Empty lot in East Austin be­comes a mu­sic venue

trans­mis­sion en­ter­tain­ment has shows booked for space

Austin American-Statesman - - LIFE & ARTS - By Pa­trick Cald­well amer­i­can-states­man mu­sic writer

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

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