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Welcome to the Houston Continental Club, located in Midtown in Houston: 3700 Main Street.

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Nov. 19th, 2006 @ 03:39 pm Big Top Interview: Allen Hill
Listen to the Chron's Handstamp's interview with Allen Hill, and come listen to the Allen Oldie's pre-Thanksgiving 10th Birthday Bash. [mp3]

There's also an article on The Allen Oldies Band.
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Oct. 19th, 2006 @ 11:26 am (no subject)
In today's Chron, they presented us with Ultimate Houston.

And among the pics of Ultimate People was Ultimate Sideburns.

Oct. 17, 2006, 8:25PM


Pete Gordon

The Continental Club's wispy manager, Pete Gordon (aka Pete Gray), sports boomerang chops that are a thing of singular follicular greatness, much like Salvador Dalí's mustache, Ted Koppel's rug and Julius Erving's 'fro. In addition to the sideburns, he also happens to be a dandy sideman, adding tastefully tapped keys to a hodgepodge of songs by Continental performers.

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Sep. 23rd, 2006 @ 09:07 am Sunday Afternoon Zydeco
Here's an article from the Houston Chronicle. Please join us Sunday afternoon for a truly special event.

Sept. 21, 2006, 4:47PM

Zydeco sprouted in Louisiana, blossomed in Texas

Copyright 2006 Houston Chronicle

In his new book Texas Zydeco, Roger Wood pinpoints exactly where the origins of Franco-Creole zydeco music are found.

Dancers take to the floor at PeTe's Cajun Barbecue House in Houston to music by Bourbon Street.At the risk of giving up some historical subplot, all you need to do is jump on Interstate 10 and follow the exhale of accordion party tones and the chank-a-chank rhythm of a rub board.

Start that trek around Lafayette, La., and head west toward Houston.

(Louisiana natives who claim ownership of zydeco traditions are free to gasp here.)

"Houston is to zydeco what Chicago has been to American blues," says Wood, paraphrasing a notion that Michael Tisserand asserted eight years ago in The Kingdom of Zydeco.

This is the spine of Wood's study in Texas Zydeco. Combined with photography by James Fraher, the 324-page book stands as the most concentrated history of Houston's influence on modern zydeco to date.

On Sunday Wood and Fraher will celebrate the release of Texas Zydeco with a book signing noon-2 p.m. at Sig's Lagoon, followed by live zydeco music by the Zydeco Dots and special guests, 2-6 p.m. at the Continental Club nearby.

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Sep. 21st, 2006 @ 05:55 pm Yodelin' the Blues
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'Pavarotti of the Plains' Don Walser dead at 72

Late-blooming musician sang and yodeled his way to country heights in early 1990s.

By Michael Corcoran
Thursday, September 21, 2006

There's never been a more special relationship between a musician and his fans in Austin than when rotund National Guardsman Don Walser started over in the music business in 1990 at the now-defunct Henry's Bar on Burnet Road. His improbable rise and signing to Sire Records, the label of Madonna and the Ramones, at age 64 was the feelgood story of the Austin music scene. Dubbed "the Pavarotti of the Plains" for his clear, powerful tenor, Walser was embraced by gray-haired two-steppers and tattooed punk rockers alike, which was the basis of a February 1996 segment on "ABC Primetime Live."

Walser passed away about 1:45 p.m. Wednesday after a long illness. He was 72.

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Sep. 17th, 2006 @ 10:54 pm Glover Gill at play
You should come out and see Glover Gill on any Monday night. He plays Tango piano from 8pm - 9pm.

He used to maintain a residence in Austin and Houston. He recently sold his place in Austin to purchase a bunker in an undisclosed location.

For fun he recently incubated, hatched and raised six ducks from eggs.

He's seen here playing with them in the lake behind his undisclosed bunker.

He promises to be clothed at most Monday gigs.
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May. 16th, 2006 @ 08:25 am Chron: The Austin angle has an edge in Houston
In this past Sunday's business section, there's a piece on Houston locales that have an "Austin" feel. Among them, many 3700 residents.

May 14, 2006, 8:20PM

The Austin angle has an edge in Houston

A handful of area businesses have perfected the free-spirited feel of the Lone Star State's capital

Copyright 2006 Houston Chronicle

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Apr. 17th, 2006 @ 08:36 am R.I.P. Robert Lee Smith, 1939-2006
April 15, 2006, 12:53AM


Longtime Houston blues singer

For The Chronicle

The Houston blues community lost one of its most beloved ambassadors with the recent death of vocalist Big Robert Smith; he was 66. Born Robert Lee Smith in 1939 and raised in Third Ward, he died at Ben Taub Hospital on April 6.

The amiable 300-plus pound singer is best known locally, nationally, and internationally for his show-stealing featured role with Grady Gaines and the Texas Upsetters. That 35-year affiliation is highlighted for posterity by Smith's contributions to the group's later recordings, including the albums Full Gain, Horn of Plenty and Jump Start.

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Apr. 15th, 2006 @ 09:39 am Mojo Nixon: Kinky Friedman — a real Texas, American nut job
Word from Wet Dawg of the Toad Liquors is that they almost drown in Jagermeister Thursday night in Austin. But they made it do Dallas after that, and tonight Mojo Nixon & The Toadliquors will try to be staying afloat in Hoston.

Opening up are Houston's Allen Oldies Band and Chicago's The Goldstars, both high energy acts worth and capable of warming up the crowd.

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Get the Kinky is Everywhere single off of Mojo's Wbsite: http://www.mojonixon.com/ .
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Jan. 16th, 2006 @ 07:24 am Touring Wednesday: Marah
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A great show this Wednesday: Marah. This Philadelphia-based band tore up the stage in 2004 at the Continental Club in Austin for SXSW, feeding off the intensity of a full house. Last year they made a stop through Houston and once again put on a great show.

If you'd like to catch up on their your, check out their blog.

Since everyone's New Years Resolution should have been to go out and see more new music, here's your midweek chance - this show will be great! The energy inside the two brothers who lead this band should be studied by scientists!

The band has two new albums out, so bring some extra payola and go home happy.

If you end up missing the show (big mistake), you can hear them on World Cafe the following day.

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Jan. 2nd, 2006 @ 12:20 pm 2006 Rose Bowl @ The Big Top

All you Longhorn Fans who want to catch the Rose Bowl somewhere, but aren't fond of the overcrowded sports bars, come on down to The Big Top, Wednesday, January 4, 2006, 7pm
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Dec. 30th, 2005 @ 11:42 pm New Years Eve - Free at the CC
As is tradition, the Continental Club will be no cover on New Years Eve - so if you want to include it as one of your stops of the evening, feel free. (Of course, we'll be there all night!)

Saturday, December 31, 2005 - New Years Eve
8-11 The El Orbits
11-2 The Allen Oldies Band

And the Big Top will be open just down the way celebrating just as hard.

And for only $10, you can have a keepsake Allen Oldies album.
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Dec. 21st, 2005 @ 04:25 pm David Beebe in the paper in Austin
From the Austin American Statesman, here's an article about 3700 Main resident, David Beebe. Of course they try to claim him as an Austin musician - as they do for all Texas musicians.

Into the mix with Banana Blender Surprise's BeebeCollapse )

see Banana Blender Surprise this Friday, 10pm, after Molly & The Ringwald's Holiday Happy Hour
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