Armadillo World Headquarters

Armadillo World Headquarters ALL THE WORLD'S A STAGE [RUSH] The Armadillo World Headquarters officially opened on August 7, 1970 with Shiva's Headband, the Hub City Movers, and Whistler performing.
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The hall held about 1,500 patrons, The clientele became a mixture of hippies, cowboys, and businessmen who stopped by to have lunch and a beer and listen to live music.

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07/07/2020

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04/27/2019

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04/27/2019

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05/09/2017

Timeline Photos

South Austin Museum of Popular Culture
08/08/2016

South Austin Museum of Popular Culture

That's it for Sheauxnough and another sweltering International Eddy Day on the books! We hope you all had as much fun as we did. SouthPop will be closed for the time being as we prepare for our next exhibit; a selection from our permanent collection to wrap up our 12th exhibition season opening at 7:09 on July 30th. Stay tuned for updates!

For today's #WayBackWednesday we'll give you a sneak peak at some of the items we're considering to display next. Here's a photo of the staff working the Armadillo World Headquarters beer garden. I have no idea who is in this photo, who took it, or what year. If you know, leave the info in the comments!

If you lived it, you can still live it!
05/24/2016

If you lived it, you can still live it!

Timeline Photos
04/26/2016

Timeline Photos

Armadillo World Headquarters
04/26/2016

Armadillo World Headquarters

Once upon a time:
08/08/2015

Once upon a time:

01/22/2015

DID YOU KNOW?
The name for the Armadillo was inspired by the use of armadillos as a symbol in the artwork of Jim Franklin, a local poster artist, and from the building itself. In choosing the mascot for the new venture, Wilson and his partners wanted an “armored” animal since the building was an old armory.

Armadillo World Headquarters, Austin, TX, 6/13/75:This is an album by the country rock band the New Riders of the Purple...
01/22/2015

Armadillo World Headquarters, Austin, TX, 6/13/75:

This is an album by the country rock band the New Riders of the Purple Sage. It was recorded live on June 13, 1975, at the Armadillo World Headquarters in Austin, Texas, and released on November 1, 2005. It was the fourth complete New Riders concert that was recorded in the 1970s and released in the 2000s as an album on the Kufala Recordings label.[2][3]

At the time of the concert at the Armadillo, Skip Battin was the New Riders' bass player. Battin wrote or co-wrote three songs that appear on the album. Previously a member of the Byrds, Battin had joined the New Riders in 1974 after Dave Torbert left to join Kingfish. Also in the NRPS lineup for this recording were band co-founders John "Marmaduke" Dawson and David Nelson, and long-time members Buddy Cage and Spencer Dryden.

According to a statement on the back cover, the CD "was mastered directly from the original quarter track analog reel to reel tape at 7.5 ips. The few initial anomalies at the beginning of the show have been preserved for authenticity."

Armadillo World Headquarters
01/18/2015

Armadillo World Headquarters

Armadillo World Headquarters's cover photo
01/18/2015

Armadillo World Headquarters's cover photo

04/26/2014

What's your take? Was the Armadillo World a product of Austin TX, or was Austin TX. a product of the Armadillo World Headquarters?

Armadillo World Headquarters's cover photo
04/26/2014

Armadillo World Headquarters's cover photo

Armadillo World Headquarters's cover photo
04/26/2014

Armadillo World Headquarters's cover photo

12/22/2013

FOR ALL OF THE PATRONS, MUSICIANS AND STAFF THAT HAVE GRACED THE DOORS OF THIS PLACE;

I have always been a connoisseur of music and Austin in the 70's was no exception of that. Someone who had put it quite eloquently said "Life is made up of small comings and goings and for everything we take with us there is something we leave behind." It can never happen again". So, this is my offering to the Dillo, Enjoy!

10/11/2013

"88" Likes to go for an iconic 1000, lets do this for AWHQ

Who members the "Pitchers of beer" from the Beer Garden? AHHHHHH the good ole days.
07/30/2013

Who members the "Pitchers of beer" from the Beer Garden? AHHHHHH the good ole days.

Timeline Photos
07/30/2013

Timeline Photos

Another concert is in the works!
07/30/2013

Another concert is in the works!

Freddie King and Leon Russell in 1972 at the Armadillo World Headquarters. ~Van Brooks photographer~
07/30/2013

Freddie King and Leon Russell in 1972 at the Armadillo World Headquarters.
~Van Brooks photographer~

"There’s variety, pacing, dynamics. There’s an overall story, of course, but musically the sections break down into indi...
05/30/2013

"There’s variety, pacing, dynamics. There’s an overall story, of course, but musically the sections break down into individual pieces." Alex Lifeson discusses the deluxe reissue of RUSH's '2112' and getting into the Hall of Fame.

