Board of Directors
In the 15 years that SouthPop has evolved and grown, we have done so because of a commited and truly talented board. We are honored to work with some of Austin's most notable artists, writers, musicians and entrepreneurs; people that share our conviction that this space matters and Austin's history informs its future. With their help we continue to grow and produce events and exhibits important to every generation
Freddie Krc - VP Events and Music Programming
Freddie Steady Krc is a singer/songwriter/performer/multi-instrumentalist based in Austin, TX. Who has enjoyed decades of playing music for a living. He owns and operates the indie label SteadyBoy Records. Freddie has toured extensively throughout the USA, Canada, Mexico, most of Eastern and Western Europe, Great Britain and Scandinavia. He currently serves as president of the Austin Federation of Musicians Local 433. He served five years on the board of the Texas Chapter of the Recording Academy- Four years service as a governor and one year as vice-president. He also currently sits on the Community Council Board of KOOP Radio.
When Nick Barbaro co-founded The Austin Chronicle in 1981, he was incredibly lucky to fall in with the immortal Micael Priest and the rest of the Armadillo Art Squad folks that had assembled under the Sheauxnough Studios banner; they gave the Austin Chronicle its look, and spirit. And when a small group, including Barbaro started SXSW a few years later, It was Nels Jacobson, another great music graphic artist, who gave them the iconic arrow logo still used decades later. Barbaro loves this culture, owes a lot to it, and try to honor it.
A member of one of Austin’s oldest Latino families, Emma Little has been involved in the city’s unique culture all her life. One of the original Armadillo World Headquarters staff, she wove a fabric of support for the musicians there, including her husband, DK Little. Emma was one of the founders of SouthPop in 2004 and has been board president since 2010. After retiring from the Austin School district in 2018, she devotes her time to the Austin music community, SouthPop and to her granddaughter, Lilly Pearl.
Bruce Pauley Spelman
Bruce developed a passion for singing and performing early in his life. He recorded his first record for Columbia Records, at age 10, singing in Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem Taking a ‘gap year’ off before attending college, he came to Austin to play music in the fall of 1972. Hired by The Satellites, a ten piece soul band, Spelman spent a year and a half playing the Texas ‘chitlin circuit’ before founding the critically acclaimed band Steam Heat in 1974. He is currently The AVID Coordinator and AVID Teacher for Lanier High School. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of The South Austin Museum of Popular Culture. Spelman continues to teach at Lanier and perform with Extreme Heat. Spelman is married to Barbie Williams Spelman who is the Principal of New Hope High School. They have one son Archer, who is currently a sixth grader.
Susan Antone is the managing owner of Antone’s, a legendary Austin live blues music venue opened by her brother, Clifford Antone. Antone began photographing musicians at the club soon after its opening in 1975, documenting musicians including Pinetop Perkins, B. B. King, Albert Collins, Buddy Guy, Memphis Slim, Jimmy Reed, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Muddy Waters. Publications of her photographs include Antone’s: The First Ten Years (1985) and Picture the Blues (1986). She joined the board at SouthPop in early 2019.
Leea Mechling - Director
Attended the University of Texas, Austin as a Studio Arts Major. Leea Mechling has been deeply immersed in art and music since the early 70’s. She has furthered her interest in the combination of music and art and its effect on communities- piqued while an employee of the Armadillo World Headquarters, the seminal rock n roll venue of Austin from 1970-1980. She has over 38 years experience working with musicians, artists, actors and writers. She’s been an avid collector of Austin music related art and ephemera since 1970.
Scout has been painting and entering art shows for the last 40 years. She is member of Austin Visual Artists Association and has been in West Austin Studio Tour (WEST) for 7 years, Wild About Music store, Gallery Lombardi, Fort Worth Community Arts Center, and a couple of newspaper photos in the Austin American Statesman. Scout still paints and has a studio near Lake Travis in Volente. She has been on the Board at the South Austin Museum of Popular Culture as a Board member for 9 years, and the secretary for 7 years.
Born in Galveston, TX, Van Wilks began playing guitar at a young age as a youthful refuge while his family constantly moved around Texas. Influenced heavily by the British Invasion, Wilks began to hone in on his sound early on. He moved to Austin in the early 70s, a time when guitar was defined by volume and power. Combining previous influences and his own style, Wilks brought his guitar muscle and class to the people of Austin through his popular band, Fools. Wilks’ distinct and unique ability caught the attention of many notable industry names, including ZZ Top manager, Bill Ham. In 1979, he signed with Mercury records and released his first record, Bombay Tears, in 1980
Kerry Fitzgerald, better known as Kerry Awn, is an American cartoonist, actor, muralist, comedian, musician, iconographer and poster artist. He is best known for his comedy and the iconic 'Austintatious' mural near the University of Texas campus, a landmark he created with two other artists.Born in Houston as Kerry Fitzgerald, Awn became prominent on the Austin countercultural scene in the 1970s as a concert poster artist and as a member of the Armadillo Art Squad and the Uranium Savages.
Having grown up in a small town in East Texas, upon graduating from Sam Houston State University with a degree in Business Management in 2004 , Alan got to Austin as quickly as he could. After discovering and getting a position at the well know gift shop, and supporter of The South Austin Museum of Popular Culture, Planet K, Alan became involved as an intermediary between the shop and the museum. A love of screen printed poster art and the history of Austin soon grew, as did Alan’s involvement with the Museum. He was formally invited to join the Board of Directors in 2015.
Michael Kleinman recognized the importance of Austin’s burgeoning cultural shift in the mid 1960s and dove in. During the late sixties and early seventies, he produced street dances and funded public art. A counter culture renaissance man, Michael started Salvation Sandwiches as a healthy alternative for UT Austin students. As founder of the 23rd Street Market, he and his colleagues found a way for Austin artisans to sell their wares to the public. Michael was one of SouthPop’s founders in 2004 and continues to support community projects through his Phogg Phoundation for the Pursuit of Happiness.