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Lack of parking drives Antone’s out of downtown

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Music superstars--and those with only a dream---have graced the Antone’s stage on 5th and Lavaca in downtown Austin.

From Stevie Ray Vaughn to B.B. King, Antone's has hosted some of the biggest acts blues and rock and roll have seen.

"We get people from all over the country to come to Antone's from Germany, 'Oh Antone’s!’ You know they get it, and the people sometimes forget that this is the home of the blues," Jeff Hayes with the Austin Blues Society said.

According to a spokesperson for the club, Antone's is packing up and moving out of downtown, citing poor attendance and patrons complaining parking spots are limited.

"You know, downtown Austin really is the live music capital of the world and when all of a sudden some of the biggest venues in Austin feel like they can't hack it anymore, it’s just really sad for us locals that love going to see shows there," Austin resident Jessie Riley said.

YNN’s music journalist Andy Langer reports the venue will likely follow in the footsteps of other spots like Emo's and the Beauty Ballroom--both have relocated to bigger locations on East Riverside.

Antone's has moved a handful of times over its four decades in Austin. The club first opened for business on Sixth Street back in 1975 and spent a period of time on Guadalupe, which was arguably its most famous location.

"In this town of many, many great bands and many great entertainers the blues get sort of a back seat," Hayes said.

Antone’s next move isn't expected to happen until after the South by Southwest Music Festival this March.

"The idea is that it is a club brand, and not necessarily a building in that it has moved now what will be five times and has survived,” Langer said. “So theoretically, Antone's is a state of mind and this is going to be another new building."

According to a spokesman for the venue, Antone's will make an official announcement on the new location next Monday.

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