This week marks the final one for Austin’s most notable music venues, Holy Mountain, which has paved a reputation of being an incubator for Austin artists on the rise and hosting one of the most intimate set ups in town.
The venue has been holding shows all week with their usual bill of local bands. Starting with a not-so-secret show on Monday night (Sept. 21, 2015), Wild Child and Shakey Graves performed to an at-capacity crowd of devoted fans and friends including Austin artist and producer, Max Frost.
Somber Secret Show
Monday’s secret show couldn’t help but linger with a somber tone. Every person was buzzing with excitement for Wild Child and Shakey Graves, but as each artist took the stage, they reminded us about why we were altogether in the first place: to commemorate Holy Mountain, James Taylor (Holy Mountain’s general manager) and the value this venue has had to artists and the music scene in Austin. Kelsey Wilson, lead vocalist of Wild Child shared these sentimental words with us:
“It is a bummer. I love this venue, I love this bar. James Taylor is a dear friend of mine and he did a amazing job with this place and we are all so surprised it didn’t do better. but it’s one of those things where like, it’s tough to compete with everything coming in now.”
Additional Artist insight
Shakey Graves also shared a handful of insight. During his set, he encouraged everyone to get involved with music policies, to vote, and utilize their voice as Austin citizens and music supporters to prevent neighborhood favorites like Holy Mountain from dying out.
As the night came to a close, I stood in the middle of the floor accompanied by Shakey’s iconic fire red suitcase drum. The crushed beer cans, plastic cups and lime wedges that were being swept up reminded me of how all these cherished venues are getting swept away by this new wave of change. A sad reality, but one we all know Austin will recover from.
Holy Mountain will continue through their final weekend with $5 shows popping with headliners such as Magna Carda, Mobley, Feral Future and Harvest Thieves.
Hear more of Shakey’s words in this On Vinyl Exclusive sit-down alongside Max Frost: