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Humorless director nixes ‘Holy Mountain’ screening at Holy Mountain

Deborah Sengupta

Editor’s note: This article was originally published April 24, 2014

UPDATE: Holy Mountain manager James Taylor contacted us this afternoon to let us know the club received a letter from avant garde director Alejandro Jodorowsky’s people demanding they not screen the film “Holy Mountain” at the club. “Didn’t see that coming,” Taylor said.

Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey and Money Chicha will still perform, but if you really want to see an alchemist turn excrement into gold you’ll have to go elsewhere, ok?


On Saturday, Tulsa-based avant jazz outfit Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey is set to drop by Holy Mountain to play an original soundtrack to the 1973 Alejandro Jodorowsky film “Holy Mountain.” The film, a psychedelic drama shot in Mexico, goes heavy with religious and mystical imagery with several characters based on Tarot cards. There’s also an alchemist who turns excrement into gold. The venue will screen the film while the band plays on Saturday.

According to James Taylor, general manager of Holy Mountain, the gig was inspired by a random whim. “They approached me about booking a show,” he said via email this week. “We confirmed it and kinda out of nowhere asked ‘What do you think about a soundtrack to the movie?’ The answer was an affirmative ‘Duh let’s do this.’”

While the venue actually draws its name from the record “Holy Mountain” by doom metal band Sleep, rather than the movie, the gig feels like a fitting tribute to a club that rose from the glittery residue left by the Beauty Bar to become an active player in the Red River music district in less than two years.

The show kicks off at 9 p.m. on Saturday with Austin’s Money Chicha opening. Tickets are $12 adv., $14 at the door. More information.