10. JONES HALL Definitely one of the fanciest places on our list with its wall-to-wall red carpeting and fine wine bar, Jones Hall is the permanent home of the Houston Symphony Orchestra and the Houston Society for the Performing Arts, as well as a venue for popular contemporary musicians and other artists. Some have criticized the theater as being dated, but the seats have been comfortable and the room has sounded great when we have visited.
Jones may not be a place that up-and-coming performers get a chance to play, but it can be a good place to catch some big names; Neil Young stopped by during his 2010 solo tour with the late Bert Jansch opening, as did Young's friend and sometimes musical collaborator Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam for a 2012 solo show. Currently the venue has several Christmas programs scheduled, but Sarah McLachlan does drop by on March 1.