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The Armadillo World Headquarters-A Tribute!

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Welcome to our Second Concert POSTER Review. After searching on the Internet for the last several months-I uncovered hundreds if not thousands of poster's from the 60s & 70s. I have tried to contact a lot of the artists and some just can't be reached or don't answer their phone/email. So if we have stepped on any copyright toes-please let us know!!

Here I'd like to present some posters from the Armadillo World Headquarters which was happening in the 70s in Austin, Texas--where I grew up in the music and hip scene in those days. It was wild, wonderful and way High--

some of the best years of my life. So please enjoy!


Summer 2005

Armadillo World Headquarters

Jim Franklin is the artist who painted many of the murals at the Armadillo World Headquarters, Austin's most famous music venue in the 1970s. He also created many of the posters advertising the shows playing at the Armadillo. We tryed to contact Jim--but have't been able to yet.

A Brief History
August 7, 1970, Eddie Wilson opened the Armadillo World Headquarters in Austin. On New Year's Eve, 1980, Kenneth Threadgill played the last concert. During its ten year run, the Armadillo was the venue to play in Texas, hosting many local and national acts, including Taj Mahal, Leon Redbone, Asleep at the Wheel, Commander Cody and the Lost Planet Airmen, Steve Fromholtz, BB King, Jerry Jeff Walker, Willie Nelson, Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks, Greezy Wheels, Edgar and Johnny Winters, the Pointer Sisters, Bonnie Raitt, Chuck Mangione, Ravi Shankar and many others. It was also the home of the Austin Ballet Theatre and the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar.There was a beer garden outside, and inside it was a huge cavernous ballroom-full of Texas Boogie, Blues , Rock n Roll and Cosmic Cowboy-sounds and vibes--that have lasted a lifetime.

In the late seventies, after the Cosmic Cowboy sound had died down, Armadillo continued to play host to an eclectic mix of Texas musicians, as other difficult to categorize players like Joe Ely, Uncle Walt's Band, and Too Smooth took the stage. National acts found their most significant followings to be in Austin, so quite a few made the Armadillo something of home base. Commander Cody And His Lost Planet Airmen, blues legend Freddie King, Shawn Phillips, The Charlie Daniels Band, Frank Zappa and Van Morrison all played frequently at the 'Dillo.  

 The party came to an end after ten years when the perennially patient landlord had a much better offer for the property, and could no longer justify keeping the struggling business at the location; he'd been renting the place without a lease. The last night at the Armadillo was also the last night of 1980, with Commander Cody And His Lost Planet Airmen, Asleep At The Wheel, Maria Muldaur, Austin magician Turk Pipkin, and the Austin legend, Kenneth Threadgill bringing it all home.
Rush Evans - Capitol City Magazine

First 'Dillo' Poster'

The Last 'Dillo' Poster

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