Austin-based concert and event promoter C3 Presents confirmed Monday that it has acquired Scoot Inn, an East Austin music venue.
Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The 145-year-old venue, at 1308 E. Fourth St., had been owned since 2012 by ATX Brands, the Austin-based company that operates Bikinis Sports Bar and Grill, Pelons and The Parish, among other Central Texas bars and restaurants.
ATX Brands owner Doug Guller didn’t respond Monday to a message from the American-Statesman seeking comment.
“We’ll be releasing more information in the coming weeks, but we’re looking forward to booking live music and curating events at this one-of-a-kind venue with nearly a century and a half of history in Austin,” C3 Presents principal Charles Attal said in a written statement.
UPDATE: The hotel has shared this statement from David Meisner, general manager:
“We specifically chose the Chulita Vinyl Club to play at Upstairs at Caroline as part of our music series because we like their work. We were honored to have them DJ last Friday night. In preparing for the last couple hours of service at the restaurant, we wanted to switch the tempo of the music, so we asked them to end about 10 minutes early. The request was not about the genre of music but we did not communicate or handle the situation appropriately on our end. We apologize for offending Chulita Vinyl Club and the community and we deeply regret the way the situation was handled. We have reached out to Chulita Vinyl Club to apologize in person. We are sorry for our actions and are actively working with and re-training our team on creating a safe, inclusive, respectful environment where everyone knows they are genuinely welcomed and valued.”
Members of Chulita Vinyl Club, an all-female DJ collective known for spinning a mix of disco, funk, hip-hop and Latin sounds, say their gig at Upstairs at Caroline’s on Friday was cut short by a manager from the hotel bar who told them, “This hotel does not play Latin music.”
The gig was part of a soft opening for the bar, which is located upstairs from the new restaurant, Caroline. It is part of the Aloft Austin Downtown hotel. We have reached out to the hotel for comment.
On Monday, one of the DJs, Claudia Aparicio, said the group was 10 minutes from finishing a lengthy set on a shared bill with local Afro-Colombian music group Superfonicos when they were approached by an agitated manager who told them to switch the music immediately because, “this hotel does not play Latin music.” He also told them, “you are bringing the vibe down,” she said.
Aparico said the manager then cut the music from the DJ booth off and switched to a house sound system. The women were upset by the situation and say that as they were packing up their gear, they were approached by other members of the club’s management team who apologized. The women took a video of their conversation with the managers that they posted on Instagram.
In a post on the club’s Facebook page, representatives from Caroline characterized the situation as “a miscommunication at the end of their set, which led to the musicians leaving feeling unappreciated.”
“Our hotel welcomes everyone, and we enjoy musicians of all backgrounds and styles. We truly regret Chulita Vinyl Club left feeling otherwise, and would like to work with them to discuss how we can ensure a similar incident doesn’t happen again,” the post continues.
“It’s not that we left feeling like that. They just did not welcome us,” Aparicio said. “If they didn’t want Latin music, then they shouldn’t go with a crew that the name even says, it’s in Spanish.”
Aparicio said the crowd composition Friday changed through the evening. It was “very white” in the beginning “but by the end it switched to more Latinx and people of color on the dance floor,” she said. She said people had moved a few tables to create more room to dance.
At the end of the night, Aparicio said the managers asked her group not to “go to the media,” but she felt stung by the situation on several levels including the way the hotel has incorporated Latin elements in their menu and decor.
“Their menu has tacos and drinks in Spanish and (they have) Acapulco chairs. They’re clearly trying to have the culture, but not wanting to accept the culture,” she said. “You got scared when you saw people of color dancing.”
Tuesday: Mary Black at One World Theatre. With more than a dozen solo albums in addition to work with renowned traditional groups such as De Dannan, Black has been one of Ireland’s most accomplished folk singers of the past several decades. These days it’s the next generation that has been getting the attention, as her daughter Roisin O released an album in 2012 and son Danny O’Reilly plays in Irish rock band the Coronas. But Black is still well worth hearing, and she’s touring to celebrate the 30th anniversary of one of her best records, “By the Time It Gets Dark.” $30-$70. 8 p.m. 7701 Bee Caves Road. oneworldtheatre.org. — P.B.
WARNING: The following video contains (many) obscene gestures
Wednesday: Blues on the Green with Bright Light Social Hour, Digital Wild at Zilker Park. It’s your final chance to take in a free show in Zilker Park courtesy of radio station KGSR this summer. This installment features the free-form, psych-funk jams of Bright Light Social Hour and the melodic trip hop of Digital Wild. Free. 8 p.m. 2100 Barton Springs Road. kgsr.com/promotions/blues-on-the-green. — D.S.S.
Wednesday: Maseo at Cheer Up Charlie’s. DJ Maseo of the legendary hip-hop crew De La Soul is in the house to drop a sizzling set of hip-hop, funk, soul and boogie. Yes you’ll sweat, but you’ll also break it down and get lifted. Also on the bill are DJ Orion of Peligrosa and Prince Klassen. $5. 9 p.m. doors. 900 Red River St. cheerupcharlies.com — D.S.S.
Wednesday: Texas Radio Live with Jo Carol Pierce, Lili Blessing at Guero’s. Word surfaced recently that West Texas song-poet Pierce, who made waves first locally and then nationally with her theater-piece/album “Bad Girls Upset By the Truth” in the early 1990s, is working on a follow-up that may see the light of day soon. She may preview some of that at this appearance on Sun Radio’s live broadcast under the shade trees in the oak garden at Guero’s. Opening is Lili Blessing, whose first album “Lifeline,” released earlier this year, was an auspicious singer-songwriter debut. Free (donations accepted). 6 p.m. 1412 S. Congress Ave. gueros.com. — P.B.
REO Speedwagon, Styx, Don Felder at HEB Center
Charlie Belle at Geraldine’s
Froggy Fresh, Protextor at Sidewinder
Star Parks, Shivery Shakes at Cheer Up Charlie’s
A Music Tribute for Texas Trees with Butch Hancock, Eliza Gilkyson, Johnny Nicholas, Jaimee Harris at Hill’s Cafe
Greg Vanderpool, Mike Nicolai, Marcus Striplin at Townsend
Rosie Flores & Sophia Johnson, Toni Price at Continental Club
Corey Baum at Threadgill’s North
Sure, Zen Mother at Hotel Vegas
Jungle Rockers at C-Boy’s Heart & Soul
Warren Hood at ABGB
Lola Tried (tour kickoff) at Hotel Vegas
Chad Calek at Emo’s
Yarn at Cactus Cafe
Unplugged at the Grove with Flatland Cavalry at Shady Grove
Elias Haslanger at Winflo
Glue, Impalers (record release) at Barracuda
Lake of Fire (tour kickoff) at Hotel Vegas
Monoceja, Como Las Movies at Flamingo Cantina
Monte Warden & the Dangerous few at Continental Gallery
For a good stretch of the early aughts, Matt Luckie’s loosely Arabian nights-themed hookah/cocktail bar, the Red Fez, was the place to be for Austin hip-hop fans. On Sunday nights, DJ Kurupt a.k.a Sid Sharda helmed the wheels for one of the hottest dance parties in town. Each week, a diverse and well-dressed crowd showed up to see and be seen and bump and grind the night away.
DJ Kurupt will return to the decks alongside DJ Manny and the evening will also feature a set from world music outfit Atash. The event is free, but fancy (and pricey) bottle service is available.
We hit up Kurupt to reminisce about the old days and give us the lowdown on next week’s party.
Austin360: When did you launch the Sunday night hip-hop party at the Red Fez and how long did it run?
DJ Kurupt: I launched the event June 3rd, 2001, it lasted exactly 11 years until June 3rd, 2012 when Red Fez shut down.
How long did it take the party to pop off? Was it hot right from the jump or did it take a while to build buzz?
