Iconic Austin music club is up for sale

Sep 18, 2013
Austin Business Journal

Legendary Austin live music club Antone’s is on the market. Current owner Frank Hendrix told the Austin Chronicle he plans to leave the Austin live music industry and is getting into the oil exploration business

Antone’s moved to its fifth and current location on East Riverside Drive in late March, taking over the space previously occupied by the Beauty Ballroom, a dance and live music club in which Hendrix was also a partner, until it closed in January

The Antone’s name is an iconic brand in the Austin live music community. Over the years, its various locations have specialized in blues, rock, Americana and country, serving as a launching pad for Austin musicians such as Stevie Ray Vaughan and Gary Clark Jr.

Prior to its move earlier this year, Antone’s was located at the corner of Fifth and Lavaca streets downtown

Hendrix told Austin Business Journal he had lost the interest and passion in the music business that saw him operating three high-profile clubs as recently as 2012

"In my life at this point I don't have the time to give Antone's the attention it deserves. It's time to pass the baton on to someone younger," he said in a text-message interview

One likely candidate to purchase the business is concert and event promotion company C3 Presents, which produces the popular and expanding Austin City Limits Festival each year. C3 purchased the new Emo’s East location on Riverside from Hendrix for an undisclosed “six figure” amount in February. The company already does occasional concert bookings at Antone’s

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