated and renovated - giving it the look and feel of the glory of the Old West. We feature one of the largest dance floors in Texas - 4,300 square feet!
2624 Commerce Street, Dallas, TX 75226
Jack Ingram recorded Live at Adair's, Don Henley filmed parts of End of the Innocence and Pat Green filmed part of his Carry On video at Adair's. Several movies and commercials have been filmed here as well. Also we are famous for our classic country jukebox. Open 10 a.m.-2 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 12 p.m.-2 a.m. on Sunday.
901 Fort Worth Avenue, Dallas, TX 75208
The Bar Belmont Neighborhood Lounge is the perfect place to rejuvenate with friends, associates and neighbors after a long day. Sip an icy martini while hanging out in the lobby lounge or sit out on the terrace and watch the sunset reflected in the shimmering towers of the skyline. Live music featured every Thursday night.
Black Forest Theater
1920 Martin Luther King Blvd, Dallas, TX 75215-2807
(214) 421-0677; (877) 88-APPLE; Fax (214) 421-1448
Built in 1948, the Black Forest theater drew people from all over the Dallas/Fort Worth area to watch movies on its massive screen and attend the elegant soirees held there. The Black Forest took on many facades, changing with every generation. Unfortunately, in the late 1990's, the lights dimmed, and the doors were closed to the Dallas/Fort Worth community. On February 22, 2003, Dallas's own Erykah Badu concluded her Frustrated Artist tour by reopening the theater for one special night. The sold out show breathed new life into the forgotten space, and, since, Ms. Badu has reopened the doors and is collaborating to schedule events which will uplift, refocus, and re-energize the entire community.
4930 Military Parkway, Dallas, TX 75227
(214) 275-8577; (214) 381-6412
The Czech Club has a 3,800 square foot wooden dance floor and is managed by a volunteer organization. Live music is available on Saturdays.
Convention Center Arena
650 South Griffin Street, Dallas, TX 75202
The Dallas Convention Center's capacity is more than 25,000. Venues available at DCC include Naomi Bruton Main Stage (capacity 1,750) and the Clarence Muse Cafe Theatre (capacity 225). In-house sound system is ADC and Sony. Mostly trade shows and conventions are scheduled. Arena's capacity is 9,816; theater is 1,770. DCC is expanding from 1.8 million square feet to more than 2 million which makes it the seventh largest convention center in the US. The addition will add two exhibit halls and a heliport. Previous shows include the Greater Southwest Guitar Show, and Junior Black Academy of Arts and Letters.
Park Coliseum Cotton Bowl Stadium
1438 Coliseum Drive, Dallas, TX 75210
(214) 670-8400; (214) 939-2222
Fair Park is a 277-acre National Historic Landmark comprising the largest collection of cultural facilities in Dallas and the largest collection of 1930s Art Deco-style exposition architecture in the United States. More than 100 annual special events and cultural festivies are featured. Fair Park includes eight museums, the State Fair of Texas, and a midway. Its three indoor performances halls include Grand Place (2,000 seats), Music Hall at Fair Park (3,400 seats), and Fair Park Coliseum (7,200 seats). Fair Park's three outdoor performance arenas include the Band Shell (4,000 seats), Coca-Cola Starplex Amphitheatre (20,000 seats), and Cotton Bowl Stadium (72,000 seats).
3524 Greenville Avenue, Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 824-9933; (214) 824-3186; Fax (214) 370-0219
The Granada Theater opened in 1943 as a movie theater. It has recently been renovated and restored to its original scheme. Our new features include an impressive stage flanked by two huge movable screens with one giant retractable screen on stage, a kitchen with a healthy menu, three well-stocked bars, roomy backstage including dressing rooms with a full bath and a 1,000 person capacity with various seating configurations-all while retaining our original art deco flair. Hours of operation are 7p.m.-2 a.m. and we feature live music wednsday - friday. Live music by national and local artists 3-5 days a week. Past acts include Bob Dylan, Wilco, Social Distortion, Blue October, and Erik Wylde.
in the Wall
11654 Harry Hines, Dallas, TX 75229
(972) 247-4862; (972) 247-2253
The Hole in the Wall is located in the Northwest corner of Dallas at the corner of Harry Hines and Forest Ln. The Hole is open 6 days a week(closed on Sunday)with live music Wed through Sat. We feature live blues with no cover except on special events. We are a Texas Road House who features the Kerri Lepai Blues Jam every Wednesday. Thursdays feature Jackie Don Loe and on the weekends the Bands are changed daily. Bands that have played the Hole include Hash Brown, Rosco Turner, Blue Lisa, Kenny Traylor, Cold Blue Steel, Mike Morgan, John O'danals Mitch Palmer,Texas Slim, Paul Byrd, Jim Suhler, Mike Johnson and many more.
1825 Abrams Parkway, Dallas, TX 75214
(214) 821-7469; Fax (214) 821-0935
The Lakewood Theater is one of North Texas' most unique and exciting entertainment & event venues. This restored 1938 Art Deco Movie Palace in East Dallas is home to a world of movies, concerts, plays, corporate and private special events, film and music festivals and premieres, community gatherings, and more.
DSM Management Group 1925 Elm Street, Suite 300, Dallas, TX 75201-2516
(214) 880-0137; Fax (214) 880-0097
The Majestic Theatre was originally a vaudeville and movie house. Remodeled in 1983, Majestic is truly a unique concert venue combining necessary technology with uncommon style. Jeff Foxworthy, Elayne Boosier, Pauly Shore, Jaime Foxx and Harry Connick, Jr. have taped concert specials for ShowTime, HBO and PBS.
Hall at Fair Park 2
DSM Management Group P.O. Box 150188, Dallas, TX 75315-0188
(214) 565-1116 ext. 154; Fax (214) 565-0071
The expansive and refurbished 3,420 seat Music Hall is located in the resplendent 277-acre national historic landmark of Fair Park, the Music Hall finds itself situated amongst the largest concentration of cultural facilities in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex...with the convenience of being two miles from downtown Dallas and having abundant, contiguous parking.
1313 South Lamar, Dallas, TX 75215-1001
(214) 565-1295; Fax (214) 328-6334
Poor David's Pub is the longest surviving live music club in Texas. Great acoustic room featuring folk, blues, country, Cajun, and rock. Poor David's is the birthplace of the Dixie Chicks.
of Hermann Hall 2
P.O. Box 710277, Dallas, TX 75371-2077
(214) 747-4422; (214) 346-8978; Fax (214) 747-4422
Located between Deep Ellum and Fair Park, The Sons of Hermann Hall evokes a bygone era of Texas Dancehalls and Saturday night socials. Sons of Hermann Hall is open Wednesday-Saturday. The upstairs ballroom features a 500 square-foot hardwood dance floor, stage, bar and seating for up to 275 people.
746 South Main, Del Rio, TX 78840
(830) 774-3277; Fax (830) 774-8749
The Paul Poag Theatre is a 1930s movie house converted to a performing arts facility.
of North Texas Coliseum
P.O. Box 310857, Denton, TX 76203
(940) 565-2557; (940) 565-2020
The University of North Texas has three venues for performances: the Lyceum (capacity 500; contact the University Union at 940-565-2611), the Auditorium (capacity 1,531), and the Coliseum (capacity 9,914). You can contact the Coliseum at (940) 565-2557. In addition to student band and orchestra performances housed in the Auditorium, the Coliseum has hosted events in the past such as concerts from Harry Connick, Jr. and the Pops Symphony series. Steve Selby is director and facility manager for the Coliseum and the Auditorium.
