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The KenethThreadgill Concert Series

The name Kenneth Threadgill is legendary in Austin. Threadgill's Tavern on North Lamar was one of the first venues to showcase the kind of music that made Austin famous. Numerous artists got their start at Threadgill's, including Janis Joplin.

Kenneth Threadgill died in 1987, but his legacy endures. He is known as the "Grandfather of Austin Country Music". Two successful restaurants bearing his name continue to host live music in Austin.

Although Kenneth Threadgill is synonymous with Austin, he is a product of the blackland soil of Northeast Texas. He was born in 1909 in Peniel, a community just north of Downtown Greenville.

In memory and celebration of Kenneth Threadgill, Friends of Main Street is sponsoring a concert series that will bring his kind of music to Greenville. This series will showcase established artists performing Texas and Americana music. Our inaugural show was a great success and featured Guy Clark and Bruce Robison.

Eddie Wilson, current owner of Threadgill's and proprietor of the old Armadillo World Headquarters hosted the inaugural concert. He loosened up the audience with funny stories from his many years on the Austin music scene.

The Special Consultant for the series is Dave Heath, a Greenville native. Dave has been involved in the Austin music scene for years. Besides working with Robert Earl Keen, among others, he is a longtime member of the Threadgill Troubadours, a group who played weekly at Threadgills.

The concerts are held at the historic Municipal Auditorium in Downtown Greenville. The Auditorium was built in 1939 as a public works project of the Roosevelt administration. The Auditorium has hosted a wide range of artists over the years, from Elvis Presley to Duke Ellington to the Dixie Chicks. The Auditorium seats 1,734 on the main level and balcony.

No alcohol is permitted in the Municipal Auditorium.

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