Last week, Holy Mountain manager James Taylor told us via email club owners were in the midst of a difficult negotiation with their landlord. “We’re having a tough time negotiating lease terms that work for both parties,” he said.
Today the Austin Chronicle reports Holy Mountain and neighboring Seventh St. club Red 7 are both in danger of losing their leases, citing potential rent increases of $2500 and $5000 respectively, as untenable for the clubs.
The clubs both program a vibrant mix of punk, rock and hip-hop. Holy Mountain, the smaller of the two, has become one of the city’s prime incubators for emerging local talent and home base to excellent alt-country rockers East Cameron Folkcore and Harvest Thieves. Red 7, with an small indoor room and a larger outdoor stage, has become a much loved pit stop for touring acts from all over the world. The loss of either club would be a hit for the Austin music scene. Losing them both would be devastating blow to the Red River Music District, the city’s premiere walkable music row, where music fans can bounce from the two clubs to Empire Control Room across the street before heading down Red River to check out music at Cheer Up Charlie’s, Beerland, Elysium, Stubb’s and the Mohawk.