Where are the best places to hear live music in Houston?

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Everything in Houston is big - including the music venues. You’ll find several major spots in Houston to catch a show like the Miller Outdoor Theatre, which offers free concerts eight months out of the year. Check out the nationwide chain, House of Blues downtown, which hosts plenty of big names in music at affordable prices. There’s also the annual Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, where you might catch country superstars like Alan Jackson and Brooks & Dunn. Hipsters will love the live music scene in the Montrose area, while jazz enthusiasts can head downtown to Red Cat Jazz Café.

Probably [McGonigel’s] Mucky Duck for fun authentic honky-tonk. Then Anderson Fair is great for country and folk. I’ve done both of those.

Mai Pham

Houston attracts musical superstars of all genres, playing in small, intimate venues, to much larger arenas. For a big name headliner, you'll probably want to check out the Toyota Center, Reliant Stadium, or the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in the Woodlands, which has hosted everyone from Madonna to Prince, Andrea Bocelli to U2.  

The House of Blues downtown offers some of the best current musical performers you'll find: John Legend, Keane, Gipsy Kings are just a few of the acts that have played there. Bayou Music Center (formerly Verizon Wireless Theater) is also another great, intimate venue, attracting singers/bands like John Legend, Fergie, Seal, Jewel, Rob Thomas and One Republic, to name a few.

In the heart of East Downtown, you'll find Warehouse Live, which has hosted everyone from Bruno Mars to former American Idol winner David Cook. The Capital at St. Germaine also offers an eclectic range of nightly acts that you can watch while noshing on shared plates and great cocktails. 

To see and hear Indie and up and coming bands, Fitzgerald's is an excellent venue in the Heights, along with Last Concert Cafe in the northeast part of downtown Houston.  Midtown, the Continental Club, considered the grandaddy of live music venues in Houston, the musical calendar boasts everything from seventies covers bands, to acoustic acts and tango milongas. In the Upper Kirby area, at McGonigel's Mucky Duck, you can also indulge in supper club while watching one of the up and coming musical acts. 

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