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The list of all the great musicians that have played at The Hole in the Wall is too numerous to list, suffice to say every musician you have ever heard of that came out of the Austin music scene played here. Townes Van Zandt, the patron saint of sad Texas music, had a regular gig here for years. Doug Saum and Jerry Jeff Walker played here. Guy Clark and Lucinda Williams played here. Newer musicians have made there name here too, including Spoon, Gary Clark Jr, and Shakey Graves.
The vibe at Hole in the Wall is appropriately relaxed and there are two stages as well as a massive outdoor area in the back. It is also something of an oasis of cool from the college-oriented bars and chain restaurants that surround the UT campus.
The Hole in the Wall was born on June 15th 1974, and was brought into existence by Billie Cugini and her son Doug when they converted a storefront that had previously been a dry cleaner service. Billie Cugini was the owner of several truck stops in the city and wanted to create a bar that wasn't exclusively for one demographic. Her vision was to have a meeting place for musicians, artists, students, hippies, professors, and of course the numerous truck drivers who delivered to UT.
There was a minor panic when in 2002 the bar went up for sale. Fortunately the new owners wanted to keep the landmark in place. Suffice to say that Billie Cugini's vision has endured. Hole in the Wall is a gem in a myriad of ways, a genuine throwback to the old weird Austin people here to wax poetic about. A time when great music wasn't accompanied by scenester pretension and steep drink prices.
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