Houston Live Music Venues

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Concert Hall at House of Blues | Photo courtesy of House of Blues Houston

Concert & Houston Live Music Shortcuts

Major Concert Venues

Signature Live Music Venues

Indie Music Venues & Bars

Honky Tonks & Dancehalls

More Music Venues in Greater Houston

Houston Live Music Venues

From sprawling set designs that fill a football field to snug pubs with a corner stage, Houston live music options can be found in concert venues of all shapes and sizes, accommodating musicians from the most beloved artists with frenzied followings to local performers with nothing more than a guitar.

Here, you’ll find the most popular Houston live music venues and concert spaces from across the inner city and beyond in Greater Houston.

For a deeper dive into each venue, just click the links for our detailed descriptions of these notable Houston concert venues, along with listings upcoming scheduled concerts and shows.

Live music venues are generally listed in order of capacity, from largest to smallest, with some added consideration for some venues’ general affiliation with Houstons’s live music scene.

Major Houston Concert Venues

NRG Stadium at NRG Park in South Houston

Home to the Houston Texans and Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, NRG Stadium also brings together more than 70,000 fans for Houston’s biggest concert events of the year. Click here for more details and upcoming events at NRG Stadium.

Notable Upcoming Events & More About NRG Stadium | Official Website

Toyota Center in Downtown

Best known as home to the Houston Rockets, Toyota Center has one of Houston’s most exciting event calendars each year, with dozens of the nation’s top concerts and touring shows filling the Downtown arena. Click here for more details and upcoming events at Toyota Center.

Upcoming Events & More About Toyota Center | Official Website

Revention Music Center in Downtown

In the heart of Downtown’s Theater District, Revention Music Center has been a popular tour stop for three decades, filling two tiers of seating for performances by major recording artists, nationally-recognized comedians, and a diverse range of other highly-anticipated events. Click here for more details and upcoming events at Revention Music Center.

Upcoming Events & More About Revention Music Center | Official Site

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands

Sometimes simply called the Woodlands Pavilion, this outdoor amphitheater in The Woodlands offers covered assigned seating and affordable general admission tickets to the sloped lawn for major concerts from some of the most world-renowned musicians and bands. Click here for more details and upcoming events at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion.

Upcoming Events & More About Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion | Official Website

Smart Financial Centre in Sugar Land

Nestled southwest of the city, the 6,400-capacity Smart Financial Centre arena provides a more intimate concert experience for some of the largest touring acts around, including rarely seen international superstars from around the world. Click here for more details and upcoming events at Smart Financial Centre.

Upcoming Events & More About Smart Financial Centre | Official Website

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The Lawn at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands | Photo: 365 Houston

Signature Houston Live Music & Concert Venues

White Oak Music Hall in Northside Village

Just north of Downtown and east of The Heights in the Northside Village neighborhood, White Oak Music Hall (sometimes abbreviated to WOMH) features a bustling music schedule that sometimes means simultaneous shows on the upstairs, downstairs, and outdoor stages. Here, you’ll find everything from homegrown groups to established touring acts and legendary musicians performing for up to 3,000 attendees. Click here for more details and upcoming events at White Oak Music Hall.

Upcoming Events & More About White Oak Music Hall | Official Site

House of Blues Houston in Downtown

Located in the GreenStreet entertainment center near Discovery Green in central Downtown, House of Blues attracts major live shows from touring artists that fill out their two-tiered upstairs Music Hall and the snug Bronze Peacock Room. Click here for more details and upcoming events at House of Blues Houston.

Upcoming Events & More About House of Blues Houston | Official Site

Miller Outdoor Theatre in the Museum District

A longtime fixture of the century-old Hermann Park, Miller Outdoor Theatre provides free performances, concerts, and events to the city of Houston, making for fun nights out with the family or a budget-friendly date night. Click here for more details and upcoming events at Miller Outdoor Theatre.

Upcoming Events & More About Miller Outdoor Theatre | Official Site

Stereo Live in West Houston

Accommodating up to 3,000 people, Stereo Live offers an intimate experience with a slate of concerts tailored for electronic dance, dubstep, and DJ performances with national and international audiences. Click here for more details and upcoming events at Stereo Live

Upcoming Events & More About Stereo Live | Official Website

Arena Theatre in West Houston

One of the most unique and longest-standing music venues in the city of Houston, Arena Theatre features a circular, rotating stage at its center, ensuring that any of the 2,800 attendees are never further than 60 feet from the performers. Click here for more details and upcoming events at Arena Theatre.

