In the News…

SouthPop friend and Armadillo Artist Bob Wade has been featured in the New York Times! Three of the original 6 10-foot tall dancing frogs he created for the Tango Nightclub in Dallas are being reinstalled at their original location, by the space’s new owners…Taco Cabana. If you’re in the area, go check them out as early as June 24th at 4pm!

Full article and details on The New York Times site here!

Current Exhibit


South Austin Popular Culture Center


South Texas Popular Culture Center Presents:

The Austin – San Antonio Connection:

~So Close and Yet So Far Out~



Opening Saturday June 14, 2014, SouthPop and its sister organization in San Antonio, TexPop, present an exhibition exploring the shared music history between the two cities. Separated by only 80 miles of I35, Austin and San Antonio could not be more different. Still, both cities have created musical acts that reflect their different local cultures and draw national and international renown, while playing host to major acts from all over the globe.

The Austin – San Antonio Connection is a unique and vibrant one made up of students, hippies, Hispanics, and military personnel, a wide range of rich and poor communities nestled within one of America’s busiest corridors. Come see a selection of the art and music that has passed between the two for decades; helping to define Texan-American culture both in and out of Central Texas.

The exhibition opens with a party on June 14, 2014 at 7:09pm, with a special preview for members only on Friday, June 13 at the same time. Admission to the event on Saturday has a $5 cover charge (free for members) with a cash beer and wine bar, as well as live, local music and light refreshments. The exhibition runs through July 12, 2014. Admission to the museum is always free; open Thursday – Sunday 1-6pm, or by appointment or chance.

There is no parking at SouthPop for the event, please park on Collier Street. For more information, contact the Center at 512-440-8318 | |

Past Exhibit


South Austin Popular Culture Center Presents

10th Anniversary Exhibit


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Through generous funding from the Phogg Phoundation for the Pursuit of Happiness, the South Austin Popular Culture Center (SouthPop) opened its doors March 2014 and almost immediately an important and sentimental acquisition was made: Ken Featherston’s mural, Peyote Dream. Charitable donors came forward with the necessary funding and so began SouthPop’s permanent collection documenting Austin’s music culture.

Now, ten years later and after mounting over 100 exhibits, SouthPop will hold a showing of items from its permanent collection that reflects the evolution of Austin’s music culture from 1965 to present day. Yes, the Ken Featherston mural will be on display. Original drawings by Tony Bell, Jack Jaxon, Gilbert Shelton, Micael Priest and Guy Juke will be included along with posters, photographs, books and clothing. And. Yes. Even a strand of Elvis Presley’s hair.

SouthPop continues its mission documenting and interpreting Austin art and culture of the past 50 years and works to make that history accessible to local, national and international audiences. The Center’s programs trace the evolution and the social context of Austin’s cultural production from the early 1960s through the present and interpret the local, state and national impact of the artists, art forms and recurrent themes that have profoundly shaped the City’s self-conception over the past fifty years.

This anniversary exhibit will be on display May 3 through 31, 2014 and will start with a reception on May 3rd beginning at 7:09pm. There will be live music and refreshments. This event is free to members and $5 to the general public.

Please remember there is no parking at SouthPop; park on Collier Street and walk on over. Please also consider taking public transportation or riding your bike. For more information, contact the Center.



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The South Austin Popular Culture’s next exhibit The Road to Austin opens Saturday, March 8th with an event that will include live music. The exhibit will be a historical pictorial pondering of the Austin music culture.

The Road to Austin is a documentary film chronicling the decades of musical evolution that elevated Austin as the Live Music Capital of the World. The long and winding history includes influences from Mexico, Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic, Gospel, Polka, Native American Chants, Blues, Hillbilly Country, and many, many more. It wasn’t until the 1960s and 70s with the influences of Rock n Roll spectacle that Austin’s music scene came into its own.

SouthPop opened its archive of images to the FORMAX group and through this exhibit will present many of the posters and photographs of Austin’s music history used in the documentary.

As live music capital of the world, Austin’s identity is more than just a sound; it’s an experience. Thanks to the work of musicians like Stephen Bruton and his friends, Austin’s vibrance became a wave any musician would be honored to ride. From the twang of the guitar on stage vibrating in your chest to the exchange of energy between the performers and the crowd of fans, no matter the flavor of music, the show will always be uniquely Austin.

The opening event is Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 7:09pm

For more information contact SouthPop. 


South Austin Popular Culture Center Presents

The Austin – San Francisco Connection


The counter-culture revolution of the late 1960′s and early 1970′s in the United States is undeniably attributed to the widespread embrace of drugs, sex, and rock n roll among young people, and San Francisco was the epicenter of authority clash. The city drew disenfranchised youth from all over the country to join together to celebrate peace, love, and harmony while the government sowed discord at home and abroad. While the political and social upheaval was promoted by global artists such as the Beatles and Peter Max, it was a troupe of Austinites who would forever define the psychedelic aesthetic.

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.