The buzz wasn’t instant, I had a few college friends that would show up every week and bring friends. It took about 6 months for people to start showing up that weren’t my friends. By month 12, there was a line around the old Antone’s every Sunday.
Why did it work so well? What was it about that spot at that particular moment in time that made people want to be there?
It was really a combination of things. I’d like to think it was the music, but it was more than that. It was a night of such a diverse group of people, people enjoyed that dynamic. Hip-hop at the time (and to a large degree now) were only in certain venues, with certain pocket groups. It was the first time that I’ve seen in Austin where all types of people could come and enjoy the music. Also, the decor of Red Fez, and largely the layout with the stage being dead center of the venue helped a lot as well. It was intimate.
What are the top five songs that were regularly in your playlist?
Any celeb sightings or memorable moments that stand out to you?
I rarely knew when celebs were going to pop up unless they contacted me directly, or I got word from their management. Any time there was a live show in the city that fell on a Sunday, I made a point to reach out to anyone connected to get the artist or celeb in there (it helped that there were no other Sunday day/night parties at the time). Everyone from John Legend to Benicio Del Toro, the Wilson brothers (Luke & Owen), Antoine Walker (Boston Celtics), Chamillionaire, Paul Wall, Bun B, Busta Rhymes and too many others to name. A favorite memory of mine was when Bushwick Bill of the Geto Boys popped up, stood on my dj booth and did his verse to “Mind Playing Tricks on Me”. Epic!
What should people expect for the pop up event? Will it have a throwback vibe?
Recently W Austin launched a 90’s night, taking place every Friday, that plays on the nostalgia of the era. This Red Fez pop-up is a one-night-only theme for the hotel’s 90’s night and absolutely will have a throwback vibe – and we’re doing our best to pay homage to that time here in Austin and make people feel like they’ve been transported back to Red Fez. Plenty of surprises are in store, you’ll just have to be there!
For the past two years, the local soul pop artist Mobley, has been touring non-stop, scorching stages around the country. With an uncanny knack for catchy, sing-along hooks, he creates irresistible earworms, well-crafted pop songs that instantly stick. His Spotify spins frequently top 100,000 and his immersive thrill ride of a live show has earned him looks from prominent national music media outlets. Now, with appearances at Austin City Limits Fest and Utopia Fest looming large this fall, the hometown buzz is beginning to catch up.
(Spoiler alert) We’ve tapped Mobley to be our Austin360 Artist of the Month for August. We’ll have a full feature coming next week, and we’re thrilled to announce that Mobley will drop by the Austin360 Studio next week for a midweek dance party, broadcast straight to your desktop via Facebook Live.
Drop by the official Austin360 Facebook page on Wednesday at noon to catch Mobley live. He’ll play a few songs and chat with us about his music.
And yes, we will ask for the backstory behind his powerful new video “Tell Me.”
Eclectic singer-songwriter and creator of Austin’s iconic “Hi, How Are You?” street art, Daniel Johnston has announced a run of five shows billed as his “final tour.”
The tour kicks off in late September and runs through early November with stops in New Orleans, Philadelphia, Chicago, Portland and Vancouver. At each stop on the tour, Johnston will be backed by artists who have been influenced by his work, including Jeff Tweedy, Built to Spill and members of the Preservation All-Stars.
The backing band for each night will create the show’s set list and each concert will begin with a screening of the 2005 documentary that chronicles the singer’s long struggle with mental illness, “The Devil and Daniel Johnston.”
We’ve reached out to Johnston’s management to see if an Austin date for the tour is in the works, but here are the dates that are currently listed:
09-28 New Orleans, LA – The Joy Theatre !
10-04 Philadelphia, PA – Tower Theater @
10-20 Chicago, IL – The Vic Theatre $
11-08 Portland, OR – Revolution Hall %
11-10 Vancouver, British Columbia – Venue Nightclub %
! with the Preservation All-Stars
@ with the Districts and Modern Baseball
$ with Jeff Tweedy & Friends
% with Built to Spill and others
Black Joe Lewis could play a gig in a sub-freezing meat locker and by the time he and the Honeybears backing band got to the riotous party funk of “Booty City” the room would feel like a sauna. That’s how kinetic and overwhelming the Austinite’s blues/R&B/rock attack can be on any given night.
