Upcoming Events



Austin Studio Tour

May 14-15 & 21-22

South Pop is proud to participate in this year's West Austin Studio Tour; a free, annual, self-guided art tour through the local studios and galleries west of i35 for artists, art lovers, patrons, cultural afficiandos, and anyone who loves to look at pretty things to meet, greet, and see what everyone is up to.

Here at the South Austin Museum of Popular Culture we regularly aim to provide a cultural context for a city that is rapidly changing. We collect, conserve, exhibit, and appreciate the visual arts from the 1960s when Austin began to grow from a sleepy country town into the vibrant, eclectic, cultural feast it is today. We'll be hosting the works of our beloved Armadillo Art Squad and friends including (not limited to):

  • Billy Perkins
  • Bob Wade
  • Cass Hook
  • Danny Garrett
  • Guy Juke
  • Jim Franklin
  • Jon Eric Narum
  • Kerry Awn
  • Roi James
  • Sam Yeats
  • Scout Stormcloud
  • And maybe a few surprises!

Please join us the weekend of May 14-15 and again the next weekend, the 21-22 to come see where the art of Austin was, is, and is going in the future! We'll be open 1 – 6pm to celebrate the beauty of West Austin!

For questions, please call us at 512-440-8318, email us at info@southpop.org, and stay up to date on our facebook. And please check out the West Austin Studio Tour webpage.

Special Event

Putting a Price on My Work:

The Art, Music. Fashion & Obesseions of


SouthPop is happy to host this memorial/Exhibit/Concert in honor of Hickoids guitarist and man of many talents: Davy Jones. The party will feature live music, an art exhibit featuring many of David’s works, and a sale of his art and ephemera. Davy passed from lung cancer last November, and all proceeds from the event will benefit HAAM. 
The fun begins at 12 on Sunday, April 3rd and runs through 9pm. Performing on our iconic stage will be The Beaumonts, Pocket Fishrmen, Cunto, Dunebuggy, Scorpio Rising, The Differentials, Screech of Death, Minkeyshrines, and of course, The Hickoids.
Admission is free and all ages are welcome.
Rember: There is NO PARKING AT SOUTHPOP. Please park on Collier Street. This is a special one day only event. If you have any questions about the event, where we’re located, or what might be up for grabs for a good cause, email us at info@southpop.org, call us at 512-440-8318. or check out our Facebook page, here.

In Memoriam…

Henry outside the Center June 2010003
Obituary for Henry B. Gonzalez

Henry Gonzalez was born August 6, 1950, in Brownsville, Texas to a large and loving Latino family who have been residents of Tejas since before the US stole the territory from Mexico. He died on February 29, 2016 after an intense 16 month battle against cancer.

Growing up in Brownsville and Corpus Christi, Henry got to Austin as quick as he could in 1972. Although he attended several of Texas’ finest state schools he left academia to become an integral part of the Austin music scene, working at The Armadillo World Headquarters, the Austin Opera House and later touring and working for several national and local bands. He was an artist, stage hand, stage manager and mentor to the next generation. He recognized early on the importance of Austin’s music culture and in 2004 Henry was part of the founding group of the South Austin Museum of Popular Culture, where that unique culture is celebrated, and spent the rest of his life as the driving force of that organization.

He leaves behind an enormous number of friends and family, including his wife, Leea Mechling; son, Ben Gonzalez (wife, Margaret); daughter, Coree Alvarez (husband, Michael) and grandchildren Beck Ava Gonzalez and Royal Bennet Gonzalez.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, March 20th at 1pm at the Zilker Clubhouse. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Hospice Austin

Current Exhibit

South Austin Popular Culture Center Presents:

Doug Sahm:

The Man and His Music

Doug Sahm: The Man and His Music

The South Austin Popular Culture Center proudly presents our first exhibition of 2016 on a subject near and dear to our heart, Doug Sahm: The Man and the Music. Opening January 30th at 7:09, the exhibit will feature albums, photos, posters, and other ephemera that chronicle Sahm’s life and his impact on the Austin live music scene.

Born in San Antonio, Doug Sahm was a child music prodigy playing the guitar, fiddle, and steel guitar, and by age 14 was taking lessons from Hank Williams’ steel guitar player. Under the moniker “Little Doug”, he played nightclubs, dance halls, and cabarets in central Texas throughout the 1950s. By the time Elvis rolled through San Antonio, “Little Doug” was little no more, and Doug began to adopt influences from Blues and Soul music. Rock and Roll and the British Invasion hit San Antonio, and Doug mixed these sounds to create his own style, unique to his Texan soul.

Please join us as we seek to remember his life and his accomplishments, and celebrate the man he was behind the genius. The Exhibit runs from January 30th to March 26, 2016. The opening reception begins Saturday January 30th at 7:09 pm featuring a performance by the Melancholy Ramblers and light refreshments with a suggested donation of $5. SouthPop members please come an hour early for first crack at food and drink, and free admission. There will be no parking at the Center, so please park on Collier Street. The exhibit will be on view during SouthPop’s regular hours, 1-6pm Thursdays through Sunday. Admission during regular hours is always free. For further information, please contact the South Austin Popular Culture Center at 512-440-8318 or info@southpop.org. Stay up to date with the latest info at www.southpop.org


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