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Welcome to the Jungle
Metal and alt-rock collide and flourish during the Back Room's glory years
"...many would suck down habañero-infused chili with Jim Ramsey, Mark Olivarez, and Jason McMaster every Super Bowl Sunday. This..."

July 28, 2006 Music Feature by Ray Seggern

TCB
Metal up yer ass and other delights: The Back Room turns 30.
"...Around the same time, a young San Antonian named Mark Olivarez came aboard as a bouncer...."

Nov. 7, 2003 Music Column by Christopher Gray

TCB
Scuttlebutt from the Dead Club Capital of the World
"...of a time organizing its 30th anniversary. General manager Mark Olivarez's original idea was to do a three-day celebration,..."

Aug. 8, 2003 Music Column by Christopher Gray

Rent Party Blues
Are post-boom rents killing the Austin music scene?
"...Downtown, lines mark the spots. Two clubs with the longest lines appear..."

Feb. 14, 2003 Music Feature by Andy Langer

Rock and a Hard Place
Balancing the Austin Music Ledger
"...this is the price of progress," says Liberty Lunch's Mark Pratz...."

Dec. 1, 1995 Music Feature

Dancing About Architecture
The dulcet tones of the karaoke fill the former Electric Lounge, but that's not the fate of the building.
"...you won't be seeing there is Electric Lounge co-founder Mark Shuman, who says he's tried to visit the site..."

Sept. 17, 1999 Music Column by Ken Lieck

Behind the Mask
Fetish Nights
"...known as Auschwitz 46). The band approached club proprietor Mark Olivarez with the idea of putting on a show..."

Sept. 19, 1997 Music Feature by Michael Bertin

Flashback, Cash Back
The Trickle Down Economics of Eighties Music
"...isn't unique to Austin, the evidence of a local market for it is overwhelming. Not only do dance clubs..."

July 18, 1997 Music Feature by Andy Langer

Final Countdown
Thirty-three years of Back Room shows and events can hardly be summed up in one timeline
"...Early 1994: Jim Ramsey hands the reigns over to Mark Olivarez as talent buyer, who worked his way up..."

July 28, 2006 Music Feature by Darcie Stevens

Dancing About Architecture
It's All in the Wrist
"...the Back Room the following night, where general manager Mark Olivarez says everything went smoothly and that the 600-plus..."

Feb. 28, 1997 Music Column

TCB
Austin from A to Z
"...MARK COLLINS, PHILIP CROLEY, DAVID COTTON: C no evil, hear..."

July 18, 2003 Music Column by Christopher Gray

Where's Lucinda?
"...Mars or something, but contrary to last week's column, Mark Olivarez will indeed be continuing to book the club...."

Dec. 1, 1995 Music Column

Book 'em Dan-o!
The Club Runners Call 'Em
"...Mark Olivarez, Back Room Mesch: I like their presence up..."

Sept. 22, 1995 Music Feature

Supersizing the Scene
From Rest Stop to Tour Stop
"...artist management and booking agencies considered Austin a secondary market without the large and mid-size venues necessary for extensive..."

May 12, 1995 Music Feature by Andy Langer

Dancing About Architecture
The Austin music scene benefits the Red Cross.
"...relief, but that hasn't really happened. The Back Room's Mark Olivarez counters that it's the unthinkable enormity of this..."

Oct. 12, 2001 Music Column by Ken Lieck

Exit Pole
Jason McMaster reflects on the passing of the Back Room
"...JM: Not necessarily. Mark Olivarez said this first, but it truly is more..."

July 28, 2006 Music Feature by Andy Langer

TCB
No clues in Joe Bates' murder and other tales from Austin's music jungle

Oct. 22, 2004 Music Column by Christopher Gray

Dancing About Architecture
Hey, Buddy! Ya Got a Light?
"...sizable portion of the audience in Austin's already-clogged radio market. Big boss Michael Crusham, late of the Disney Corporation,..."

Nov. 24, 1995 Music Column

Dancing About Architecture
Texas Friendly?
"...did not act upon the request." The Back Room's Mark Olivarez says that the MDA, not the club, was..."

Sept. 15, 1995 Music Column

Playback
What's happening today at SXSW? Read on.
"...Sonic Titan, Brazilian psych-pop craftsmen Boogarins, former Emeralds guitarist Mark McGuire, and more...."

March 14, 2014 Music Column by Kevin Curtin

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