Local show organizers Riff House Concerts and Sam’s Burger Joint have joined forces to put on a show with more than 15 local and regional acts. The event is touted as a “full-on jam show,” which means a rousing evening of Americana music in its many facets—played the way it was before radio or TV, as a pure community spectacle and collaborative effort. Austinite wordsmith K. Phillips will bring his blues-folk collective K. Phillips and the Concho Pearls to town for the night and, among many others, will be joined by notable local folk-country songstresses Nicolette Good (above) and Melissa Ludwig. Musical powerhouse Little Brave will be plumbing the Americana side of her alt-folk-rock mojo as she and the other performers on the bill share the stage and push each other further in their craft. $10-$12, 8pm Thursday, Sam’s Burger Joint, 330 E Grayson, (210) 223-2830, samsburgerjoint.com.
2. Stand Up! Records Showcase
The list of artists on Stand Up! Records reads like a who’s who of comedy. From David Cross to Lewis Black, Patton Oswalt to Doug Stanhope, the catalog is a testament to some of the most influential and thought-provoking comedians working today. Two artists from the label, JT Habersaat (above) and John Tole, will be in SA on Friday pushing recent releases with local support. Having brought his Altercation Punk Comedy Tour here multiple times, Habersaat is not new to these parts. His act mixes punk rock observations with the realities of growing up. Tole, on the other hand, is a one-man wrecking ball burning through his set with the pace of a street preacher. As a bonus, Stand Up! owner Dan Schlissel will be in attendance scouting for talent. $10, 8pm, 10pm & midnight Friday, The Magic Time Machine, 902 NE Loop 410, (210) 828-1470, standuprecords.com.
3. Kep Pa So – Augie Meyers: The SA Sound Known Around the World
“You didn’t think we’d put Doug on display without Augie, did you?” Michael Ann Coker, co-founder of the South Texas Popular Culture Center (Tex Pop), asked in a press release. In May of 2012, Doug Sahm was the subject of the first exhibit put together by Tex Pop, a labor of love Coker and long-time Austin Chronicle writer Margaret Moser opened off Broadway near Mahncke Park. Now, it’s time for Augie Meyers, Sahm’s partner in crime in the Sir Douglas Quintet and the Texas Tornados, and a well-established solo artist whose Vox organ sound is known worldwide. Meyers himself, as well as special guests, will be present on opening night. The exhibit runs through September 29 Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. and by appointment. Free, 7-9pm Friday, South Texas Popular Culture Center, 1017 E Mulberry, (210) 792-1312, stpcc.org.
Spamalot may never be quite as epic as it was in 2005 when it opened on Broadway under the direction of Mike Nichols with Tim Curry as King Arthur, Hank Azaria as Sir Lancelot and David Hyde Pierce as Sir Robin. But don’t blame a cast for trying. The touring version that landed here in March lacked stars but won over crowds with its solid cast and abundance of material “lovingly ripped off” from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Fit for all who value what one critic deemed “the virtues of shrewd idiocy, artful tackiness and wide-eyed impiety,” the Tony winner remixes King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table with assistance from a killer rabbit, a choreographed coming out scenario and a Vegas-inspired version of Camelot. Greg Hinojosa directs the Woodlawn’s production. $15-$23, 7:30pm Fri-Sat, 3pm Sun, Woodlawn Theatre, 1920 Fredericksburg, (210) 267-8388, woodlawntheatre.com.
5. Ron White
If you like scotch, cigars and bitching about your wife, you’ll always have a friend in comedian Ron White, or at least in his “Rontourage” fan club. Far from being “A Little Unprofessional” (the title of his latest tour and DVD), the Texan comic has made partying his livelihood since busting out of the Blue Collar Comedy tour last decade. While his blue collar compatriots reveled in being Average Joes, White always seemed a cut above—not quite drunk uncle, more like drunk nextdoor neighbor in Stone Oak: the kind of smug bastard who’s so funny you can’t stop paying attention to him. He doesn’t give audiences a chance to wander either, equally capable of ripping through about 15 jokes in the time it takes him to smoke a cigarette, or winding up a shaggy dog tale, like the one about how he got his “Tater Salad” nickname. $47.75-$57.75, 7pm & 9:30pm Saturday, The Majestic Theater, 224 E Houston, (210) 226-3333, majesticempire.com.
6. ‘Verdant Valley’
Elegant abstraction, contemporary cowboys, cardboard wizardry and vintage linoleum come together in the unusual vistas of “Verdant Valley,” the latest offering from Hank Lee’s San Angel Folk Art Gallery. Anchoring Blue Star for a quarter century, the gallery represents folk, outsider and self-taught artists including Joel Green, Keith Davis, Jessie Montes and Bill Miller—a quartet united by their atypical interpretations of landscapes. Inspired by rock formations, “New Mexico modernist” Green puts a cubist spin on geological forces that have shaped the Southwest. Raised in the High Plains and based in Austin, Davis revisits the John Wayne era via stylized paintings with titles like Sad Cowboy. Growing up in Northern Mexico with 24 brothers and sisters, Montes learned early how to “create something from nothing,” a skill that led him to his medium of choice—corrugated cardboard—and the intricate constructions he calls “picture puzzles” (above). A founding member of Pittsburgh’s Industrial Arts Co-op, Woodstock-based Miller employs mosaic techniques in “pictorial assemblages” rendered in salvaged bits of linoleum tile. Free, 11am-5pm Saturday, San Angel Folk Art, 110 Blue Star, (210) 226-6688, sanangelfolkart.com.
