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1970 – THE DECADE OF THE DILLO – 1980

The building already had quite a musical history. After being a National Guard armory, it had been The Sports Center, hosting wrestling and boxing matches, with occasional package tours coming through. Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis had played there, and one show in 1953 had included Faron Young, Johnny Horton, and a kid named Elvis Presley. Shortly after Wilson’s …

The Music

There were some unbelievable shows and even more unbelievable stories in, around, and about the Armadillo World Headquarters. This site will try to give our visitors a peek into an Austin Musical venue that as you will find was so much more.

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Armadillo World Headquarters Website is back on line!

Back in 1976, some pixie made what was, up until the time (and probably still is), the only concerted effort to concisely sum up a place that embodies more contradictions, soured hopes, flights of fancy and filigrees of whimsy and madness than any other four acres of earth on the globe. That nameless chronicler wrote: “We’re a beer hall where …