Its fitting that the first ATX style issue is focused on Austin City Limits. Music is the heart of Austin. Its what attracted me,… together with the hills, lakes, and cool people!! My first ATX musical experience was seeing Jesse Sublets band, The Skunks at the BackRoom in 1978…. then Rank n File, Willie Nelson, Stevie Ray,……… but thats for another issue.
Growing up in Detroit with the musical influences of Motown together with the birth of Garage Rock.
My first concert was at the tender age of 13. It was 1968, My neighbor, baby sitter from youth and first crush took me to the Lincoln Park “Adult” Theater (on Sundays it turned to a rock and rap music festival) to see this local band called the Stooges. Funny ’cause my second Rock Show was at Aquinas Catholic High School, another Detroit band called Alice Cooper…. my destiny was changed. I found the Rock n Roll in me. It came out in Rock n Roll hair. in 1980 i packed my punk rock vinyl, and moved from MoTown to the city that was home to Willie Nelson, Jerry Jeff Walker, 13 St Elevators, Stevie Ray…… Avant Punk Rock Hair became an intrgal foundation that Austin style grew from! To Quote the Austin Chronicle “Fredericks and Avant will be remembered as the foundation upon which our current fashion scene was built.” Humbly, i agree;-)
Since 1980 Avant has been the dressers to many of Austin and USA Musical talents, including Don Henley, David Byrne, Kelly Willis, Lucinda Williams, Rosie Flores, Shawn Colvin, Charlie and Will Sexton, Laurie Anderson, Max Frost, Ian Moore,…… Great venues have gone and come and gone again. In the months and years to come ATXstyle mission is to Celebrate the Past and Share the New.
Thanks!! Roy Fredericks
(AVANT Salon Spa Founder)