Never have I felt so lucky to be young and living in Austin, Texas amist it's growth and flourish than I felt Friday night. Broken Social Scene played a free show at the Sea Holm Power Plant Friday night, debuting the new event space to the public . It felt strange and serene, but in a really great way.
When hearing that the power plant was going to host two evening shows the weekend of ACL, one might not know what to expect from a building that has been vacant for so long, but the lighting, sound, and fresh vibes all worked perfectly together to make the show an overall worthy experience. Supposedly a grand total of 4000 people came out to bring the venue officially to life.
Having lived in Austin for two decades (I know, I'm old) , it's sometimes difficult to get excited about live music events and bands that have been to Austin countless times. However, Friday night's show made me feel completely different. Not only is the Sea Holm Power plant such a historic landmark to Austin, it is now about to be a landmark of the future too...at least that's what's being discussed. It's strange that a place over half a century old can be both old and new. Plans to turn the old power-plant into a new social space are now underway. The project will include condominiums, shops, and a large event space. Interesting. Perhaps it wil help in the local economy? We'll see. Check out the project site for more info.
Back to the show...you know the feeling you get when you're somewhere new, a feeling that anticipates many good nights to come in that same space? Well, that's exactly what I, and I'm sure the thousands of other people felt while at the power plant Friday evening. Who would have thought of creating an event space out of a power plant anyway? Austin, Texas, of course. Looking forward to the coming changes out of Seaholm...