SXSW: Austin night clubs open for business, team up for charity after accident

Austin’s Mohawk and Cheer Up Charlies, two night clubs affected by the driver who plowed through a crowd of SXSW festival-goers to reportedly avoid a DUI checkpoint, killing two people and injuring 23 more — five critically — Wednesday night, are still holding their scheduled SXSW showcases starting Thursday evening.

Despite the tragic events, SXSW founder Roland Swenson said both clubs would be open for business starting at 7 p.m., after consultation with the Austin Police Department and City of Austin officials, in an effort to curb further safety problems, given the thousands of attendees that would be displaced if the clubs cancelled shows.

“To avoid confusion, we plan to carry on in order to serve our tens of thousands of participants during this tragic time.” said Swenson.

Mohawk owner James Moody also issued a personal statement in the wake of Wednesday night’s events saying, “My staff and myself are broken hearted for not only the victims and families of this senseless tragedy but also for our beloved Red River and this entire community.”

Both clubs have teamed up with SXSW and the city of Austin to create a relief fund for the victims.

“This is our number one priority,” said Moody of the relief fund. “We are a community here that exists far beyond the 10 days of SXSW. Our intent is to come together to help the families of each and every one of the victims.”

Those interested in helping the victims and families affected by the accident can donate here: SXSW Cares Fund.


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