Jake Garcia of the Black Angels outside the old 13th Floor 12th Street location, holding the band’s new record (photo by Jana Birchum)
The longtime music space at 711 Red River, formerly Beerland and currently the Green Jay, will soon become the 13th floor. Rock & roll bar Eastside, established in 2018, plans to move to Red River Cultural District place at the beginning of September. With the major expansion in square footage, 13th floor co-owners Jacques Garcia and pseudo Yakline plan to continue their bar’s vinyl lounge concept with additional live music. The first show under the bar’s new management will take place Saturdaywith Christian Bland and the Revelators, Daiistar, Narrow hauntedand majestic power – the latter in which the two owners play.
As a member of the The dark angelsGarcia will host a launch party at the new space for Austin’s reigning psych band’s new album, desert of mirrorsSeptember 16. He will continue the club’s participation in Levitation, from October 27 to 30, which was co-founded by his bandmates Angels. He also plans to cover the walls with posters from the festival archives.
“As a traveling musician, I’ve been lucky enough to go to all these places like Paris, Madrid and small towns in different countries,” Garcia said, speaking to the the Chronicle Saturday. “They’ve always had a cool little rock & roll bar. I thought, well, Austin doesn’t really have that. It would be really cool to focus on the culture where psychedelic music started from, here.
“So it’s our commitment to Roky Erickson and the 13th floor elevators and the golden twilight. We’re connected to all these other rock & roll bars around the world, and we keep in touch.”
In their former space at 1812 East 12th, the 13th Floor quietly opened on March 3, 2018, as the go-to after-party destination for rock musicians to spin off-stage vinyl. Garcia lists visitors/guest DJs as Arctic Monkeys, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, beautiful and Sebastianand the Brian Jonestown Massacre. The small space usually hosted only bare-bones performances, such as Gus BaldwinMonday bookings, as well as sets smashed atop the bar by bands like Sailor Poon.
Despite a concert poster for the outgoing 13th floorLast night (yesterday August 31) reading “Fuck Condos” there are no impending development plans for the Eastside building. In 2020, former owner Gene Mays sold the company to Dallas Eureka Holdings, which has purchased more than 100 properties on the historic street. Of the change in ownership in 2020, Garcia says, “I don’t want to be a jerk, but it’s kind of like going from talking to a human to a robot. It’s more corporate.”
Johnny Yaklin – who opened the 13th floor with his brother Nick Yaklin and Garcia – is actually considering continuing to use the Eastside bar as a new concept. The building is currently rented on a monthly basis. Johnny will retire from ownership of the new location to focus on continued operations at A bit tropicalas well as the reopening by the KT team of the old Spider house cafe space.
At the new 13th floor location on the Red River, Nick Yaklin and Garcia are taking over a multi-year lease from outgoing Green Jay management. In January 2020, Stubb’s General director Ryan Garrett and business partner Ned Steward opened a newly renovated edition of the bar, changing the name from Beerland to Green Jay later that year.
Before, the long-running punk hub in Beerland unexpectedly closed in 2019 during an employee strike over the former owner’s unpaid wages Richard Lynn. Workers were paid through community fundraising – overseen by Donya Stocktonwho co-founded the bar with her husband Randall in 2001 – along with contributions from Lynn’s family. A regular player in the Beerland scene, Garcia fondly recalls meeting his best friend/business partner Nick Yaklin at the legendary venue.
The new 13th floor will open seven days a week, focusing live music on weekends with plans to work with other promoters beyond Garcia’s bookings.
“We will have traveling groups with local groups, together,” he explains. “We are still in the early stages, but we are ready to expand this place. It will just be [the old bar] four times, roughly, and with a stage, and a drum set! We couldn’t really adapt that stuff before.”
The album cover of the cover of “Jealous Guy” by Luke Bell
Luke Bellcountry troubadour who made a lasting impact during his brief years on the Austin scene, has died at age 32. After going missing on August 20 in Tucson, Bell was found dead nearby on August 29 – as confirmed by his friend Matt Kinman at save country music. The cause of death has not been reported. Raised in Cody, Wyoming, Bell started playing Hole in the wall with his former rock band Fast Luke and the Lead Heavy in 2011. Bell went on to develop his modern traditionalist style as an employee and regular performer of the White horse. He left Austin for Nashville to record his first album Don’t mind if I doreleased in 2014, and added new tracks for a 2016 self-titled album via Nashville outlet thirty tigers. Austin Musician Jonathan Terrell shared a memory on social media: “He had come to town with only a guitar and a concert until he ran out of money. He would disappear and go to the ranch for a while and always come back with these amazing songs He was a real cowboy wanderer and he was true to that life.”
“Sunroof,” bubbly, sickening pop hit currently in the Billboard Hot 100 with more than 240 million streams Spotify, benefits from a local connection. The track, nominated for song of the summer last week MTV Video Music Awardspresent the singer Nicky you are and producer Dazy – aka Austin, 24, from Austin Nick Minataglio. The recent Sony Music Edition the signer previously produced the song “Minimal” by Model under an old pseudonym Snocker bed. He is also the son of a prominent Texas author. Bill Minutagliowho proudly writes in an email to state media: “This is a truly unlikely story – earlier this year my son gave birth Uber eats. Last night he was sitting near Taylor Swift at the VMAs… The A&R folks told him they were floored, he did the whole song in a home studio – with just a laptop and some old guitars.
The 2022 Greater Austin Area Music Censusgathering information to influence civic policy and highway support for Austin’s industry, extended the deadline to next Friday, Sept. 9. The survey, presented by Mayor Steve Adler and KUTX among other partners, is open to music industry workers living or working in the Greater Austin area, including Travis, Williamson, Hays, Caldwell and Bastrop counties. The group is seeking responses from musicians, venue owners, non-profit music associations, music industry professionals and beyond. Completely anonymous, the survey does not ask for respondents’ names or personal details and takes 15-20 minutes to complete. Fill it out now on austinmusiccensus.org.
plainsnew project of Jesse Williamson and Waxahatcheeit is Katie Crutchfield, employed some familiar local faces to perform new single “Abilene.” The stars of the music video Adriene Mishler – featured Youtube instructor of Yoga with Adriane/ longtime Austin actor – and local rocker Jonathan Tyler like a couple falling in love. In the country waltz, Austin-launched, Los Angeles-based Williamson sings heartbreakingly: “But I was too much for you and for your Abilene.” Plains’ first tour stops at Scoot Inn November 1, with MJ Lenderman.