Dan Electro’s Bar & Live Music Venue is dedicated to being a space where local talent and touring musicians who are starting out have a place to play.
“Dan Electro’s is one of the few remaining small venues that Houston still has left,” Scott Hofheins of Dan Electro’s said. “Places like Walter’s or Fitzgerald’s are gone … and they are either a new retail space or a parking lot. With places such as White Oak Music Hall, House of Blues and Warehouse Live, there are only a couple of venues that host local or touring bands that haven’t sold a million records yet.”
As a way to continue being a place for small-time musicians, the venue located at 1031 E. 24th St. recently began hosting a singer-songwriter showcase on Monday nights.
“The owners and I are very committed to making sure that the mass amount of musically talented musicians that reside here have a place where their creative endeavors are heard,” Hofheins said. “Especially in a city that is so very sports-oriented.”
Hofheins called the first showcase a quasi-makeup show for Daniel Slater Nash, who goes by the stage name Kerosene Pipedreams, that was cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“His playing and style is that of John Prine and he sings in a very beautifully honest way,” Hofheins said. “Any free Monday nights, he can come and play if he chooses. He also was offered a monthly residency on our Steak Night on Thursdays.”
Kerosene Pipedreams also performed the following Monday. Because this is still a new event, Hofheins is still in the process of booking shows. For future shows you can find the venue on Facebook, @DanElectrosBar. Show times will vary each week, some from 6-8 p.m. and others from 9-11 p.m. Tickets are $6.
To play, musicians must have their own PA system, which cuts the cost for the bar to host the musician. Hofheins also asks the singer-songwriters to play a majority of original music. If the musicians play a cover song, it’s to show the audience who inspired them.
“Music is very much derived from inspiration in someone else’s music, so in some shape or form, you will emulate those that inspired you in your own songwriting,” Hofheins said.
Almost every musician starts off playing in dive bars, house parties or locally owned venues either in their hometown or on the road. Without places like Dan Electro’s, where will the next solo musician or band start out? This is why Hofheins said the bar will continue to do all it can to support live music.