Category Archives: Austin

50 Years On & Off the Wall in Austin

“We thought it might last maybe five or ten years…With Austin changing so much it’s like, why keep this hippie mural up here? It is kind of amazing.” Kerry Awn, muralist  Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Austin’s 23rd Street mural … Continue reading

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Welcome to Austin —10 Minutes Too Late…

Everyone arrives in Austin 10 minutes too late for the latest Lost Austin icon. If you arrived in Austin in the 70s (like I did), well, you missed the Vulcan Gas Company — but you caught the Armadillo World Headquarters. … Continue reading

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Hazy Memories of Dillo Daze, 50 Years On

A baggie of pot sat on the floor just a few feet away. Someone dropped it, I figured, looking around to see if anyone else spotted it yet. No, and the baggie was kinda of perched precariously in the walkway … Continue reading

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Another Bar Bites the Dust — Farewell, One-2-One

We are sad to say that we are no longer going to continue, and One-2-One Bar is now for sale. — August 20 social media post from Gregg & Destinee Ware, owners of Austin’s One-2-One Bar Even from a thousand … Continue reading

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Live! in Your Living Room!

With ongoing social distance measures intensifying with many people ordered to take it a step further and shelter in place, it’s good to see members of the arts community step up to offer live performances and virtual tours. So, here’s  … Continue reading

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Travel in the Time of COVID-19

with apologies to Gabriel Garcia Marquez Okay, travel ain’t love and COVID-19 ain’t cholera. But my planned travel back to Austin for SXSW Edu certainly earned some caution from friends. I must admit I felt some mild trepidation regarding going … Continue reading

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Will T. Massey “Slow Study” Release — 30 Years Ago @ Chicago House

The year was 1989. Despite the demise of the Dillo a decade earlier, the Austin music scene was thriving. Touring acts from rock to reggae to punk to world beat played Liberty Lunch. Antone’s hosted blues masters for fans every … Continue reading

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Leave Your Body Behind

RIP Roky Erickson — in the week since his death, there have been articles and tributes aplenty to the pioneer of psychedelic music who came screaming out of Texas in the 60s with the 13th Floor Elevators. If that was … Continue reading

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Austin to ATX — a (Former) Resident’s Romp

Picking up Joe Nick Patoski’s book, Austin to ATX: The Hippies, Pickers, Slackers, and Geeks Who Transformed the Capital of Texas, right before boarding my return flight from Austin ensured my imagination would extend my visit. With this historical re-telling … Continue reading

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SXSWedu Aftermath: This is MY Austin

A back porch blog is, by nature. more retrospective than immediate. No wonder, then, that I am only now, 2 weeks later, writing about the second half of my recent visit home to Austin, the post-SXSWedu weekend. After my typically … Continue reading

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