While Willie Nelson and crossover country-and-western bands such as the Austin Lounge Lizards were known to turn up at Clifford Antone’s place (opened in 1975), it didn’t take long for the club to become synonymous with the blues. Stevie Ray Vaughan was a regular, and when major blues artists—say, Buddy Guy, Etta James, or Edgar Winter—ventured down to Austin, they’d either play Antone’s or stop by for a surprise set. Clifford Antone died in 2006, but the club that bears his name remains, as one music critic described it, “a living shrine to all he created”—that is, THE place to hear great blues. Antone’s also lends its name—and musicians—to a Jazz brunch Sundays at the Driskill Hotel.
305 E. Fifth St., Austin, TX
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