Remembering Houston's '60s Psych Clubs

Besides here, here, here and, OK, Stone Temple Pilots - if you're going, at least go early enough to catch opener Black Francis, whose new EP s vn f ng rs is excellent - and a bunch of free instores at Cactus Music, it's kind of a slow weekend for music in the Bayou City.

That makes it an ideal weekend to point your browser at the past and brush up on some Houston music history. The Houston archives at 1960's Texas Music are an excellent place to start, whether you were a regular at the Catacombs or just bought your first Thirteenth Floor Elevators album yesterday.

A few excerpts to whet your appetite for the weird:

La Maison: "I'm told it became a communal type place for Jesus Freaks in the late sixties."

Catacombs: "A number of great bands played at the Catacombs. Even Jethro Tull played there on their first US tour. Other national acts include the Shadows of Knight, the Outsiders, the Cyrkle and the Seeds."

The Living Eye: "The 'age limit' was 15 to 20. That means that, like the Vulcan Gas Company in Austin and a lot of other clubs, they didn't have a liquor license."

Jimmie Menuti's Lounge and Club: "Seemed to me it was owned by gangsters, but maybe that was just implied somehow by the name."

Have a fun and freaky weekend! - Chris Gray

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