Good news for music fans everywhere. On October 17, the Austin City Council declared the downtown area around Red River Street an official cultural district.
Home to such famed music venues as Stubbs, Mohawk, Beerland, Red Eyed Fly and, until this weekend, Club Deville, plus new comers like Holy Mountain and Empire Control Room (just to name a few), the new district runs along Red River between the 600 and 800 blocks.
Austin Music People, who hosted United We Jam in August in part to support the efforts of protecting the heart of Austin's local music scene, said in a press release, "It takes a village, and Austin's music village made this win happen." AMP also pointed out the instrumental role that bars and music venues on East Sixth Street had in lobbying to protect the area.
While there is some indication that this announcement may curb development around Red River, it won't entirely prevent it.
The official Red River Cultural District ribbon cutting ceremony isn't until November, but if you're feeling celebratory, head to Mohawk tonight, October 17 to celebrate with drink specials starting at 5 pm.