A man among men and larger than life, Jesse left this world suddenly when he collapsed with a brain stem aneurysm while closing down a music festival in Atlantic City. Jesse was born, raised, and lived his life in Austin. He was an independent spirit that never ran with the herd, but eventually came to manage them for C3 Productions as Site Coordinator for big festivals like the Austin City Limits Music Festival and Lalapalooza. In 2012 alone, Jesse had coordinated concert productions in Costa Rica and Brazil. He was involved in setting up the Obama Inauguration and White House Easter Egg Rolls, not to mention some of the smaller events like Blues on the Green. Jesse loved Star Wars from childhood and it was always magical to hear the Star Wars anthem played at the opening of the ACL shows each day. This made them so especially Jesse’s shows. He was humble when it came to his work. He never asked anyone to do anything he wouldn’t do himself, so you could find him digging a hole to fix a broken pipe. His crew and coworkers loved and respected him. He was a man of big appetites and an adventurous spirit and had many talents: he could draw, create with wood, and could finish a 1,000 piece puzzle within hours. He was close with his family and spent many happy hours at family get-togethers and vacations from ski trips to New Mexico to trips to Baja on the Sea of Cortez where he scuba dived and caught dorado and lobsters. Jess loved music.
- 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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