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Austin, Texas


The Continental ClubAustin, Texas

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Austin, Texas


The Continental ClubAustin, Texas

Rockin South Austin Since 1955

The legendary Continental Club opened its doors in 1955 and celebrates over 60 years as one the oldest continuously running clubs in all of Austin. It started out as a swanky supper club,  then became Austin's first burlesque club and later became a working man's blue collar bar on South Congress that opened every morning at 7am and eventually grew into one of the premier live music venues presenting bands like Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, Paul Ray and the Cobras, Joe Ely, Bill Carter and the Blame and many more onstage back in the late 70's thru the early 80's. It continued from '83-'87 as a hotbed for new wave/punk and rock n roll with bands like Social Distortion, The Replacements, The True Believers and many others performing. In 1987, the club was renovated and refurbished to make it as close to it's original 1950s version as possible, including the restoration of the original murals that you see on the walls today. From '87 to the present The Continental Club, now a historical landmark is the premier roots rock, traditional country and blues, rockabilly and garage rock club in the country. Roosevelt "The Grey Ghost" Williams kicked things off New Years Eve 1987 and continued to play regular happy hours. Ernie Bowser, TD Bell and the Blues Specialists followed suit with Friday happy hours and are still playing after 3 decades with the next generation onstage with original member Mel Davis.  Everyone from Junior Brown to Link Wray to Robert Plant have graced the stage. Folks like Bill Frisell, Southern Culture on the Skids, Alejandro Escovedo, Barfield the Tyrant of Texas Funk, Wanda Jackson, Toni Price, James Burton, Dale Watson, James McMurtry, Jon Dee Graham and the country super group Heybale call The Continental Club home. 

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When thinking of fine entertainment, there’s one sure-fired destination that continues to deliver. And, yes, we’re talking about the now famed Continental Club and Gallery. Always a winner!
— Billy F Gibbons
 

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The Continental Gallery


The Continental GalleryAustin, Texas

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The Continental Gallery


The Continental GalleryAustin, Texas

Tameca Jones photo © Greg Giannukos

Tameca Jones photo © Greg Giannukos

Mike Flanigin on B-3, photo © Michael Corcoran

Mike Flanigin on B-3, photo © Michael Corcoran

The Continental Gallery

The Continental Gallery started out as Irving's Steakhouse in the mid 50's providing food for the Continental Club back in the day, and later became an architect's office (who in fact designed the long gone Terrace Motel that sat directly behind the Continental Club and belonged to Willie Nelson at one time and also the Villa Capri Hotel near UT campus). The space became the famous One World Guitars owned and operated by collector and music lover Steve Brown. After Steve passed away, we took over the space and moved a full sized Hammond B-3 organ and Leslie speaker and a ping pong table up above the Continental Club, and began a revolving art show on the walls and named it the Continental Gallery. Over the last 7 years the gallery has been home to the organ stylings of Mr. Mike Flanigin as a host to everyone from Jimmie Vaughan to Derek O'Brien, Denny Freeman, Billy F Gibbons, Jake Langley, Dave Biller and more great guitar players with the incomparable Barry "Frosty" Smith on drums. The Continental Gallery is a little hidden upstairs speakeasy of sorts and an intimate room for enjoying jazz, soul, r&b and singer-songwriter music with the likes of Dr. James Polk and Elias Haslinger, Ephraim Owens, The Lost Counts and James McMurtry holding court. It is as close to having a house concert in your living room as you can get.

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Houston, Texas


The Continental Club
Houston, Texas

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Houston, Texas


The Continental Club
Houston, Texas

Dick Dale photo © Jay Lee

Dick Dale photo © Jay Lee

Bringing You The Best in Bayou City

In the year 1999, then Austin Continental Club manager Pete Gordon and owner Steve Wertheimer partnered together with Houstonian Bob Schultz to expand the reach of the famous club 150 miles east of Austin into the rockin city of Houston, Texas. Houston's Main Street, south of downtown had gone neglected for many years but showed much potential in the old buildings lining the street. In a vintage 1920's drugstore they set out to rebuild a neighborhood around the new Club. Many of the Continental Club regular bands needed a new home in Houston and Continental Club Houston quickly became the go-to venue for all the great roots rock, rockabilly, gulf coast soul and rock n roll bands that tour through the southwest. Worldwide talent such as Ian McLagan and Ronnie Wood, U2, Bobby Blue Bland, Nick Lowe, Dick Dale and Houston Legends Roy Head, Archie Bell. Barbara Lynn and Little Joe Washington plus many many more grace the stage. 

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Shoeshine Charley's Big Top Lounge


Shoeshine Charley's
Big Top Lounge
Houston, Texas

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Shoeshine Charley's Big Top Lounge


Shoeshine Charley's
Big Top Lounge
Houston, Texas

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"Shoeshine Charley" Miller

"Shoeshine Charley" Miller

Shoeshine Charley's Big Top Lounge

The Big Top is the local extension of the Continental Club. It came to life when vintage circus paintings were found preserved on the walls and soon discovered that the building had housed Playhouse Toys, a Houston institution for many years beginning in the 1940’s. A perfect starting point for the new neighborhood lounge.

Shoeshine Charley’s Big Top Lounge is the proper name and is a tribute to The Master of Ceremonies "Shoeshine Charley" Miller. Charley moved down to Houston as soon as the new Continental Club was up and running to lend a hand to Pete Gordon and give him hell, as well as keep all the musicians in line. Everyone who knew Charley loved and adored him (unless you stood too close to his shine stand "pitiful" without gettin a shine) His band introductions were legendary and a true honor when Charley would bring them up onstage and butcher their names (just ask "Ali-hondo Escalator" if you don't believe me). Charley’s shoeshine stand watches over the Big Top with pride nightly, and you can always find top-flight entertainment, Peter and James, The Ugly Beats, The Light Rock Express, Nick Gaitan and the Umbrellamen, Allison Fisher and many more.  

 

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