Ben Marines spent all of his formative years in Central Texas, but it wasn’t until after joining the army in 1969 that he came to Austin and got his first guitar. He drew a lot of musical inspiration from the city and a family deep-seated with artists. Ben got his first taste of performing with tejano band Shorty and the Corvettes, then founded Salaman with himself on bass. After a difficult period in his life, he turned to mariachi, and created his own four stringed guitarron for a truly unique sound. Ben mostly plays private parties these days, but is most passionate about ensuring that music continues through future generations.
- 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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