Never forget, Emo's brand-spanking-new east Riverside location will have its grand, gala debut September 11th. That's this Sunday, in case you didn't realize. Seminal Austin band, Butthole Surfers will be headlining but to be honest I'm more excited to see the venue in action than the band. Don't get me wrong, I realize the historical significance of having Gibby & Co. perform but Sunday will be the first time I pee at Emo's in a clean bathroom. To me that's just as historical as any Butthole Surfers show and there's no WAY I'm going to be disappointed in the performance of my urination, where as the Butthole Surfers...I kid, I kid. If you don't remember this classic tune, just flip your radio to 101x, they still play it as though it were released on Tuesday.
Butthole Surfers - Pepper video via YouTube
ANYWAY, the new space is located south of the river (holla!) and features a 1700 capacity room with a 40ft vaulted ceiling, complimented by a 35ft wide stage. The room can be converted into two smaller spaces, similar to La Zona Rosa, using a partition. I doubt I'll get to check out the backstage area but word on the street is the green room is tiiiight and even has laundry facilities for bands on the road and/or smelly employees. As of the writing of this post, tickets for Sunday night's debut are still available, with the increased capacity of the space I really have no idea if it will sell-out or not. If you want to show up and try to pay at the door the new address is 2015 East Riverside Dr. just a couple of blocks west of Pleasant Valley.