Paso Convention and Performing Arts Center Abraham Chavez Theater
Plaza Theatre Performing Arts Centre
1 Civic Center Plaza, El Paso, TX 79901
(915) 534-0654; (800) 351-6024
The El Paso Convention and Performing Arts Centers is a full service facility with two proscenium theatres and a convention space which can be utilized for meetings and/or concerts. The Abraham Chavez Theatre is a 2500 seat venue with three levels of continental seating. Our newest theatre, The Plaza Theatre Performing Arts Centre, is a fully renovated 1930 atmospheric theatre with state of the art sound and lighting. Both venues have pre-function space as well as additional space located in the Judson F. Williams Convention Center. Previous musical acts in both theatres include Willie Nelson, Tony Bennett, Michael Buble, Alice Cooper, and Aly and Aj. Theatrical shows include Cats, David Copperfield, Riverdance, and Forever Tango. Please call for more information, or visit our websites: www.elpasoconventioncenter.com or www.theplazatheatre.org.
Paso County Coliseum
4100 East Paisano Drive, El Paso, TX 79905-4324
El Paso County Coliseum seating capacity is 5,628 permanent; 7,500 festival. Concerts include AC/DC, Scorpions, Randy Travis. Rental rates are $1,000 per day or eight percent of the gate.
P.O. Box 387, Elm Mott, TX 76640
Geneva Hall features live Polka music on Saturday nights.
P.O. Box 141, Fischer, TX 78623
Fischer Dancehall is located off FM Road 484 from Highway 32 on Fischer Store Road. The Hall is still operated by descendants of the original family who built it. The town continues German pioneer pastimes with a handset nine-pin bowling alley. Several scenes from Willie Nelson's movie "Honeysuckle Rose" were filmed on location here. Texas music pioneer Adolph Hofner played here many times.
County Coliseum and Civic Center
P.O. Box 1624, Fort Stockton, TX 79735
The Pecos County Coliseum and Civic Center seats 2,000. Rental fee is $280 per day, and includes meeting rooms, concession area, grand stand, and the arena. The civic center includes two meeting rooms (capacity: 100), kitchen, and concession stands, and rents for $330 per day. Both facilities are equipped with in-house lighting and sound. Recent concerts include George Strait, Gene Watson, David Houston, Selena, Johnny Rodriguez, and Shelly Lares. Security is available.
121 East Exchange Avenue, Fort Worth, TX 76106-8211
Cowtown Coliseum (dba Cross D Productions) hosts a rodeo every Friday and Saturday night. It is only infrequently used as a concert venue. Capacity is 2,500. The Cowtown Coliseum is home of the world's first indoor rodeo. Located in the historic Fort Worth stockyards, the facility includes: Indoor Rodeo Arena (16,000 square feet; 2,800 permanent seats; concert seating, 4,000) and the Outdoor Arena (4,000 square feet; 500 seats). Rental fees are $1,750 for the rodeo arena and $750 for the outdoor area. Security is required and available through the Fort Worth Police Department. Texas promoters include Billy Bob's and Gary Osier Presents. The Rodeo Arena includes a large cluster PA with television-quality lighting. The Coliseum also has full catering for events as large as private rodeos. Annual music events include the Chisholm Trail Roundup, Pioneer Days, and Red Steagall Cowboy Gathering.
Worth Convention Center
1201 Houston Street, Fort Worth, TX 76102
(817) 392-2537; Fax (817) 392-2756
Fort Worth Convention Center facilities include a 14,000-seat Arena. Rates for Arena are $2,400 per day. Recent productions include: Cats, Les Miserables, Amy Grant, Garth Brooks, Metallica, Leann Rimes, Clay Walker, and The Beastie Boys.
915 Currie Street, Fort Worth, TX 76107-2911
Fred's Texas Cafe features live music on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Fred's weekly schedule is Monday Nights: Westerns on the Patio Big Screen, Wednesday Nights: Pizza Night, Thursday Nights: Music in the Fort (our Heated Patio), Friday Nights: Mouth Watering Specials and Jazz in the Fort, Saturday Nights: Chuck Wagon Cook-Outs and Music in the Fort. Open Monday through Saturday 6:30 a.m. - 12:00 midnight.
Rogers Memorial Center
3401 West Lancaster, Fort Worth, TX 76107
(817) 392-7469; (817) 392-5989; Fax (817) 392-8170
Will Rogers Memorial Center has a 6,000-seat coliseum, a newly-remodeled 2,856-seat theater, and an 18,000 square foot ballroom.
Marine Theater Latin Arts Association
1440 North Main Street, Fort Worth, TX 76106
(817) 624-8333; Fax (817) 624-8258
The Rose Marine Theater, the home of LAA, is one of Fort Worths newest, but yet oldest, performance venues. The theater opened as a movie house in the 1920s and has operated under three names: the Rose, the Roseland, and the Marine Theater. The theater is listed on the National Register of Historic places and is part of the Marine Commercial Historic District. In October, 2000, the theater was fully restored by the City of Fort Worth, and now stands in the heart of North Fort Worth as an ideal venue for live theater, dance, music, and other performing arts. It is also a community resource that serves as a convening place for community forums, public meetings, and group meetings. Today, the Rose Marine Theater has a seating capacity of 254 seats and provides an intimate setting with excellent acoustics for any type of performance.
SPJST Lodge 92 National
3316 Roberts Cutoff Road, Fort Worth, TX 76114
SPJST Lodge 92 (Slavonic Benevolent Order of Texas) was chartered in Fort Worth in 1910 by immigrants from what is now the Czech Republic. Our facility is known as National Hall. Ballroom music is featured every Friday night and New Year's Eve. Polka and county western music is featured on some Saturday nights and on Sunday afternoon.
106 East Exchange, Fort Worth, TX 76106
(817) 624-9712; (817) 624-8273; Fax (817) 625-9663
Although the White Elephant Saloon is more than 25 years old, it still serves as host to the best "Texas Music" acts on a nightly basis. Located in the historic Fort Worth Stockyards, the White Elephant is full of history and is making more everyday by booking up and coming artists onstage nightly.
412 Luckenbach Town Loop, Fredericksburg, TX 78624
(830) 997-3224; (888) 311-8990; Fax (830) 997-1024
Luckenbach is an out of the way hill country hamlet preserving a rich piece of Texas history representing the periods of the 1880s, 1920s, and 1940s and providing entertainment, food, beer and wine while promoting Central Texas music, history, folklore and humor. Dances are held monthly. Call for schedule. Luckenbach is located 10 miles southeast of popular Fredericksburg, Texas, approximately one hour from Austin/San Antonio. We are located five miles south of Highway 290 off FM 1376 at the South Grape Creek Bridge.
Annual event: Annual events include the Ladies State Chili Bust with Gary P. Nunn (first Saturday in October), the HUG-IN (Valentine's weekend), Texas Independence Day Celebration (March), The Mud Dauber Festival (mid-March), and Laborfest (Labor Day weekend).
Hall Fredericksburg Social Turn Verein
P.O. Box 1542, Fredericksburg, TX 78624-3850
Turner Hall, operated by the Fredericksburg Social Turn Verein and located at 103 West Travis Street, is rented for functions. We are not a nightclub. Built in 1886 on the corner of Summit Street and Upton Avenue (presently U.S. Hwy. 90), Turner Hall, constructed by Henry Bohlman, was the primary community center. Through the years the hall was the site for theatrical performances, musical concerts, social events, and seasonal celebrations.
Grand 1894 Opera House 2
2020 Post Office Street, Galveston, TX 77550
(409) 763-7173; (800) 821-1894; Fax (409) 763-1068
Galveston's Grand 1894 Opera House serves as a showcase for outstanding live entertainment year round. Magnificently restored and ranked among the nation's finest historical commercial restorations. The Grand features double-curved balconies and no seat farther than 70 feet from a stage that was once the largest in the state. Past performances include Sarah Vaughan, Lionel Hampton, and John Philip Sousa. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark and National Historic Landmark.
2317 Mechanic Row, Galveston, TX 77550
(409) 763-4591; Fax (409) 763-4879
The Strand Theatre is a handsome 205 seat proscenium style theatre with balcony that hosts a jazz festival in September and classical concerts throughout the year.
