McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

2425 Norfolk
Houston, TX. 77098
(713) 528-5999
“theduck” at “mcgonigels dot com”
Cover’s a little expensive if there’s a band, usually close to or above $10 (but free otherwise)

General Info: Man, this is a neat little place. It’s basically supposed to be like a nice, traditional-style Irish pub (although it’s more “Irishy” than most bars I visited in Ireland, and it’s definitely a cool bar to hang out in. Lots of folks play here, but they seem to mostly fall into the whole folk-country acoustic-style music vein, with a few exceptions — if you’re into traditional-type Celtic music, particularly, this is the place you need to be. Well-known Irish bands like Patrick Street and the Battlefield Band (among others) play here when they come to town, and the Mucky Duck also has free “Irish Sessions” every Wednesday — stop by with an instrument and just join in (as long as you don’t want to play jazz or something; it generally helps to play together, y’know). Unfortunately, on other nights the cover is usually a bit more than most places, when bands are playing — the few times I’ve been by, it’s run up around $10, no matter how “big-name” the band happened to be. But if you’ve got the $$$, it’s pretty well worth it…

Setup/Equipment: Well, I can’t claim to’ve ever played this place, but I have taken a look around when I’ve been there… It’s a nice, fairly minimal setup — there’s a smallish stage set up in the corner of the main room (although for big parties & stuff, they move everything outside to the back “deck” area), and they’ve got a couple of mics hanging over it, as well as mics and stands set up for whoever needs ’em. I dunno if they have an actual soundman, but there’s definitely a board, and the speakers seem to be pretty decent. All in all, if you play here, I’d be willing to bet you don’t need to bring anything but your instruments…

Venue writeup by . Venue writeup posted Thursday, November 20th, 1997. Filed under Venues.

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