Armadillo World Headquarters and Beyond
Introduced by Lion Scott Hendrix
On August 7, 1970, Eddie Wilson and a band of hippies threw open the doors of Armadillo World Headquarters, and the live music capital of the world was born in Austin, Texas. Over its ten-year lifespan, the Armadillo hosted thousands of high-profile musicians—Willie Nelson, Frank Zappa, Bruce Springsteen, Taj Mahal, AC/DC, Charlie Daniels, the Ramones, Roy Buchanan, and Bette Midler, to name a random few. The Armadillo helped define the Austin lifestyle, culture, and identity, setting the stage for successors such as the SXSW music festival, PBS’s Austin City Limits, and the ACL festival, which have made Austin an international destination for music fans.
Austin native, Eddie Wilson tells the behind-the-scenes story of the Armadillo from the moment he first peered into a derelict National Guard armory building and knew that destiny had found him. He vividly describes how two previously clashing groups—rednecks and hippies—came together at the Armadillo, enjoying a new blend of country music and rock that spawned a many-named movement: cosmic cowboy, progressive country, and redneck rock, among others. As the owner of Threadgill’s restaurant since the 1970’s, Eddie has kept both the original location on North Lamar, where Janis Joplin got her start, and the South Austin Threadgill’s World Headquarters alive as iconic ties to Austin’s musical heritage. Eddie even has a few personal stories of visually impaired musicians who left their mark on the Armadillo and music history.
Featured Lunch Meal $12:
Corn on the Cob
Optional Lunch Meal $12:
Meals provided by Manny Sifuentes, manager at Cafe del Rio, a business staffed by the Texas Commission for the Blind.
Please register by 5 p.m. on Tuesday
We order meals based on your reservations and must pay for them even if you do not show up.
If you need to change or cancel your reservation, please call 512-441-1555.
Drive slowly on Campus.... remember that the speed limit at TSBVI is 10mph.