A Tribute To Antone’s

Antone’s Home of the Blues opened in 1975 at 6th and Brazos in downtown Austin, Texas.

Clifford Antone loved the blues and he brought it to Texas. The first show at the club featured Louisiana great Clifton Chenier. After that Sunnyland Slim, Chicago blues artist, performed at the club. Once he reported back about what these young kids were doing in Austin, Texas all the Chicago musicians wanted to play the club…and they did.

Clifford developed a special relationship with these artists, treating them with respect and admiration. Muddy Waters, Albert King, Albert Collins, Junior Wells, Buddy Guy, BB King, Otis Rush, James Cotton are just a few of the greats to perform over and over at the club. Local bands the Fabulous Thunderbirds and the Cobras played there often enough to be considered the “house bands.”

This exhibit featured posters and photographs from those early years of the club and tired to impart a sense of what was happening then.

Many thanks to those who contributed art and photographs: Susan Antone, Nicolas Russell, Ken Hoge, Danny Garrett, Lori Hansel and John & Theresa Fox.

The exhibit ran through August 13. Check out a recap of the photos and poster art in the show in the slideshow below. Contact the Center for more information: samopc@gmail.com samopc.org 512.440.8318


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