Country Music Association and Opry
115, Fifth Street, Garland, TX 75043
For over 34 years, Garland's Country Music Association's Garland Opry has provided the Garland community with weekly fun family entertainment of live country and gospel music. Some now famous entertainers including LeAnn Rimes, The Dixie Chicks, Dean Sams, (of Lonestar) and Woody Lee performed at the Opry before getting their big breaks.
of Graham Memorial Auditorium
628 Third Street, Graham, TX 76450
(940) 549-3266; (940) 549-0148; Fax (940) 549-5030
The historic Graham Memorial Auditorium was built in 1929 and today hosts 50-75 shows per season. Shows include plays, concerts, dance, and talent contests.
P.O. Box 95104, Grapevine, TX 76099
(817) 410-3541; Fax (817) 410-3543
James Kirby Buckner built the Palace Theatre in 1940 for $25,000. The Theatre held its Grand Opening Thursday night, November 21, 1940 with the motion picture "My Love Came Back" starring Olivia De Havilland. In January 1975, Chisai Childs re-opened the Palace as the Grapevine Opry. Noted performers who played at the Palace include Leann Rimes, the Judds, Willie Nelson, Porter Waggoner, and Hopalong Cassidy. The Theatre was the setting for the movie "Tender Mercies" starring Robert Duvall and Tess Harper.
Helotes Hermann Sons Lodge, No 76
P.O. Box 438, Helotes, TX 78023-0438
Braun Dance Hall, located at 9723 Braun Road, is open every weekend featuring live music on Saturday nights. "If you're dancing', you're not dying" is the motto around this beautiful Hall which is a Hermann Sons Lodge. Besides the immaculate dance floor, this Hall has a unique band stand that is a "cove" in one side wall. The dancers love it as they have even more room to twirl away. This is one of the very few places that a person can still see Adolph Hofner performing, who first recorded in 1936. Don't miss a chance to see this great pioneer of Texas music. The Hall is primarily rented out for wedding receptions and various parties and meetings. There is a large dance floor, cash bar, and Braun Hall has a capacity of 250 people. Cover charge is usually 6 dollars. We are open till midnight and there is an in-house PA system.
T. Floore Country Store 2
P.O. Box 1131, Helotes, TX 78023
John T. Floore Country Store, located at 14464 Old Bandera Road, is one of the greatest dance halls in Texas. Open by John T. Floore in 1942, Floore's has three claims to fame: Willie Nelson got his start here, we have the largest patio in the South, and we have the world's best homemade bread and tamales. Floore's is a family honky tonk where kids are welcome with their parents. The dance hall is open Wednesday - Sunday with live entertainment Wednesday - Sunday.
P.O. Box 619, Hillsboro, TX 76645
The Vara Martin Daniel Performing Arts Center, built in 1962, hosts an annual performing arts series.
Quihi Gun Club
1333 County Road 456, Hondo, TX 78861
(830) 426-2859; (830) 426-3598
The Quihi Gun Club dance hall has been the social mecca for Saturday night country-style dances. A wooden-windowed, barn-like structure, built on wooden stilts on the high bank of a creek, it has a unique old style charm. Dances are still held and are open to the public every 2nd and 4th weekends of every month.
615 Texas Avenue, Houston, TX 77002
(713) 228-9341; Fax (713) 222-6542
The Alley Theatre, founded in 1947 by pioneering educator Nina Vance, is a professional resident theatre company. Recipient of the 1996 Special Tony Award, the Alley performs year-round in its two-theatre complex at home in downtown Houston, and has toured 40 American cities and abroad.
2007 Grant Street, Houston, TX 77006
One of the oldest folk/original music venues in continuous operation in the United States, Anderson Fair has been hosting the troubadours of the genre since the 1960s. Anderson Fair sits at the confluence of Grant Street, West Drew and Welch in the historic "Montrose" area of Houston, just a short half block east of Montrose Boulevard. The building, a still evolving manifestation of varying degrees of carpentry skill, structurally reflects the cultural and artistic diversity of Houston since the turn of the 20th century. Blaze Foley performed here through the 1970s and 1980s.
2706 White Oak Drive, Houston, TX 77007
(713) 862-3838; (713) 862-7580; Fax (713) 862-3272
The road house in the middle of Houston...Fitzgerald's is a multilevel, multi room venue that has housed legends from B.B. King, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Blink 182, Dennis Miller, Jay Leno, Koko Taylor, James Brown and Etta James to artists at their up and coming stages like R.E.M. and Soundgarden. Fitzgerald's was built over 90 years ago for music and music will always have a home here.
101 Heights Blvd., Houston, TX 77007
Hickory Hollow features bluegrass, folk, and country Friday and Saturday nights beginning at 7 p.m. No cover of minimum.
1403 Nance Street, Houston, TX 77002
(713) 226-8563; Fax (713) 225-1402
When 62-year old Elena "Mama" Lopez opened a small Mexican restaurant in 1949 at 1403 Nance, she christened it the Last Concert Cafe to signify this would be her last endeavor. Lopez, a fragile-looking woman whose photograph hangs in a corner of the restaurant, died in 1985, at the age of 95. But as for the cafe itself, the last concert may be a long time coming. The Last Concert Cafe features live music every night.
3027 Crossview, Houston, TX 77063
(713) 785-5301; (713) 266-7844; Fax (832) 201-7935
Open since 1977, the Melody Club is one of the oldest true dance clubs in Houston. Where else can you dance to Swing, Big Band, Ballroom, Salsa or Country Sounds? The dim lighting and spacious wood parque dance floor hearken back to a simpler time.
1810 Fountainview, Houston, TX 77057
(713) 781-3581; Fax (713) 781-3350
Old Heidelberg Inn is an authentic German restaurant and an evening of fun filled adventure. Open 7 days a week with no cover charge, you'll enjoy great live music for dancing & sing-alongs until 2:00 A.M. The capacity is 99 people. People from all over the world have discovered this cozy, yet exciting place in Houston and make it their regular get-away. There is a Happy Hour and Gourmet Buffet from 4 to 7 daily. Oktoberfest is a great time to stop in. Come visit us and let yourself go, as our unique ambiance stimulates your senses.
1 Reliant Park, Houston, TX 77054
(832) 667-1743; (832) 667-1771
Reliant Park (including the Reliant Stadium, Reliant Center, Reliant Astrodome, Reliant Arena) is available for concerts. Recent shows include: the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, U2, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Emilio, Tool, and the Warped Tour.
University Alice Pratt Brown Hall
6100 Main Street Shepherd School of Music, Houston, TX 77005
(713) 348-4933; (713) 348-4837; Fax (713) 348-5317
Alice Pratt Brown Hall presents instrumental and vocal classical music concerts, including orchestral, chamber, solo, choral, and opera performances presented by the Shepherd School of Music and other performing arts organizations.
University Hamman Hall
6100 South Main Street, Houston, TX 77005
(713) 348-4668; (713) 348-7529; Fax (713) 348-4039
Rice University's Hamman Hall has hosted live music and theatre performances since the 1950s.
5720 Richmond, Houston, TX 77057
(713) 532-4647; Fax (713) 532-4651
Sam's Boat is a restaurant and bar featuring live music in the form of rock/pop bands at least five days a week.
Baker Street Pub
10001 Westheimer, Suite 2840, Houston, TX 77042
(713) 977-1857; (281) 589-0179; Fax (713) 977-5094
Sherlock's Baker Street Pub began in 1977 as a neighborhood bar on Westheimer booking occasional local bands. Since then Sherlock's has become a chain of live music venues across Houston and Texas. .
Baker Street Pub
1997-A West Gray, Houston, TX 77019
(713) 521-1881; Fax (713) 521-0511
Sherlock's Baker Street Pub began in 1977 as a neighborhood bar in Houston booking occasional local bands. Since then Sherlock's has become a chain of live music venues across Houston and Texas.
Baker Street Pub
1414-A Upland, Houston, TX 77043
Sherlock's Baker Street Pub began in 1977 as a neighborhood bar in Houston booking occasional local bands. Since then Sherlock's has become a chain of live music venues across Houston and Texas.
