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How the Red River Cultural District Was Made
Decades of off-kilter activity and music activism culminate in our current concert hub
"...city's last concentrated music corridor. It's a panorama of Red River, with a vantage on each and every compartment...."

Jan. 31, 2020 Features Feature by Rachel Rascoe

Faster Than Sound: 10 Days of Gun Violence on Red River
Police step up presence in the Red River Cultural District as merchants’ association pushes for city improvements following three separate shootings in 10 days
"...breaks out on the corner of Seventh Street and Red River, across the street from Elysium's outdoor patio and..."

Aug. 9, 2019 Music Column by Rachel Rascoe

Faster Than Sound: A Tale of Two Red River Fests
Free Week and This Is Austin, Not That Great share Red River
"...multi-venue events share square footage this week in the Red River Cultural District. Long-running tradition Free Week, spanning Jan...."

Jan. 4, 2019 Music Column by Rachel Rascoe

Faster Than Sound: City on the Fence Regarding Red River’s Homeless Problem
Red River merchants push to finally enclose dangerous alley with 10-foot fence, electro-pop diva p1nkstar touches down at Fuego ATX, and more
"...of a fence around a dangerous alley in the Red River Cultural District. The corridor, which runs between Beerland..."

Jan. 25, 2019 Music Column by Rachel Rascoe

Red River Clubs Grapple With Downtown Homelessness
Beggars, hustlers, and dealers make you wonder how Downtown music keeps from going under
"...after midnight on a cold Wednesday in early January. Red River Street looms as a gauntlet of lost hope...."

Feb. 3, 2017 News Feature by Kevin Curtin

Downtown Puzzle: Live on Red River
Mayor’s plan envisions a brighter future for Downtown clubs
"...Austin's vaunted music culture spreads thick throughout our burg, Red River exists as its epicenter. Few cities nationwide offer..."

Sept. 22, 2017 News Feature by Kevin Curtin

Faster Than Sound – Welcome to Red River World: The Future of Austin’s Music District
Forecasting the storm of developments between the state Capitol and I-35. Also, NPR warned and ACL Fest confirms: Austin’s pop soloists are stepping up.
"...on 10th will no longer represent the edge of Red River world. Beyond Waterloo Park..."

May 24, 2019 Music Column by Rachel Rascoe

Cheer Up Charlie's New Red River Digs
East Sixth fixture moves into storied space with warm gay memories
"...has signed a lease on the property at 900 Red River, previously the home of Club DeVille and prior..."

Dec. 30, 2013 Qmmunity Post by Kate X Messer

Playback: Red River Optimist John Wickham
Red River poker king John Wickham remains optimistic, Nazis stab concertgoers at Trailer Space, and Fun Fun Fun Fest gets its acre at Auditorium Shores
"...wearing a green monster hat and thong – nipples obscured by eyeball pasties – sings "Fuck you very much"..."

Aug. 14, 2015 Music Column by Kevin Curtin

Red River Rampage
K2 went crazy Downtown
"...show up on drug tests. Its effects hit the Red River Cultural Dis­trict particularly hard. "Playback" columnist Kevin Curtin..."

Dec. 29, 2017 News Feature by Nina Hernandez

Playback: Holy Mountain and Red 7 in Danger of Losing Leases
Could the Red River Cultural District be losing two of its landmark live music venues?
"...The platinum value of property in our central business district doesn't bode well for music venues in the area...."

May 15, 2015 Music Column by Kevin Curtin

Red 7 Will Close/Sidewinder Will Open
Red 7 and Red Eyed Fly partners join forces in a new venue
"...Prominent Red River live music venue Red 7 will shutter at..."

Aug. 5, 2015 Music Post by Kevin Curtin

Faster Than Sound: Could Austin Arts & Music Finally Get a Cultural Trust?
It's not here yet, but talks are intensifying. Also, bars and a few live music venues reopen.
"...survive Austin's notoriously high costs upon reopening. Per a Red River Cultural District recommendation, two resolutions passed last Thursday..."

May 29, 2020 Music Column by Rachel Rascoe

Austin's Cultural Makeover: The Next Stage
How much closer we are to getting the cultural wonderland we imagined 10 years ago
"...In the Nineties, Austin's cultural scene could afford to dream big. The city was..."

Sept. 7, 2007 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Faster Than Sound: Ryan Garrett Assumes Beerland Lease
Stubb’s GM Ryan Garrett takes over lease on neighboring punk club Beerland, expanding Red River Cultural District involvement.
"...he's taken over the lease on the club. The Red River advocate wasn't ready to comment on specific plans..."

