Posted in music | pictures | venues on January 3, 2012

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Final Night @ Emo's Red River - 12/30/2011
Emo's Red River - Final Night - 12/30/2011

12/30 marked the end of an era for Austin and Red River. Emo's held their last-ever show on the Inside stage (aka Emo's Jr) with Rituals, Women in Prison, and Killdozer. Killdozer were one of the first-ever acts to sell-out Emo's Outside stage which closed in September during ACL with a DFA 1979 show. What will happen to the space now is still unknown, but one rumor is that the new owner will turn it into a hotel. Other rumors include "retail", "condos" and "new music venue" (or maybe a mix of at least two).

People came to Emo's on Friday, one night before New Year's Eve, to see the bands, but many spent a great deal of time just hanging out back - soaking in the idea that this was the last hurrah for the Emo's Red River location (after nearly 20 years). Former and current employees, family, fans, and anyone else that could fit filled the venue for the last night.

As the end got closer, pieces of the location (including the front of a hand towel dispenser??) became artifacts and souvenirs. Fan blades, bricks, torn pieces of posters - all were collected ravenously in an attempt to hold on to some molecule of what once was.

After the bands finished the atmosphere filled with goodbyes, hugs, firecrackers, Katy Perry over the PA, and general mayhem. Beer sprayed, the bar was all but emptied of its liquids, and a well-worn shirt was torched.

As for what happens now, the Emo's mantle now resides at 2015 E. Riverside (aka Emo's EAST), and talk remains of a downtown location elsewhere. While it's great to look forward to what's next - the Red River area, and SXSW, will not be the same without Emo's as a central part of it. R.I.P. Emo's.

Pictures from the final night continue below...

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Rituals @ Emo's - 12/30/2011

Rituals @ Emo's - 12/30/2011

Rituals

Rituals @ Emo's - 12/30/2011

Rituals @ Emo's - 12/30/2011

Rituals @ Emo's - 12/30/2011

Rituals @ Emo's - 12/30/2011

Rituals @ Emo's - 12/30/2011

Women In Prison

Women In Prison @ Emo's - 12/30/2011

Women In Prison @ Emo's - 12/30/2011

Women In Prison @ Emo's - 12/30/2011

Women In Prison @ Emo's - 12/30/2011

Women In Prison @ Emo's - 12/30/2011

Women In Prison @ Emo's - 12/30/2011

Women In Prison @ Emo's - 12/30/2011

Killdozer @ Emo's - 12/30/2011

Killdozer @ Emo's - 12/30/2011

Killdozer

Killdozer @ Emo's - 12/30/2011

Killdozer @ Emo's - 12/30/2011

Killdozer @ Emo's - 12/30/2011

Killdozer @ Emo's - 12/30/2011

Killdozer @ Emo's - 12/30/2011

Killdozer @ Emo's - 12/30/2011

Killdozer @ Emo's - 12/30/2011

Killdozer @ Emo's - 12/30/2011

Killdozer @ Emo's - 12/30/2011

Killdozer @ Emo's - 12/30/2011

Killdozer @ Emo's - 12/30/2011

Killdozer @ Emo's - 12/30/2011

Killdozer @ Emo's - 12/30/2011

Killdozer @ Emo's - 12/30/2011

Killdozer @ Emo's - 12/30/2011

Killdozer @ Emo's - 12/30/2011

Killdozer @ Emo's - 12/30/2011

Killdozer @ Emo's - 12/30/2011

Killdozer @ Emo's - 12/30/2011

Killdozer @ Emo's - 12/30/2011

Killdozer @ Emo's - 12/30/2011

Final Night at Emo's Red River

Emo's Red River - Final Night - 12/30/2011

Emo's Red River - Final Night - 12/30/2011

Emo's Red River - Final Night - 12/30/2011

Emo's Red River - Final Night - 12/30/2011

Emo's Red River - Final Night - 12/30/2011

Emo's Red River - Final Night - 12/30/2011

Emo's Red River - Final Night - 12/30/2011

Emo's Red River - Final Night - 12/30/2011

Emo's Red River - Final Night - 12/30/2011

Emo's Red River - Final Night - 12/30/2011

Emo's Red River - Final Night - 12/30/2011

Emo's Red River - Final Night - 12/30/2011

Emo's Red River - Final Night - 12/30/2011

Emo's Red River - Final Night - 12/30/2011

Emo's Red River - Final Night - 12/30/2011

Emo's Red River - Final Night - 12/30/2011

Emo's Red River - Final Night - 12/30/2011

Emo's Red River - Final Night - 12/30/2011

Emo's Red River - Final Night - 12/30/2011

Emo's Red River - Final Night - 12/30/2011

Emo's Red River - Final Night - 12/30/2011

Emo's Red River - Final Night - 12/30/2011

Emo's Red River - Final Night - 12/30/2011

Emo's Red River - Final Night - 12/30/2011

Emo's Red River - Final Night - 12/30/2011

Emo's Red River - Final Night - 12/30/2011

Emo's Red River - Final Night - 12/30/2011

Emo's Red River - Final Night - 12/30/2011

Emo's Red River - Final Night - 12/30/2011

Emo's Red River - Final Night - 12/30/2011

Emo's Red River - Final Night - 12/30/2011




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Comments

  • REALKTALK

    @MichelleUche SUMMER 2010.....hahahahahahaha

  • That RITUALS set was something amazing! I wish you guys could have gotten more pics of that. I have seen many awesome bands play Emo's inside and outside since I moved here summer 2010, and for the city to just let Emo's go away is sad. Chaos in Tejas will not be the same.

    Now that Emo's is gone, downtown is looking more and more like a ghost town. It is starting to remind me of Dallas. I grew up in Dallas and the closest thing we had to 6th St. was Deep Ellum. There on Elm St. you could catch all the local and national punk bands (or alternative bands if that's what you are into) on the cheap. We had the Galaxy, Gypsy Tea, the Door, Prophet bar, Trees where Nirvana played, etc. It was the place to be in the 80s and 90s.

    When I started enjoying live music in my teens in the early 00s, Deep Ellum became the haven of violent crimes committed by our homeless and condos. Trees closed when I was in the 6th grade. Galaxy closed around that time too. Shows would end promptly at midnight since the remaining clubs didn't want to piss of the condo owners who wanted to live downtown. Live music left Deep Ellum and moved down to Greenville Ave. We have Trees back now in it's original location, but the Dallas music scene has not been the same since downtown became hip. Back in the day you could drive downtown and find an awesome band playing any day of the week. Now you need a reason to be in Deep Ellum because if a national touring band isn't playing there is nothing going on. It's disgusting.

    I see that happening here in Austin when Mohawk's has to stop outdoor shows promptly at midnight for the apartment dwellers across the street. One of the reasons I moved here was the vibrant live music scene and now that we are losing it, I wonder what the hell makes Austin different from Dallas? It seems both cities value profits over fun times and exposure to bands you might have never heard of before on the cheap. All the action is moving to the East Side, which sucks for me because I live close to campus. I know that soon when I go downtown there will be nothing but tumbleweeds rolling down the street, and for the "live music capital of the world" that is a shame.

  • Oeight74

    Still can't believe it gone...

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