Current Events

*~ Tickets for our upcoming Membership Drive and Appreciation Extravaganza are available if you want to buy in advance! ~*


SouthPop is kicking off our 15th exhibition season in truly weird Austin fashion by celebrating the life, music, and artwork of Cowpunk Icon Davy Jones. Like many of us, Jones wasn’t from Texas, but got here as soon as he could when he joined the army. After his time in Killeen was up, he traded in his camo for, you guessed it, plaid. Before long he was a fixture of the burgeoning punk scene in Texas and a mainstay at Raul’s nightclub. He played with all the great Texas punks, The Next, Big Foot Chester, and Hank Street Ramblers, but his home was with The Hickoids. Mashing together good ole Texas country with the irreverence and dissonance of the growing punk movement, Jones and the Hickoids created a uniquely Austin musical movement.

What many don’t know is that Davy was a prolific artist. Growing up he learned to play guitar on borrowed instruments, as his parents would only give him money for art supplies — NOT music. His gaudy sense of style, his crass sense of humor, and his punk DIY sensibilities came together in his visual works as well. Lots of posters, handbills, cartoons, comics and doodles will be on display, giving an insight into his character that supplement his musical legacy.

Please join us at SouthPop on Sunday, October 14th at 6pm where The Hickoids will perform to honor their fallen friend and co-founder. Beer, wine, and light refreshments featuring a corn theme will be on hand. We are asking a donation of $5 at the door while SouthPop members are admitted for free. There will be NO PARKING AT SOUTHPOP/PLANET K, so please park on Collier Street; handicap parking is only for drop off.

The It’s and Plaid, Plaid, Plaid, Plaid World Exhibition will run during SouthPop’s regular hours, 1-6pm Thursday – Sunday until December 7th. Admission to the gallery during our regular hours is always free. Included in this exhibition will be a special sale section where you can purchase one of Davy’s works to keep for yourself.

For more information please stay up to date on our website at here, our facebook page, you can all us during business hours at 512-440-8318, email us at, or wireless telegraph.

In Memoriam…

Born October 21, 1951, Armadillo Art Squad artist Micael Priest passed away September 11, 2018.

Micael Priest was one of the artist involved in the underground comic scene in Austin, Texas, which was mainly based around concert hall Armadillo World Headquarters.

Together with Jim Franklin and Guy Juke, Priest was the leading force behind creating the famous Austin Concert Hall’s artwork, and has drawn posters and album covers for the greatest names in music including the likes of Frank Zappa and The Grateful Dead.

Please join us Sunday, November 11 from 2-5pm at Threadgill’s World Headquarters for a memorial service celebrating the life and loving memory of Micael. There will be live music, art, tears, laughter, cash bar, and you can order food from the restaurant. Please email us any stories you’d like to share at the memorial at We also request that you wear a Hawaiian shirt, if you have one, as Micael often did.

Click on over here to our page dedicated to Micael Priest.

View Board President Emma Little’s interview with KVUE about Micael and his artistic legacy

Past Events

SouthPop’s 14th Anniversary Exhibition

Please join us at SouthPop to help us celebrate 14 years of keeping it weird! We will host an exhibition featuring selections from our permanent collection, some things you may have seen before, and certainly many more you haven’t!

There will be live music for the opening event on June 17th, so bring your dad and grand dad down to have a cold beer and listen to music from the good ole days. Live music includes our very own board members, Bruce Spelman with Extreme Heat and Van Wilks Band. Music will start around 3pm and run through 6. Admission will be a suggested donation of $5, or free for our members and every dad who brings their youngins!

Please remember there is NO PARKING AT SOUTHPOP/PLANETK during our events, so please park on Collier Street.

The exhibition will be on view through September 30 during our regular business hours, Thursday to Sunday, 1-6pm.

For further inquiries, please email us at, give us a call at 512-440-8318, check out our website at, or send us a carrier pigeon. Carrier bats are acceptable as well.


Free Sunday Funday Concerts at SouthPop:

The weather is getting nice again, so it’s time for another Free Sunday Funday Concert Series at SouthPop! The Last Sunday of the month in May, June, July, and now August and September as well, SouthPop will be hosting live music featuring Austin bands from yesterday and today. Admission is free, though donations are greatly appreciated. All ages are welcome! There will be light refreshments, beer, and wine. Music gets started at about 6pm and goes on until 9pm. There is NO PARKING at PlanetK/SouthPop, so please park on Collier Street. Stay up to date via our facebook page, email us at, or call us during regular business hours at 512-440-8318. Tin cans tied together by string will also work, but you’ll have to find the one attached to ours. See y’all on Sunday!

