Monarchs “Au Revoir Austin!” Farewell Show Thursday Night at the Mohawk
The fact is this: Bands come and go. We in Austin are very lucky to have so much talent in one city, but the most telling moments arrive when a band decides to branch out and spread the music. One of those bands, Monarchs, is headed to New York City.
I have to say that I, your Austin Music Minute maven Laurie Gallardo, am a bit forlorn to see them go, but it is truly a pivotal time for the group and their phenomenal frontwoman. Celeste Griffin is extremely excited about new Monarchs music on the horizon – and the idea of exploring different genres and seeing how they can be incorporated into her songwriting.
Griffin, a Birmingham, AL native, moved her band to Austin in 2008, and began her studies in Community and Regional Planning at UT. However, music has always been her first love, so doing that in the “Live Music Capital of the World” became the primary focus. Monarchs recorded their full-length release, Rise and Fall, with producer producer Mike McCarthy (Patty Griffin, Spoon, The Heartless Bastards) and released it in July.
KUT has featured Monarchs live in Studio 1A, and the band attracted an impressive following through its live performances, but Griffin knew it was time to move forward. New York City was beckoning, and the decision was made to make the move out there and reconnect with producers and fellow music artists for new collaborations.
Monarchs will bid Austin farewell with a special “Au Revoir Austin!” show Thursday night at the Mohawk, 912 Red River, on the indoor stage. They’ve invited Austin bands Frank Smith and My Golden Calf to join the bill. Doors open at 9 p.m. Come out and wish them well.
Thank you for the great music, Monarchs. Cheers.