When she's not taking down criminals, Travis County District Attorney Margaret Moore is “making a ruckus.” She plays guitar in a rock band which could not be more fitting for a city that prides itself on supporting musicians.
Last Sunday, the all-female band Mother Rukkus performed a rendition of the Pink Floyd hit “Wish You Where Here.”
"We wanted something with ruckus ‘cause we make a ruckus,” lead vocalist Becca McCann said of the band name. The guitarist and back up vocalist may look familiar. She is a rock star in the criminal justice system.
Travis County District Attorney Margaret Moore happens to be a life-long musician.
"I started playing guitar when I was about 12 years old,” said Moore.
She's been in a few different bands here in Austin.
She's played with Mother Rukkus for three years.
Though strumming the guitar has nothing to do with prosecuting the most heinous crimes in the county, Moore says the hobby provides a necessary relief to help her perform her role of top crime fighter even better.
"It keeps me balanced, you know. When I'm playing with the girls I'm not thinking about anything other than music. It uses a different part of my brain. Plus, it's just flat out fun and we have a really good time together,” said Moore.
Lead vocalist Becca McCann says Moore spends about six hours a week in rehearsals. "She puts some work in on top of her probably 80-hour work week. I admire her quite a bit,” said McCann.
When Moore was running for office the band did a little campaigning.
"It was fun to say, 'and vote for Margaret!' It was our tag line after every show,” said McCann.
Their performance we attended at Opa! in South Austin was a bit tame. If the event calls for it, the ladies bring in a drummer and play anything from Janis Joplin to grunge music.
"It really does enable me to go back to work ready to tackle it one more day,” said Moore. "I just give these women a lot of credit because we do it for the love of the music and it's a great town to play music in. There's a lot of interest and it's fun."