There was already a sauna-like atmosphere Thursday when Lewis took the stage inside the downtown warehouse at the Austin American-Statesman. The concert series between the paper and Bud Light brought a crowd of roughly 1,000 fans to the industrial space that had cooked in the day’s 100-plus-degree temperatures, meaning Lewis and his bandmates were pretty much dripping sweat from the moment they took the stage.
Lewis kicked off the roughly 100-minute set with “PTP,” the lead single from this year’s “Backlash” LP that found him retreating back into his familiar funk roots after the metallic tendencies of 2013’s “Electric Slave.” In what would become a regular and welcome bit of showmanship throughout the show, the live playing deviated from the standard compositions: “PTP” receiving long guitar and saxophone solos, “I’m Broke” played in a subdued and half-tempo fashion and a cover of The Rolling Stones’ blues hallmark “Stop Breaking Down” getting dueling guitar solos that Lewis punctuated by playing his electric guitar with his teeth.
The performance also saw Lewis trot out the piercing scream he used to punctuate high points throughout the night, and the band’s trusty saxophone players who add valuable tone and color standing out, although the makeshift venue’s cavernous qualities occasionally swallowed their sound whole.
The night’s closing run kicked off with a medley that saw the humorous breakup of “Get Yo (expletive)” interspersed with “Livin’ In The Jungle,” “Booty City” and “Bobby Booshay,” showing off the band’s ability to switch from psychedelic British-tinged blues to high-speed funk in a blink.
It’s somewhat pointless to wonder why Austin isn’t big enough for two world-conquering young blues heroes – Gary Clark Jr. being the head of the class, of sorts – but shows like Thursday make it hard to not mull the question. Lewis has a distinctive style and talent to get people moving that should make him an easy sell to wider audiences.
He did that for the entirety of the show Thursday, getting a crowd that was already caked with perspiration sweating just a little bit more.
Saturday: Babes Fest at Empire. Boss Babes ATX launched in 2015 as a feminist networking group. Their Austin event, Babes Fest 2017, a three-day celebration of comedy, art, film and music created and curated by women, culminates with a two-stage extravaganza featuring a diverse selection of artists including Femina-X, Sam Lao, Sailor Poon, Aleisa Lani and former Austin360 Artists of the Month Magna Carda and Mélat. $19 (adv.) 606 E. Seventh St. Babesfest.com — D.S.S.
Saturday: Festival de Cumbia en la Capital at Barracuda. Over the past 20 years or so, the Afro-Colombian folk music known as cumbia has grown into the dominant Pan-Latin dance form, with hundreds of local variations and traditions celebrated around the world. This festival, anchored by local heavies El Tule, features nearly a dozen different groups from Austin, Mexico and beyond on two stages. $10. 9 p.m. 611 E. Seventh St. barracudaaustin.com — D.S.S.
Saturday: The Alarm at 3Ten. Only frontman Mike Peters is left from the original lineup of the anthemic British new-wave/punk band that kicked up a storm in the 1980s. But his vocals were always a big part of the group’s appeal, and he now has local ties: A decade ago, he and Austinite James Chippendale, both leukemia survivors, started the Love Hope Strength Foundation to raise money and awareness for those with leukemia and cancer. Good Field opens. $26.50-$30. 8:30 p.m. 310 Willie Nelson Blvd. 3tenaustin.com. — P.B.
