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The Continental Club sprang onto the Austin entertainment scene in 1955, and ever since opening its doors, the spot has been a staple in Austin nightlife. However, it wasn't until the 60s that the club became primarily a music venue.
Initially, the joint was a supper club for Austin's elite that also offered music by touring big bands. It then made the transition to a burlesque club and later a blue-collar bar that opened every morning at 7 am. Eventually, the club started to resemble the hopping music destination that it is today.
Since reopening its stage to musicians, the Continental Club has presented bands and performers like Stevie Ray Vaughan, Double Trouble, Paul Ray and the Cobras, Joe Ely, and Bill Carter and the Blame. In the 80s the club became a nucleus for the new wave/punk movement showing bands like Social Distortion, The Replacements, and True Believers.
In 1987 the club was renovated and restored to its 1950s self. Included in this restoration were the original murals that you can see on the walls of the club today.
The Continental Club has expanded with a second location in Houston, and the building in Austin is now a historical landmark. The owner, Steve Wertheimer, also runs another famous music venue in Austin, C-Boy's Heart and Soul. One of the oldest clubs in the city, the Continental Club remains a key player in the Austin music scene.
Cover Photo Credit: Lars Ploughmann via Flickr.