Bilingue de Houston
333 South Jensen Drive, Houston, TX 77003-1115
(713) 222-1213; Fax (713) 222-1426
Talento Bilingue de Houston (TBH) is a Latino Cultural Arts Center.
The West Alabama Icehouse
1919 West Alabama Street, Houston, TX 77098-2705
Opened in 1927, the West Alabama Ice House is a Houston landmark that became known as "Houston's backyard." It's all about the basics here, and you can even bring your dogs! Today live music is available every Friday night.
Rodeo and Dancehall
2320 Highway 39, Hunt, TX 78024
Crider Dancehall is a place where you can bring the whole family. Come sit outside under the stars on the banks of the Guadalupe River and enjoy a Texas family tradition started in 1925.
8894 Farm Road 1102, Hunter, TX 78132
(512) 396-0322; Fax (512) 392-3107
An authentic Texas dancehall offering real country music. Riley's is open every day of the week. In September of 1933 J. C. Riley, at the age of 17, drove to Austin to obtain a beer license. He camped on the steps of the Capital building and waited for it to open. He was the first person in line in Texas and got the first beer license. The main part of the building has been dated around the mid-1800s. Riley's is a historic Texas landmark.
41 Lowery Lane, Huntsville, TX 77320
(936) 344-6212; (409) 344-6212
Borski's was originally opened and operated by Mr. Henry Borski in 1945. Recently purchased by new owners, Borski's continues the tradition of great live music today.
G. Johnson Coliseum
1964 Bobby K. Marks Drive, Huntsville, TX 77341
The Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum is a multi-purpose facility, which falls under the direct management of the Department of Recreational Sports. It is shared by many University departments, student groups, local high schools, community organizations and national promotional companies. The facility is a cornerstone of activities for Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, and the surrounding communities. The Coliseum hosts approximately 250-300 event days and over 50 different events each year. The Coliseum has 5,529 fixed seats, 565 retractable bleacher seats and the capacity of adding another 1,000 chairs on the floor. The Coliseum is a convenient facility for the people of East Texas to see quality local and national entertainers. The Johnson Coliseum has hosted a variety of special events. Shows include Willie Nelson, Restless Heart, Vince Gill, Chicago, The American Gladiators, Gallagher, Carrot Top, Deep Blue Something, Harlem Globetrotters, Sammy Kershaw, and the U.S. Navy Band.
Houston State University Johnson Coliseum
800 20th Street, No. 235 P.O. Box 2387 SHSU, Huntsville, TX 77341
(936) 294-1740; Fax (936) 294-4833
The Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum is a multipurpose facility located on the campus of Sam Houston State University. Many University departments, student groups, local high schools, community organizations and national promotional companies share the Coliseum. It is a cornerstone of activity for the University, Huntsville, and surrounding communities, bearing a capacity of 6,094. We host a variety of campus, university, community, and special events.
Country Arts Foundation 2
P.O. Box 1169, Ingram, TX 78025
(830) 367-5121; (830) 367-5122; Fax (830) 367-4332
The Hill Country Arts Foundation is home to a historic outdoor ampitheater.
2400 San Bernardo, Laredo, TX 78042
(956) 794-1700; Fax (956) 795-2085
The Laredo Civic Center has a capacity of 1,979 and has been the venue for acts ranging from The Laredo Philharmonic to widely renowned artists.
Box 8555, Levelland, TX 79338
(806) 894-3552; Fax (978) 389-0559
The Tower Theater was built in 1945 and operated for a number of years. In 1996 the theatre was refurbished and used for the Country Music Stage show for several years. Today, the Tower Theater packs each night with high energy Branson-style stage shows in conjunction with monthly Musical Mainstreet and Old Mill Trade Days.
City Texas Theater
P.O. Box 893, Linden, TX 75563
(903) 756-9934; (903) 814-1482; Fax (903) 756-8281
The Music City Texas Theater is a result of the artful renovation of the Linden American Legion Auditorium built in 1948-50 which is now owned by the City of Linden. Celebrating its Grand Opening in May of 2003, the theater is now and will continue presenting an array of quality entertainment, ranging from nationally known artists to regional and local entertainers from all genres of music.
West Texas Country Western Gospel and Bluegrass Association Jamboree
728 East 12th Street, Littlefield, TX 79339
The West Texas Country Western Gospel and Bluegrass Association presents the Littlefield Country Jamboree. It is held the first Saturday of every month and features gospel, bluegrass and country music. The entertainment is free, however, donations are accepted. The Jamboree is an excellent opportuity for bands to perform for the public. The event is held at the Lamb County Community Center, which is located on the intersection of East 17th Street and Highway 385. The West Texas Country Western Gospel and Bluegrass Association is a non-profit organization run by volunteers.
P.O. Box 191, London, TX 76854-0191
Established: late 1800's
London Hall features live country music 9-1 p.m. Saturdays and 6-10 p.m. Sundays. Capacity is 600. London Hall offers "A dance every Saturday for a 100 years or more," according to Johnny Bush in "The Ballad of London Hall." The front of the Hall has a large stone fireplace, pool tables, shuffle board, and a beautiful hand-carved village scene above the bar. It is open 7 days a week. They've all played here--Johnny Bush (they had to enlarge the stage for his Bandoleros), Hank Thompson (1989 - the year he was inducted into The Hall of Fame), Johnny Gimble, and Chris Wall.
7 Pegues Place, Longview, TX 75601-4601
Reo Palm Isle, Highway 31 and Loop 281 South in Longview, is an East Texas landmark named Texas Monthly "Dance Hall of the Year" in 1976 and as one of the "Top 10 Dance Halls in Texas" in 1990. Previous performers include Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Tommy Dorsey and Glenn Miller. February 10, 1989 was recognized as "Reo Palm Day" at the State capital. A new mechanical bull is now in operation.
Park Coliseum Lubbock
P.O. Box 208, Lubbock, TX 79408
(806) 763-2833; Fax (806) 744-5903
Fair Park Coliseum seating capacity is 5,300 (fair bleachers 4,176; floor seating 1,200.) Fair Park mainly books country, Hispanic, and Christian acts. Rent per day is $1,000. Site of the 83rd Annual Panhandle South Plain Fair, September 22-30, 2000.
601 North Second, Lufkin, TX 75901
(936) 633-0279; (936) 633-0277; Fax (936) 633-0276
The Lufkin Civic Center is a multi-purpose facility. We seat 1,400 banquet style, and 2,000 using concert seating. Cost of rental ranges from $80 to $700 depending on configuration. In-house PA and lighting available. We have featured many musical acts, including David Meece, Ozark Country Jubilee, and numerous other Branson-based artists, along with Ray Price and Tony Douglas.
1812 Buddy Holly Avenue, Lubbock, TX 79401
The Cactus Theater was constructed in 1938, as a "second-run" motion picture theater. In January 1993, Lubbock businessman and musician, Don Caldwell, organized the Cactus Theater, Inc., with a group of area investors interested in bringing about a new venue for entertainment in the Depot District. After purchasing the theater, which retained it's balcony, sloped floor, and stage, the group restored the Cactus to be both a live performance theater as well as a movie theater.
P.O. Box 89, Manvel, TX 77578
(281) 489-8181; (281) 489-0991; Fax (281) 489-0310
Eddie's Country Ballroom is one of the oldest country and western dance halls in Texas. It has been a favorite with locals for over 30 years. Located at 6835 Chocolate Bayou in Manvel. We feature live country western music every Saturday night, 8 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Our 4,000 square foot, hardwood dance floor is one of the best in Texas.
