Situated on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, just south of Old Spanish Trail, Third Ward’s Red Rooster club has been in operation since the mid-1970s. Patrons are encouraged to “dress to impress,” and the club is often filled with dapper folks looking to dance the evening away to some blues and soul tunes. The dance floor is full even on Wednesday, loaded with customers who enjoy the grown ‘n’ sexy atmosphere. It’s a common sight to see the bar stacked deep with people ordering drinks, but fear not: cocktail waitresses circulate throughout the large room, stopping off at the dozens of tables.
When All D. Freemon was looking for a venue to replace the vacuum in black comedy that followed the demise of the Jus' Jokin' club, he turned to the former BYOB discotheque founded by Houston NewsPages publisher Francis Page Sr. in '71. Though primarily an open mike for comedians of all stripes and colors, the Thunder Thursdays showcase has already landed such talent as blaxploitation icon Rudy Ray Moore (a.k.a. Dolemite) and Renaldo Ray of BET's Comicview to kick off the evening. Here's to... More »