TLC, Blackstreet, Mark McGrath, Rob Base, C+C Music Factory at HEB Center
Firefall at One World Theatre
King Yellowman & The Sagittarius Band at Flamingo
Kreayshawn (DJ set) at Empire
Scott H. Biram, Homer Henderson at Continental Club
Cha Wa, Giulia Millanta, Shawn Pander at Antone’s
Cale Tyson, Carson McHone at Cactus Cafe
Black Heart Saints album release at One-2-One Bar
KVRX presents ‘Do You Feel It’ Holy Wave tribute at Hotel Vegas
Mama K & the Shades at Stubb’s (inside)
Super Thief at the Sidewinder
Vesperteen, The Please Please Me at Mohawk (inside)
Think No Think, John Wesley Coleman III at Barracuda
Sour Bridges, Bond Twins at Threadgill’s South
Two Hoots and a Holler at ABGB
Beer Soaked Bash with Diiv, Curtis Roush at the Mohawk (outside)
Idina Menzel at Bass Concert Hall
Ray Wylie Hubbard at Antone’s
Eminence Ensemble at the Parish
Randy Rogers Band, Flatland Calvary at Nutty Brown Amphitheater
Adam Levy & Anthony Da Costa, Jaimee Harris at Cactus Cafe
Jai Malano, Cornell Hurd Band at Continental Club
Johnny Nicholas, Robynn Shayne, Kim Deschamps at Saxon Pub
Bluebonnets, Tiarra Girls at Threadgill’s South
Heaven or Hotel Vegas Manchester United: Tributes to Smiths, Joy Division, Oasis
Hickoids, Chicken Snake at ABGB
Rosie Flores, Patricia Vonne, Damn Torpedoes at One-2-One Bar
Rachel Reese, “Siren” EP (LaFave Artist Alliance). Arriving in Austin from Nashville via Oklahoma, Reese shares some common geographical ties with Jesse LaFave, her partner and primary accompanist on this auspicious collection of pop-leaning singer-songwriter material. Reese’s immediately appealing voice has a versatility of character that serves her songs well: She’s resolutely determined on “About You,” steadfast yet soaring on the high notes of “Heaven and Earth,” warm and tender on the more acoustic “I Don’t Fall.” Bookending the disc are two Reese/LaFave co-writes, and they’re both highlights: “Settled Up” sets a hard-charging pace right out of the gate, while the closing “Same Side” glides gloriously on their harmonies and the reassurance that “We’re on the same side/ We won the war.” The disc also contains a new version of “Dark Horse,” a minor-key rocker that was the title track of Reese’s 2015 EP. There’s a connection to the late Jimmy LaFave here: Jesse is his nephew, and “Siren” was recorded at Jimmy’s home base of Cedar Creek Studio with engineer John Ross Silva, often a presence on LaFave projects. Ultimately those ties are more tangential than primary, though: Reese forges her own identity here, and although she left Nashville for Austin, it’s not hard to imagine her making inroads in mainstream country with material that’s both well-written and smartly produced. Release show July 25 at One-2-One Bar. Here’s a sampler of snippets from all of the EP’s tracks:
Black Heart Saints, “Alive.” The first full-length from the local hard-rock four-piece, a follow up a debut EP and last fall’s “Gasoline” single, features 10 tracks produced by AJ Vallejo. The band heads north to play the iconic Sturgis Motorcycle Rally next month. Release show July 28 at One-2-One Bar. Here’s a sampler of several cuts from the album:
AUG. 4: Milligan Vaughan Project, “MVP,” playing Aug. 9 on Texas Radio Live at Guero’s, in-store Aug. 10 at Waterloo Records.
AUG. 18: Ray Wylie Hubbard, “Tell the Devil I’m Getting There As Fast As I Can” (Bordello).
AUG. 18: Savage Poor, “The Grown Ups,” release show July 26 at One-2-One Bar.
AUG. 23: Jean Caffeine, “Sadie Saturday Night,” release show Sept. 1 at Hole in the Wall, in-store Sept. 3 at Antone’s Record Shop.
AUG. 25: Fairbanks & the Lonesome Light, “Nothing to Escape.”
SEPT. 1: Johnny Dango, “Recluse in Plain Sight.”
SEPT. 15: Ray Prim, “To Whom It May Concern,” release show Sept. 15 at North Door.