Upcoming Shows & More About Arena Theatre | Official Website

Warehouse Live in EaDo

One of the anchors in the thriving scene of restaurants and bars on St. Emanuel in the quickly expanding EaDo district, Warehouse Live plays host to bands from many genres and decades, with some of the most well-known groups and trending musicians filling the two stages inside the venue. Click here for more details and upcoming events at Warehouse Live.

Upcoming Shows & More About Warehouse Live | Official Website

The Heights Theater in The Heights

Re-opened in 2016, this one-time 1900s movie theater was renovated for live concerts and accommodates 500 fans with row seating, the occasional stage-side tables, and limited balcony seats. The Heights Theater presents one of the more intimate Houston live music experiences available. Click here for more details and upcoming events at The Heights Theater.

Upcoming Shows & More About The Heights Theater | Official Website

Rockefeller’s in the Washington Avenue Corridor

Setting the stage for a wide range of performers from touring indie bands to country artists, Rockefeller’s offers close-up live experiences with a unique balcony setup that sometimes allows fans to watch from directly above the performer. Click here for more details and upcoming events at Rockefeller’s.

More About Rockefeller’s | Official Website

The Continental Club Houston in Midtown

Nestled amid one of the most well-traveled blocks in Midtown, The Continental Club serves the broad music tastes of Houston, from rockabilly and classic soul to local indies and classic rock covers. Click here for more details and upcoming events at The Continental Club Houston.

More About The Continental Club | Official Website

McGonigel’s Mucky Duck in Upper Kirby

With a history of hosting names like Guy Clark, Terry Allen, and Lyle Lovett, local favorite Irish pub McGonigel’s Mucky Duck boasts a calendar of touring artists and a weekly Wednesday night of traditional Celtic music that has been ongoing for more than 20 years. Click here for more details and upcoming events at McGonigel’s Mucky Duck.

More About McGonigel’s Mucky Duck | Official Website

The Rustic in Downtown

Nestled across the street from Discovery Green, George R. Brown Convention Center, Hilton Americas-Houston, and a block from Toyota Center, The Rustic is an open-late eatery with crafted cocktails, flavorful comfort food, and a stage that plays host to a number of country acts, singer-songwriters, and local groups. Click here for more details and upcoming events at The Rustic.

More About The Rustic | Official Website

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The Lawn at White Oak Music Hall | Photo courtesy of White Oak Music Hall

Indie Houston Live Music Venues & Bars

The Secret Group in EaDo

The Secret Group‘s calendar features an exciting lineup of touring bands, local and national touring comedians, local creators, special one-night events, and sometimes festivals for up to 350 attendees. Click here for more details and upcoming events at The Secret Group.

More About The Secret Group | Official Website

Satellite Bar in the East End

If you find yourself at Satellite Bar for a show, whether on the cozy indoor stage or in the spacious, informal backyard set-up, then you’re in for a show-going experience brimming with good vibes. Click here for more details and upcoming events at Satellite Bar.

More About Satellite Bar | Official Website

Rudyard’s British Pub & Grill in Montrose

Since 1978, Rudyard’s British Pub and Grill, near the intersection of Waugh Drive and Welch Street, has been a Houston staple for laid back evenings, craft beer, and under-the-radar live music. Click here for more details and upcoming events at Rudyard’s British Pub and Grill.

More About Rudyard’s British Pub and Grill | Official Website

Anderson Fair Retail Restaurant in Montrose

Since 1969, this quaint former restaurant and coffee house known as Anderson Fair Retail Restaurant continues to serve local and nationally touring musicians as one of the oldest and longest-running folk venues in the country. Click here for more details and upcoming events at Anderson Fair Retail Restaurant.

More About Anderson Fair Retail Restaurant | Official Website

Shoeshine Charley’s Big Top Lounge in Midtown

The sister venue of Continental Club, Shoeshine Charley’s Big Top Lounge is a touch on the divey side, with colorful lights and clown motifs that welcome visitors in search of fulfilling late-nite cocktails, dancing, and Houston live music. Click here for more details and upcoming events at Shoeshine Charley’s Big Top Lounge.

More About Shoeshine Charley’s Big Top Lounge | Official Website

Cezanne Jazz Club in Montrose

With two sets on Friday and Saturday nights, Cezanne Jazz Club offers a quite cozy upstairs space that allows up to 50 patrons to sit within mere feet of talented jazz players from Houston, as well as special appearances by guests on tour. Click here for more details and upcoming events at Cezanne.

