Your Long Center History

The Long Center has a rich history, full of memories and stories created by the unique mix of people who have stepped through it’s doors over the years. Look through the images and stories we’ve collected here and see if they bring back any memories for you.

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I was born near the same time that Elvis had died. My parents were huge fans and think they passed that down to me. I was blown away at the precise detail and quality of each tribute performer and couldn’t pass up the opportunity to say that I ran downstage and kissed Elvis…’68 Comeback Elvis to be exact. Thank you for the wonderful lifetime memories of bringing this show to Austin!

Naomi Espinoza, Austin


I had always been a fan of what is called the “oldies” from having parents that grew up during the 50s/60s. To see Frankie Valli sing live on stage was such a thrill to hear what true music and harmony is and also fulfilling some things my late mother didn’t get to do. I had goosebumps while I sang along to each song done and hope you bring more memorable shows for years to come!

Naomi Espinoza, Austin


I had been coming to the Municipal Auditorium/Long Center since I have moved here in 1969. What I experienced last night at “Elvis Lives” was like nothing ever before. The energy, professionalism, attention to detail, quality of voices as to become Elvis onstage, quality or the music, and much more made last night a memory to last a lifetime.This show deserves a rerun next year .

Joseph J. Hajjar, Austin



I attended “Elvis Lives!” with my boyfriend and sister-in-law (who was born the year that Elvis died), and we had a great time! The show was very well done, and the performers were spot on. As an Elvis fan since childhood, and one who remembers exactly where I was and what I was doing when I heard the news of his passing, I was moved to goosebumps many times and tears several. Well done!

Beverly Archer, Buda, TX


My very first commitment for this year’s resolution, doing things related to music, was going to the amazing Disney Concert.

Namjin, Austin,tx


I just came from Sister’s Christmas Catechism with my relatives who were in from Washington DC. We all roared with laughter at this brilliant comedy. Thank you for bringing such a delightful Christmas comedy to Austin. It really made our Sunday so enjoyable. We loved it.

Pamela Bernhardt, Austin



My first concert ever was Rush on the Permanent Waves tour in 1980. Pretty incredible show and a memory I will never forget in that building (Palmer Auditorium)!

Dennis Nault, Frisco, Texas


My husband and I attended Straight No Chaser as part of our anniversary celebration. We had such a wonderful time at the show and we always enjoy the beautiful view of downtown Austin during the intermission and after the show. Thanks for being one of our most favorite places in Austin!

Keely Schaefer, Austin


I was still playing sax in the Longhorn Band when The Duke Ellington Orchestra with Ella Fitzgerald came to Palmer. Ella trading onomatopoeia licks with tenor sax player Paul Gonsalves is stuck in my memory banks forever. And when she did “These Boots Are Made for Walking” and ground out “walk all over you,” dirty blues style, Russell Procope (alto sax) almost died laughing. What a night!

Forrest Preece, Austin



As a musician growing up in Austin (Austin High ‘74), I performed at the auditorium dozens & dozens of times. But the acts I saw there were classic! Elvis, Bread, Chicago (my fav), Liberace, many, many more! And let’s not forget all the great wrestlin’ next door!!

Richard C, Dallas, TX


In January 1992, I went with my sister and a friend to the Hot Rod show where they had the ZZ Top car, and the following year they had the Batmobile (I still have those pictures!). I have included a picture from 1992 taken in front of the auditorium with some random guy’s car who was eager for us to take pictures with his car!

Veronica Corpus, Cedar Creek, TX


I went with my sister to see Kathy Griffin . She put on an amazing show!! The audience was great and enthusiastic! She had us rolling from start to finish. I thought her shows on cable were great, but live is even better! I can’t wait to see more great shows there in the future!!

Dawn Biggins, Austin, TX