Empty lot in East Austin becomes a music venue
transmission entertainment has shows booked for space
When local music booking and promotion agency Transmission Entertainment wasn’t able to use Waterloo Park for its annual outdoor concert series Mess With Texas during this year’s South by Southwest Music Festival, it turned instead to an empty lot on East Sixth Street.
The space at 1001 E. Sixth St., across the street from the Shangri-La at the corner of Sixth and San Marcos streets, proved an ideal launching pad for two days of music. After that experience, Transmission Entertainment has partnered with the land’s owner to program occasional events at the location, which they’ve dubbed the East Side Drive-In. The new space gives Transmission a solid foothold in East Austin to throw larger shows than those easily accommodated by the Mohawk or Red 7. Transmission will break in the venue Sept. 30, with the first show of a full U.S. reunion tour from lo-fi pop legends Guided by Voices. The outfit previously announced plans to reunite in its classic ’90s lineup to play Matador Records’ 21st anniversary party in Las Vegas. Tickets went on sale last week; Times New Viking will open the show.
Nov. 3, meanwhile, will see a pre-Fun Fun Fun Fest show featuring baroque pop outfit Of Montreal and critically acclaimed experimental soul woman Janelle Monae. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
“We look forward to hosting select larger shows on the east side, and plan on calling it the Drive-In, for bikes and boots as opposed to cars. After Mess With Texas, we realized that it was a great space for creative events, and its proximity to the commercial corridor and Interstate 35 made it ideal,” Transmission Entertainment principal and Mohawk owner James Moody said via e-mail. “As the neighborhood grows with new ideas (Shangri-La, trailer food, Liberty, Justine’s, East Side Show Room, Cheer Up Charlie’s, Good Knight), we wanted to be able to periodically introduce different music and events to compliment that change.”
The East Side Drive-In won’t serve as a fulltime music venue, Moody said, also boasting events ranging from film to fashion to food.
Speaking of Fun Fun Fun … The lineup leaks have begun. First up: Suicidal Tendencies, Best Coast and (drum roll) the ruler, Slick Rick, are playing Fun Fun Fun either Nov. 6 or 7.
Now, were they all playing “The Adventures of Slick Rick” on one stage, that would be something else. As it is, we have separate sets going for us, which is nice. Expect more leaks this week.
— Joe Gross