Kevin Russell of Shinyribs, indie band Sixteen Deluxe, avant garde composer Graham Reynolds, folk-punker Hamell on Trial, power-pop band the Wannabes and more will team up on April 13 at 3Ten for the Electric Lounge 20 Year Reunion show, toasting one of Austin's most prominent music venues of the 1990s.
Open from 1993 to 1999, Electric Lounge helped develop the careers of many Austin artists in a variety of genres and hosted touring acts as well. Tucked away off of West Fifth Street near the Amtrak station, it was located roughly where the office building that's currently home to South by Southwest's headquarters stands now.
Electric Lounge co-owners Mark Shuman, Jay Hughey and Mike Henry worked with 3Ten booker Jack McFadden and staff of the club-sized venue below ACL Live to create a lineup that "reflects the musical eclecticism of both the iconic venue and the era in which it thrived," states a press release announcing the event.
In addition to Hamell on Trial, Ed Hamell's one-man band that became a national touring act after playing the club regularly, and Russell's influential pre-Shinyribs Americana band the Gourds, the club helped give rise to Austin indie heavyweight Spoon. Theater companies such as Rude Mechanicals and Salvage Vanguard also performed early works there.
Touring acts who played the club included Sleater-Kinney, Joan Jett, Lucinda Williams, and the late Jeff Buckley and Elliott Smith.
“Many leaders in Austin’s creative class who play key roles in the scene today were a part of the Electric Lounge,” Shuman said in the press statement. “This reunion show is more than just a look back; it is also a celebration of how the Austin community embraced the Electric Lounge.”
Other participating acts announced on Monday are Gay Sportscasters, Pong and the Horsies, with more names to be added soon.
Music will run through the late afternoon and evening, with doors opening at 3:30 p.m. Tickets, $20-$25, go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, March 1, via the venue's website, with a presale event on Thursday, Feb. 28. Proceeds will benefit the SIMS Foundation, Mosaic Sound Collective and local visual artist Jason Austin.