More About Cezanne Jazz Club | Official Website

Dan Electro’s Guitar Bar in North Heights

Since 1988, nearby residents have flocked to Dan Electro’s Guitar Bar, the neighborhood spot in North Heights, in search of laid-back mingling, bar games, and a live music fix. Click here for more details and upcoming events at Dan Electro’s Guitar Bar.

More About Dan Electro’s Guitar Bar | Official Website

Last Concert Cafe in Downtown

An authentically Houston icon, Last Concert Cafe is home to an eclectic mix of homegrown people and exudes a down-to-Earth vibe that translates to their concert experiences and signature Tex-Mex dishes. Click here for more details and upcoming events at the Last Concert Cafe.

More About Last Concert Cafe | Official Website

Cottonwood in Garden Oaks / Oak Forest 

Nestled in the Garden Oaks/Oak Forest neighborhood just north of The Heights, Cottonwood has been providing spacious digs, live music, cold drinks, and an extensive menu of delicacies for patrons, local and visiting alike, since 2012. Click here for more details and upcoming events at Cottonwood.

More About Cottonwood | Official Website

Cactus Music in Montrose

In addition to serving the music retail needs of Houston since 1975, Cactus Music boasts a calendar of free performances and autograph sessions with local artists, regional acts, and national touring musicians with complimentary Saint Arnold Brewing Co. beers during in-store events.

 More About Cactus Music | Official Website

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Last Concert Cafe | Photo courtesy of Last Concert Cafe

Houston Honky Tonks & Dancehalls

Stampede Houston in North Houston

The sprawling honky tonk features a vast dance floor, free pool tables and bull riding, a second-floor karaoke lounge, and plenty of room for up to 4,000 fans looking to enjoy Stampede Houston‘s nightclub dancing or big-name country musicians. Click here for more details and upcoming events at Stampede Houston.

More About Stampede Houston | Official Website

Firehouse Saloon in West Houston

The country music bar and honky tonk has been owned and operated by retired fireman as part of a tradition that spans three decades. In that time, Firehouse Saloon has seen a number of Texas music artists grace the stage of the cozy venue, including Miranda Lambert, Randy Rogers, and Pat Green. Click here for more details and upcoming events at Firehouse Saloon

More About Firehouse Saloon in West Houston | Official Website

Dosey Doe: The Big Barn in The Woodlands

Located along Interstate 45 in The Woodlands, Dosey Doe: The Big Barn is a restaurant, coffee shop, and spacious setting for a slew of country’s favorite acts, from local talent to major touring artists. Click here for more details and upcoming events at Dosey Doe: The Big Barn.

More About Dosey Doe: The Big Barn | Official Website

Goodnight Charlie’s in Montrose

In the heart of Montrose along the bustling Westheimer corridor, Goodnight Charlie’s is a contemporary honky-tonk that delivers tacos, cocktails, and boot-scootin’ country music. Click here for more details and upcoming events at Goodnight Charlie’s.

More About Goodnight Charlie’s | Official Website
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Firehouse Saloon | Photo courtesy of Firehouse Saloon

Other Notable Concert & Live Music Venues in Greater Houston

The Grand 1894 Opera House in Downtown Galveston

For well over a century, the Grand 1894 Opera House—also christened as the “Official Opera House of Texas”—has remained a fixture of Galveston arts and culture, delighting audiences with dance, Broadway, opera, and performances by treasured musical artists. Click here for more details and upcoming events at the Grand 1894 Opera House.

More About the Grand 1894 Opera House | Official Website

Scout Bar in Clear Lake City

Tucked away in the heart of NASA, Scout Bar serves as a live concert home to highly-touted alt-rock and metal bands, country, hip hop, and tribute acts, with room for up to 500 fans. Click here for more details and upcoming events at Scout Bar.

More About Scout Bar | Official Website

Main Street Crossing in Tomball

Just north of the Grand Parkway in Tomball, Main Street Crossing holds up to 150 fans for up close and personal performances by folk and country artists that find themselves passing through while on regional and national tours. Click here for more details and upcoming events at Main Street Crossing.

More About Main Street Crossing | Official Website

Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe in Galveston

Since 1969, Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe has continued the down-home tradition of live blues, jazz, and acoustic performances from renowned legends and locals alike. Click here for more details and upcoming events at Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe.

More About Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe | Official Website
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The Grand 1894 Opera House | Photo: Grant Britain, courtesy of The Grand 1894 Opera House