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Retox Bar brings Whiskey Bliss to the Retox Stage. As a rock cover band, you are sure to hear lots of your favorite rock tunes throughout the night. There is no cover and there are $2.50 beers specials and $3 shot specials! The music starts at 10:30!
Initially a songwriter in Nashville, Radney Foster made his recording debut as part of the Foster & Lloyd duo, recording three studio albums with nine singles on the country charts. Foster began his solo career in 1992 and his album Del Rio, TX 1959 produced four consecutive Top 40 hits. Two decades later, Foster’s new Del Rio, TX Revisited: Unplugged and Lonesome reinvents his hallmark solo debut as an ambitious and haunting acoustic collection. Foster has had thirteen songs on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including the Top Ten hits “Just Call Me Lonesome” and “Nobody Wins”. His songs have been recorded by Gary Allan, Sara Evans, Keith Urban and Jack Ingram and he has produced albums for the Randy Rogers Band.
For this year's 21st Annual Balcones Heights Jazz Festival, die-hard Jazz fans, or belovedly termed "Jazz babies," will plant their chairs in advance, hours and sometimes days in advance for a good seating overlooking the water fountain at Wonderland of the Americas and catch the live music performances of guitarist, Nick Colionne, and musician Joseph Vincelli.
While most mainstream rappers like to color in the lines with rhymes covering cash, drugs, misogyny and more drugs, Atlanta’s Rittz stays on target, putting a fresh spin on tired topics. With a tongue-in-cheek name to poke fun at his whiteness, Rittz’ self-deprecating lyrics get outside the material goods and name drops of modern rap, while retaining a certain radio catchiness. As both an emcee and a tattoo artist, Taylor Gang member Tuki Carter has a bold understanding of two art forms and cultures with crossover influence on each other. Sweeping theatrical scores play backdrop to Raz Simone’s powerful raps. Although the instrumentals are subtle, its impact on the poetry in motion is on a grand scale.
Also featuring Dead Albatross & Massacrous
Nick Lawrence has been a crowd pleaser for the last ten years now touring the southwest part of the United States. This seasoned, vibrant artist has opened shows for such artists as, George Strait, Gary Allan, Tracy Lawrence, Gretchen Wilson, and Cross Canadian Ragweed just to name a few. He has performed The AT&T Center numerous occasions for the San Antonio Spurs halftime concerts, Tim McGraw Faith Hill Concert pre party and The Houston and San Antonio Rodeo Kick-Off celebrations. In 2008-2009, Nick Lawrence had regional radio success in Texas and is currently working on another album due to be released in 2012. Nick Lawrence music can be best described as Texas country music with a twist of southern rock, authentic heartfelt lyrics and rich vocals.
Direct Hit is a pop punk band that worships the The Ramones, Andrew WK, and The Thermals. Living in Milwaukee, the band started in 2008 with the release of a series of EPs. With a couple albums and several songs under their wing they are going on tour with Guerrilla Poubelle as well as Heather Go Psycho and Given a Chance.
Through their love of arts and eye for local talent, Mana House is teaming up with local artist Jeannette MacDougall to open their doors with food, drink, and an art reception. Using their exposed brick walls as an art space for a gallery open to the public, their first-ever art installation will feature pieces from MacDougall’s collection entitled, “A Change of Scenery.” Beers, cocktails, wine, and organic local food by Piknik cafe will be available. Music will be provided by Adam “The Jazz” Tutor, The Jazz Band Soulzzafying featuring KRTU DJ, Kory Cook on drums, and Highwire owner, Ray Palmer on keyboard.
Celebrity Twins Production presents this mega concert starring "Michael Jackson", "Selena", "Barry White", "Blues Brothers", "Jerry Lee Lewis" and more!
Originally from Lake Charles, La., Lochness Mobsters have transported their swampy, surfy gang vocals to Austin. The wandering, slow-churning tunes of New Hampshire, stark yet fully-realized, are a welcome addition to SA psych. Meanwhile, Creatura’s recent Open the Door EP feels old and new at once, fusing elements of surf, ’60s psych and folk with more contemporary sensibilities. A recent addition to SA music, the Bolos rock straight-laced garage joints with enough tricks up their sleeves to bring you back for more.
Led by singer John Dailey, We Leave at Midnight touts lovely Pet Sounds harmonies and honky tonk piano lines on their 2012 self-titled release. Informed by recent loss and delicate joys in their personal lives, Demitasse’s Blue Medicine represents Joe Reyes and Erik Sanden’s most exposed, emotionally spry and career-topping effort. The album takes listeners through a passage of injury and cleansing, laid bare in Blue Medicine’s minimal recording style. Led by Michael Carrillo of Deer Vibes, Michael J. and the Foxes wield a sparse sound opposite to Carrillo’s indie rock orchestra. With Ruby the Rabbitfoot.
