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Coordinates: 30°16′00″N 97°44′14″W / 30.26667°N 97.73722°W / 30.26667; -97.73722

Emo's East
Former namesThe Back Room
Address2015 E Riverside Dr
Austin, TX 78741-1338
LocationEast Riverside-Oltorf
OwnerC3 Presents
Venue Website
The Get Up Kids performing at Emo's in 1997.
The Ready Set performing at Emo's in 2010.
The Ratas Del Vaticano performing at Emo's in 2011.
Fugazi performing at Emo's in 2002

Emo's, formerly known as The Back Room, is a music and event venue located in Austin, Texas.[1] Emo's got its start as a Houston punk club in 1989, with the Austin location opening in 1992.[2] The Houston location closed its doors in September 2001.[3]

The nightclub is an official South by Southwest Music Festival venue, during which it consists of four stages.[4] The annual Emissions from the Monolith festival relocated to Emo's in 2007.[5] The club closed in December 2011 for reasons unknown, however in September of that same year, a new venue opened up on East Riverside, on the site of the old Back Room venue.[6][7]

On February 11, 2013, Emo's announced they were being sold to C3 Presents, the booking agent/production company behind Austin City Limits Festival and Lollapalooza, among other endeavors.[8]

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  1. ^ Schwartz, Eileen (2001-01-01). "Poster Boy". Texas Monthly. Retrieved 2008-08-27.
  2. ^ Gray, Christopher (2007-06-15). "TCB". Retrieved 2009-05-17.
  3. ^ Christensen, Keith (2001-09-23). "Emo's (Houston) last day". Archived from the original on April 13, 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-17.
  4. ^ Pareles, Jon (2007-03-14). "The Times at the South by Southwest Festival". South by Southwest Journal. The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-08-27.
  5. ^ Phillips, Phillips (2007-02-11). "Emissions From The Monolith 2007". Retrieved 2008-08-27.
  6. ^ "Emo's Owner on Famed Austin Club's Closure: 'What Makes a Venue Is Not Four Walls'". Billboard. 2011-09-29. Retrieved 2018-04-04.
  7. ^ Fitzmaurice, Larry (2011-09-29). "Emo's Austin Closing". Retrieved 2012-02-20.
  8. ^ Hernandez, Raoul (2013-02-13). "The Pro's & Cons of Hitchhiking". Retrieved 2013-02-13.
  9. ^ "Devo Live Guide - 12/02/88 - The Backroom, Austin, TX". huboon.com. Retrieved 2020-02-09.

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