Category Archives: Austin

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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Return to the Land of A-Ha’s!

Toto, I have a feeling we’re not in Cañon any more… That’s right, once again, I am at SXSWedu, my annual recharge and renew visit back to Austin. Makes it kinda difficult to get to the “back porch” and drop … Continue reading

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Armadillo Christmas Bazaar 2018 — Weekend 2

One great thing about the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar — it’s never too late for last-minute shopping. Well, almost never too late — the Bazaar is open daily 11am to 10pm, including Christmas Eve. A good thing, too — for years, … Continue reading

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