Demolished in 1999 after nearly a quarter-century as one of Austin’s most vital and vibrant music venues, Liberty Lunch is perhaps second only to Armadillo World Headquarters in gone-but-not-forgotten sentiment among longtime locals.
Thus it’s no surprise to see “I Still Miss Liberty Lunch,” a public Facebook page with thousands of members, giving rise to a benefit show of the same name. It’ll go down on June 18 at ABGB, the South Austin music venue, pizza joint and beer garden that has felt like the most natural successor to the Lunch’s aesthetic since opening a couple of years ago.
The 5 p.m. show, labeled as “a celebratory hoot night of the music of Liberty Lunch,” will benefit Health Alliance for Austin Musicians and will include members of Fastball, the Reivers, Wild Seeds and Pressure, plus “very special guests,” according to an ABGB statement.
Also in the works is a live auction with Kerry Awn and Drew Bennett of Liberty Lunch memorabilia that owners Mark Pratz and Jeanette Ward recently have been digging out of storage and posting to the I Still Miss Liberty Lunch Facebook page. The mementos include Liberty Lunch T-shirts, with the possibility of new shirts being printed featuring one of the old vintage designs.