Sunday July 29 – Austin Style Sunday
Doors at 6pm
Ed Vizard Group at 7pm
Lissa Hattersley with TripTrio at 8pm

Sunday August 26
Dirty Echoes at 6pm
Texas Tycoons at 7pm
Mitch Webb & The Swindles at 8pm

Sunday September 30
Tarantula Mountain at 6pm
Butcherwhite at 7pm
The Next/S.A. Creeper at 8pm

After September we’ll be moving the free concerts to an indoor venue for the winter time, but stay tuned for more info!


Armadillos and Outlaws:

Panel Discussion at Threadgill’s

The Outlaws and Armadillos Exhibition that just opened at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville has shined a light on the Austin Outlaw Country Cosmic Cowboy Rock Music thing that was going on in the 1970s. The exhibition will be on display in Nashville for the next couple years.

Well Nashville is telling one story, and we want to set the record straight here in Austin, and help our Dillos be a part of an exhibition that has really invigorated our little Community of the Sacred Varmint, and given us a national spotlight.

Join us at Threadgill’s in the backroom Saturday, June 16th from 3-5pm to get a piece of the action! Kerry AwnFreddie KrcJim FranklinEddie Wilson, and a few more of your favorite Armadillo Art Squad artists and historians will be present. They’ll be discussing the exhibition in Nashville, the way things really went down, and what they will be up to during the life of the Outlaws and Armadillos Exhibition over the next few years.

The discussion is free and open to all and we hope to see y’all at Threadgill’s

SouthPop Goes WEST: Fresh Art from Old Austin

May 12-13 and May 19-20, 11am to 6pm


Please join us at SouthPop, once again, for Big Medium’s WEST Austin Studio Tour! A self-guided studio and gallery tour throughout Austin’s west side. Admission is free and open to the public.

From Big Medium’s site:

Big Medium’s West Austin Studio Tour (WEST) is a free, annual, self-guided art event spanning two weekends in May. WEST provides opportunities for the public to meet the artists and artisans of Austin in their creative spaces.

This year, we celebrate the 7th edition of WEST! This website serves as an overview of tour stops and a schedule of events. It is intended to help tour-goers choose their own unique WEST experiences.

SouthPop will be hosting a special pop-up exhibition featuring the work of Kerry Awn, Mishka Westell, Danny Garrett, Jim Franklin, and Guy
Juke. We will be hosting live music on Sunday the 13th and 20th as part of our Free Concert Program. The SouthPop All-Stars will be taking the Sunday stage at 3pm.

Catalogs for West will have all the information you need for your self-guided tour and are available for FREE at the Austin Public Library; SouthPop is exhibition stop #232. Starting May 12 you’ll be able to pick up a catalog here at the Center, or you can check out the Map on Big Medium’s site.


**Due to inclement weather we have had to cancel our Dinner with an Armadillo Fundraiser. Please stay tuned while we reorganize and thank you all so much for your support.**


Freddie Steady Krc’s Birthday Bash

Get Ready! Sunday April 29th Austin Music Legend, SouthPop Board Member, and all-around amazing guy Freddie Krc will be celebrating his 29th Birthday yet again, and what better way to celebrate than with a FREE CONCERT?

Join us at SouthPop at 2pm and enjoy Cam King Music, the Staehely Brothers, and Freddie Steady’s Wild Country for an impromptu birthday bash.

There will be refreshments (including cake) and beer and wine, and an undoubtedly great crowd of Austinites old, new, and temporary to enjoy the jam.

Please remember there is NO PARKING AT SOUTHPOP/PLANET K, not even for the birthday boy himself, so please park just south of the museum on Collier Street.

No birthday gifts are required, just that you come give these guys an excuse to do what they love to do best: play some killer Old School Austin Music.


Austin Aqua Fest

March 11 – April 28, 2018



From a small debutante ball sponsored by The Austin Admiral’s Club to a major Cultural Festival hosting the likes of Ringo Starr and Dolly Parton until it all came crashing down, Austin Aqua Fest celebrated a side of Austin most people don’t think of.

With humble beginnings as an effort by the Austin Admirals Club to bring awareness to local watershed and boost business in the summer months, it seems odd that Aqua Fest became one of the foremost displays of Austin’s weirdness. Traditional boat races gave way to drag boat races, the debutantes morphed into (at the time) scantily clad beauty queens, and the music embodied everything that made Austin cool… and eventually tanked the whole festival.

