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La Maison started in the summer of 1964 as "La Maison du Cafe" in a house on the corner of San Jacinto and Wichita. The owner's name
was George Massey. It was actually IN an old house, which explains the
"chic" French name. It became "La Maison Au Go Go" in the summer of '65 when
it moved to the church on the corner of Bagby and McGowen...lower Montrose. By that time a guy who worked as a cameraman on
the Larry Kane show, Jerry Clark, was involved. Folk music was
dying so it became a rock and roll club. The Six Pents and the Baroque
Brothers were the house bands there.
By late '65 they'd outgrown the
church and moved to 1420 Richmond (formerly a Weingarten's store). This location is where the 13th Floor Elevators played their now legendary early Houston gigs. Then the crowds started
falling off, so they moved back to the church location by June of '66. Whether or not the
13th Floor Elevators ever played there is uncertain. Jerry Clark insisted that the 13th Floor Elevators played there New Year's Eve '67 (ie, Dec 31, 1966),
but I don't know whether to believe him. His chronology was somewhat screwy.
It's doubtful that the club lasted much into '67. There was a Houston
Chronicle from April, 1967 article mentioning that the "Red Crayolas"
(sic) were playing a fashion show there, but they refer to it as "an old
church" and not La Maison. Another newspaper article from around that time
specifically refers to it as a club that's closed. I'm told it became a
communal type place for Jesus Freaks in the late sixties. It was demolished
in the early 70s.
(thanks to Andrew Brown)
Opened December, 1965. The first Catacombs was located at 3003 South Post Oak. They
held Houston's first (only?) "Pop Festival" in that place on August
31, 1968. The show included the Mothers, Canned Heat and, of course,
the Moving Sidewalks. Was sponsored by KNUZ radio (an AM station that
was a rival to KILT). Catacombs also promoted (or was associated
with) a number of other concerts at the Music Hall. Of Our Own took over their University/Kirby location in 1970.
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. They also promoted bigger shows at the Music Hall. Cream and Vanilla
Fudge is one example on 3/31/68 (understand VF didn't show up).
Another was Eric Burdon, Heir Apparent and the Moving Sidewalks (also
1968) and a 4/4/69 concert with Spirit and Nazz (promoted as the
first pop festival of the spring). For anyone interested, the bands at
the Catacombs' 8/31/68 pop festival included Mothers, Canned Heat,
Neal Ford and the Fanatics, Country Joe and the Fish, the Moving
Sidewalks and Matchbox. The posters for these events were split
fountain "window cards" (14x22) made of cardboard with no images.
Kinda bland, but cool in their own way.
(thanks to Dennis H.)
The Pastels perform at the Catacombs
Opening night poster from The Catacombs (above)
Application for The Catacombs. The club had no liquor license.
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