From the murky shadows of various shifty short-lived clubs at the corner of Red River and E. 10th rose a a newly-renovated and rejuvenated night spot with killer potential. That was ten years ago, when the Mohawk was the newbie on the block. Then…holy crap, that newbie blew up into something pretty tremendous.
The Mohawk has hosted a multitude of badass live music performances and special events too numerous to count. A lot of craziness has blasted through those doors and crowded round the stages, wall to wall, but the Mohawk’s motto is steadfast: All Are Welcome, from the bushiest of beards to killer queso cooks, riot grrrls and wonder women, raucous rappers and pumped-up headbangers, stage divers and wall climbers, and the endless chorus of fans singing along at the tops of their voices.
There’s a 10th anniversary celebration going down at the Mohawk with several awesome shows lined up tonight through Sept. 17th, featuring The Get Up Kids (who play tonight on the outdoor stage), GZA, Roky Erickson, Swans, Dan Deacon, Floating Points, The Octopus Project and many others. Head over to the Mohawk website for the full anniversary schedule.
Happy Anniversary, Mohawk, from your Austin Music Minute hostess with the mostess. Here’s to many more to come.
-Photo of WAVVES at the Mohawk by Pooneh Ghana.
This year’s Project ATX6 artists are starting their journey with a trip to Angers, France for the much-celebrated Austin Week in Angers, a weeklong cultural exchange between the Live Music Capital and its lovely French sister city, featuring all manner of art, dance, cuisine, and of course, music, including Levitation France.
But before Project ATX6 sets out for Angers (full disclosure – your humble Austin Music Minute maven will join them for this very special trip), a few of the musicians will perform tonight at The AGBG, 1305 W. Oltorf, starting at 9 p.m. Join Elijah Ford, Grace Park (The Deer), Andy Bianculli (Star Parks), Beth Chrisman (High Plains Jamboree) and special guest for a lovely show in support of Project ATX6. It’s a most worthy cause – getting Austin music out to the world. Very recommended.
-Project ATX6 artwork by Grace Park.
Last night, the Austin Music Video Festival kicked off its second season with a fabulous bang, which included a round of “Lady Power” music videos from powerhouse local artists like Sailor Poon, Slooom, and Francine Thirteen, and the first official Texas theatrical screening of Beyoncé‘s hour-long video album “Lemonade.” Not a bad start to this lively event, and it’s only the beginning!
The AMV Fest continues tonight through Saturday at a variety of venues around town, with an impressive selection of video retrospectives of The Octopus Project, Arcade Fire, and Mother Falcon; Solstice Presents, Merge Records and Sound on Sound Fest video presentations; a Latinx video showcase presented by Cine Las Americas; a selection of the weirdest “WTF” music videos; panel discussions; interactive videos and virtual reality; live music (of course); and it all culminates with the AMV Fest Awards Saturday night.
Check the AMV Fest website for the complete schedule and venue locations. So much to see this year. Check it out!
-Poster art courtesy of AMV Fest.
As of this writing, it’s official: Tonight’s Mild High Club show at the Mohawk is sold out, dang it. But whatever the case, pick up the album they released earlier this summer, Skiptracing, an amalgamation of ‘70s LA sounds and AM radio but from a flip side, a darker side steeped in a smoky psych haze.
The Mild High Club shares the bill tonight with Austin bands Rotten Mangoes and Tamarron, on the inside stage. And keep checking for updates on the KUTX website for exclusive Studio 1A tracks from their live performance.
-Photo courtesy of the artist.
Last May, The Deer released the beautiful and expansive Tempest & Rapture, the title of which reflects different sides of the band. Frontwoman and vocalist Grace Park describes one side as a kind of “transcendental Texas folk,” while the other incorporates a myriad of influences ranging from jazz to bluegrass, indie to prog-rock.
Tempest & Rapture is now available as a double-vinyl collection, and The Deer marks the special release with a show tonight at Strange Brew Lounge Side, 5330 Manchaca Rd. Very recommended.
-Photography by Michael Schaffer.