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3700 Main Houston, TX 77002 | Downtown/ Midtown | 713-529-9899

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This is the linchpin of "The Island" off Main, catering to every roots, rockabilly and country soul in town. Most any day of the week, one can walk in and plop down at the bar and unwind with the help of a cold Lone Star, great company, and some local music. If the Continental Club doesn't make your Texas heart jump just a little inside your chest, then you are doing something wrong. Also be sure to check out the Pachinko Hut out back when the weather is just right, manned by bartender Big E, who is also playing great B-movies in the background.


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    Southern Culture on the Skids Continental Club March 26, 2011 Finger lickin': It's not just for fried chicken anymore. This past weekend, Southern Culture on the Skids packed up the...
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    "The Island" turns into the Bowery Wednesday night as two Lower East Side survivors of much-mourned NYC nightclub CBGBs blow through on their way to SXSW. Gathering no less than Patti Smith...
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    The bullhorn-voiced San Diego shock-rocker Mojo Nixon is the Foghorn Leghorn of rock and roll, known for his over-the-top, frequently pornographic comic sketches, many of which skewer famous...
  • Rocks Off: Lonesome Onry and Mean
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    Elsewhere on this page, you can read about Flogging Molly's local stop on the Celtic Californians' annual "Green 17" tour. With all due respect to Dave King's crew, Houston seldom lacks for...
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    If it's January, it must be time for a music festival. That's not a misprint, just a brand-new event pulled together by local promoter Eric Dean with a little help from longtime Houston DJ...
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    Wanda Jackson showed she's still the Queen of Rockabilly on her latest visit to the Continental Club in October, which makes Kim Lenz the genre's No. 1 lady-in-waiting. Or perhaps something...
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    There is a great tradition of getting a little on the side within soul and R&B, so when we saw this show advertised as "Black Joe Lewis & the Relatives" for the longest time, we thought the...
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    Miss Leslie, a.k.a. Leslie Sloan, and her band the Juke-Jointers play hardcore honky-tonk from the days of 45s on the jukebox and Hank Williams on the AM radio, but she's no throwback. After...
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    On his first proper solo outing, Film Noir, Runaway Sun front man Andrew Karnavas pulled out almost every trick under his sleeve for his new LP. The burly-voiced guitar strummer went into...
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    These days tribute bands are as plentiful as Twitter updates, but Hell's Belles' all-female take on Australian bad boys AC/DC caused a stir when the band formed in Seattle in 1999. That was...
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    After a Houston hiatus of more than two decades they finally broke last year, the Krayolas are making up for lost time — Saturday will be their third trip here since last summer....
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    Dressed in her miniskirt and Nancy Sinatra go-go boots, hair bouffed to the max, Southern Culture on the Skids bassist Mary Huff is the ultimate rock and roll bad girl. So much so, we were...
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    He's baaaaaaaaaack! For the second time in less than a year, one of Texas's true legends is set to cast his third eye on the Island. When Roky Erickson and his trio of young musicians...
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    With last year's Billy Joe Shaver-esque Something's Wrong/Lost Forever (Bloodshot), San Marcos native Scott H. Biram has officially become his own sentient animal. His harrowing early...
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    As Kris Kristofferson so aptly noted years ago, there's just not much that's as miserable as a Sunday morning coming down. Not long ago, Cosmos Café was the place to be on Sundays for...
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    For a band that started by accident, Whiskey Boat is making a pretty good go at turning into the real thing. On August 19, the quartet that bills itself as "Southeast Texas White Trash Honky...
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    I could hear the pounding rhythm section and smoking lead guitar halfway down the block. When I walked into the Continental Club (3700 Main, 713-529-9899), the Thursday-night happy hour was...

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