Cine El Rey
311 South 17th Street, McAllen, TX 78501
The Cine El Rey symbolizes the significance of the Spanish language Film Theater in the Hispanic-American culture. Opened as a theater in downtown McAllen, the "El Rey" served the city's Hispanic community for forty years. In June 2001, the National Trust for Historic Preservation announced their list of the "11 Most Endangered Areas." The theater qualified for the National Register of Historic Places in the area of Entertainment, as a "Mexican Theatre" built to capitalize on the demand for Spanish-language entertainment created by the influx of Mexican "Braceros" into the United States during the 1940s. Although it is simple in design and ornamentation, it is a good example of a small-town, downtown movie theater in Texas in the 1940s and was important in the life of McAllen's Hispanic community during its four decades of operation. The theater will once again play a role in the city's history by serving as the center for the McAllen's newly designated Entertainment District.
Villa Real Special Events Center
1201 South Bentsen Road, McAllen, TX 78503
(956) 687-7121; Fax (956) 687-7121
La Villa Real Convention Center is the showcase for entertainment in South Texas. Rates are $3,300 for concert hall plus $225 security. Past performers at La Villa Real include George Strait, Lorrie Morgan, and Santana. The Villa Real Convention and Entertainment Center provides a venue for country and western, rock, Top 40, international and Spanish language acts to perform. Building is 41,000 square feet with 60x27x4 foot stage with two sound wings (4x8 feet). Seating capacity is 2,400; festival capacity is 3,500.
1300 South 10th Street, McAllen, TX 78501
(956) 688-3400; Fax (210) 686-9411
The McAllen Civic Center boasts a recently renovated opera-style auditorium with a seating of 1,776, a convention hall and palm terrace. The center has hosted such acts as Julio Iglesias, Barbara Mandrell and country and western artists from Branson, Missouri.
Cowboy Western Club
P.O. Box 632, Mexia, TX 76667-0632
The Cowboy Western Club, located at 409 South Highway 14 in Mexia, is one of the largest, oldest and most popular Honky Tonks in central Texas. Opened in 1979, it is a 25,000 sq foot building with a 2,400 sq foot dance floor.
Midland College, 3600 North Garfield, Midland, TX 79705
(432) 685-4584; Fax (432) 685-4740
Chaparral Center is located on the Midland College Campus. A curtain system allows the facility to have seating capacities from 1,800 to 5,500. We have played host to Reba McEntire, Kenny Rogers, Alan Jackson, Alabama, and many others. Rental fees are $1,000 or 10 percent of gate.
Riley's Bar and Grill
3421 West Wall, Midland, TX 79701
(432) 520-0006; Fax (432) 520-0051
Riley's Bar & grill offers live music on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights. Riley's has been serving up live music since 1975.
Pleasant Titus County Civic Center
1800 North Jefferson Avenue, Mount Pleasant, TX 75455-2333
The Titus County Civic Center is a debt-free building today. The Civic Center is owned and operated by the City of Mount Pleasant on a fee schedule determined by operating costs.
27207 Moeller Ranch Road, New Braunfels, TX 78132
(210) 414-1477; (830) 609-1108; Fax (830) 608-1108
Anhalt Hall is located 4.5 miles west of Highway 281 off of Highway 46 on Anhalt Road near Bulverde. Built in 1875; dancehall added 1906. Our oak dance floor is 6,000 square feet.
Performing Arts Theatre 2
290 West San Antonio Street, New Braunfels, TX 78130
(830) 627-0808; (830) 907-2991; Fax (830) 627-0809
The Brauntex Theater is located in the heart of historical downtown and helps fill the need for performing arts in the growing community of New Braunfels by providing a professional-quality venue for entertainment events and by maintaining the historical ambiance of downtown New Braunfels.
1692 Highway 46 South, New Braunfels, TX 78130
Clear Springs Cafe is considered the Hill Country's Oldest Dance Hall. The first store and Dance Hall was built in 1873 by Johann Andreas Breutedt and also served as a saloon and cotton storage facility. Today the old building has been beautifully restored and is a great Texas style family restaurant with a very rustic atmosphere. Occasionaly musical events have showcased Steven Fromholz, Tracy Nelson, Clay Blaker, George Strait, and even Bo Diddley.
2157 FM 1101, New Braunfels, TX 78130-2624
Humble Time is recorded live each week at the Freiheit Country Store in lovely downtown Freiheit, Texas, approximately 1 1/2 mi. North of New Braunfels on FM 1101, every Saturday from 2-6 p.m. These tapings are open to the public and all are invited!
1281 Gruene Road, New Braunfels, TX 78130
(830) 606-1281; (830) 629-5077; Fax (830) 629-6729
Gruene Hall, "Texas' Oldest Dancehall" built in 1878. Located in National Register District one mile from IH-35; 45 minutes from downtown Austin. Live music Thursday-Sunday; and also Monday-Wednesday in the summer. Commercials: Bud Light (with George Strait), Miller Lite (with Clint Black); documentaries: BBC's Texas Saturday Night; movies: Flesh and Bone starring Meg Ryan and Dennis Quaid, and Michael starring John Travolta, Andie McDowell and William Hurt, and IMAX feature on the roots of country music.
The Broadway Bar
208 Broadway, Nordheim, TX 78141
In operation since 1933, Broadway Bar is steeped in local German history and has even been featured in a major motion picture. The movie "Paris, Texas" was filmed at the Bar in 1984.
County Coliseum and Exhibition Center
4201 Andrews Highway, Odessa, TX 79762
Ector County Coliseum and Exhibition Center seating capacity is 7,659 reserved and 8500 festival seating. Past performances include: Nickel Back, Puddle of Mudd, The Doobie Brothers, Foghat, plus a variety of country and rock performers. Rates are $1,850 per day or 10 percent of gate, whichever is greater.
Los Arcos Ballroom
P.O. Box 15092, Odessa, TX 79768
(432) 333-9033; (432) 368-0922
Los Arcos Ballroom is a large dancehall with two stages that can comfortably fit 3,000 people for any type of event.
Brown Memorial Auditorium & Civic Center
P.O. Box 2499, Pampa, TX 79066
(806) 669-5740; (806) 669-5790; Fax (806) 669-5748
The MK Brown Memorial Auditorium and Civic Center is owned and operated by the City of Pampa. The Auditorium has a 1500 seat capacity with a 2,200 square foot stage area and two dressing rooms flanking each side of the stage. New lighting and sound systems were installed in 2005. The Green Room is available as a reception area for performers, press conferences, etc. The Civic Center Heritage Room contains approximately 6,500 square feet of open space that will accommodate 500 for banquets, 350 for dances, etc. or 500 in theater style for plays and meetings. There are two entrances to the Civic Center that open into a main lobby containing approximately 2,800 square feet. This area is also used for craft shows and hospitality hours. Sufficient paved and lighted parking areas are provided for the convenience of those who use the facility.
12516 FM 622, Raisin, TX 77905-0055
(361) 573-7002; (361) 576-4436; Fax (361) 576-6665
Schroeder Dance Hall has remained a popular Saturday night resort for many years. The present structure, dating from the late 1800's, is a landmark where Roy Clark played his first dance, and where Hank Thompson, Jimmy Heap, Ray Price, Mel Tillis, Ernest Tubb, Tammy Wynette, and many others have also played. The hall is 14,000 square feet with a 6,000 square foot dance floor.
147 North Plano Road, Richardson, TX 75081
(972) 231-3844; (972) 231-3849
W.W. Fairfield's offers the best live country/western and dance/rock music.
3940 FM 471 North, Rio Medina, TX
The front bar was built as a gas station in 1945. A few years later it changed into a beer joint. In 1994 a small dance hall was added and it became the Mayflower Dance Hall. Open at noon everyday except Christmas Eve. Entertainment every Friday and Saturday. Available for private parties.
International Festival - Institute at Round Top
P.O. Box 89, Round Top, TX 78954-0089
(979) 249-3129; (979) 249-3086; Fax (979) 249-5078
Founded in 1972 by world-renowned concert pianist James Dick, the foundation began with a handful of gifted young pianists in rented space on the town square. Now the program has expanded to the 200-acre Festival Hill campus, offering major performance facilities.
4205 South Bryant Blvd., San Angelo, TX 76903
(325) 655-7276; Fax (325) 659-6607
The Coachman Club features traditional country, southern rock & roll music, and Texas dance music.
