EastsideATX Names Sahara Lounge a Cultural Oasis


Gratitude to James Krogh our friends at EastsideATX for featuring the Sahara Lounge. Being a Cultural Oasis is gives us big shoes to fill especially knowing the troubled and triumphant history of East Austin.

By 1924, a huge Ku Klux Klan benefit concert in Austin featured the Rodger & Harris Cowboy Band performing “Original Jazz.”

The next year, the Klan threatened to tar and feather Alphonso Trent‘s orchestra, a popular jazz outfit comprised of Black musicians that repeatedly played at UT.

Then, in 1928, the City Plan explicitly resolved to relocate and segregate Black Austinites in the undesirable east side, dubbed “the Negro District.”

Today, Sahara Lounge, a dusty jewel of east Austin, represents a unique coming together of distinct cultures, unified by music, against a striking historical backdrop of racial separateness and exclusion.

— James Krogh, EastsideATX