Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar
"...Steve Wertheimer spent more than half a million dollars and 18 months of his life in order to answer the question he kept hearing over and over for the official grand opening on New Year's Eve...."
"...After 15 years, Toni Price played her last Tuesday early evening gig at the Continental Club in April. Price has since moved to San Diego, but she left a huge hole in the SoCo venue’s schedule that left owner Steve Wertheimer scratching his head as how to fill it..."
"..."It basically feels like a grown-up version of what's in Austin." Steve Wertheimer is standing on the debris-strewn platform that in a few weeks -- knock on plywood -- will host the likes of Mojo Nixon, Jon Dee Graham, Jimmie Vaughan, and maybe even the Jayhawks. It's soon to be the stage of the Houston Continental Club, which, provided all goes according to plan, will bring a touch of South Congress to the nation's fourth-largest city. With 50-foot ceilings, 4,300 square feet, 25 tons of air conditioning, and a 28-foot bar, the building at 3700 Main certainly has the potential to be a nightclub emporium the likes of which Wertheimer's beloved Austin establishment only hints at..."
"...If there's anything Continental Club owner Steve Wertheimer likes better than Toni Price or Jon Dee Graham, it's tricked-out, custom-built hot rods. He can often be seen cruising to and from the South Congress venue in his ground-hugging "Black Dahlia," and this weekend Wertheimer and his compadres in the Kontinentals car club are once again hosting the Lonestar Rod & Kustom Round Up..."
"...That's pretty much how El Orbits' bingo night at the Continental has transpired since its founding two years ago. On July 18, however, an investigator from the Texas Lottery Commission's Charitable Bingo section informed Continental owner Steve Wertheimer that the bingo was illegal -- way illegal..."
"...The times they are a-changing for Trophy's. Owner Dave Sprauer has partnered with Continental Club honcho Steve Wertheimer to turn the five-star dive bar into a modern day juke joint..."
"...It wasn't just because its iconic neon sign appears on nearly every "Greetings From Austin" postcard. Since taking it over in 1987, owner and booker Steve Wertheimer has taken the former burlesque joint and punk pit back to its roots as a roots and rockabilly haven..."
"..."It was a wet weekend," sighs Continental Club owner Steve Wertheimer, well on his way to developing an aversion to water that would rival that of W.C. Fields..."
"...Usually, a friend of a band sees his pals struggling unsuccessfully to scratch the itch to make a record, and finds himself volunteering to issue the slab himself. Undone's Christian Caperton was a Sound Exchange employee caught up in the excitement of co-workers Craig Koon and Roger Morgan launching their respective Rise and Unclean imprints, and inaugurated Undone with johnboy's initial 45, "Calyx." The Continental Club's Steve Wertheimer used the Naughty Ones as an excuse to initiate Continental Records..."
"...› Steve Wertheimer's new nightclub C-Boy's Heart & Soul opened Saturday night bearing no resemblance in sight or smell to Trophy's, the former rock & roll ashtray that used to occupy the South Congress space. The dimly lit club, which will specialize in soul, blues, and R&B, features an upstairs lounge, back deck, and a tinsel-backdropped stage for weekend entertainment..."
"...As intimated in Stephen Moser's fashion column last week (of all places!), there's a good chance that playing the Continental Club may soon net you a much larger audience than can fit into the beloved South Congress venue itself. As stated therein, Die Krupps founder Juergen Engler, currently of DKay.com, owns the old recording studio next to the club, and this week, Continental owner Steve Wertheimer confirmed he's interested in the idea of opening up the wall between the venue and the studio to produce live recordings from his club..."
"...Based on the figures from those nights, Continental owner Steve Wertheimer corroborates Luneberg's stated correlation between drinking and smoking. "It's been my experience in the past that when we've done smoking and non-smoking shows that the ring is bigger on the smoking shows," says Wertheimer, adding, "I'm talking $1,000 to $1,500 difference between what the first group imbibes versus what the second group does."..."
"...While it's important to note they are the exception, and that they both admit their technique is based more on emotion than smart finance, it's interesting that the two clubs most often cited by musicians as the most consistently cooperative and straightforward payers in town, the Continental and the Hole in the Wall, both feature untraditional payment methods that often lead to dipping into bar sales. So although bands at the Continental work for the door, the bands and owner Steve Wertheimer say the club believes in its bands' drawing power so strongly it's not in the business of sending bands home with dismal payouts...."
"...Steve Wertheimer, owner of C-Boy's and both Continental Clubs, had the young soulster on his radar before almost anyone else and harbored zero doubt that his clubs would be an ideal match for Bridges' sound and style...."
"...After five years in the Bay Area, the Hot Rod Revolution rolls into the Seaholm Power Plant on Saturday, Nov. 20, thanks in no small part to Continental Club owner Steve Wertheimer and Lucky Lounge's Will Muntz (see "Kontinental Krew," March 26, 2004)..."
"...World Serious Walking out of the UT-Texas Tech game last Saturday, TCB happened across Continental Club owner Steve Wertheimer. The Horns had just whipped the Red Raiders to, barring a Vince Young injury or other major catastrophe, clear a path to January's national title game in Pasadena, Calif..."
"...Any night you go in there you can see folk music, blues, rock Grady, Toni, Honky, Gypsy Jazz Swing, Heybale, all kinds. It's obvious [owner] Steve [Wertheimer] just loves music..."
"...Part of the assurance in its continued existence is that unlike most of its species, it's capable of reproduction. As reported here before, a Continental Club is soon to be born in Houston, and this week owner Steve Wertheimer let loose with a bundle of details about his new pride and joy..."
"... Politics were otherwise in short supply, but emotions ran deep. Austin Music People staged awards within an awards show and touched Continental Club backdoor guardian Dianne Scott to tears with an Unsung Hero AMP trophy, while her benevolent boss Steve Wertheimer was moved to recall his parents’ disappointment in his becoming a “saloon owner” instead of a doctor or lawyer..."
"...Each has its assets and distinctions: Little Longhorn has the kitschy location, a stable of performers including the Jason Roberts Band, and two chickens: Ginny and Batman. C-Boy's boasts Watson, Kalmbach, three chickens – Little Ginny, Loretta, and Patsy – and, according to Watson, a slight food variation: "Since Steve Wertheimer owns C-Boy's, the hot dogs had to be kosher."..."