Austin's Hole in the Wall Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Written by Ali Killian | June 26, 2014
Riverboat Gamblers at SXSW 2012

Dive bars are pretty much our M.O. in Austin, and one of the best is celebrating its 40th anniversary. With a blazing yellow and green marquee perched atop its entrance, Hole in the Wall has proved itself to be a staple in the local bar and music scene.

Located on The Drag — a blocks-long strip of shops, food joints and bars facing the University of Texas at Austin campus in sort-of downtown Austin — the Hole has hosted a load of musicians over the past four decades. From local acts such as Spoon, Bob Schneider and Gary Clark, Jr., to star-studded musicians such as St. Vincent, REM and Stevie Ray Vaughan, stressed-out students and music-loving locals alike flock to Hole in the Wall for raging live music and cheap, delicious drinks — check out its website for some interesting accounts.

To celebrate its 40th birthday, Hole in the Wall threw itself a 10-day party, and this weekend marks the end of this particular set of shenanigans. The bar booked 10 nights of live music and limited-edition brews from local breweries that started on June 19.

Just in time for the finale, today's episode of Chronolog on SXSWfm is featuring five SXSW alumni that are partaking in this dive-y celebration. Tune in at 6 p.m. & 12 p.m. CST to check out tunes from Riverboat Gamblers, A Giant Dog, BLXPLTN, Pocket Fishrmen and Hickoids, and if you're in the Austin area, head to the Hole tonight to see the first four, tomorrow to see Pocket Fishrmen and on Saturday to catch Hickoids in the flesh.

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Weekend Shows in Austin

Thursday, June 26
Riverboat Gamblers, A Giant Dog, The Bremen Riot, BLXPLTN at Hole in the Wall
Casual of Hieroglyphics - Fear Itself 20th Anniversary Tour featuring Quanstar & Coach K, Mr. Franklin (of Crooked Lettaz), D'Labrie, P-Tek at Holy Mountain
Hickoids, Cunto at ABGB

Friday, June 27
Purple, Animal Spirit, Casual Strangers, Bitter Birds at Holy Mountain
Pocket Fishrman, Pong, Churchwood, Cat Scientist at Hole in the Wall
Holy Wave, Guantanamo Baywatch, Pharaohs, Smoking White at Hotel Vegas
Brownout, Hard Proof at Empire Control Room & Garage

Saturday, June 28
Emily Wolfe, Ultraviolet, Airplanes Above Us at Swan Dive

Monday, June 30
John Wesley Coleman, Jail Weddings, Ruby Fray, the Harms at Hotel Vegas

Riverboat Gamblers photo by Kevin McAllister