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Antone's Says Goodbye To Downtown Austin
On Monday night the iconic Antone's bid farewell to Fifth Street -- and did it with a sold-out concert. It marks the end of an era for some, but the historic club calls it a necessary move.
Sold-out jam sessions in the heart of Downtown Austin are what Antone's club-goers have come to expect.
In the past 30 years the nightclub helped launch the careers of the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Stevie Ray Vaughan and his brother Jimmie Vaughan.
"I've played here a thousand times in all different situations," Jimmie says.
Kathy Valentine, A former Go-Go and member of the Bluebonnets, says she owes everything to the iconic club. "Antone's is where I decided I wanted to become a musician," she says.
But, rather than sing the blues over the club's decision to move locations for a fifth time. These musicians are ready to pack their guitar cases and head east. "We're just glad to follow wherever they go. We'll be a part of it wherever," says Valentine.
After Monday night's performance, East Riverside Drive will be Antone's new home, right next to Emo's East.
A spokesperson for Antone's says the move means less traffic and more parking.
Long-time club-goers say Antone's is more than an address, and they'll make sure it stays Austin's own home of the blues.
The official kick-off show for its new location will be March 28.
By Deeda Payton