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Bayou Music Center

520 Texas Ave. Houston, TX 77002 | Downtown/ Midtown | 713-225-8551

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Home for mid-level national touring acts, mostly rock and country artists either on the rise or past their commercial heyday, the Bayou Music Center can accommodate a mosh pit one night and cabaret seating the next. With excellent sound, sight lines and -- most important -- easy-access restrooms, you can fill your bladder on overly priced beer and empty it while missing only a couple of choruses.


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  • Calendar: Highlights
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  • Art Attack: Special Events
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  • Art Attack: Stage
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  • Music: Featured Stories
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  • Calendar: Highlights
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  • Music: Show Preview
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  • Rocks Off: Last Night
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  • Music: Feature
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  • Rocks Off: Last Night
    Emmylou Harris & the Red Dirt Boys Verizon Wireless Theater June 22, 2011 The song about the Italian painter wasn't in the set, and at the end it seemed like it was the only song not in the...
  • Calendar: Highlights
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  • Calendar: Highlights
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  • Art Attack: Comedy
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  • Rocks Off: Last Night
    Cage the Elephant, Manchester Orchestra Verizon Wireless Theater May 27, 2011 Cage the Elephant are nuts. Like their music or not, you're guaranteed to have a good time at any of their...
  • Rocks Off: Last Night
    Primus Verizon Wireless Theater May 23, 2011 The most important thing Curtis Armstrong, who would also appear that year as Booger in Revenge of the Nerds, tells Tom Cruise in 1983's Risky...
  • Rocks Off: Last Night
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  • Music: Show Preview
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  • Music: Show Preview
    During a recent teleconference with a pool of journalists, someone asked Yanni about his newest album, Truth of Touch, and he gave one of the most rock and roll answers we will ever hear...
  • Rocks Off: Last Night
    Slightly Stoopid Verizon Wireless Theater May 14, 2011 Gone are the days when ska-ish, acoustic punk rock with undertones of reggae and hip-hop ruled the airwaves. Hell, Aftermath never...
  • Rocks Off: Last Night
    Kylie Minogue Verizon Wireless Theater May 10, 2011 Check out mighty Aphrodite Kylie Minogue in our slideshow. Kylie Minogue is a wholly heavenly creature among comparably haggard savages...
  • Rocks Off: Last Night
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  • Music: Show Preview
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  • Rocks Off: Last Night
    Ke$ha Verizon Wireless Theater April 29, 2011 See more wild 'n' crazy pics of Ke$ha (and her fans) in our slideshow. Before Ke$ha even hit the stage for her sold-out show Friday night at...
  • Rocks Off: Last Night
    Willie Nelson & Family Verizon Wireless Theater April 28, 2011 See Willie Nelson's extended Houston family in our slideshow. There are few times you don't want the Rolling Stones in your...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Think of acid-tongued comic Don Rickles in a flowered dress and high heels, and you have an idea of what to expect from Lisa Lampanelli today. Like Rickles and shock jock Howard Stern (a big...
  • Rocks Off: This Just In
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  • Music: Show Preview
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  • Music: Show Preview
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  • Calendar: Highlights
    While his signature line “I’m not fat…I’m fluffy!” has been taken up by the amply-fleshed all over, comedian Gabriel Iglesias also comments on the pertinent social...
  • Rocks Off: This Just In
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  • Music: Show Preview
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  • Rocks Off: Last Night
    Reel Big Fish, Aquabats, Suburban Legend, Koo Koo Kangaroo Verizon Wireless Theater January 15, 2011 Walking into Verizon Wireless Theater Saturday night, it was easy to spot who was a fan...
  • Rocks Off: Last Night
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  • Music: Show Preview
    Gregg Gillis: genius or hack? It seems that no one can agree whether Girl Talk is an indication of Gillis's brilliance or music's agonizing decline into postmodern muck. Gillis's mixes mash...

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