May 18, 2006
Back in the early nineties, a guy named Emos opened Emos (which breaks the perception most people have of the name representing the "emotional" emo type of music now popular with most teens). Emos began hosting some really ground breaking musicians from the start. In 1994 the "man in black" Johnny Cash performed here and the stool he sat on now hangs above your head as you sling back some drinks and take in some great live music.
Emos supplies music lovers with three stages (one partially outdoors), three bars, amazing music, and some pretty cheap brews. Stumbling into this venue on any night is a great idea. If you don't like what's going on on one stage why not check out another one, or you can even cross the street to Emo's annex during SXSW which hosts amazing acts under a tent to shield you from the blazing sun. There is ample floor space for standing but also bleachers all about for seating.
There is an awesome beer garden separating the outdoor stage from the indoor stage which is a great place to relax at a picnic table with some friends between sets. All of the shows are all ages unless noted otherwise, so if your under 21 there is rarely a problem. Overall you will probably see some of the best shows of your life here, and discover some amazing talent. Ladies look out for the bathrooms, maybe have a tissue or two on hand and fellas from what I hear you are used to a pretty dirty bathroom so having to pee into a communal toilet probably doesn't shock many of you at this point.
Visit their website www.emosaustin.com for a calendar of upcoming performances.
From journal SXSW in Austin Texas