The original Emo's is closing its doors for good tomorrow night. It has literally been at the center of my concert going-experience for the last half decade, so I'm going to miss it. Terribly. I'm just glad that I have so many good memories from witnessing a slew unforgettable shows in that dirty old building at 6th & Red River. Emo's was always a place where I knew I could just walk right in, see a lot of friends, and have a good time. The staff was always super cool and welcoming to me, and that is something I will never forget. That includes bartenders, door guys, management, and ownership. I also feel lucky to have been able to put together a concert at the original Emo's while it was still standing. I could go on and on about how sad its closing makes me, but we heard the rumors around this time last year, so I've had plenty of time to accept that things change and move on.
If you want to have one last night of drunken fun at Emo's, you better do it tonight or tomorrow. Tonight's show is pretty damn good, with Quintron & Miss Pussycat and the Mind Spiders. I'll be at this one for sure. If you want to read a little bit about the closing, check out some of the articles here and here. More memories here.
To commemorate the closing of this legendary venue, artist Lindsey Kuhn designed a series of posters for the final shows. Screen prints of the individual posters will be for sale at the shows, and at swampco.com, with the option to purchase the whole collection. Get them while you can. The final show is on on December 30th with Killdozer.
For years Lindsey Kuhn designed and screened some of the most iconic concert posters for Emo's, many of which you can still find hanging throughout the venue today. Now he has put together a project to commemorate its closing - nine individual posters that when assembled correctly create an impressive master image. Each will be for sale throughout the rest of the month during the "Emo's Apocalypse," a farewell concert series at the original downtown venue featuring some of the most celebrated local bands from past and present. Collect all nine and maybe you can convince your hippie roommate to finally take down that tapestry he's had since college.
Check out the 9-poster set below: