Iconic Antone’s club being sold, will move back downtown

Nov 14, 2013
Austin American Statesman

Antone’s, one of Austin’s most iconic live music venues, is changing hands — and the new owners say they plan to move the legendary club back to downtown Austin


The club — which was founded in 1975 by the late Clifford Antone — has been sold to a group led by scientist and explorer Spencer Wells. The investment group — which consists of two entities known as Gin & Pentatonic and Blues Scalable — is buying the club from Frank Hendrix, who has owned Antone’s since 2010


A longtime fixture in downtown Austin, Antone’s moved earlier this year from West Fifth Street to 2015 E. Riverside Drive. It has also operated from locations on East Sixth Street, Anderson Lane and Guadalupe Street. The club is named for its former owner, Clifford Antone, who died in 2006


In an interview with the American-Statesman, Wells said he will move the club downtown to a location on Sixth Street


Wells said he became aware of Antone’s availability for purchase from his brother Arnold Wells, an Austin musician and photographer. Arnold Wells is a member of the investment group buying the club, as is with Spencer Well’s wife Pamela Caragol Wells and musician and songwriter Peter Griesar


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