Austin likes to keep things weird – or so they say. One way they do that is through their vibrant nightlife and live music scene. One of the city’s iconic venues, The Parish, will soon be under new management, as it is gearing up to be sold on Ebay with bidding starting at just $1.
The venue has hosted the likes of Bon Iver, Bonobo, Alt-J, Pete Townshend, Slash, Perry Farrell, and Thom Yorke, Leon Bridges, Shakey Graves, Spoon, The Black Angels, Tycho, ZZ Ward, Lil Peep and many more since it opened in 2003.
In the coming months it has Lauv, Justin Jay and Joywave among those scheduled to perform.
It has changed hands since it has opened, but now it is being sold off by Dan Guller of ATX Brands.
“Although selling The Parish was a hard decision to make, I am excited about the future and to see what change new owners can bring to both the venue and Austin’s beloved live music landscape,” says Doug Guller, CEO of ATX Brands in a statement. “From a live music perspective, nothing has ever been sold this way in Austin. With a starting bid of just $1, I wanted to offer a fair playing field from the start for music-lovers of all types to own a piece of true music history in the Live Music Capital of the World.”
There are potential pitfalls and some advantages to this. It gives way to a truly open competition, so anybody can bid. This means it isn’t just industry insiders who would likely get to own the venue, like C3 or Live Nation or some other name you expect. However it could mean some person with a large pile of cash could come in and buy and either ruin the venue with incompetence or create something totally different with the building.
The venue boasts over 5,300 sq. ft. on the second floor of a historic building with a total venue capacity of over 425 guests. The auction will give the winner, according to the Austin Chronicle, ownership of the Parish brand and a 12-year lease with two five-year options.
The auction begins tomorrow morning, Dec. 1, at 10 a.m. with the link on their website.