HELLO (AGAIN): Hole in the Wall. The Hole marks both its three-week and 30-year anniversary starting tonight (Thursday) with more than a week of free shows. All the usual suspects -- Horse Wreck, Ted Roddy, Mike Nicolai, Damnations, Li'l Cap'n Travis, Golden Arm Trio -- will be on hand to help test the club's new two-to-three-band-per-night booking policy. An old policy in effect this Sunday will be the return of Paul Minor's Free for All, which features Matt Hubbard, Moonlight Towers, and Minor's own Superego All-Stars. Since everything is a trial run at this point to show the new owners that live music is still viable on the Drag, check the club listings and go twice.
GOODBYE: Steamboat. Citing financial reasons, Steamboat owner Paul Oveisi announced Tuesday he was closing up shop on the 2003 Austin Music Awards' "Best New Club" effective this weekend. Oveisi said both the business and the building at 100 E. Riverside (which many people think is cursed as it is) are "replete with debt," and the prospect of the new smoking ordinance on top of an already-slow summer was just too much to bear. Having taxed both his credit cards and marriage to the limits, he says he's trying to put as positive a spin on the situation as possible and hopes to reopen in the future under more favorable economic circumstances. Oveisi will continue to operate Momos, upstairs from Katz's. Helping close down Steamboat (again) this weekend are Del Castillo, Vallejo, and the Scabs.