Posted in music | pictures | venues on September 19, 2011

photos by Tim Griffin

Butthole Surfers @ Emo's East
Butthole Surfers

Less than one week before the final show ever at Emo's Outside, Emo's introduced a new Austin venue to the world...

"For those completely in the dark about the new venue, it is appropriately and bluntly titled Emo's East, because it is located east of downtown on E. Riverside Drive at the site of another iconic, but closed, Austin club, the Back Room.

Emo's East is technically a $2 million renovation of the now deceased metal club. However, there are very few recognizable remnants of Back Room at the new venue. This is not a bad thing by any means, but calling it a "renovation" is a bit of a stretch. The outside of the club is basic and modern looking (the club was designed by Michael Hsu, architect of Uchi) with a brightly lit Emo's sign that distinguishes the venue from the landscape of pawn shops, taco stands, and fast food establishments that line East Riverside.

There are an ample amount of parking spaces (around 600 from what I hear), but they are scattered between the street, the venue, and at least two other random parking lots, making parking pretty tricky. This show was sold out, so maybe I am being unfair. Parking may be a little chaotic, but it is nowhere near the pain of trying to find a spot for a show downtown." [The Horn]

Pictures from the first show which happened on 9/11 with Bodytronix, 400 Blows & Butthole Surfers are in this post. They continue below...

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Comments (11)

this place makes the Austin Music Hall look "quaint"

Posted by Anonymous | September 19, 2011 7:43 PM

austin needs another emos

Posted by Anonymous | September 19, 2011 11:49 PM

Bathroom looks better

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2011 1:15 AM

The will call box looks fine.

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2011 3:29 AM

I BHS on tour?

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2011 9:31 AM

Wow. Emo's outside closes and they open this? Austin is officially Dallas now.

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2011 6:19 PM

sucks they closed emos outside and wish this was closer to the other downtown action but it maybe it will sound better than that fucking cavernous Austin Music Hall. ATX needed a venue this size that wasn't a theatre where the sound wasn't shitty. Gibby still on the H? looks pretty frail

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2011 6:45 PM

The beginning of the end of Emo's. Sad. Who gets to keep that sainted stool Johnny Cash sat in that always hung from the ceiling?

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2011 7:09 PM

goodbye emos. hello house of blues austin.

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2011 9:48 PM

So sad; I'm from Austin and moved to NYC five years ago. One thing I loved about ATX was Emo's (outside) and how people would hang from the rafters just to get a decent view of the bands. The new venue is not the Emo's I once knew...sad to see the things that made Austin, Austin are slowing dying...

Posted by Patricia | September 20, 2011 10:37 PM

Boo!

Posted by Anonymous | October 13, 2011 11:16 PM

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