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 Stay up to date with the latest info at


Happy New Year, Armadillos!

We hope you all had a fun and safe Christmas and New Year’s!

SouthPop is currently CLOSED as we prepare for our first exhibit of 2016 featuring the life and exploits of Rock and Roll Legend: Doug Sahm. The exhibit will open Saturday, January 30th at 7:09. Be on the look out for more info, and we can’t wait to see y’all soon!

Past Exhibit

South Austin Popular Culture Center Presents:

Selections from the Margaret Moser Collection

Exhibit Poster for MM collection

Margaret Moser’s name is synonymous with the Austin Music Scene. From the time the city was a honky tonk town full of weirdos to the Live Music Capital of the World, Margaret has been here sharing the greatest shows and experiences with those of us who’ve gotten in the game later on.

Her unique ability to turn pillow talk into stories of rock n roll legend helped her evolve  from unabashed groupie to Austin Chronicle Journalist, narrating Austin’s growth and glamor since the 1960s. From local music fan to hostess of the Austin Music Awards, Moser’s story of Austin is the one we’ll be googling for decades to come.

SouthPop has recently acquired 300 pieces of art and ephemera from her history as an Austin Music “band-aid” through her journalism career, telling the story of Austin’s explosion as a hub and springboard for anyone trying to make it big in the entertainment industry. The exhibit runs from Saturday July 18 to September 27th.

Please join us Saturday, July 18 as we celebrate this history and its raconteur through the visual arts it’s left behind. Party starts at 7:09 with a $5 suggested donation. Free member preview begins at 6, live music from Freddie Steady Revue begins at 8pm. While the party is located at and presented by the South Austin Popular Culture Center at 1516B South Lamar Blvd, ATX 78704, there is no parking at the Center. Please park on Collier Street. Please contact us at 514-440-8313 or with any questions.


Past Exhibits

 South Austin Popular Culture Presents

The Broken Spoke: Last Honky Tonk Standing



SouthPop Broken Spoke Exhibit Poster Design


In 1964, 3201 South Lamar Boulevard was little more than a field and a few oak trees when James White decided to build a beer joint. Shortly thereafter the jukebox and dancing took over the bar and pool tables as the draw of the place. Now, more than 50 years later, the little beer joint has hosted some of the world’s foremost country music stars, sits in the shadows of the 704 complex, and still offers the most authentic country-western dancing this weird, new city of Austin has to offer.

Please join us at the South Austin Popular Culture Center, just a mile up the road from the Broken Spoke, as we chronicle the history that has stayed pristine within the walls of the Broken Spoke. A selection of artwork that exhibits the sights and experiences that makes the Broken Spoke the greatest honky tonk in Texas while telling the story of how this little beer joint managed to remain the last of the true Texas dance halls right as Austin grew up around it will be on display for your viewing pleasure.

Saturday, April 25th at 7:09pm we will kick off the long awaited exhibit with a party at our location 1516-B South Lamar Blvd. $5 suggested donation. Members enjoy a special free preview at 6pm. Live music and light refreshments will be provided. No parking is allowed at the Center, please park on Collier Street, and contact SouthPop with any questions at 512-440-8318, and check out our website at


The Broken Spoke: Last Honky Tonk Standing Opening Pushed Back

Armadillo fans, we hate to inform you that our upcoming exhibit on the Broken Spoke has been pushed back. Originally scheduled for April 18, the event is being pushed back until Saturday April 25. Due to a host of personal reasons, the week of the 18th is just really bad timing for us. We hope you’ll understand and make it to our opening on the 25th! In the meantime, check out this infographic by Dish Info that features SouthPop as one of the sites to visit in Austin!
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SouthPop at SXSW

South by Southwest has officially begun and that means we are crazy busy here at SouthPop! Our current exhibit The World According to Rob Jones will be on view during our regular hours (1-6pm, Thursday through Sunday as staffing allows. It never hurts to call ahead to make sure someone’s here!) throughout the festival, and we hope you stop by now that the weather is starting to do its job (be spring!).

On top of that, we will be making our regular appearance at the Austin Chronicle’s  33rd Annual Austin Music Awards the evening of Wednesday March 18th at The Austin Convention Center. Make sure to get your tickets here!

And as always, we’ll be at The American Poster Institute’s 48th Flatstock Poster Show, also at the Austin Convention Center. The expo runs March 19 – 21, 11am to 6pm and is free to the public! There will be some really amazing poster artists there, including SouthPop friends Billy Perkins and Mishka Westell! Make sure to stop by our booth to see works by the poster art legends of the 60s and 70s and see what few duplicates of our collection we’re willing to part with.

Stop by SouthPop to see where SXSW really came from, party hard, support local artists and musicians, stay safe, and please, for the love of god, don’t move here.


Rob Jones exhibit announcement

SouthPop proudly presents its next exhibition and first of 2015 – The World According to Rob Jones – opening Saturday January 17, and running through March 28, 2015. Local Austinite, Rob Jones won a grammy award in January, 2014 for his packaging design of Jack White’s Under Great White Northern Lights. SouthPop is proud to display a selection of his works from early in his career though his more recent work with world class bands like Jack White, The Raconteurs, Arcade Fire, and the Arctic Monkeys, to name a few.

Jones’ chaotic collages reflect his flashy and irreverent sense of humor. Growing up influenced by punk art and consumerism, Jones uses delicate and traditional engravings layered over one another to make subversive and meaningful statements on popular culture and the glamour of celebrity. His gig posters remind those familiar with SouthPop’s collection of 1960s and 70s psychedelic posters of the works of Texas’ own Jim Harter or San Francisco’s Wilifred Satty.

SouthPop is honored to present the critically acclaimed, yet never boring, evolution of 1960s psychedelia, filtered through a punk lens, to make statements about the art and design of 21st century pop-glamor as shown by the works of Rob Jones.

Make sure to check out Rob’s work at and while we get our exhibit set up so you can see it in the flesh!

SouthPop is located at 1516B South Lamar Boulevard and will have an opening reception for the exhibition starting at 7:09pm the evening of Saturday January 17, 2015, featuring live music and refreshments, if the weather’s good. Entry is a $5 suggested donation, free for members. There is no parking at the center, so please park on Collier Street. The exhibition will run through March 28, 2015 during SouthPop’s regular hours – Thursday – Sunday, 1- 6pm, or by appointment or chance. Please call the center at 512-440-8318, email at, or check our website at for any questions.

Eventually there will be a WICKED poster by Jim Franklin available for purchase!

Past 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

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

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