Houston Music

Barbarella Explores New Frontier In Houston Dance Clubs

Right now seems like it might be a good time to open a dance club in Houston, but not just any dance club. So call the brand-new Barbarella (2404 San Jacinto) a progressive dance club -- almost anything is better than "hipster dance club," right?

Once the grandaddy of them all, Rich's unceremoniously shut down in April, and the landlords have yet to find a new tenant. Although the venerable Westheimer club appears to be the embodiment of the motto "keep calm and carry on," Numbers is operating under a slight cloud of uncertainty following last month's sudden death of owner Robert Burtenshaw, aka Robot. Stereo Live is going great guns, but it's a ways from central Houston, where apartment blocks and high-rise condos keep sprouting up like toadstools.

Enter Barbarella, which owner/DJ Harvey Graham and his partner John Gardner hope fills that niche with a proven pedigree.

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Chris Gray has been Music Editor for the Houston Press since 2008. He is the proud father of a Beatles-loving toddler named Oliver.
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