7. Hacienda at Bike Beat
Remember when Men’s Fitness magazine chose San Antonio as the 25th “fittest” city in America in 2012? Maybe they meant the fittest city to drink in—the article also listed us as the place with the “heaviest drinkers,” with 8.2 percent of us having at least two adult beverages per day. Or perhaps having bike lanes and bikers everywhere makes us “fit.” Whatever the reason, on Saturday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. you can do both: bike and drink. If you’re not into either, you should still show up and see DJ Gibb, Cryin’ D.T. Buffkin & the Bad Breath, Henry + the Invisibles, and, headlining at 9:45 p.m., Hacienda. I like them all, but I pick the latter because I’m absolutely in love with their latest album, Shakedown, and because, unfortunately, they don’t play in town that often. Free, 9:45pm Saturday, Main Plaza, 115 N Main, mainplaza.org.
8. Vans Warped Tour
This Saturday, a horde of skate kids, metalcore-heads, dub-step diehards and sweaty punks will launch their perennial takeover of the AT&T Center grounds for a day of slam-dancing, dub-dangling and nose blunts off anything with a rail, better known as the Vans Warped Tour. In recent years, the tour—founded in 1995 as a showcase for punk, pop punk and third wave ska—has taken on a more eclectic feel, as many of the bands and the Warped crowd have accepted the influence of pop-dub. So, as your brain’s being pounded by the August heat, teen angst and unknown decibels of every genre of “core” there is, let these words guide your Warped experience. Also, become besties with the attendants at the free water stations or suffer the sunburned, heatstroked consequences. Big D and the Kids Table: These ska stalwarts recall the sound of Warped’s earlier years—a pop-punk collision with white-boy ska. High-energy and with a full horn section, Big D and the Kids Table will play from their new release, the Kickstarter-funded Stomp and Stroll. Architects: From the lovely shores of Brighton, U.K., this vegan post-hardcore outfit packs a violent, mathy low-end guitar squelch under the howling vocals of singer Sam Carter. No Queen’s English here. Five Knives: From their clothing—black, ripped, studded leather—to their abrasive brand of electro-pop, Five Knives nails the post-apocalyptic hip aesthetic. Fronted by the bleached-blonde tempest Anna Worstell (think an EDM Karen O), this Nashville outfit plays a unique electro aesthetic informed by punk, pop and the pervasive bass of dub. Hawthorne Heights (above): These pop-punkers from Dayton, Ohio, offered the millennial generation an introduction to emo: “Ohio is for Lovers”? Middle school jam right there. Run DMT: Instead of a guitar and heavy ink, he brought a laptop, headphones and an extra dose of bass, representing the new generation of EDM Warped acts. $23.50-$45, doors at 11:30am Saturday, AT&T Center, 1 AT&T Center, (210) 444-5000, attcenter.com.
9. 'The 201st Fighter Squadron'
Months after Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor prompted Mexico to sever ties with the Axis powers, German U-boats sank Potrero del Llano and Faja de Oro—Mexican tankers transporting crude oil to the U.S. Prompted by these attacks, Mexican President Manuel Ávila Camacho declared war against Japan, Germany and Italy in May of 1942. Following negotiations between Camacho and President Roosevelt, Escuadrón 201 was formed and sent to the U.S. for training. Consisting of 33 pilots and more than 270 support personnel, “The Aztec Eagles” trained here at Randolph and later by the Women Air Service Pilots (WASP) at Pocatello Army Air Base in Idaho. In 1945, the unit deployed to the Philippines, flying P-47 Thunderbolt fighters and offering ground support as part of the 58th Fighter Group of the U.S. Air Force. Curated by Arturo Infante Almeida, the Institute of Texan Cultures’ exhibit “The 201st Fighter Squadron: Mexico Joins the Fight in WWII” highlights the contributions of the only military unit in the history of Mexico to engage in combat outside of its national borders. $6-$8, 9am-5pm Sat, noon-5pm Sun, Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E César E. Chávez, (210) 458-2300, texancultures.com.
Above: Alcantar Torres, formerly with an American paratrooper division, who made jumps on Casablanca, Bizarto, and Sicily, and was honorably discharged from the American Army to join the 201st Mexican Fighter Squadron, stands alongside squadron mascot, “Pancho Pistolas,” Mexican fighting cock from the picture Three Caballeros. “Pancho” was painted on the wing of a wrecked Japanese aircraft at Clark Field, Luzon, P.I. July 13, 1945.
10. Shaun of the Dead & Hot Fuzz
The hunger is rising, the flesh crying one guttural word: “BRAAAAAIIIINNSSS!” Locked, loaded and ready for a shitstorm of world-crumbling proportions, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost hit the big screen at Alamo Street Eat Bar for a double feature of Shaun of the Dead—named number 25 Best Comedy Film of All Time by The Guardian—and the duo’s Hot Fuzz—lauded by TIME magazine in 2007 as “the smartest, English language movie of the year to date”—to prepare SA for the premier of the third installment of Edgar Wright’s comedic trilogy The World’s End on August 23. Brought to you by the inflatable skills of Slab Cinema, this screening is guaranteed to have you laughing until you’re blue in the face, perhaps even until you’ve turned grey, and hungry. Free, 8:30pm Sunday, Alamo Street Eat Bar, 609 S Alamo, (210) 224-2337, slabcinema.com.
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