Dome and pass acquaintances "cruising" like you were. The Dome holds many good memories of the 60's for me. A great era, a fun place and fondly missed!!!
Sally Hall Hart
Just a short one to say thanks for the wonderful site. I just found it yesterday, after searching for info on our wonderfully sweet friend, Bobby Bradshaw (Buzzy Smith just informed me yesterday of his passing last year). Though a little younger than most, I was friends with many of these musicians back in 1972 (onward), while I was working at Charlie Hall's Village Inn Pizza Parlor (later turned Dean Scott's VIP; Westheimer location) from '72 - '76, and I still keep in touch with many to date.
Sorry I don't have any photos to forward to you, though I danced many a dances on Dome Shadows' psychedelic floor (always got my heels stuck on it, but, like I've said, that never stopped me - smile!). In one (donated) photo, there is a comment as to the location the photo was taken. Well, my old boyfriend, Kent Matthias' (now deceased) half-brother, Jerry Matthias, owned the "Crystal Pistol," a little juke-box bar just south of 610 Loop (at the Stella Link exit, I believe) during the late 60's-early 70's, and the photo in question surely looks like Jerry's little dive.
One commenter on your site, mentions another entertainer, Allan Wayne. Allen is a super nice guy who always drew great crowds in the Southern Texas Triangle area, and (I hear) still does, in my hometown of Lafayette, LA.
On a ticket stub, it states that Bobby Bradshaw and the Jokers played with G.G. Shinn (spelling ?) and the Roller Coasters. G.G. was another Southern big-horn-band favorite, who played for several years at a big night club in a little town east of Lafayette, called Signorelli's, AKA "Sigs".
Another friend, Mike Lowell, has another wonderful site regarding Texas musicians/bands, etc., but mainly from the San Antonio area, which you may enjoy: http://www.saboomie.com/
Anyhoot, if I ever come across anything to add to your site, I'll be more than happy to. Thanks again.
Monica Domingue, Houston
I found your site because a co-worker & I here in Austin were talking about our experiences back in the 60's/early 70's in Houston. His name is Hilton Brooks & his sister was manager of Dome Shadows in the 60's. I don't know her name. He & I are both social workers now, but were part of the Houston hippie scene back then.
I'm wondering if the Jerry Johnson who leased it was who I've been remembering as Jerry Jones. He owned some of the Allen's Landing head shops/clubs back in the 60's. I worked for him at Houston Blacklight & Poster. He literally helped me open my first bank account at Harrisburg Bank. He also owned either or both West Coast Exit & the Mesmeric. Maybe the same guy. I could have his name wrong.
Back in 1972 alot of the "ropers" who went to Stampede Ballroom (which I remember as Van's Stampede on Richmond) had bumper stickers that said "I'd Rather Be a Roper Than a Doper." A friend of ours had a printing company (that printed Space City News in fact) & he printed some bumper stickers for us---100 of them---that said "I'd Rather Be a Ropey Doper Than a Dopey Roper." One night we sneaked into the parking lot & put them over all of the other bumper stickers we saw, & had some left over we just put on random trucks in the parking lot. I guess it was kind of mild vandelism in retrospect, but, it was still funny.
I saw alot of good music at Dome Shadows.
The address was 9218 Buffalo Speedway.
I tried to send a email to email@example.com......but it must be a bad link.....i have a photo of me and friends there in the late 70's...even have the orig cover that has 2 stars with musical notes between them....can you help me??...was it ever off Hempstead or was it only out by the Astrodome???
Here is the photo from Don Myers: