SXSW: Mohawk, Cheer Up Charlie's Staying Open Following Car Crash
Following last night's deadly car crash outside of the Mohawk and Cheer Up Charlie's on Austin's Red River Street, the planned South By Southwest shows at those two venues will be going on as scheduled on Thursday night (Mar. 13).
The announcement was made late Wednesday afternoon after SXSW and the two venues consulted with the Austin Police Department and the City of Austin officials. On early Thursday morning, a car drove down Red River Street, killing two people and injuring 23 others.
"After talking with the Austin Police Department, we have determined that the most prudent course of action is to move forward with the SXSW shows scheduled at the Mohawk and Cheer Up Charlie's tonight," says SXSW founder Roland Swenson in a statement. "If we were to turn away potentially thousands of people who will arrive to see the shows, it would create a serious safety issue."
"My staff and myself are broken hearted for not only the victims and families of this senseless tragedy but also for our beloved Red River and this entire community," says Mohawk owner James Moody. "We have spent today working with SXSW and the City to create a relief fund for the victims. This is our number one priority – their care and support. We are a community here that exists far beyond the 10 days of SXSW. Our intent is to come together to help the families of each and every one of the victims."
On Thursday night, Mohawk will host an all-ages show headlined by A$AP Mob. Cheer Up Charlie's will feature a 4AD showcase with Future Islands, Merchandise, SOHN, Empress Of and others.
The SXSW Cares Fund has been set to help the victims of the festival's tragic incident, with prayer services, victim services, blood donation and grief counseling being offered. Donations can be made at www.sxswcares.com.
This article first appeared at Billboard.com.