214 East 6th Street
Austin, TX 78701
Hours: Show Times Vary
Written by: Allison Ullrich
The Parish lives up to its motto: “Best Sound in Town.” It is home for live music fans that crave intimate shows from well-known artists and for bands that appreciate professional production value. The Parish is located in the heart of the 6th Street District, where you can catch a show every night of the week. Being bored is never an option.
Hosting top groundbreaking indie bands like My Morning Jacket, Ok Go, and Yeasayer, along with rock legends such as Pete Townshend, Perry Farrell, and Slash, quickly elevated The Parish into sought-after venue status. Formerly known as The Mercury Room, the venue was established in 2003 and won the Best New Club award. Travis Newman, the house manager, said their goal in opening The Parish was to “have a venue on 6th Street that has the production value of world-class venues nationwide.”
The club’s make over transformed a worn, dingy atmosphere into a classy room, backed by a top-of-the line sound system. The two bars, one in the front and the other in the back, make for a smooth flow of traffic, even for those frequent sold-out shows. The chandeliers and decorative walls might make the place look upscale, but do not be fooled into thinking that it is too fancy to rock out here. Some of the best rock shows you will see happen below these chandeliers. Bands thoroughly enjoy playing here not only because of the sound and lighting, but also because the staff is very friendly and accommodating.
Residing in the heart of the 6th Street District makes The Parish a hot spot for South by Southwest attendees. Between the day parties and the concerts at night, you just might be lucky enough to catch a jam session with Les Claypool (Primus) and Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine). You will also discover upcoming artists that aim to perform on par with the previously mentioned rock legends.