Jerry Garcia & Merl Saunders, Armadillo World Headquarters, Austin, TX 12/21-22/1974
05/14/2013

Jerry Garcia & Merl Saunders, Armadillo World Headquarters, Austin, TX 12/21-22/1974

05/14/2013

WE NEED 356 LIKES!!! to get "1000" Invite your friends, share your stories.
AWHQ was open for: 10 years, 4 Months & 25 Day's That's a lot of good times.......

05/12/2013

"I think music in itself is healing.
It's an explosive expression of humanity.
It's something we are all touched by.
No matter what culture we're from,
everyone loves music."
~ Billy Joel ~

05/05/2013

The Armadillo World Headquarters: the Big Kahuna of Austin music

It put us on the national map.

It was a barn. A former National Guard Armory and sports center.

I've read reviews of the Armadillo calling it everything from unglamorous to an ugly hippie hole.

It was glamorous and it certainly wasn't ugly. The Armadillo allowed the audience and artist an intimate interaction that couldn't be duplicated on any stage in America at the time.

A lot has been written about the emergence of the cosmic cowboy phenomena that is credited to Willie Nelson bringing hippies and rednecks together in the same audience at the Armadillo.

Here's what really happened -- Willie and Waylon Jennings dropped the Nashville production of Owen Bradley and Chet Atkins and got back to doing real country without the Eddie Arnold slick production.

Hippies dug it. Rednecks dug it. Willie and Waylon grew hair and beards and made no secret of their occasional puff of mother nature.

The rednecks started smoking pot. Hippies started drinking beer and donning cowboy hats. Both started listening to the same music and the result was – Gram Parsons. Cosmic cowboys in full bloom.

It wasn't as big a deal as you might think. It was young folks finding common ground and evolving beyond the usual territorial instincts of the young.

Armadillo World Headquarters was much more than the legend, stories or even the myth.

Eddie Wilson created a great big living room. You were comfortable here. Watch Austin City Limits. Not the same thing but the same pretense. Quality talent in a living room environment.

Indulge me while I offer you a partial list of the thousands of musicians who played here…

Freddie King, Mose Allison, Ted Nugent, Gram Parsons, Police, Frank Zappa, Clash, BB King, Toots and the Mayals, Genesis, Ray Charles, Lightnin' Hopkins, Jeff Beck, ZZ Top, Ramsey Lewis, Van Halen, Tubes, Fats Domino, Bruce Springsteen, Joe Ely, B-52s, Rory Gallagher, Count Basie, Waylon Jennings, Roy Buchanan, Kinks, Leo Kottke, Randy Newman, Linda Ronstadt…

An obvious question arises after looking at the above list. Why would a place like the Armadillo World Headquarters draw such world class talent?

Simple – it felt good being there. Warm night air mixed with great music in the vacuum of a community house party. Much different than a concert.

It was ground zero for the explosion in Austin music that followed.

One year after the Armadillo opened there were 12 more music venues opened in Austin.

The beginning of the beginning for the Live Music Capital of the World.

Thanks for the memories Mr. Wilson!

Timeline Photos
03/12/2013

Timeline Photos

02/14/2013

“Words make you think a thought. Music makes you feel a feeling. A song makes you feel a thought.”

02/14/2013

Musical compositions, it should be remembered, do not inhabit certain countries, certain museums, like paintings and statues. The Dillo is not shut up in Austin: I have it in my pocket.

Shiva's Head Band 1971 Fort Hood
02/13/2013

Shiva's Head Band 1971 Fort Hood

02/13/2013

THANKS EVERYONE FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND YOUR COMMENTS! WERE GETTING CLOSE TO 500 LIKES

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Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Armadillo, I'm spinning "Live From Deep In The Heart of Texas" by Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen (1974). Recorded live at the Armadillo in '73, the setlist features the classic weeper "Down To Seeds and Stems Again Blues."
did anyone attend The Police's concert at Armadillo World Headquarters ? looking for memorabilia, photos, setlist for The PoliceWiki's page about this....
I worked here and I was wondering if anyone has payroll records. I would like an old paystub of mine. Lots of memories and late nights washing beer pitchers till the sun came up.
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I loved the Armadillo, went to st Edwards in the 70's and hung out there most weekends. Either there or Antones, Rome Inn, or soap creek
Thanks for the invite,let's see what you do here.