Houston. To put it simply, the city we live in is amazing. Almost every day I come across something new about this city that makes me love it even more than I did the day before. The funny thing is, I grew up in the lovely Houston suburb of Cypress – and I used to say I would never move back to Houston after college. However, as luck would have it, after graduating from Baylor (yup, proud Baylor Bear) I ended up moving back to Houston and I haven’t looked back since.
After getting back to Houston, I landed a job with a well-known weekly newspaper in town and was lucky enough to be submerged in all that is Houston. While working there I really got to know a local music scene that I knew existed but had never fully experienced.
In case you haven’t noticed, Houston has a pretty awesome live music scene. Yes, most of all of the “big” shows list Houston as a stop on their tours, but what’s even better than that – you can catch a live, local show almost any night of the week.
Some of my favorite spots to catch a show are Fitzgeralds, House of Blues, Walters, McGonigel’s Mucky Duck and Warehouse Live. I like different things about each venue and although those are just a few of my favorites, the options of places for catching a live show in Houston are endless. I like to check out the Concert Calendar on HoustonPress.com to find out what shows are going on, on any given night of the week.
Crowd upstairs at Fitzgeralds. Photo by Julian Bajsel
As if the countless venues in Houston aren’t enough – there is so much local talent to be heard. A good place to check out upcoming local talent is at some of the smaller local venues like Rudyards and The Continental Club. I definitely have some favorite local picks, but I’d encourage anyone to venture out and discover which venues and local bands you can add to your list of “favorites.” Here are a few of mine:
Houston Band, The Last Place You Look, playing their Annual Holiday Bash at Warehouse Live
Houston band, The Tontons, at MFAH Media Mixer. Photo by Julian Bajsel