My Top 5: musician & booking agent Allen Hill

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Our My Top 5 feature showcases Houstonians who are shaping the culture in the city and impacting people’s lives. In turn, they share their own favorite things to do in Houston when they’re not hard at work. This week, we’re very pleased to feature Allen Hill, musician, entertainer, and booking agent at Allen Hill Entertainment.

My Top 5 Things to Do in Houston

by Allen Hill

  1. Continental Club – My home away from home! The Continental Club owners and staff are passionate about creating tons of Fun while showcasing top tier talent. The Allen Oldies Band has performed sixteen straight No Cover New Year’s Eve Bashes since the club opened in 2000. In addition to seeing thousands of outstanding bands, I’ve been extremely fortunate to share the club’s stage with legends including Archie Bell, Barbara Lynn, Andre Williams, and Roy Head.
  2. The Orange Show – The Orange Show inspires me. Visiting the monument and experiencing even a small part of creator Jeff McCissack’s vision will put a smile on your face and happiness in your heart for a good long time. Never underestimate the value and community impact of one person working relentlessly to achieve their dreams.
  3. Fit Athletic Club – Working out is a key part of my fun formula. The indoor cycling classes at Fit keep me cranking at top speed. High energy, passionate instructors create spectacular rides set to pumping music. Physically locking into the groove has an amazing effect on my body and brain—the closest I can get to the joy of performing music on stage in a packed venue or private party full of fun folks dancing their tails off. I dig spinning so much that I am now a certified instructor, and look forward to seeing some rock and rollers hit the gym this year.
  4. Cactus Music – Yes, another Houston institution. My first visit to Cactus, as a kid in the late 1970s, was a beautiful experience and key event in my musical development. The aisles full of vinyl in wooden crates and walls of cassettes filled me with joy, wonder, and curiosity. The new location, catty-corner from the old Sound Warehouse, is better than the original. In addition to even more space for great music, it’s got room for intimate in-store performances for outstanding artists and a keg or two of cold, delicious Saint Arnold beers. Hitting Cactus and Rockin’ Robin, the best guitar shop in Texas that’s conveniently right across the street, always puts me in the best of moods.
  5. 90.1 FM KPFT – You bet it’s listener supported community radio for a community minded guy like me. The music shows feature great tunes that are handpicked with love by each of the DJs. Roark Smith, Rick Heysquierdo, Jeffrey Thames, and so many of the volunteer show hosts provide exciting entertainment and are a key part of the live music scene in our town. The Mighty Ninety comes in loud and clear way beyond the city thanks to their recently upgraded 100,000 watt transmitter. The station’s commitment to building community goes way beyond the airwaves through their participation in fun events all over our beautiful city.

About Allen Hill

Allen Hill is a native Houstonian, eighth generation Texan, alumnus of Lamar High School and The University of Texas. As an active participant in the Texas music scene for over 25 years, Allen performs with The Allen Oldies Band, Banana Blender Surprise, The El Orbits, and tons of other bands. Allen started his booking agency, matching party hosts with dynamic bands for their events, in 2007. He lives in the Heights with his wife and two poodles.

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