Angelo Coliseum, Auditorium and Convention Center
500 Rio Concho Drive, San Angelo, TX 76903
(325) 653-9577; Fax (325) 659-0900
"Flexibility" and "versatility" best describe San Angelo's facilities. "Something for everyone" is our mission. The Coliseum can accommodate more than 6,600 for concerts, but our audience likes to dance, so please allow for a dance floor. The Coliseum also makes a great 3,000-seat theater, just playing to seats on floor and the south side boxes and grandstand. City Auditorium is a beautifully restored theater with a proscenium stage, orchestra pit, and capacity to fly. It is home to the San Angelo Symphony and the San Angelo Civic Ballet. Many school and youth theatre shows are presented every year, and we survived Gallagher! City Auditorium capacity is 1,577. San Angelo Convention Center is the most versatile space. It can be a nightclub for 1,500 or various smaller setups. The same professional staff can help you at all three facilities with production and marketing. See RiverStage listing for our outdoor amphitheater.
Maennerchor Halle und Garten
422 Pereida, San Antonio, TX 78210-1149
The Beethoven Halle und Garten is located in downtown San Antonio, in the historic King William District. The main building features a large performance space, which is used for concerts as well as other activities. It is home to one of the oldest German singing societies in Texas.
1131 East Commerce Street, Suite 300, San Antonio, TX 78205
(210) 472-2636; (210) 865-5375; Fax (210) 226-7055
The Cameo Theatre is steeped in the history of old San Antonio. Built in 1940 to serve the needs of the East side of San Antonio, it had both a vaudeville stage and movie screen. Louis Armstrong, B.B. King and Fats Domino were among the early performers who commanded the stage during its heyday.
Community Cultural Center
215 North Hackberry, San Antonio, TX, 78202-2853
(210) 207-7211; Fax (210) 207-4412
The Carver Cultural Center hosts worldwide dance, theatre, and music acts and is a facility of the city of San Antonio. Capacity is 650.
and Harry Freeman Coliseum
3021 East Houston, San Antonio, TX 78220
(210) 226-1177; (210) 225-2562; Fax (210) 226-5081
Freeman Coliseum has a seating capacity of 13,000, or a 1/2 house capacity of 6,200. In-house sound system available. Past performers include Kenny Rogers, Alabama, Randy Travis, and a variety of country, rock, and R&B artists.
B. Gonzalez Convention Center
200 East Market Street, San Antonio, TX 78205
The Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center includes the Lila Cockrell Theatre (2,525 seats) and the Municipal Auditorium (4,930 seats). Because of these venues, the City of San Antonio has enjoyed many outstanding national and international events, like Phantom of the Opera, Radio City Music Hall Rockettes, Moody Blues, Barry Manilow, the Bolshoi Ballet, and many more. These venues are all conveniently located in the heart of downtown San Antonio along the famous Riverwalk. Many first-class hotels and restaurants are within easy walking distance.
Hall Helotes Hermann Sons Lodge, No 76
9721 Braun Road, San Antonio, TX 78254
(210) 688-9241; (830) 227-5734
Braun Dance Hall is open every weekend. "If you're dancing', you're not dying" is the motto around this beautiful Hall which is a Hermann Sons Lodge. Besides the immaculate dance floor, this Hall has a unique band stand that is a "cove" in one side wall. This is one of the places that Texas music pioneer Adolph Hofner performed. The Hall is primarily rented.
Cultural Arts Center 2
1300 Guadalupe Street, San Antonio, TX 78207-5519
(210) 271-3151; Fax (210) 271-3480
The Guadalupe Theater (at 1301 Guadalupe Street ) was the anchor to a colorful and thriving entertainment district that stretched to Zarzamora Street in the 1930s and 1940s. The Guadalupe Theater was built in 1940 at a time when a complete theater bill included two features, several short subjects and cartoons, endless previews, give aways, live performances by musicians and appearances by film personalities. The Theater was remodeled in the early 1980s and today provides the stage for the Center's exciting dance, music and theatrical productions. The Theater also houses one of two Center galleries where local and touring art exhibitions are displayed for public view.
18424 Second Street, San Antonio, TX 78266
The Hanging Tree Saloon features live country and western music three nights a week. One of the friendliest places in Texas, and with Big John here, the safest, is only 14 miles Northeast of the Alamo.
Cullum's Landing Riverwalk, Live From The Landing 2
123 Losoya Street, San Antonio, TX 78205
(210) 223-7266; (210) 325-2495; Fax (210) 227-1172
Jim Cullum Sr., Jim Hayne, and 20 other prominent San Antonians invested in and launched The Landing in April, 1963. It was an instant success. The Landing, along with restaurant Casa Rio, were the River's only businesses, but gradually throughout the '60s, the Landing was joined by a variety of other places and the modern Riverwalk was born.
Los Barrios Restaurant
4223 Blanco Road, San Antonio, TX 78212
(210) 732-6017; Fax (210) 732-9720
Los Barrios Restaurant is a family-style restaurant opened since 1979 offering jazz with a latin flavor.
Theatre Charline McCombs Empire Theatre 2
P.O. Box 390, San Antonio, TX 78292
(210) 226-5700; Fax (210) 226-3377
Recognized as one of the most ornate facilities in the country, the Majestic has long held a special place in the archives of Texas theatrical and architectural history. Located at 224 E. Houston Street in the heart of downtown San Antonio, the Majestic was designed and built in 1929. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark and National Historic Landmark.
Antonio College McAllister Auditorium
1300 San Pedro Avenue, San Antonio, TX
(210) 733-2719; (210) 733-2727
McAllister Auditorium is a multi-purpose auditorium located in downtown San Antonio. Our auditorium was recently modernized and has the best price with the best equipment.
Martinez Social Club
P.O. Box 201101, San Antonio, TX 78220
Martinez Social Club features a dance floor of natural oak that is considered one of the finest anywhere. We have live bands on Wednesday and Saturday nights. Every Wednesday is a country band and we have either polka or country bands on Saturday. Take I-10 East to the Converse exit, make a right on Hwy. 1516 and go about three miles. It's on the right.
Patsy's Ice House
2602 North Flores, San Antonio, TX 78212
Patsy's Ice House features live rock and punk music in a small venue built in 1948.
Baker Street Pub
16620 US 281 North, Suite 1, San Antonio, TX 78232
Sherlock's Baker Street Pub has thirteen locations across Texas and growing. We offer live music seven nights a week from 4pm-2am. Some of our largest drawing acts are Rat Ranch, Velcro Pygmies, The Max and other regional and national acts. Never a cover.
112 West Specht Road, San Antonio, TX 78260
Specht's Store is a 100-year-old general store converted into a full service restaurant with a very large Texas menu. We are open all day Wednesday through Saturday for lunch and dinner and serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Sunday. We have live music on Friday and Saturday nights with no cover charge. We have been featured on Ford and Dodge truck commercials and were the site of the music video "Small Town Texas". We have been written up in Texas Monthly, Car and Driver, and voted the "Best Motorcycle Hang Out" in Texas by Texmoto Magazine.
7011 San Pedro, San Antonio, TX 78216
Tiffany Billiards includes 25 pool tables and free pool all day and night 365 days a year. Margaritaville style patio with 52 foot house boat for parties. V.I.P. room for private parties and sporting events. Live music Wed - Sun. Hours of operation 12 noon to 2 a.m. 7 days a week. Largest sportsbar in south Texas. 1,200 person capacity inside and over 2,000 served on patio. 25,000 square feet of games, pool, and tv's everywhere. Local and national talent 5 nights a week on a 990 sq. ft stage.
University Laurie Auditorium
One Trinity Place, San Antonio, TX 78212
(210) 999-8119; Fax (210) 999-8100
The Laurie Aditorium has hosted arists such as Patti Labelle, B.B. King and Van Cliburn.
