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