Upcoming Event

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Please join the South Austin Museum of Popular Culture for our annual appearance at the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar!

“The Armadillo Christmas Bazaar is an 11 day fine art shopping destination featuring national and local award-winning artists, with live music and two full bars in a festive, lively atmosphere. In its 41 season, this annual tradition and cultural icon is one of Austin’s longest running art and music festivals attracting around 40,000 shoppers each year. It all adds up to a fun authentic Austin experience.
Find an exciting variety of upscale art, handmade gifts, heirloom pieces and stocking stuffers for everyone on your list from over 160 carefully curated artists. The Armadillo makes holiday shopping fun in an upbeat, family friendly environment. This is the place to find gifts from the heart, build an art collection year by year, personally meet the artists and commission custom pieces.
Enjoy at least three bands per day on the Armadillo stage with set times for any lifestyle at 11am, 3pm and 7pm. Featured musicians include emerging stars, local legends and Grammy winners. Armadillo’s intimate stage allows you to experience Texas music all-stars in a rare holiday setting surrounded by friends and family. You’ll find shoppers dancing merrily in the aisles with gifts in one hand and a cold beer in the other. The 2016 lineup includes 34 different bands/performers with 6 musicians new to the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar this year: Albert and Gage, Marcia Ball, Asleep at the Wheel, Beto and the Fairlanes, Charlie Belle, Gina Chavez, Suzanna Choffel, DURAWA, The Eggmen, Ruthie Foster, John Fullbright, Eliza Gilkyson, Emily Gimble, Terri Hendrix, Warren Hood, Shelley King, Bill Kirchen, Jai Malano, Jimmy LaFave, Los Coast, Uncle Lucius, Mary Hattersley’s Blazing Bows, Clay McClinton, Carson McHone, The Peterson Brothers, Sarah Pierce, Quiet Company, Alpha Rev, The Rocketboys, Shinyribs, Jackie Venson, Dale Watson, Carolyn Wonderland and Ray Wylie Hubbard.”

SouthPop will be closing our gallery for the holidays so we can provide you all the opportunity to come snag a part of our collection at our annual booth at the Christmas Bazaar. We’ll be there each day; December 14-24, 10 am til 10pm, featuring original poster art and prints, books, mugs, and more, as well as hosting book signing from some of our friends including Margaret Moser (Thursday, 12/15 5-10pm), Danny Garrett, and Mark Proct (times and dates to follow).

Admission to the Christmas Bazaar is $8 for an all day pass, or free for our SouthPop members who signed up or renewed their membership before  December 4 this year. Please sign up for membership online here to get all set up for your pass for next year.

If you have any questions, please call us at the Center at 512-440-8318, email us at info@southpop.org, or stay up-to-date with our facebook page, and of course get all your Armadillo Christmas Bazaar news at the Christmas Bazaar Hompeage!

Come find us under the big light-up sign on the wall, and we hope to see you there! And of course, have y’all some happy holidays!

Past Events

From Steam to Extreme:

Closing Event

Sunday, December 4, 1-5pm

closing-event-poster-dec-4-small-for-webLast minute event! We’ve decided to bid farewell 2016 at SouthPop with an event for all of our supporters! Please join us Sunday December 4 from 1-5pm to help us close out our Steam to Extreme Heat Exhibit.

Extreme Heat will be on hand to perform for us once again, from 2-4pm. As this is a special event we are holding a silent auction! Bruce Spelman and Michael Barnes will each be auctioning off the opportunity to tour the exhibit with one of the guys who lived through it all. Get the behind the scenes, low down dirty details. We will also be auctioning off 4 iconic Steam/Extreme Heat posters from back in the day. All proceeds will benefit SouthPop.

As always, there will be no parking at the Center for the event, please park on Collier Street, or you’ll have a weird time trying to back out onto South Lamar. Beer, wine, and light refreshments will be on hand. We ask a $5 donation at the door, or free for our members. For more information, please stay upto date here on our facebook, or our website at www.southpop.org. You can also contact us at SouthPop at 512-440-8318, or info@southpop.org.

Dia De Los Muertos: Austin Style

One Night Event Honoring the Dead

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Dia de los Muertos, a Mexican holiday that involves bringing offerings to the altars of the dead, hoping to invite back their souls to hear the well wishes of their loved ones, has been a tradition at SouthPop since its beginning. At dusk we light candles, say prayers, and celebrate the lives of recently departed Austin Cultural Icons. This year is particularly special to us as we honor one of our founders, Henry Gonzalez, who passed this year. Upon the memorial wall he built that surrounds the Center and is accompanied by his public works of art, we will add Henry and many of his friends. This year will be adding to our wall:

Bobby Bellemans – Jazz Guitarist
Guy Clark – Singer and Songwriter
Kerry Dawson – DJ
Arturo Garza – Percussionist
Bob Meyer – Trumpet Player
Paul Ray – Singer and DJ
Lucky Tomblin – Musician, Philanthropist, and Attorney
Johnny Winter – Blues Guitarist
Jim Yanaway – Record and Producer
and of course

Henry Gonzalez – Artist, Designer, and SouthPop Founder

Please join us at SouthPop on Saturday, November 5 at 7:09, and bring offerings you are prepared to send with the dead (things you don’t mind getting back), flowers, candles, beads, etc. SouthPop will provide plain candles. And bring your stories and memories of loved ones who have departed. Music will be performed by the Blackhawks and light refreshments will be provided.

Please park on Collier Street, as there will be NO PARKING AT SOUTHPOP. Festivities are located at 1516 South Lamar Blvd. We suggest a donation to the Center of $5. If you have any questions, please call us at 512-440-8318 or email us at www.southpop.org, and keep up to date with our facebook page here.

This year we are opening up our Iconic Memorial Wall for Sponsorship. As we continue to add to the wall we are working to update the rest of the existing wall by purchasing plaques that will better resist the elements and stand the test of time. Please check out more information at the button below:

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In Memoriam…

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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.

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