Current Events


Please join us at Threadgill’s beer garden on Thursday, May 3, 2018 for our annual “Dinner with an Armadillo” fundraiser!


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.


 Past Events


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.


SouthPop Presents:

40 Years of Esther’s Follies

For our first exhibition of 2018 SouthPop Presents: 40 Years of Esther’s Follies! In partnership with the crew at Esther’s and help from Jesse Sublett’s new retrospective book, we’ll dive into the history of Esther’s from the comedy act at Liberty Lunch featuring some rag-tag UT students, to the mainstay and must-see attraction featuring music, comedy, magic, and oh so much more on 6th street.

From four different homes, a fire, a cast and crew of over 80 actors, musicians, comedians, artists, designers, a magician or two, and more than a few “wardrobe malfunctions”, Esther’s Follies is a microcosm of Austin’s changing zeitgeist. Just as it did in 1977 (and even sooner!) the cabaret has captivated locals and visitors alike with both silly Austin in-jokes and poignant political satire, while incorporating the changing landscape of 6th street. Once a rundown alleyway filled with hookers and Latino dive bars, to a bustling arts and entertainment district.

SouthPop’s exhibition will feature photos and posters from the 40 years of shows, illustrating not only the on-stage antics of characters like Dame Della Diva and Chi Chi LaBamba, but behind the scenes story from Shannon Sedwick and Michael Shelton who are not only Esther’s parents, but anchors for Austin’s Arts Community.

We will be holding an event to celebrate Esther’s Follies and our exhibit on Sunday, January 14 from 2-6pm. The Uranium Savages will headline and light refreshments will be provided. A $5 donation is suggested, but members are welcome for free. As always during our events there is NO PARKING at SouthPop. Please park on Collier Street.

The exhibition will continue through February during our regular business hours, Thursday – Sunday 1-6pm or by appointment on Wednesdays. Admission to the gallery is always free.

For more information, please stay up to date on our website, our facebook, twitter, or insta, email us at or give us a call at 512-440-8318 (we promise the phones work now).

Following the opening of ELBOW GREASE, SouthPop will be hosting a monthly free concert series to be held at Threadgill’s World Headquarters the last Sunday of the month from October 2017 to February 2018.

Please Click Here for more details!

SouthPop’s 2017-2018 exhibition season kicks off with Elbow Grease: The art of Jon Narum, Nicholas Russell, and Sam Yeats – paintings created by three artists who have been involved in the music scene since the early 1970s.

Narum, Yeats, and Russell have been mainstays of the Austin art and music scene for 40+ years. Their fine art and design will be on display in our gallery so you can see how their work embodies Austin, music, and how it’s both changed and stayed the same as the city and the scene have over the years.

Please join us Sunday afternoon, October 22 for a kick off celebration featuring beer, wine, live music by John Inmon, refreshments, and great company! And this time, thanks to the generosity of our latest sponsor Alamo Drafthouse Austin, we’ll be raffling off two free movie passes during the band’s break! Members are admitted free, for all others there is a $5 suggested donation at the door. There is NO PARKING AT SOUTHPOP or PLANET K during the event, so don’t even try it. Please park on Collier Street.

The exhibition will run through December 2 during our regular hours, Thursday – Sunday, 1-6pm, or by appointment. Admission to the museum is always free.


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.


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