South Texas Popular Culture Center
1017 E Mulberry, (210) 792-1312, stpcc.org
San Antonio is home to several eccentric museums and attractions. They’re all charming and earnest and DIY in that puro San Anto way, plus they’re marvelously affordable and accessible. While by now places like the Toilet Seat Art Museum and the Magic Lantern Castle Museum are fairly well known, one has largely evaded mention: The South Texas Popular Culture Center, or Tex Pop for short.
Founded by Margaret Moser (a SA native best known as the Austin Chronicle’s forever music critic) and Michael Ann Coker with much assistance by Hickoids’ Jeff Smith and neighboring business Planet K, Tex Pop endeavors to “collect, document, exhibit, preserve and interpret South Texas music and music-related art and history,” and basically prove that while the state capital gets much of the credit for defining pop music in Texas, our region has a muy hip history, too.
Since opening in 2012, Tex Pop has made its case via exhibits spotlighting Doug Sahm, the Sex Pistols’ 1978 performance here, Chicano Soul, Augie Meyers and legendary music venue Teen Canteen. The current exhibit on radio personality Bruce Hathaway is the first in a series titled “Alamo Airwaves” that will revisit some of SA’s best-loved music radio stations and DJs. According to Coker, upcoming exhibits will likely include one on the accordion and Flaco Jiménez, the Rolling Stones’ 1964 performance here (“Everybody hated them,” said Coker) and something related to heavy metal. Tex Pop has recently doubled in size, as well, allowing for one permanent collection and one rotating exhibit, plus more space for live music. Stop on by weekend afternoons and like them on Facebook to keep up with all their events.