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Dan Electro’s Guitar Bar Houston


In late 1988, Heights Guitar owner Jim Mendenhall (Dr. Zoomac) purchased the former Leola’s Steakhouse from Leola Frankel of Frankel’s Costume Company to establish a live music venue. The funky guitar painted on the building front, and a 7 foot high photo of Mick & Keith in the entry (Glimmer Twins circa 1970), announce Dan’s is about music, specifically Rock. Rock in all it’s forms- blues, Texas, punk, Southern, performance, rock n’ roll, funk, country, folk, art, rockabilly, roots, indie, alternative and more. We feature other musical genres also- jazz, R & B, storytelling, Delta blues, ska, soul and some that defy description, as long as it is “Live and Original”. The oldest blues jam in Houston started at Dan’s in December, 1988 and has had as guests Tab Benoit, Greg Allman, Billy Gibbons, and Richard Geer. When Dr. Zoomac decided to turn an old bank into a guitar shop/ music venue in Moulton, Texas www.olemoultonbank.com after 16 years, he sold Dan Electro’s to Bob Edwards. Booking the best local, regional, and touring bands, Dan’s has become internationally known as a place where anyone can relax or boogie in a comfortable atmosphere with good music. Our large, tropically landscaped backyard, with brick and stone patio built by Leola’s husband, is a great place to relax and visit or throw a party. We have hosted a variety of private events including; weddings, birthdays, corporate functions, memorials, fundraisers, engagements, showers, and holiday parties. Plenty of free parking is available.

We are located southwest of the intersection of the 610 North Loop and I-45 in a mostly residential neighborhood, which just celebrated it’s Centennial. Sunset Heights was developed primarily in the 1920’s, 30’s, and 40’s, but has had a resurgence of building in recent years as people look for a pleasant neighborhood closer to the downtown business district. Dan Electro’s is just one block west of the great Airline Farmer’s Market.

Danelectro guitars were the creation of inventor Nathan Daniel who manufactured amplifiers for Epifone, Montgomery Ward, and Sears & Roebuck from 1934 until he sold the company in 1966. In 1954 he started manufacturing a solid body guitar for Sears as the Silvertone and also under his brand as Danelectro. A Silvertone amplifier and speaker built into a guitar case was sold for $39.95, so many aspiring guitarists began on Danelectro’s. However, their cool colors and style, and unique sound made them a favorite of world class guitarists also. Hence, an ideal name for a music venue for people who grew up on Jimi Hendrix, Eric Calpton and Jimmy Page (all Danelectro’s owners). For more information about Daneloectro and Nat Daniel, see a tribute written by his son, Hawaiian writer, Howard E. Daniel.

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