Oct. 18, 2019 Music Column by Rachel Rascoe

Sidewinder Closes
Partners working toward new venue at 715 Red River
"...Sidewinder, the two-stage Red River Cultural District club, closed this week and many..."

May 18, 2018 Music Post by Kevin Curtin

Faster Than Sound: Edith Frost Returns
Austinite once again, Edith Frost offers first new songs in over a decade, plus Natalie Jane Hill's debut and Red River Cultural District requests
"...chat via Twitter, her outlet for daily thoughts previously shared by blog in the early 2000s. Political leanings and..."

May 22, 2020 Music Column by Rachel Rascoe

Faster Than Sound: Moody Amphitheater Rises Out of Waterloo Park
Delayed opening until spring, the Moody Amphitheater will be the biggest music venue in the Red River Cultural District
"...streets. Capacity 5,000, the structure will act as the Red River Cultural District's largest concert venue. Due to COVID-19,..."

Aug. 21, 2020 Music Column by Rachel Rascoe

Snapshot: Free Week
Photographer David Brendan Hall goes deep into the Red River Cultural District to experience Free Week through the eyes of the artists
"...came up more than once as "Snapshot" traversed the Red River Cultural District (and satellite locations), stopping intermittently to..."

Jan. 12, 2018 Arts Column by David Brendan Hall

Playback: Still Weary
Weary Boys reunite, Red River vies for cultural district designation, and MusicMania to close
"...just like when you play at a rest home," remembered Salvi. "We'd just get up onstage and tear into..."

Sept. 27, 2013 Music Column by Kevin Curtin

Faster Than Sound: Eimaral Sol’s Journey to RAS Day
Local neo-soul singer Eimaral Sol puts her spiritual spin on the all-women-led RAS Day lineup, City Council approves Red River improvements, Blakchyl leads her East Austin tour, and cult song funny man Dick Price passes
"...Soliloquies, primarily recorded at H-town's historic SugarHill Recording Studios. Inspired by Beyoncé's Lemonade, the LP pivots on the infidelity..."

Aug. 16, 2019 Music Column by Rachel Rascoe

Playback: Live Music and Lodging
Hotel Indigo to break ground on Red River as Max Frost breaks the same with Wilco's Jeff Tweedy on his Atlantic Records debut
"...Like a misremembered Joni Mitchell lyric, they're tearing down the parking lot..."

April 4, 2014 Music Column by Kevin Curtin

Stubb's General Manager Takes Over Beerland Lease
Ryan Garrett confirms contract on shuttered punk venue
"...last four months, Beerland’s been a sorry sight on Red River. The venue, an 18-year hotbed of punk and..."

Oct. 15, 2019 Music Post by Kevin Curtin

Supporting Austin Music Venues During Shutdown
Via fundraisers, merch, tickets presales, and more
"...Austin Community Foundation’s Stand With Austin Fund and the Red River Cultural District’s Banding Together ATX, many local music..."

March 30, 2020 Music Post by Rachel Rascoe

Hot Summer Nights Bands List Drop
100 acts join Red River Cultural District free week in July
"...a long weekend. July 13-16, a total of 10 Red River venues will nix cover charges for a live..."

June 22, 2017 Music Post by Victoria Mycue

Austin Creative Alliance's Summit Report
The service organization moves beyond talk with four ideas on how the city can expand its cultural infrastructure
"...Opportunity for Arts, Culture, and Cre­ativ­ity." Drawing on input gathered from four Creative Sector Summits that ACA convened over..."

April 15, 2016 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Protect and Preserve
How can we keep Austin's cultural heritage authentic?
"...20, reports and rumors flew. Two beloved clubs on Red River Street – Cheer Up Charlies and Mohawk –..."

July 24, 2015 News Feature by Cindy Widner

Faster Than Sound: Locals Join Over 1,000 Independent Clubs Fighting for Survival
Meet the National Independent Venue Association, goodbye Shady Grove, and more music news
"...and Downtown development pressures. Successful local efforts like the Red River Cultural District and Music Venue Alliance Austin now..."

May 15, 2020 Music Column by Rachel Rascoe

Faster Than Sound: 10 Fresh Finds at Hot Summer Nights
Ten sunspots on Hot Summer Nights’ triple-digit lineup
"...If you're cataloging the current weekend warriors of Austin's Red River Cultural District, the glossary might look something like..."

July 26, 2019 Music Column by Rachel Rascoe

Faster Than Sound: Gary Keller’s Austin Music Movement Shifts Resources
Major music advocacy funding impacted by the COVID-19 crisis
"...Red River Cultural District and ALL ATX Leadership, a networking..."

April 10, 2020 Music Column by Rachel Rascoe

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