- Armadillo Art SquadThe South Austin Popular Culture Center features the artwork of the infamous “Armadillo Art Squad” dating from the 1960s to today. These artists have garnered international acclaim for their influence upon rock art in the 1970s and the contemporary Austin culture. They continue to producer art in a variety of mediums, including the quintessential Austin art form, the poster. Old and new works by these celebrities will be displayed on a permanent basis along with periodic displays, including the numerous notable contemporary Austin artists. Click on the images and names below to learn more about the artist. Danny Garrett Nels Jacobson Guy Juke G.L. McElhaney
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A Lot of Cajones, A Little Faith: The Life and Art of Micael Priest
Austin still reels from the loss of Micael Priest last September. A prolific artist and a member of the Armadillo Art Squad, Micael created a body of work that encapsulates nearly three decades of an evolving Austin music scene, he promoted through his fantastical posters and prints.
SouthPop is thrilled to mount an extensive exhibit of Priest’s work posters, prints, hand-drawn personal pieces and Armadillo ephemera. As we hang this exhibit, we fondly remember one of Micael’s favorite sayings: “ Remember, I’m naked under my clothes.”
The opening, March 10th, 6-9pm will feature live music by Denny Freeman 2 Guitars, Bass, and Drums.
The exhibition will run through June 16th during SouthPop’s regular hours, Thursday – Sunday 1-6pm.
Live at Raul’s 40th Anniversary Rerelease and Pop-up Exhibition
“Live at Raul’s” Re-released by SteadyBoy Records and SouthPop,
February 16th 2-6PM
Austin, Tx.— In the first of what will be many collaborations between SteadyBoy Records and SouthPop, ‘Live at Raul’s,40th Anniversary Release Party’ promises an event that satisfies the punk in all of us.
The album features seminal Austin punk bands: The Explosives, The Skunks, The Next, Terminal Mind and Standing Waves. SteadyBoy founder, Freddie Steady Krc spearheaded the production in 1979, where the album sold 1000 copies in two weeks in Austin, Houston, Dallas and San Antonio. Says Krc about the re-release now: “Live at Raul’s” is connected to a special time in Austin music. Only 1000 copies were pressed back in 1979 and we wanted to make the vinyl available again with this limited pressing and make it digitally available for the first time.”
The release party, Saturday, February 16th from 2-6PM will feature members of all the original punk bands for photo ops and signing as well as live performances from Raul’s Royal Foot and teen wunderkinds, HOTMOM. The exhibit which runs from the 15th through the 17th, will feature posters from Raul’s, rare photographs from local chroniclers of the Austin punk scene and other ephemera.
Carnival Brasileiro Poster Retrospective
Since 2008, SouthPop has had the pleasure of collaborating with Carnaval Brasileiro Austin’s co-producers, Mike Quinn and Penny Moulder, to celebrate the art created for the celebrated Austin event. This colorful exhibit launches Sunday, January 20th, at 6pm with a reception featuring the music of Austin’s Samba School, a lively costume contest and refreshments.
The exhibit will run from January 20th through February 9th.
These posters make up a body of work that illustrates this peculiar winterfest fantasy in ways that reflect Austin’s unique way of celebration.
Posters for the current and previous Carnaval Brasileiro will be available for purchase. Admission is $5; members free
Armadillo Christmas Bazaar
December 13 – 24, 11am – 10pm Daily
Can you believe it’s already that time of year again?? Here at SouthPop we’re gearing up for our annual appearance at the Austin’s Arts Institution, The Armadillo Christmas Bazaar. We’ll have vintage posters for sale, photos by artists such as Bob Zink and Ken Hoge, paintings, coffee mugs by our good friend Sam Hurt of Eyebeam comics, CDs by local old school bands like Beto y los Fairlanes, Denny Freeman, and t-shirts from Fine Southern Gentlemen, and so, so, SO much more! As an added bonus, all SouthPop members get free one-day passes, so make sure you sign up for membership while we’re getting the passes ready to mail out.
It’s a Plaid, Plaid, Plaid, Plaid World
Closes December 7th!
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 www.southpop.org, our facebook page, you can all us during business hours at 512-440-8318, email us at email@example.com, or wireless telegraph.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. We also request that you wear a Hawaiian shirt, if you have one, as Micael often did.
Dia de los Muertos: Austin Style
Sunday November 4, 2018
Join us at SouthPop to honor and celebrate the dearly departed, Sunday November 4, 6-9pm. We’ll be lighting candles, saying a prayer, and then having a party for all the new inductees to our memorial wall. SouthPop will have candles and some flowers, but please bring your own offerings to leave behind.
One of SouthPop’s first works of outdoor art included our Memorial Wall which serves to honor those who have moved Austin’s culture in some way. We include nationally renowned folks like Waylon Jennings, Ann Richards, and Janis Joplin, as well as local movers and shakers like our first inductee Ken Featherston, The Avocado Queen, and our own Henry Gonzalez. It is difficult to decide who gets to go on the wall, as the number of inductees goes up every year and we only have a finite amount of space to give everyone their due honor. This year SouthPop’s Board of Directors have chosen to honor:
- Galen Barber
- Ponty Bone
- Lary Butler
- Steve Dean
- Kevin Hollingsworth
- Davy Jones
- Joe Lung
- John Northland
- Barry “Frosty” Smith
- Micael Priest
Beer, wine, live music by the SouthPop All-Stars, and refreshments will be on hand to help us call back the spirits for the evening. To make suggestions for next year’s Dia de los Muertos celebration, fill out this form, and we will consider your submission. As the wall grows, more folks are added, and the weather ravages the wall, we are in the process of upgrading our existing plaques to become more weather proof. To sponsor an existing member of the wall for a new plaque, or to make a donation earmarked for the upkeep of the memorial wall, click on over here.
Please remember there is NO PARKING AT SOUTHPOP/PLANET K for any of our events. There never has been, so if you try to swindle one of our parking attendants, it won’t work. Please park just south on Collier Street. Admission is a suggested $5 donation, SouthPop members are welcome for free. For any questions, please stay up to date on our Facebook page, call us during our regular business hours at 512-440-8318, email us at email@example.com, or cast a spell so the spirits will bring us your inquiries.
Obituary for Henry B. Gonzalez
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.