Cheer Up Charlies
"...“This business is all relationships,” nodded Charles Attal in an exclusive interview at the Chronicle last week about billion-dollar concert giant Live Nation acquiring “a controlling stake” in C3 Presents. Myself and two of the three Charlies – Attal and Charlie Jones – bonded over our fledgling local careers 20 years ago..."
"...His newborn daughter had him up at 4am again and after he put her down, Charles Attal knew he couldn't go back to sleep, so he got dressed and walked the mile down the hill to Zilker Park. This was late September 2008 and the park's Great Lawn was in the process of being transformed into the setting for the Austin City Limits Music Festival, which would fill the park with 75,000 fans for three days the next week...."
"...Then again, although the Damnations TX's Half Mad Moon album for Sire is formally set for a February 16 release, it was actually pushed back from a planned October release. The hold-up, says band manager/Stubb's co-owner and booker Charles Attal was "90% about a name change, 10% about better set-up time."..."
"...11th), and more juke joints. "We used to go to Charlie's on Friday nights to learn the latest dances," recalls antique dealer Charles "Lucky" Attal, who attended Austin High in the late Fifties, when it resided at the current 12th Street location of ACC..."
"..."It's obvious why there aren't more when you consider it's almost impossible to open a club when you're looking at $10,000 a month in rent," says Stubb's owner/booker Charles Attal...."
"...Jones' model has been the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, an annual festival with a distinct, but diverse, musical aesthetic that attracts as many tourists as locals. It was only in July that all parties involved finalized plans and set Stubb's Charles Attal loose to chase talent..."
"...They have the right to a business and the right to play their music, but they don't have the right to infringe on privacy, security, and peace of mind at night -- be it at the Omni, or some guy who has a business on 15th Street and is trying to get some work done and can't because of the thumping bass drum." There are those who believe they have nothing to fear from the new policy, like Emo's owner Frank Hendrix, who says he doesn't really understand why the city thinks that the issue needs to be re-addressed, but he will be attending the meeting along with new Emo's General Manager David Thomson. And then there are those who are interested in compromise, like Stubb's Charles Attal, who says it's not the "where," but rather "when" that's behind the troubles..."
"...A court date of August 1 has been announced as litigation continues on Watermelon's claim that Sire did not fulfill their distribution contract, but one suspects Seymour Stein's office has bigger problems than the seeds of Watermelon's discontent. The major label has "put us on hold for a while," says Damnations TX manager Charles Attal, as Sire's merger with London Records continues to be settled (you'll remember what that did to the Meat Puppets)..."
"...As far as what that announcement might be, one plan that's being talked up among the city gang is a deal to move Liberty Lunch next to Stubb's, which recently bought up the rest of the block the barbecue joint/live music venue sits on, and may be building in a 1,400-seat facility to the north of Stubb's outside stage area. One roadblock to that plan, as noted in our "Live Music Venue Guide" last week, is that while Charles Attal at Stubb's is indeed considering such a plan, he says it will be at least another week before he will even make the decision to turn the above vision into reality..."
"...Guaranteed to make you feel warm inside -- just not in a sinful way. To get your own calendar, contact Christopher Attal at 324-1990...."
"...When asked who his favorite act of Lollapalooza 2010 was, the second "C" in C3 Presents, booker Charles Attal, gushed without a moment's consideration, "The Strokes!" Reunited after a hiatus following their LP First Impressions of Earth, NYC's new millennial Stones test the waters for next year's return to disc. Julian, Nick, Albert, Nikolai, and Fabrizio – this is it..."
"...• ACL Music Festival producer C3 Presents has donated $2.5 million to the Austin Parks Foundation, which will be used to help install an irrigation sprinkler system and resod areas of Zilker Park. Meanwhile, C3's Charles Attal and Amy Corbin gave birth to their first child, Gemma Rose (7 pounds, 9 ounces), last Wednesday..."
"...This year the annual soiree thrown by Charles Attal Management, Capital Sports & Entertainment, and DKNY Jeans outgrew its previous quarters at the East First Garden Theater, and welcomed desert lords Queens of the Stone Age, post-punk wunderkinds the Bravery, and Hollertronix mash-up boy Diplo into a gigantic hangar off East 51st. It was a little roomy, but a guest list upwards of 1,500 tends to do that...."
"...Still a bit bleary-eyed -- OK, a lot bleary-eyed -- from the Charles Attal Management throwdown Friday morning in far, far East Austin, where the Sugar Hill Gang was upstaged by an 8-foot gold robot resembling C-3PO on steroids, "TCB" dragged our lazy bones to the Convention Center. Upon our arrival, college buddy Stephanie F..."
"...Charles Attal is happy as a kid at a Birthday Party over getting Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds to play one of only two Texas dates at Stubb's in October. And well he should, too, since if Cave's played Austin before, none of us here can remember it, though we're fond of the story of a young Scratch Acid racing up to Dallas in the mid-Eighties to see the Birthday Party..."
"...Stubb's just keeps getting bigger. Co-owner Charles Attal says the venue is "still in the process of planning" what to do with the three adjacent buildings they've bought, but there will most likely be another bar, a retail area, and a VIP room..."