C-Boy's Heart & Soul

2008 S Congress Ave Austinundefined

Live Music in the Capital/C-Boy's Heart & Soul
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While a student at UT, Steve Wertheimer, the owner of both the Continental Club and C-Boy's Heart & Soul, started his career in the music and nightclub scene working at the Rome Inn. It was there at Wertheimer met Louis Charles "C-Boy" Parks.

The Rome Inn was where the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Paul Ray's Cobras, and Stevie Ray Vaughan all got their start in the late 70's. As manager of the Rome Inn, C-Boy was a legend. Known for his expert management, non-stop hard work, and the BBQ he would cook for the bands. C-Boy would only stop bustling about his club when the T-Birds started jamming their classic "Mathilda." And that's when he would hit the dance floor.

“The Rome Inn has always been the standard, in my mind, for how to run a club.” -- Steve Wertheimer
“If it wasn’t for C-Boy Parks, I wouldn’t be in the music business. He was a major part of my life for several years.” -- Steve Wertheimer

In 1979, a year before the Rome Inn shut down, the Fabulous Thunderbirds put a tribute song, "C-Boy's Blues," on their debut LP, "Girls Go Wild." You can rock on out to it if you give the video below a quick tap.

C-Boy's Heart & Soul was opened as an everlasting tribute to the lovable man who was a big part of the early Austin music scene. The music club is as down to earth as a club can get. With low red lighting, a massive bar and a nonexistent kitchen, C-Boy's Heart & Soul is the location for some rocking music in Austin.

Cover Photo Credit: Phil Hilfiker via Flickr

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