Hailing from the same planet as Bjork, Femina-X takes avant-garde pop into undiscovered territory. With atmospheric electro melodies by ethereal singer Daniela Riojas, Femina-X promises an otherworldly experience. Like other post-hardcore contemporaries, The Black Market Club combines random but passionate screams set to thought provoking progressive soundscapes. With Fishermen, Parallelephants.
Formed in Guadalajara in 2007, Le Butcherettes flies under the radar despite two solid albums, big-name collaborators (including Henry Rollins and Shirley Manson) and provocative performances involving lead singer Teri Gender Bender (née Teri Suárez) doused in blood and urinating onstage. The Los Angeles Times recently applauded 2014’s Cry Is for the Flies’ “teeth-baring guitars and carnival-esque keyboards” while relating Rollins’ take on Suárez: “She’s a star. It’s like a great character in a movie.” The band kicks off a summer tour at the Rabbit with At the Drive-In/The Mars Volta alums Antemasque.
Killa Maul will be playing the best of old school Metallica. The band is fronted by Jason McMasters.
Many people have come to know Brandon Rhyder’s name and music over the last few years. Regionally he’s definitely a staple of the Texas scene and has made the most of each opportunity he’s been given. Brandon Rhyder is different. When you hear the voice you know it’s unmistakably him. When he comes out with a new single you never know what you’re going to get. Brandon Rhyder loves to take you to the top and then jerk the rug out from
under you and start the process all over again. Brandon Rhyder doesn’t write for a genre, but rather for the inspiration he receives. ‘I take pride in the songs that I write and want to be able to sing many of them for years to come. I still have a lot to learn and as life presents itself I’ll continue to strive to get better’, says Brandon.
Light snacks and refreshments will be provided while they last, please feel free to bring something to add to the feast. BYOB. There will be art on display in the gallery by curator and owner, Todd Michael Fichter.
Likened by Robin Williams to “Prozac with a head,” vertically challenged Orange County comic Brad Williams is possibly best known for the sketch characters he’s played on Mind Of Mencia, which include a whore dwarf (“whorf”) and the leader of an all-dwarf basketball team.
There seem to be two kinds of comedy fans in 2014: those to whom a Chelsea Lately credit is a come-on and those to whom it’s a warning flag. In the case of Josh Wolf, this binary proves as dumb as most. Though at 40-plus he looks every bit the Mannish Boy Frat Daddy, and his style—confidently delivered observations about sex and other bodily functions (what before the ’90s alt/club split was commonly known as “comedy”)—is definitely panel-ready, his actual life experiences as a single dad give his material and outlook a broader appeal than any niche he might appear to fit.
With a nod to exquisite corpse, “You Are Here” highlights a collaboration between Tim Kerr and Brian Phillips. Kerr studied painting and photography at UT–Austin and played a key role in Texas’ early punk scene as a founding member of Big Boys and other bands. Louisiana native Phillips illustrates his mantra “One man’s junk pile is another man’s art supplies” with puzzle-like constructions built from reclaimed wood. A tribute to inspiring icons, the duo’s joint project involved Kerr painting portraits of Rosa Parks, Evel Knievel and many more on surfaces pieced together by Phillips.
Master reuser Mary Elizabeth Cantú launched Spare Parts in 2011 in response to a decrease of creativity in the classroom and budget cuts in arts funding. Active throughout the year, her organization reaches 10 area school districts through its signature Fine Arts Fair. The fourth annual event aims to distribute a stockpile of donated art supplies among pre-registered teachers (plus members of the creative community from 12:30-1:30 p.m.) during a kid-friendly day with beats by DJ Lyricool, eco-friendly vendors, finger-painting sessions with artist Robert Tatum and photo ops with Spurs Jesus.
Wizard World Comic Con graces San Antonio for the first time ever. The traveling pop-culture mega fest brings together comic book artists, WWE wrestlers, celebrities from lists A through D and plenty of rabid, costumed fans. We jumped the line, so to speak, for some one-on-one conversations with a few of Wizard World’s most coveted guests—including cosplayers Ivy Doomkitty, Kit Brockman-Harris, Julia Denham, and Johnny and Andrea Ricketts, actor Michael Rooker (The Walking Dead, Guardians of the Galaxy), comic artist Brett Booth and sci-fi icon/all-around badass William Shatner. Visit sacurrent.com/arts to read the Q&As.
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