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The Sons of Hermann Hall on the corner of Elm and Exposition on the outskirts of Deep Ellum has been there for more than a century. Still used as a private lodge, the building is now a Texas Historic Landmark and is open to the public for some of the areas best concerts. Visit the downstairs bar for a drink and a game of pool or shuffleboard, take in a performance of your favorite musical act upstairs in the ballroom, or take a tour of the lodge's historical bowling alley. Not much has changed inside the Sons of Hermann Hall over time. It's like stepping inside a time machine set for decades ago.
Lessons take place the first hour, but dancing continues with music by a DJ. For all ages.
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Event Review: Mike Stinson, JP Harris & The Tough Choices
Mike Stinson - Blanco's - Houston, TX - REVIEW
Written by Eddie Ferranti
This night was a chap by the name of Mike Stinson. Dude hails from Virginia, but called Los Angeles his home in 1991. MS culled his country roots admiring the works of Gram Parsons, Johnny Cash and George Jones to name a few.
He released an album, "Jack of All Heartache", which spawned a tongue-in-cheek ode to California called "Late Great Golden State" which Dwight Yoakum later covered himself. "Counting My Lucky Stars" from his second album, "Last Fool at the Bar", was featured on the TV show Cold Case. Pretty cool stuff.
Stinson played drums for the likes of Christina Aguilera , Lucinda Williams, and Randy Weeks, but he relocated to Houston in 2009 and is now fronting his own band and playing guitar. Dude is a no nonsense performer who gives you beyond your money's worth every time out.
This night his long ass first set included many covers and originals with lyrics/song titles that just fractured me. Here are a few that came to mind:
-"I Guess I'll Take this Bottle to Have and to Hold"
-"Jack of All Heartache"
-"$2 Dollars in the Juke Box 10 Cents at a Time"
- "I Got Your Message When I Never Got Your Call"
- "I Found the Other Side of the Blues"
- "I'll Pray for Rain so the Grapes Can Make More Wine"
- "Mind Your Own Business Because You Won't be Minding Mine"
All classics with a bang up band featuring Lance Smith on lead guitar, Charlie Davis on bass, and Ricky Davis on pedal steel. When the tandem of Smith and Davis turn it loose it is honky-tonk with tabasco on it brother! Mike's latest album released in 2010, "The Jukebox in Your Heart" got him rave reviews in Houston and has a killer tune, "Stop the Bar I'm Gettin' Off". This cat is working his butt off showing up all over Houston and wearin' the tires off hitting Austin as well.
When you are ready to try a new place for an evening you cannot go wrong on either count. Hitting the unpaved parking lot of Blancos and stuffing in a delicious tuna melt or chicken sandwich or playing pool or shuffleboard is a nice way to unwind at one of Houston's unabashed honky-tonk jewels. And catching a killer nice guy like Mike Stinson is a MUST for the music lovers of the Houston area!
We should be proud that one of the best kept musical secrets of the country scene chose to reside in our Bayou City.........SO get out and support not only him, but all the musicians that help us escape reality 2+ hours at a time...............God Bless!
Sons of Hermann Hall is one of those venues that feels untouched by time, and that's a good thing. The rumors that it's possibly haunted only add to the allure, and with more than 100 years of history thumping around in those walls, seeing a show there just gives you that warm fuzzy feeling. (Or is that something ... else?) We love the upstairs room, especially now that Parade of Flesh has started booking shows there, but catching a show in the downstairs bowling alley is an added bonus.... More »
The best music venues not only host shows but transform them, elevating a band or an artist to the top of their game with great sound and atmosphere. Sons of Hermann Hall and its kindred spirit in little D, Dan's Silverleaf, are two such venues. Both cater to roots-loving audiences, with frequent shows by country and folk luminaries such as Slaid Cleaves, Billy Joe Shaver and Ramblin' Jack Elliott, but recent memorable rock shows at both Sons (Constantines, Oakley Hall) and Dan's... More »
The large, renovated ballroom upstairs at Sons of Hermann Hall is the perfect venue for swing-dance nights, which it hosts every Wednesday. There's a refinished hardwood floor, smooth enough for twirling without friction but with enough traction that you can stay on your feet. There are tables and chairs for those who need to take a breather, and a bar for those who need some liquid incentive to strut their stuff. With the air conditioner cranked and music blaring from the sound booth or... More »
Though Gypsy Tea Room books many of the same acts, Sons has one big advantage: room enough to dance. That, and it reminds us of the dance halls we grew up in, sneaking a sip from a can of Lone Star when our grandpa wasn't looking, dodging the two-stepping couples scooting their boots on the hardwood floor. It's a comfortable piece of home, even more comfortable after, oh, a dozen longnecks. You know, to get into the spirit of things. More »
Built in 1911, Sons continues to be the one legit honky-tonk island in a sea of bland imitators. It's one of the few venues that still books Texas and roots-country acts, and even though the Gypsy Tea Room offers many of the same performers (the Derailers, Tish Hinojosa, etc.), there is no match for Sons' atmosphere. From the long bar and jukebox downstairs to the dance floor, folding chairs and small stage upstairs, Sons is a respite of C&W joy for those of us who still love to swing,... More »
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