If you’ve seen a mosh-pit open up during a DJ set you’ve probably been to Emo Nite. The event was started by Barbara Szabo, T.J. Petracca, and Morgan Freed in a local dive bar and has grown to become nothing short of a phenomenon (spawning a mini day-fest last year and creating different state “chapters”).
None of the founders are in bands, or even DJs, they are fans of the genre who host various artists and local musicians to create a one-of-a-kind party.
Emo Nite is the opportunity for 20-somethings to experience the music we loved as kids with all the energy of a live show without having to wait for reunion or anniversary tours.
I walked in to Austin’s Come and Take It Live venue, on a cold January night, pumped as fuck to get my sad girl on. The mid-2000s has been noted as the commercial peak of the emo genre, when kids on myspace built an entire community centered on their common love of the music, and the night focused on that era. I walked up to the packed bar, singing along to Head Automatica’s “Beating Heart Baby”, to buy a tall boy and by the time I received my beer I’d made a new friend. The stage was full of people dancing and singing to their friends on the floor – the mic being passed around for what felt like the most fun night of karaoke. The night was full of singing to strangers, making new friends, and proving to that girl I was in high school that I ended up being pretty damn cool.
The next Emo Nite ATX event is Friday the 16th at Come and Take It Live but remember…every night is emo nite.