By MoJo Events Launches In Grand Style
By Jake Gaines
Photography By Russell Thomas Clayton and Chad Harlan
If Lana Turner had walked in dragging a fur with Cary Grant not far behind her, no one would have been surprised. It was that kind of festive evening when partners Monica Burcham and Jonathan Tieken launched their new events production firm, By Mojo, in a downtown-adjacent, hundred-year-old loft that easily doubled for a Hollywood Hills maison.
“We wanted to rethink, re-imagine and dream of the possibilities of what an event experience can be. By MoJo was created to develop a new era of entertaining in Austin, turning events into experiences and memorable nights,” says By MoJo founder and event co-host Monica Burcham. “We are a blend of relaxed simplicity and over-the-top refined style. Sometimes it needs to be coaxed out, but when it is, the room is filled with unseen energy that is felt by everyone.” Now that’s mojo.
After the elaborate invitations were delivered, guests were asked to take a step into the unknown. The three story location, Palazzo Lavaca, while well-marked with the antiquated neon Capitol Saddlery Boot sign still hanging out front, was as nondescript and as understated as it gets. Large gates opened up to welcome guests who are adventurous enough to follow their ears and the music coming from within. Then they were met with one of the most amazing spaces in Austin full of eclectic artwork, vintage chandeliers and a true intellectual salon environment.
The Old Hollywood-inspired guests grooved to the Copa Kings who belted out swing tunes as burlesque costumed girls roamed the crowd. Guests mingled and danced in one of the first firehouses in Austin partaking in cigars, hand-rolled for any guest willing to stop for a brief conversation, as well as nibbles and Tito’s vodka concoctions. The hosts goal of vintage Hollywood flair mixing perfectly with approachable Austin charm was achieved and we look forward to more unique events from this dynamic duo.