119 Cheatham Street, San Marcos, TX 78666
Think of us as sort of an art gallery for Texas music. We opened in 1974, and have helped to launch many artists' careers, including George Strait, Charlie Sexton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Todd Snider, Terri Hendrix, James McMurtry, and Randy Rogers. We serve Texas Music seven nights a week.
328 North LBJ Street, San Marcos, TX 78666
Gil's Broiler is the oldest restaurant in San Marcos, TX. Serving beer and burgers at great prices, Gil's has live music a few nights each week.
735 East IH-10, Seguin, TX 78155
(830) 372-0161; (830) 379-4554; Fax (830) 303-0161
For the past 28 years, Fiesta Ballroom has provided live entertainment for public and private use including weddings, quincenieras, and concerts. In the past years, we have featured several Tejano artists, such as Mazz, La Mafia, Selena, Emilio Navaira, and David Lee Garza y Los Musicales. In the early years we hosted talents such as Tammy Wynette, Freddy Fender, and Johnny Rodriguez.
Knights Of Columbus Seguin
1015 South Guadalupe Street, Seguin, TX 78155
(830) 379-0602; (830) 303-6860
The Knights of Columbus venue features a public dance once a month.
900 East Coliseum Drive, Snyder, TX 79549-6250
(325) 573-9811; Fax (325) 573-9279
Scurry County Coliseum Complex is a 4,055-seat facility (3,055 permanent, 1,000 movable) with a 7,000 square-foot multipurpose indoor arena which is wheelchair accessible. Portable basketball floor, concessions, large area for vendors, meeting rooms, dressing rooms, full kitchen, restrooms, and stage area. Stage built to renter's specifications, up to four levels. New state-of-the-art sound system. Adjacent agriculture complex, 4,950 square feet; patio area covered for loading and unloading, parking, tour bus parking, or extra vendor space. 192 RV hookups, including 10 handicap hookups, and two dump sites. The complex and grounds covers 57 acres, which also includes four large parking lots, sanctioned horseshoe and washer pitching courts, lush green lawns, horse stalls, and a picturesque historical village. Complex diagrams furnished on request.
Bros. Cafe & Saloon 2
103 Midway, Spring, TX 77373
Wunsche Bros. Cafe & Saloon is a 1902 historic landmark with a reputation for having some of the finest Texas entertainers play our stage. The structure, which exhibits typical turn-of-the-century commercial detailing, is Spring's oldest existing commercial building on its original site. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Texas State Historical Marker number 10808.
Timbers Country Opry
4493 US Highway 67, Stephenville, TX 76401
(254) 965-4575; 254-965-4132; Fax (254) 965-6132
The Cross Timbers Country Opry opened in 1979 and has been having shows every Saturday night since. Cross Timbers Country Opry is a non-drinking, non-smoking, live country music show, in a theatre-type atmosphere. Past performers include country music legends such as Hank Thompson, The Light Crust Doughboys, Leon Rausch, Wanda Jackson, Kitty Wells, and Johnny Wright, along with the Opry circuit entertainers.
County Regional Civic Center
1200 Houston, Sulphur Springs, TX 75483
(903) 885-8071; Fax (903) 885-2811
Hopkins County Regional Civic Center includes a 1,500-seat theatre, 8,000 square-foot exhibit hall, and a 4,500-seat coliseum. Rental rates are $600 or 10 percent of gross. Free parking. Past performers include Garth Brooks, Willie Nelson, George Strait, Clint Black, Reba McEntire, Tanya Tucker, The Oak Ridge Boys and more. We specialize in Christian, country, cowboy, and Latin music. Also a member of the International Association of Fairs and Expositions and Academy of Country Music.
Swiss Alp Dance Hall
6940 North Highway 77, Swiss Alp, TX 78956
Recently reopened, The Swiss Alp Dance Hall books acts such as: Roger Creager, Bobby Flores, Billy Mata, Asleep at the Wheel, Kyle Park, Kevin Fowler, Cory Morrow, Aaron Watson, Stoney LaRue, Ram Herrera, etc. Currently music 3 nights a week. Hall can accommodate 600 people. The Swiss Alp Grill is located next door. Located at 6940 North Highway 77, Swiss Alp, TX.
Cultural Activities Center
3011 North Third Street, Temple, TX 76501-1367
(254) 773-9926; Fax (254) 773-9929
The Cultural Activities Center committee began in 1958. During the next 20 years, the CAC outgrew three facilities, due to the success and support of the arts program and its increasing interest within the community. In 1978, the organization moved to its current location at 3011 North Third Street.
Regional Arts & Humanities Council Perot Theatre
P.O. Box 1171, Texarkana, TX 75504
(903) 792-8681; (903) 792-4992; Fax (903) 793-8510
The beautifully restored Perot Theatre has been a Texarkana landmark since 1924 when it opened as the Saenger Amusement Co.'s "Gateway to the West" theatre. Fully restored by the City of Texarkana in 1979-80 the building is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
El Tejano Ballroom
17123 North IH-35, Troy, TX 76579
(254) 938-2661; (512) 482-0000; Fax (512) 482-0173
Since 1977, El Tejano Ballroom has been the center of activity for Hispanics residing in Temple, Belton, Killeen, Waco, Troy, and surrounding communities. The ballroom capacity is 500; beer garden capacity is 1,000. El Tejano features the greatest Hispanic groups including locals, national, and international artists.
2112 West Front Street, Tyler, TX 75702
(903) 597-2501; Fax (903) 597-0692
The Mayfair Auditorium has a seating capacity of 500 to 800. This auditorium is one of the East Texas State Fair buildings and is located on the East Texas State Fairgrounds. We lease the building for various concerts, dances, and private parties. It has the largest hardwood (pecan) dance floor in the area. It is a nostalgic building where Loretta Lynn, Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton, and other stars have performed.
1 North Old Spanish Trail, Uhland, TX 78640
(512) 398-2901; (512) 376-7456
Club 21 is the oldest continuously operated dancehall in Texas. The bar was built in 1893 and the dancehall was added in 1912. Club 21 has served as the set for music videos, commercials and movie scenes. The last scenes shot at Club 21 were for The New Guy and Lone Star State of Mind. Live bands perform every Saturday night and also Friday nights during the cooler months. Call for directions. Click here to view a photo of Club 21 in the Austin American-Statesman.
Opera House Uvalde Arts Council
104 West North Street, Uvalde, TX 78801
(830) 278-4184; Fax (830) 278-1658
The Grand Opera House takes its place in history, as the oldest functioning theatre in the state of Texas. Built in 1891, the Uvalde Grand Opera House was the scene of many melodramas and performing companies. People came from all over Southwest Texas to see plays, musicals, and cultural performances. Today, the Opera House again reverberates with spectacular theatrical productions and concerts. A recorded Texas Historic Landmark. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
County Memorial Auditorium
2100 Yamparika Street, Vernon, TX 76384
(940) 553-3901; (940) 553-1515
Wilbarger County Memorial Auditorium is a state of the art sound and lightning stage facility fully draped and capable of accommodating 1,919 theatre seating patrons-conveniently located to all Central and North Texas counties! Multi-event capabilities configured to accommodate most any size production, concert, pageant, conference, banquet or trade show! In addition to the main stage and theatre auditorium, 5 meeting areas are available to accommodate 10, 50 or 300 attendees. Kitchen facilities are available for food preparation or catering services. Please call or email facility director NC Christian for personal consultation of your specific event needs, date availability and pricing. Also, if your event warrants, pre-approval for dancing at your function is now available!
911 West Constitution Street, Victoria, TX 77901
The Club Westerner, near the Guadalupe River in Victoria has one of the largest oakwood dance floors in the area. We have a family atmosphere. The club is available for rental for birthday parties, quiñceaneras, weddings and anniversary parties. The dance hall was built in 1929 and purchased by the current owner in 1956. It is currently books for Fridays, Saturdays, or Sundays. We cater to the private sector yet have various large community activities. Tejano stars such as Little Joe y La Familia, Jay Perez, Jimmy Gonzales, Jimmy Edwards, and Bob Gallarza Orchestra have performed this year, along with the legendary Latin Breed from San Antonio, TX. We feature live music on Saturdays, have an in-house PA system, and have a capacity of 600 people.
