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El Dorado Ballroom

Map & Directions 2301 Elgin Ave.
Houston, TX 77004
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713-526-7662

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From the depression era until about 1970, the Eldorado was the city's top upscale blues and jazz club. A roll call of the greats that have played there is endless - suffice to say that on one long weekend in the 1950s, Guitar Slim, Etta James, Clifton Chenier, Jimmie Reed and Charles Brown all played at "the home of happy feet." (Reed, James and Chenier on the same bill!) Desegregation spelled the club's doom, as well as that of most of the rest of the once-thriving black-owned businesses on nearby Dowling Street - the happy feet found other homes. Until 2003, when the artists of nearby Project Row Houses reopened the club. Now a historical landmark, today the club is open on special occasions.

 
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  • erika S. on 08/28/10

    Always check Project Row Houses calendar for events here.

  • CultureMap Houston M. on 03/06/12

    Within the last several years, nearby Project Row Houses has taken the club from neglect to restoration which includes fascinating archival photographs on the wall.

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