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Sept 1970

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Disch Field start of school concert: leon Russell, allman Bros band, PG&E, Its a Beautiful Day

Split Rail and Disch Field

Outdoors

I remember going to the Split Rail in the mid to late 1950s when my Daddy, Jim Solt, played catcher for the Austin Senators. That was a favorite hangout for the team and their families after the games since it basically "backed up" to the old Disch Field on Barton Springs Road, the Senator's home ballpark.

Then in the 70s we went there to hear the music. It was a cool place because I had a small child and back then children were allowed.

Good food, good music, great place. Miss those times!

Debra Solt Godina

Spiral Staircase

Bars

I think I remember a bar on the same block as Les Ami called The Spiral Staircase. I was taken there by friends in about 1972 and I remember little about it other than its location (for some reason...har) and that I think Roky Erickson and the 13th Floor Elevators (?) were playing.

I was driving by there a few days ago, was held up by construction, looked at the building, thought about the bar, drove in the lot and took a picture of the building. It could be the same old two-storey Victorian-looking house, but now plastered. The address is 2405 Nueces, was a Quizno's and is now Fricano's Deli. Anybody remember or know? [wish I could post its pic on here, but not sure how]

SXSW

Bars | Bands | Scenes

Austin and South By Southwest (SXSW), talk about your love/hate relationships. As I recall SXSW started as a townie, insider-only deal that took advantage of everyone being out of town instead of the global destination towards Austin that it is today. Back in the Spring Break of those days, local bands played in near-empty bars to dedicated local folks. It was Louis Black and The Austin Chronicle folks that got the good idea of a one-ticket, all access festival.

I think it was the third year of operation that I heard my first "South By is just too crowded now!" complaint... they hadn't seen nothin' yet.

If anyone has images from those early days, post them here!

Hamburgers by Gourmet

Restaurants

Hamburgers by Gourmet, in the building at 22nd and Guadalupe now owned by the Church of Scientology and also located on South Lamar, had wonderful cheap hamburgers but also spectacularly tasty breakfasts with a bottomless cup of coffee. Two eggs, toast, and hash browns. Their hash browns were made with leftover baked potatoes fried with a little onion, all crisp and delicious. I always wondered whether all the free refills on the coffee drove them out of business.