South Austin Popular Culture Center
"..."After that, I just bounced from one door to the other. All I remember is a batch of names: Chances, emmajoe's, Steamboat, Split Rail, another Steamboat, two or three places with Clifford Antone onstage, another Soap Creek (or maybe two), Electric Lounge, Texas Tavern, Club Cairo, Blue Flamingo, Chicago House, Sanitarium, Buffalo Gap, Kilimanjaro, Sittin' Bull ....."
"...During a columnist stint for the short-lived Austin Weekly, Monroe wrote a beautiful eulogy for Foley. Monroe described having a "vaguely negative" awareness of a drunken character who often slept under the pool table of the fabled folk hangout emmajoe's..."
"...Dear Editor, I just don't get it? Why is it that when you attend a musical performance, a good portion of the crowd is there to just talk the whole time the entertainer is onstage? It does not matter if it is a free show or an expensive ticket, the talking doesn't stop. At the Tony Joe White Antone's show, I politely asked the couple next to me to be quiet for his song “Rainy Night in Georgia.” The guy just used that as an excuse to continue talking even louder to make his point. So much for the polite approach. Tony Joe White even mentioned that Coach Royal was there for the show, and at the legendary coach's listening gatherings if he had to ask you to be quiet, you were asked to leave, no questions asked! At the old Emmajoe's, you were expected to listen and if not you were told to leave..."
"...Luneburg, who traces his love of singer-songwriters to discovering Bob Dylan while at Spring High School near Houston, began as a bartender before taking over the booking reins from the Texas Union Programming Office in late 1982. He wanted to bring in folks he was hearing at then local clubs like the Alamo Lounge and emmajoe's, so he booked a month of Thursdays featuring Nanci Griffith, Butch Hancock & Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Lucinda Williams, and David Rodriguez..."
"...1 on the country charts. That Tuesday, Townes checked himself into the State Hospital; by Saturday he had checked out to play his end-of-the-month rent gig at Emmajoe's in Austin...."
"...Tony Joe White even mentioned that Coach Royal was there for the show, and at the legendary coach's listening gatherings, if he had to ask you to be quiet, you were asked to leave, no questions asked! At the old Emmajoe's, you were expected to listen and, if not you were told to leave. This was to show respect for the performer...."
"...EG: It was the end of the Cosmic Cowboy era and a terrible time for folk music. I got here just as the Alamo Lounge and Emmajoe's closed..."
"...He saw that by us closing down every winter, we were losing momentum. When emmajoe's on the Drag shut down, we took on their roster: Lyle Lovett and Nanci Griffith and Townes Van Zandt..."
"..."I was 14 when I started playing open mikes at emmajoe's, and 15 when Whoa, Trigger! got together. I was 17 when it ended and 18 when I got married..."
"...That's what disappears on December 16 and once it goes, as with the Armadillo, as with Raul's, as with emmajoe's and Center Stage and Soap Creek and the original Esther's Pool, it won't be back. Some part of it needs to be celebrated and preserved before it goes..."