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Goodbye to Threadgill's: Austin songwriting community pays tribute to beloved live music venue

The House of Songs honored the Threadgill's World Headquarters in a night filled with performances.

AUSTIN — The House of Songs, an international music collaborative, honored Threadgill's World Headquarters on Monday for its "significant role in Austin's songwriting community".

Gabe Flores, the manager of Threadgill's, said it's the "heartbeat" of Austin.

The event featured 22 headlining acts at Threadgill's World Headquarters and House of Songs said it was "an immensely personal goodbye for the House of Songs and a tribute to the songwriting legacies that have graced the stage since then."

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"It's going to be hard to imagine this place not being here anymore," Graham Weber, the artistic director and manager of House of Songs, said. "But we're happy we get to do it one more time tonight."

Weber said artists performed one collaborative song and one tribute to an act that played at Armadillo in the 1970s.

Matt the Electrician, one of the performers, said Threadgill's is like home.

“I’ve played at Threadgill’s a lot over the years," he said. "It’s one of my favorite spots in town, so it’s sad to see it go.”

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Flores said he hopes this is a lesson to the community that "places like this are not untouchable."

"I just hope that it’s a wakening that places like this need to be conserved," Flores said. "That we need to try to do something to keep Austin where it should be at.”

Threadgill's announced earlier they planned to close the doors at their West Riverside location at the end of November.

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