The closing of Austin Music Hall, Holy Mountain, and Red 7 have left many music fans discouraged, but good news is around the corner with three new venues opening within the next year. Tellers, a three-story bar and music venue, will take the place of Chicago House on Trinity Street and celebrate its grand opening on October 24th. Red 7 fans will be happy to learn that music will soon return to 611 East 7th Street. Former Red 7 partner Johnny Sarkis, along with Hotel Vegas owner/operators Jason McNeely and Brian Tweedy, recently signed a five-year lease for the old Red 7 space and plan to turn it into a new music venue. And another music venue will come to Austin by way of Colorado next year. Oskar Blues Grill and Brew will open a 5,000 square foot taproom and music venue on Metric Blvd by April 2016.
The sound permitting struggles at Carson Creek Ranch continue. The organizers of Euphoria Fest filed a lawsuit against Travis County regarding the legality of the recently approved noise curfews. September’s ruling forced all amplified music to end at 11 pm on weeknights and 1 am on weekends. Organizers fear that these limitations could greatly affect both Euphoria and Levitation festivals.
Speaking of Levitation Fest, the three-day psychedelic music festival recently announced a portion of its lineup. Artists include Brian Wilson performing Pet Sounds, Animal Collective, Flying Lotus, and The Brian Jonestown Massacre. Levitation Fest will take place April 29-May 1st at Carson Creek Ranch.
C3 Presents, organizers of the Austin City Limits Festival, have extended their reach to New Zealand. The Auckland City Limits Festival will come to Western Springs Stadium on March 19. This one-day festival, organized by Auckland promoter CRS Presents, C3 Presents, and Live Nation Entertainment, will feature over 40 artists from across the world.
A new artist may soon soar to the top of the heavenly music charts, and the name may surprise you. Pope Francis will release a prog-rock album entitled “Wake Up!” through Believe Digital on November 27th. This 11-track compilation will feature excerpts from his prayers and sermons layered over Latin, pop, and rock arrangements. His first single, “Wake Up! Go! Go! Forward!” is now available for download. A portion of the album’s proceeds will go toward a support fund for refugees.
That’s your SoundCheck. This is Elisa Regulski for KUTX.