Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the Liberty Hall collection, 1971-2016 MS 658

creator Herrera, Lynda
creator Condray, Michael
creator Trimble, Ryan
source Herrera, Lynda
source Trimble, Ryan
creator Liberty Hall (Houston, Tex.)
Title: Liberty Hall collection
Dates: 1971-2016
Abstract: This collection mainly consists of memorabilia and ephemera from the music venue Liberty Hall.
Identification: MS 658
Quantity: 6.5 Linear Feet(5 boxes)
Language: English
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas

Biographical / Historical

Liberty Hall was a music venue located in downtown Houston, Texas from 1971 to 1978. It was originally owned and operated by Michael Condray, Lynda Herrera, and Ryan Trimble. Hosting a wide variety of performers, including Bruce Springsteen, ZZ Top, The Velvet Underground, The Ramones, Lightnin' Hopkins, Big Mama Thornton, and many more, it was known for its low admittance prices of sometimes only two dollars for nationally known entertainers.

Before Liberty Hall, Condray and George Banks, the future graphic illustrator of Liberty Hall posters, opened Jubilee Hall which became the Family Hand, a restaurant and entertainment venue. The restaurant was known for its red beans and rice, prepared by Thera Neumann, the African-American female chef. When Condray began looking for a new location to open with Herrera and Trimble, Neumann found the building that would become Liberty Hall. The building was originally a church built in the 1940s and later became the American Legion Post 391. On March 4, 1971, it opened as Liberty Hall.

Besides the many musicians that performed at Liberty Hall, the venue hosted plays and comedy performances. Cheech and Chong performed for a completely sold out four-night stand for two dollars a ticket. Cheech and Chong credit Liberty Hall for their success. Liberty Hall also hosted rock opera director C. C. Courtney's play "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" from March 23 to April 22, 1972. At the time, it was the longest running play in the history of Houston.

In 1974, Herrera left Liberty Hall with Condray following in 1975. Trimble stayed on until the venue closed in 1978. The building that was once Liberty Hall was soon demolished after its closing. Today, the Toyota Center sits where Liberty Hall once was.

--Text borrowed from the "Liberty Hall (Houston, Texas)" Wikipedia page written by Woodson staff member Claire Weddle.

Content Description

This collection consists of the photographs, news clippings, posters, realia and a scrapbook documenting the history of the music venue Liberty Hall. Materials from co-owner Michael Condray's later music venture Showbar is also included.


Conditions Governing Access

Stored off-site at the Library Service Center. Please request this material via woodson@rice.edu or call 713-348-2586.

Conditions Governing Access

This material is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish from this material must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center.

Index Terms

Folk music
Folk-rock music
Rock concerts
Rock music
Blues (Music)
Stand-up comedy
Theatrical productions
Herrera, Lynda
Trimble, Ryan
Liberty Hall (Houston, Tex.)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Liberty Hall collection, 1971-2016, MS 658, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Gerry Ebel, Lynda Herrera, Ryan Trimble, and Bruce Bryant on behalf of Richard "Ace" Brooks in 2016.


Additional materials are expected for this collection.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I: General

Box Folder
1 1 News clippings from scrapbook 1971-1982
2 Press book 1973
3 "The Southern Voice" 1974-04-25
4 Flier 2016

Series II: Photographs and scrapbook

Box Folder
1 5 Loose items from scrapbook 1971-1972
6 Liberty Hall photographs 1970s
7 Showbar negatives 1990s
8 Showbar photographs

Series III: Audio

Box Folder
1 9 Bruce Springsteen at Liberty Hall (2 CDs) 1974-03-09
Ryan Trimble 2016-06-13
Lynda Herrera 2016-06-13

Series IV: Scrapbook

2-3 Liberty Hall scrapbook 1971-1972

Series V: Posters

Sub-Series A: Liberty Hall
4 The Dragon Lady's Revenge, San Franscisco Mime Troupe 1971-11-13 - 1971-11-15
The Flying Burrito Brothers 1971-05-28 - 1971-05-29
Big Mama Thorton, Lightning Hopkins (Reprint) 1971-05-12 - 1971-05-15
B.W. Stevenson 1973-03-01 - 1973-03-04
Bonnie Raitt, Little Feat 1973-03-22 - 1973-03-25
Flash Cadillac 1973-04-19 - 1973-04-22
Asleep at the Wheel, Willis Allan Ramsey 1973-08-30 - 1973-09-02
Don Sanders, Greezy Wheels 1973-10-26-1973-10-28
Michael Murphy 1973-10-11 - 1973-10-15
Clifton Chenier 1973-10-31
Louden Wainwright III, Franklin Ajaye 1973-11-08 - 1973-11-11
B.J. Thomas 1974-02-01-1974-02-05
David Bomberg 1974-02-28 - 1974-03-03
Bruce Springsteen (Copy) 1974-03-07 - 1974-03-10
Hoyt Axton 1974-05-02 - 1974-05-05
Sugar Cane Harris 1974-05-09-1974-05-12
Ry Cooder 1974-05-31-1974-06-01
Jimmy Buffett 1974-06-27 - 1974-06-30
Pablo Cruise 1974-07-24-1974-07-26
Doug Sahm 1974-08-15-1974-08-17
Willis Allan Ramsey (2) 1974-09-19-1974-09-21
Navasota 1974-09-26-1974-09-28
Joe McDonald, The Old Stars 1974-09-27 - 1974-09-30
Flash Cadillac 1974-10-19-1974-10-20
Brian Auger 1974-11-14-1974-11-16
Freddie [Freddy] Fender 1974-12-05-1974-12-07
Freddie [Freddy] Fender, Greezy Wheels (2) 1974-12-05 - 1974-12-07
Tompall Glaser 1975-08-07-1975-08-09
Tracy Nelson 1975-09-25-1975-09-27
Savoy Brown 1975-10-24
Rory Gallagher 1975-11-25-1975-11-26
Dog Tooth Violet 1975-11-28-1975-11-29
Clifton Chenier 1976-01-15 - 1976-01-17
Balconies [Balcones] Fault 1976-02-19-1976-02-21
Saint Elmo's Fire 1976-06-10-1976-06-12
Buddy Miles 1976-06-17-1976-06-19
Oz Knnoz 11-21 - 11-22
Jonathan Edwards 02-28 - 03-02
The Liberty Hall Poster Show ca. 2007
Jerry Jeff Walker n.d.
Practice Poster (2) n.d.
map-drawer item
182 1 Liberty Hall owners, employees, and musicians group photograph 1976
Scope and Contents
This is a blown up image with text and not an original photograph.
Sub-Series B: Showbar
5 Ponty Bone 1989-02-16 - 1989-02-18
The Tenth Annual Heartbreak Ball 1989-02-14
Scope and Contents
Includes artists: Doctor Rockit, Jr. Medlow and the Bad Boys, Herschel Berry and the Natives, Tommie Lee Bradley, and Sean Walters.
Freddy Fender 1989-02-23 - 1989-02-25
Townes Van Zandt 1990-03-03
Uncle Tupelo (2) 1990-09-21
Showbar 1990s
Jerry Lightfoot 03-09 - 03-11
Robert Earl Keen (2) 07-14
Trout Fishing in America 10-27 - 10-28
Trout Fishing in America (3) 12-22