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Austin City Limits says goodbye to famed Studio 6A

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For the past 36 years an unremarkable building on the Guadalupe Street has been home to music and television history.

A part of that history will be coming to an end Monday. Austin City Limits producer Terry Lickona said their last taping is bittersweet.

"We can't help but think about the history and the legacy of this room and this stage," he said.

All the years of history and magic that took place in Studio 6A happened in spite of the building's shortcomings.

"This studio, this black box, which is really what it comes down to, when it was designed and built, it was not intended for a music production with a live audience," Lickona said.

Monday, will be the last time an audience fills the seats for an Austin City Limits taping.

"It's going to be a nostalgic event, historic in more ways than one," Lickona said.

Texas singer songwriter Lyle Lovett will be the final artist to perform on the historic stage for the show - an event 36 years in the making.

KLRU General Manager Bill Stotesbery said the show will be special because every taping is special.

"This studio has always been a very special place because you're close to the performer. The acoustics are great. You’re there for nothing else but the music," he said.

The longest running live music series in television history will continue in a new home.

"The truth is that we're equally if not more so excited about the next chapter in Austin City Limits long history," Lickona said.

That next chapter will begin in 2011 in downtown. Development close to the W Hotel will become home to Austin City Limits Live at Moody Theater.

"Under the umbrella of Austin City Limits experience in Austin, Texas, we can expand the amount of live music experiences in a year," ACL's VP of Brand Development Ed Bailey said.

The studio space has basically the same footprint as Studio 6A, with one big difference. It will allow for larger audiences while maintaining the shows intimacy.

"The real difference is that it goes up, it's vertical. There are two other levels, a mezzanine and a balcony," Lickona said.
Stotesbery said he’s hopeful Austinites can be confident in the changes.

"We've worked very hard to make sure this is a change that both the show and the city can be proud of," Stotesbery said.

It’s a move that will allow the music and the history to live on for generations to come.

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