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Spend an evening at Threadgill’s eating dinner with your choice of:

Joe Nick Patoski

Eddie Wilson

Denny Freeman

George Majewski

Jim Franklin

Sarah Bird

Bob Wade

Kathy Valentine

John Kelso


Kevin Russell

SouthPop does great work keeping and educating the public on the sights, sounds, and experiences that made Austin the Live Music Capitol of the World, but we can’t keep this history for future generations without proper conservation tools and staff and YOUR help. Please join us for dinner and help Keep Austin Weird!

If you’re having trouble navigating the ticketing website, call us at 512-440-8318 or email us at and we will help you out!

We thank our community for being the life and breath of the culture we keep, and now we need you so we can hold on to what makes Austin great just a little while longer!

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Hey all you armadillos! SouthPop is currently experiencing a staff shortage during the holidays and so we have closed our gallery through the rest of 2014, and our Austin Graffiti Exhibit early. We will be back open with our next exhibit The Artwork of Grammy Award Winning Artist: Rob Jones on January 17, 2015. Until then, come down to the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar and check out our booth! We’ll have some prints, posters, paintings, books, postcards, and lots more for sale. Hope to see you there!

Current Exhibit

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SouthPop’s upcoming exhibition, Austin Graffiti Art: Celebrating Austin’s Street Art and Featuring the “Hope” Gallery on Lamar Boulevard opens on October 18 and runs through December 20, 2014. Featuring the photography of Bob Simmons, SouthPop presents some of the most visually interesting street art works as pop culture art rather than a public nuisance.

After Victor Ayad acquired the property and the spontaneous art began to appear, instead of condemning it, he supported it and decided to nurture and oversee this area now known as the Hope Gallery to preserve the often insightful, educational, and enlightening public works that morph from one image to another on the dilapidated foundations. In 2010 the HOPE Foundation was established to bring order to the gallery; ensuring security for the works of art to protect them from the trivial tagging.

Simmons’ photography not only documents some of the artworks but also the site itself as one of Austin’s icons. He further catalogs other street art and public murals in Austin that highlight Austin’s music history. SouthPop is delighted to display them in our gallery alongside our own iconic public murals here at our South Lamar location.

An exhibit opening featuring the live music of Austin band The Blackhawks and light refreshments will be held at the Center at 1516-B South Lamar Blvd on Saturday October 18, 2014 starting at 7:09pm, music starts around 8. $5 suggested donation at the door, free for members. Admission to the museum is free during regular hours through December 20. There will be no parking at the Center for the opening event, so please park on Collier Street. For more information, please contact SouthPop at 512-440-8318,, or our website at

Press Release

Past Exhibit

South Austin Popular Culture Center Presents

Ken Hoge:

Man on a Mission


Final Ken Hoge Exhibit Poster

Ken Hoge began his professional photography career as a music journalist during his years as a student at the University of Texas at Austin. As a freelance and staff photographer for the Austin Sun (the predecessor to the Austin Chronicle) he covered the heady Austin music scene in the late 70’s and early 80’s. At that time Austin was just beginning to enjoy an international reputation as a cultural “Third Coast”. A phenomenal mix of musical styles was co-existing in Austin: country, progressive country, folk, world, blues, jazz, punk, new wave, progressive rock, rock and roll, rockabilly, humor/parody, etc., etc. Hoge captured on film hundreds of performances featuring these varied styles at venues like the famous Armadillo World Headquarters, Soap Creek Saloon, Raul’s and Antone’s Blues Club.

His subjects range from blues artists like Stevie Ray Vaughan and B.B. King to county icons like Willie Nelson and Charlie Daniels; from punk pioneers like the Ramones, Patty Smith and the Sex Pistols to rockers as diverse as Neil Young and Frank Zappa. He photographed many Texas music stars such as Townes Van Zandt, Joe Ely, Doug Sahm, Johnny Winter, Alvin Crow, Asleep at the Wheel, Marsha Ball, Butch Hancock, Kinky Friedman and many others.

In the 1980s, Hoge switched gears and began working as a medical photographer, documenting research into artificial hearts and heart transplantation. His photographs have appeared in numerous books, magazines, newspapers, album covers and video documentaries. He currently lives in Houston, Texas where he is webmaster and manager of multimedia services for the Texas Heart Institute. He enjoys living in the Houston Heights neighborhood and is actively involved with the Orange Show Center for Visionary Arts.

An exhibit featuring his work will be on display at the South Austin Popular Culture Center from August 2 – September 30, 2014, with an opening reception on the 2nd, starting at 7:09pm. The event will feature a performance by The Love Vandals. A $5 donation will get you into the event, members admitted for free. Admission during regular museum hours is always free. There will be no parking at the museum, so please park on Collier Street. Please contact the Center for any further information at, 512-440-8318, or

South Austin Popular Culture Center:

Exploring Austin’s Alternate Route


For more information about the South Austin Popular Culture Center, please contact the Center: telephone: 512.440.8318 or by email: You can also send us a message on Facebook at

1516-B S Lamar Blvd Austin, TX 78704 | (512) 440-8318
Usual hours of operation are Thursday through Sunday 1 – 6pm and by appointment or chance.