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Speaking of the Dead
To mark the Grateful Dead's final performances this weekend, a look back on the band's local history
"...1977, 1981, 1982, 1983, and 1985 at horse-racing track Manor Downs...."

July 3, 2015 Music Feature by Kevin Curtin

TCB
Saying adios to Texas music titan Freddy Fender, and bienvenidos to a little band called the Rolling Stones
"...local Stones activity: Mick Jagger played the ponies at Manor Downs, when owner Frances Carr was then dating former..."

Oct. 20, 2006 Music Column by Christopher Gray

Cast of Characters
"...Edi Johnson: Accountant at Manor Downs since 1978; still helps maintain the now-closed facility...."

July 3, 2015 Music Feature

Tales Behind the Posters
"...of that college fund; are they racist?"1977: Grateful Dead, Manor Downs..."

Oct. 6, 2006 Arts Feature by Margaret Moser

Attention, Heavenly Band
Our resident Marshmallow Peep relates the news and hearsay in and around the Live Music Capital...
"...long battle with emphysema. The onetime general manager of Manor Downs racetrack is credited with discovering Stevie Ray Vaughan..."

Sept. 28, 2001 Music Column by Margaret Moser

Food-O-File
"...Though the Manor airport never took flight and gambling at Manor Downs..."

Jan. 12, 1996 Food Column by Virginia B. Wood

Pfurious in Pflugerville
Pfillies or pfamily pfun for the NE Travis suburb?
"...holds a Texas Racing Commission Class 2 license (like Manor Downs, the second largest track facility allowed) to operate..."

Jan. 14, 2005 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Dead & Company Hold Their Own
Grateful Dead assemblage puts in four hours on Red River
"...to the Grateful Dead since the band’s appearance at Manor Downs in 1985...."

Dec. 4, 2017 Music Post by Randy Reynolds

The Graceful Dead
Almost 50 years of Jerry Garcia worship comes full circle
"...for the history books was the Dead’s show at Manor Downs racetrack outside Austin. Former manager Sam Cutler was..."

June 30, 2015 Music Post by Bill Bentley

Estate Sale Roundup: September 11-14
It's only rock & roll, and we like it.
"...of Antone’s, Armadillo Head Quarters, Raul’s, Austin Opera House, Manor Downs, and Liberty Lunch. Austin Music Awards posters from..."

Sept. 11, 2014 Design Post by Anne Harris

From the Vaults: Before the Deluge
‘Roadie’ beat these other music festivals to Austin
"...roadie, and much of it was filmed at the Manor Downs racetrack. The events in the movie weren’t festivals..."

Oct. 11, 2013 Screens Post by Marjorie Baumgarten

One, Two, Tres, Cuatro: Roadie
The shot about midway through 'Roadie' that travels from her sparkling shoes slowly up to her beaming face – that's Margaret Moser.
"...Roy Orbison, Alice Cooper, and Blondie. Horse racing track Manor Downs disguised itself as an Idaho rock festival, while..."

March 2, 2012 Music Column by Margaret Moser

Searching for Joe Ely Video
"...the video shot at Joe Ely's Tornado Jam at Manor Downs on July 11, 1981, for many years now...."

Aug. 10, 2011 Postmarks

Mobile Food
Some tips on getting a foot in the door of the trailer business
"...Manor Downs Kitchen: 632-3323, Miles Compton..."

Aug. 20, 2010 Food Feature by Mick Vann

Naked City
Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond
"...construction on a one-mile track next year. Right now, Manor Downs is the only licensed track in the Austin..."

July 30, 2004 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Coming Up Lemons
The House Bill on public school finance goes to the floor, and it's all about tax cuts and slot machines
"...start saving their spare change for the slots at Manor Downs.Robin Hood – in Reverse In truth, there was..."

May 7, 2004 News Column by Michael King

Gambling? What Gambling?
Allergic to taxes, the Lege tries to balance the budget with the rolls of the dice.
"...existing horse and dog tracks, including Retama Park and Manor Downs, could be stuffed with slot machines and video..."

May 2, 2003 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Food-o-File
Virginia B. Wood fixes her French, has her eyes rolled back in her head by a delightful new dessert, and reports on the latest cooking classes in session in this week's "Food-o-File."
"...by Miles Compton (657-1210) in the commercial kitchen at Manor Downs and is so decadently good, it will make..."

July 26, 2002 Food Column by Virginia B. Wood

Dancing About Architecture
More Austin music news
"...will be playing a New York firemen's benefit at Manor Downs on November 3, says drummer Ernie Durawa, who..."

Oct. 19, 2001 Music Column by Ken Lieck

Ruling the Roost
Austin Preeminent Concert Promoter Ponders Retirement
"...him. Midway through producing the second Farm Aid, at Manor Downs in 1985, O'Connor got the news his daughter..."

June 1, 2001 Music Feature by Andy Langer

Here Comes the Nice
Small Face Ronnie Lane's tenure in Austin is preserved on Live in Austin.
"...Milliken, onetime manager of Stevie Ray Vaughan, then managing Manor Downs. Milliken had met Lane in the late Sixties..."

Dec. 8, 2000 Music Feature by Christopher Gray

Framed
"...days later at the festival scene with Blondie at Manor Downs. "Oh no!" she shrieked, and literally pulled me..."

Jan. 29, 1999 Screens Column by Margaret Moser

Day Trips
"...Manor Downs east of Austin had live racing Feb. 28..."

June 12, 1998 Column by Gerald E. McLeod

Toast to an Artspace About Art
Pro-Jex's Tunnel of Art on Fifth Street Was More Than a Gallery, Much More
"...stops in when not working his betting window at Manor Downs or taking pictures somewhere around town. Short and..."

April 3, 1998 Arts Feature by John Spong

A Short Movie
Ronnie Lane Remembered
"...version of "Ooh La La." At a party at Manor Downs the night before, the three Faces traded war..."

June 13, 1997 Music Feature by Jody Denberg

The Real Y'Alternative
Todd Snider, Too Rock for Country, Too Country for Rock
"...visit my brother in early 1985 and went to Manor Downs to see Jerry Jeff, Delbert McClinton, and Stevie..."

Aug. 30, 1996 Music Feature by Andy Langer

Cafe 290
"...290, you'll get your chance when you hit the Manor Downs turnoff eight miles out of Austin. Since 1948,..."

Dec. 1, 1995 Food Feature

Faster Than Sound: R&B Innovator Nayome Gets Personal
Sade-loving local Naomi Sutton previews sophomore EP, Latin music enters Live Music Fund conversation, and more music news.
"...beautiful idea, but can it survive the ups and downs of the funding mechanism?"..."

Aug. 14, 2020 Music Column by Rachel Rascoe

Soup Is Good Food
"...filled McNabb’s temporarily-vacated hero role by tossing three critical touchdowns and meticulously leading his team on an eight-and-a-half minute..."

Oct. 16, 2006 Sports Post by Robert Gabriel

Austin Restaurants for Special Occasions
Want some ambience to go with your food? No problem.
"...organic produce from the partner farm, Wu Lanfang, in Manor. Her dim sum menu – apps for lunch and..."

June 14, 2022 Food Post

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