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THURSDAY: Mohawk Grand Reopening & Press Conference on Resilience of the Live Music Capital of the World

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May 26, 2021

Contact: Kate Stotesbery

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THURSDAY: Mohawk Grand Reopening & Press Conference on Resilience of the Live Music Capital of the World

Austin, T.X. – This Thursday evening, U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett will join the Austin music community to officially open the doors at the Mohawk in the Red River District for the first time since the pandemic shuttered it and other stages. At the Mohawk entrance, Congressman Doggett will join other speakers to mark the grand reopening, recognize the resilience and creativity of our live music industry, and provide updates regarding federal relief, before opening the doors and welcoming folks in for a performance.

“After a long year of painful sacrifices, I’m delighted to join in reopening the Mohawk so that it can again fully embody its longtime creed: ‘All are welcome,’” said Congressman Doggett. “Our live music industry, the lifeblood of our culture and our economy, has been hit so hard, but it has persevered. Creativity and passion are a cocktail for resilience. With our approval of Shuttered Venue Operator Grants, we are bringing federal relief to the Mohawk and other venues across Austin and across the country.”

“Since the pandemic began, the mission of Austin Texas Musicians expanded to serve the most basic needs of musicians,” said Pat Buchta, of Austin Musicians. “Thanks to the efforts of Congressman Doggett, we’ve been able to keep our community informed about all the changes and requirements surrounding Federal Unemployment benefits. We’re grateful for the many hours and livestream events that Congressman and his staff have devoted to keeping music alive during this time of crisis.”

“As the first employee hired back at Mohawk after over a year, the hopelessness that our music community has been feeling is deeply personal to me,” said Jeanette Gregor, Mohawk Manager. “Knowing that we had and have allies like the Congressman fighting for our survival has been paramount: when our stages went silent, they amplified our voices that would have otherwise not been heard. He has helped us (and hundreds of other venues like us) find the critical funding we needed to say, once again, All Are Welcome.”

What:       Press conference, before Congressman Doggett will open the doors of the Mohawk again, followed by a performance from Heartless Bastards

When:      7:45 PM CST, this Thursday, May 27

Where:     Mohawk Austin, 912 Red River St

Who:

  • Congressman Lloyd Doggett
  • Jeanette Gregor, Mohawk Manager
  • Pat Buchta, Austin TX Musicians
  • Heartless Bastards
  • The Tender Things

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