Bill Oakey is a long-time Austin resident who has enjoyed the Austin music scene since the 1970’s. He was the first to book Asleep at the Wheel in Austin in November of 1973. The venue, at 1601 Guadalupe, was then called the Cherry Street Inn. It later became the Red Tomato for many years, and these days it is the Clay Pit Indian restaurant.

The main purpose of this blog is to inform the public about ongoing efforts to support the local music and arts scenes, in the face of musicians, artists and venue owners facing high rents and displacement due to gentrification.  We will cover the activities of individuals, organizations and government leaders as they attempt to preserve Austin’s cultural heritage and national reputation in the creative arts.

Bill Oakey is also a retired accountant who spends a lot of times as an affordability activist. Check out his blog, AustinAffordability.com. He is also an artist photographer, occasionally displaying artwork in local galleries and other venues.