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This Week in Texas Music History: Houston's Love Street

by Stephen Becker 8 Jun 2012 2:00 PM

This Week in Texas Music History, we’ll visit the epicenter of Houston’s “Summer of Love.”


Art&Seek presents This Week in Texas Music History. Every week, we’ll spotlight a different moment and the musician who made it. This week, Texas music scholar Gary Hartman introduces us to some musicians who really knew how to honk their horns.

You can also hear This Week in Texas Music History on Sunday at precisely 6:04 p.m. on KERA radio. But subscribe to the podcast so you won’t miss an episode. And our thanks to KUT public radio in Austin for helping us bring this segment to you. And if you’re a music lover, be sure to check out Track by Track, the bi-weekly podcast from Paul Slavens, host of KXT’s The Paul Slavens Show, heard Sunday night’s at 8.

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On June 3, 1967, the Love Street Light Circus and Feel Good Machine opened in Houston. The venue became the city’s premier club for such psychedelic Texas bands as Bubble Puppy, Red Krayola and Fever Tree. Other local groups that played Love Street include the Moving Sidewalks, whose lead guitarist, Billy Gibbons, went on to found the legendary Texas trio ZZ Top. Another popular band that performed at Love Street was the 13th Floors Elevators, which featured the dynamic Roky Erickson on vocals.

Although Love Street closed in 1970, it helped launch the careers of several influential psychedelic rock bands from across the Lone Star State.

Next time on This Week in Texas Music History, we’ll meet a wandering performer who left a lasting mark on Texas music.