Schroeder Hall Schroeder Entertainment Group, Inc.
P.O. Box 1066, Victoria, TX 77902-1066
Schroeder Hall was originally built in 1890; the current structure opened July 16, 1935. Through the years we have hosted country music legends like Tammy Wynette, Conway Twitty, Ray Price and Mel Tillis; as well as The Glenn Miller Orchestra and The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. Each weekend enjoy "Friday Live," an acoustic show in the historic Saloon by local artists. Saturday nights dance to a local country band, or to Texas/Americana artists like Cross Canadian Ragweed, Kevin Fowler and the Randy Rogers Band. Even catch a polka band Sunday afternoon. Since 2000, Schroeder Hall is host to annual events benefiting the Goliad Heritage Council, including a Gumbo Cookoff and Mardi Gras. In 2001 established the Regional Cattlemen's Heritage Scholarship (funded by area cattlemen paying to burn their brands into the woodwork found inside the hall and saloon).
2132 South Valley Mills Drive, Waco, TX 76706
The first Elite Cafe opened in downtown Waco in 1919. Always an innovator, The Elite was the first restaurant in Waco to use refrigeration in 1923 and air conditioning in 1941. Even our outdoor sign, complete with animated moving lights, was on the cutting edge for the time. In the late '50s, a visitor from Fort Hood in Killeen, Private Elvis Presley; dined at The Elite frequently. He more than likely ate his favorite meals of fired peanut butter and banana sandwiches or hard-fried eggs with burnt bacon. The hours of operations are Sunday - Thursday 11 a.m. -10 p.m. and Friday - Saturday 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.
o' Texas Fair Complex
4601 Bosque Blvd., Waco, TX 76710
Heart o' Texas Coliseum seating capacity is 10,000. In-house sound system available. Rates are $2,500 per day or 10 percent of gate, whichever is greater. Heart of Texas has two buildings: one 28,000 square feet and one 18,000 square feet. Each building rents for $500 per day plus utilities.
100 Washington Avenue, Waco, TX 76701
(254) 750-5810; (800) 321-9226
Waco Convention Center seating capacity is 2,500 in Chisholm Hall (32,000 square feet). Total of 119,000 square feet in nine rooms. The main hall can hold 180 10x10 booths and has a 24x60 stage. Two other halls are 15,000 square feet each. The facility is well suited for dances, concerts and other events. Acts which have performed at the WCC include the Kentucky Headhunters, Geto Boys, Jerry Seinfeld and more.
Hippodrome Theater 2
724 Austin Avenue, Waco, TX 76701
(254) 752-7745; (254) 752-9797; Fax (254) 752-9806
Hippodrome Theater is one of Waco's oldest and most-cherished landmarks. It is recognized by the Texas Historical Places, as well as the National Register of Historic Places. The building currently known as the Waco Hippodrome Theatre was constructed in 1913. Renovated in 1987.
1702 West Main Street, Waxahachie, TX 75168
(972) 937-7330 ext. 181; (972) 937-2459
The Chatauqua Auditorium, built in 1902, is located at 1702 West Main Street in Waxahachie, and on the National Register of Historic Places. The auditorium is a rare survivor of the Chautauqua circuit that brought live talent for religious and cultural events to rural towns around the turn of the century. With the advent of radio, Chautauqua waned and ended in the 1930s. Predominantly booking jazz and classical performances, the restored structure also hosts a variety of other city events. Comfortably seats about 1200.
West Fraternal Ballroom
P.O. Box 366, West, TX 76691
(254) 826-3252; (254) 826-3574
West Fraternal Ballroom features country, cowboy, and polka music and has a dance floor of approximately 2,024 square feet and seats around 800.
Falls Memorial Auditorium
1000 5th Street, Wichita Falls, TX 76301
(940) 716-5500; (940) 716-5555 box office
Memorial Auditorium, located at 1300 Seventh Street, has a seating capacity of 2,717. Past shows include George Strait, the Judds, Garth Brooks, Reba McEntire, Cats, and A Chorus Line.
Theatre and Opera House
P.O. Box 8142, Wichita Falls, TX 76307
(940) 723-9037; (940) 322-7728; Fax (940) 766-0196
Wichita Theatre, located at located at 925 Indiana Avenue, was used for music festivals, concerts, ballet, traveling acts, drama, and opera. Celebrities appearing here during the early years included William Jennings Bryan, Anna Pavlova, Lillian Russell, Ernestine Schumann-Heink, and Evelyn Nesbitt.
711 West 10th Avenue, Amarillo, TX 79101-3223
Boondocks Grill booked bands that play rock and roll and/or rhythm and blues.
Tavern & Dance Hall
4588 US Highway 77-A South, Hallettsville, TX 77964
Once located halfway between Hallettsville & Yoakum, in an old dance hall that was built around 1943. It was originally Slovaceks Ballroom until 1981. The hall was operated as Mustang Hall from 1981 until July 2006. It was operated as Bubba-Clyde's Tavern & Dance Hall until 2008. Patrons recall that it had one of the oldest cement dance floors in Texas.
3601 Olsen Blvd., Amarillo, TX 79109
The Caravan Club had the largest dance floor in Amarillo. Almost every major country act has played there over the years!
2015 East Riverside Drive, Austin, TX 78741
The Back Room has been home to live, local and national rock and roll since 1973. The club was an annual SXSW showcase spot and began to incorporate hip-hop and alternative rock bookings from the 1990s until they closed their doors in 2006.
P.O. Box 1225, Brownfield, TX 79316
The historic Rialto theater is located in Brownfield, 45 minutes from Lubbock. The Rialto hosted everything from one act plays to gospel and country music.
Top Rail Country and Western Ballroom
2110 West Northwest Highway, Dallas, TX 75220
Top Rail books live music five nights a week! An important part of the music scene has always been local performers and the Top Rail continues to be a place where local talent not only has a home, but has a showcase venue.
The Egypt, Texas Dancehall and Saloon
P.O. Box 262, Egypt, TX 77436
The Egypt, Texas Dancehall is located approximately 40 miles south of Houston at 10329 West FM 1161. The saloon features some of the Texas' best live original music in an atmosphere reminiscent of the Old West. The Egypt Saloon was built around 1860 and has changed little since that time. Gracing the walls are relics and antiques of all sorts dating back to 1830, when the Egypt plantation was founded by the Northingtons. A recorded Texas Historic Landmark.
121 West Exchange Avenue, Fort Worth, TX 76106
Established in 1919, Longhorn Saloon is the oldest saloon in the Fort Worth Stockyards and the second largest with an occupancy of 625. The venue features early 1900's tin ceilings & hardwood floors. Once a venue for Bob Wills & Hank Williams Sr.
Pe-Te's Cajun Bar-B-Q House, Inc.
11902 Galveston Road, Houston, TX 77034-4841
Since 1979, Pe-Te's has offered some of the best live cajun and zydeco music in all of Houston.
4356 Westheimer, Houston, TX 77027
The Vintage Bar was a small European style Wine Bar featuring live music.
5701 Main Street, Houston, TX 77005
The Warwick Hotel originally built in 1925, rose 12 stories above Main Street in the heart of Houston's beautiful Museum District. The Warwick booked live music in the Lounge and was walking distance to 16 museums and only two miles from the heart of the city. The Warwick Hotel Lounge closed in 2006 and reemerged 12 months later as Hotel ZaZa's Monarch Lounge.
4768 Highway 123, Building 1, San Marcos, TX 78666
Saengerhalle, located at 255 Saengerhalle Road, was constructed in 1959 by a group of German singing clubs. It was used for their meetings, singing fests, dances, etc. The 10,000 square foot hall was purchased by new owners in 1996.