This Week in Texas Music History: Hole in the Wall
On June 15, 1974, the Hole in the Wall nightclub opened in Austin on Guadalupe Street, directly across from the University of Texas. Although it was not originally intended to be a live music venue, local musicians began hanging out there, and fans packed the small bar nearly every night. Over the following four decades, an impressive list of local and national talent performed at the Hole in the Wall, including Stevie Ray Vaughan, Shawn Colvin, the Texas Tornados, Nanci Griffith, Tibmuk3, and Lucinda Williams.
The Hole in the Wall also benefited from its proximity to the Austin City Limits studio right across the street. At times, such prominent artists as Emmylou Harris have stopped by the club to perform after taping the PBS series. After nearly forty years, the Hole in the Wall remains one of Austin’s most popular live music venues.