Please join us at SouthPop as we revisit this grand piece of Americana that turned Austin into a festival town by showing how to do it right — and how to do it wrong.

The opening celebration will be held March 11 from 2-6pm before you head out to your SXSW showcases. We will have refreshments, beer and wine, and live music by Ty Grimes and his band. Admission is a suggested, and very much appreciated, $5 donation or free for SouthPop members. Remember there will be NO PARKING at SouthPop, so please park on Collier Street.

The exhibition will continue through April 28 during our regular hours – Thursday – Saturday, 1-6pm. Admission to the gallery during regular hours is free. Be sure to bring by all your friends from out of town, or come take a break from the craziness downtown.

For more information, please stay up to date on our social media Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, email us at, call us at 512-440-8318, gilded letters by magical owl accepted at anytime.




On the occasion of a “Shiva’s Headband Day” proclamation, the South Austin Museum of Popular Culture wishes to salute Shiva’s Headband.  A special proclamation will be presented by David Murray from the City of Austin Music and Entertainment Division.

Widely regarded as Psychedelic Blues Rock pioneers, Austin-based group Shiva’s Headband celebrated their fifty year anniversary as a recording and performing group in 2017.  They were the first Austin music act to have a major label record contract in 1969.  Their groundbreaking Capitol Records LP,  “Take Me to the Mountains”, was released to great critical acclaim in 1970.

Shiva’s Headband was the “house band” at the legendary 1960s Psychedelic Rock venue Vulcan Gas Company.  They are also credited with playing a significant role in the founding of historical Austin based, world famous Armadillo World headquarters.  They were the featured band for the grand opening.

Shiva’s Headband continue to record, perform and be influential to many  musicians of all ages who followed them.  Please join us in celebrating their achievements!


SouthPop Salutes Shiva’s Headband

Schedule of Events

Venue: Threadgill’s 1PM: event begins
Address: 301 W. Riverside Dr., Austin, Texas 78704 2PM: Live music by South Pop All Stars –

Featuring Freddie KrcVan Wilks, Eve Monses, Mike Buck, and one more player TBA.

Date: Sunday March 25, 2018 3PM: Special proclamation presentations
Time: 1-6 pm After that: performance by Shiva’s Headband!


UPDATE: We are relocating this event to Threadgill’s Beer Garden, so there’s much better near-by parking for ours and Shiva’s friends and followers. Sorry for any confusion, and please contact us at or 512-440-8318 if there are any questions.



In Memoriam…

Henry outside the Center June 2010003
Obituary for Henry B. Gonzalez

Henry Gonzalez was born August 6, 1950, in Brownsville, Texas to a large and loving Latino family who have been residents of Tejas since before the US stole the territory from Mexico. He died on February 29, 2016 after an intense 16 month battle against cancer.

Growing up in Brownsville and Corpus Christi, Henry got to Austin as quick as he could in 1972. Although he attended several of Texas’ finest state schools he left academia to become an integral part of the Austin music scene, working at The Armadillo World Headquarters, the Austin Opera House and later touring and working for several national and local bands. He was an artist, stage hand, stage manager and mentor to the next generation. He recognized early on the importance of Austin’s music culture and in 2004 Henry was part of the founding group of the South Austin Museum of Popular Culture, where that unique culture is celebrated, and spent the rest of his life as the driving force of that organization.

He leaves behind an enormous number of friends and family, including his wife, Leea Mechling; son, Ben Gonzalez (wife, Margaret); daughter, Coree Alvarez (husband, Michael) and grandchildren Beck Ava Gonzalez and Royal Bennet Gonzalez.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, March 20th at 1pm at the Zilker Clubhouse. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Hospice Austin.


One of Henry’s greatest and most beloved works, SouthPop’s Memorial Wall, hosts the names and images and biographies of many of Austin’s Cultural Icons. Every year we add new names of Austin greats who have departed us. We feature a Dia de los Muertos event every year to celebrate Austin’s history and culture, and to honor the dead. Henry is now a fixture upon the wall he created, and we are working hard to keep this cultural landmark as vibrant as he was. Please consider a donation or a sponsorship to help us keep the wall updated and weather safe. We need the support of all our beloved ‘Dillos to help keep Austin weird and to remind all the new, young folk in town that they missed Austin when it was really cool.


1516-B S Lamar Blvd Austin, TX 78704 | (512) 440-8318
Usual hours of operation are Thursday through Sunday 1 – 6pm and by appointment or chance.
Like us on Facebook | Follow us on Twitter | Follow us on Instagram