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Antone’s is up and running in new location

Peter Blackstock

Following a short-notice opening night on New Year’s Eve, the longtime Austin institution Antone’s is already in full swing this week with shows Monday through Saturday at its new 305 E. Fifth St. location.

Louisiana accordion master C.J. Chenier helped kick things off on Dec. 31, along with a cast of longtime Austin blues musicians including Marcia Ball, Denny Freeman and Derek O’Brien. The following night, a New Year’s Day show featured guitarist-singers Charlie Sexton and Eve Monsees teaming with Austin mainstays John X. Reed, Speedy Sparks and Mike Buck.

The venue has the long boxcar shape that’s common to many bars in the Sixth Street area, though it’s wider than many similar venues, particularly near the stage where the space opens up on both sides. A long bar runs across the east wall, with the sound board and restrooms along the west side. Out front, there’s a spacious entryway and an adjacent glass merchandise store selling Antone’s memorabilia (mostly T-shirts so far).

The beat rolls on this week with the Moeller Brothers on Monday, the Keller Brothers on Tuesday, Sonny James & Friends on Wednesday, Matthew Robinson & the Jelly Kings on Thursday and Paul Oscher on Friday. Dallas soul singer Bobby Patterson and backing band the Disciples close out the week on Saturday.

The only other night currently listed is a Jan. 16 show by Austin blues/R&B guitar great W.C. Clark, but more should soon be added to the club’s new website. A formal grand opening event is in the works.