1. Blue Hawaii Luau Party
An adaptation of Allan Weiss’ short story Beach Boy
, the non-cerebral Elvis classic Blue Hawaii
was met with mixed reviews when it opened in 1961: Variety summed it up as “a handsome, picture-postcard production crammed with typical South Seas musical hula-balloo” and The New York Times noted, the “amiable, synthetic and blandly uneventful movie is probably the brightest poster ever for Honolulu and pineapples.” But audiences ate it up along with its Grammy-nominated soundtrack packed with 14 Elvis songs including “Can’t Help Falling in Love.” Shot in Oahu, Kauai and the Paramount lot, the film stars the 26-year-old King as a returning GI who defies his Southern-fried mother Sarah Lee—portrayed by 35-year-old Angela Lansbury—by taking a job as a tour guide instead of working for his pineapple tycoon father. Free, screens at dusk Tuesday, Arneson River Theatre, 418 Villita, slabcinema.com.
“We got rid of the old dinosaur bones that were holding the band down,” Randy Ebright, drummer and one of the singers of Mexico’s Molotov, told the Current, referring to previous management. The rap-metal, hip-hop, regional Mexican fusion band—a four-time Latin Grammy winner—sold almost four million copies of their albums and come to San Antonio with their batteries recharged, ready to release a new album of originals in late 2013 or early 2014, in what will be their first studio album since 2007. They’ll be joined by Los De Esta Noche, Piñata Protest, and Crown. “[We both] play diverse musical styles, we both do the blending of the genres and, of course, there’s the tongue-in-cheek attitude,” Piñata Protest’s Álvaro del Norte told the Current. “I’m not sure what to expect from this show, but I’m certain it’ll be a wild one.” $25-$30, 10pm Tuesday, The Korova, 107 E Martin, ticketfly.com.
3. Reflections CD Release and 85th Birthday Party for Jon Esquivel
Music maestro Jon Esquivel is 85 and still composing and recording. He celebrates his birthday with a concert Aaron Prado (piano), George Prado (bass), and Henry Brun (percussion) are throwing for him at the Boardwalk Bistro. Born in San Antonio in 1928, Esquivel received his Bachelor of Music degree from Trinity University in 1955, his Master of Music degree from the University of Texas in Austin in 1957, and his Master of Education degree from Our Lady of the Lake University in 1972. He taught music for 32 years in the San Antonio Independent School District and directed Methodist church choirs since the age of 15 and for much of his adult life. He released his first album in 1994, and Reflections is his fifth: a collection of 12 original romantic boleros recorded by the Prados and a string chamber orchestra. Free, 6pm-9pm Tuesday, Boardwalk Bistro, 4011 Broadway, (210) 824-0100, boardwalkbistro.net.
4. Bobby Long
If you own the original Twilight
movie soundtrack, you’ve heard Bobby Long but probably don’t even know it. He co-wrote “Let Me Sign,” a haunting ballad included as a bonus track in the album and sung by actor Rob Pattinson. Since then, the teen idol has become a full-fledged, critically acclaimed folk-blues hero, especially thanks to his latest album, Wishbone
(Dave Matthew’s ATO Records), a meaty showcase for his amazing guitar skills and all-grown-up yet still youthful voice. He’ll perform again at L.A.’s The Troubadour (arguably the world’s mecca for singer-songwriters) on August 16 and, if you need another reason to want to go see him, here’s one: on August 20, his concert in Seattle will be streamed to the beds of hospitalized children through the non-profit Melodic Caring Project. How can you not love this guy? With Michael Bernard Fitzgerald. $10-$12 ($40 reserved booth), 8:30pm Wednesday, Sam’s Burger Joint, 330 E Grayson, (210) 223-2830, samsburgerjoint.com.
5. In Dying Arms
The most common musical genre descriptor for Baltimore's In Dying Arms is Melodic Deathcore. If the sound of that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy—you may be crazy. Additionally, you'll probably want to make it out to White Rabbit today to catch In Dying Arms with like-slanted support from Restless Streets and Serianna. Varying to a small degree between acts, this is a show for those who enjoy the darker and more dissonant possibilities that musical creation presents. With three traveling groups who are among the finest and most popular in the hardcore/metal/deathcore genre group, it will no doubt be a night of joyful fury and sweaty abandon—a time to let loose and soak in the chaos of the bands' feverish collaborations. Sounds like a good way to run screaming over the hump of hump day. $10, 8pm Wednesday, White Rabbit, 2410 N St Mary's, (210) 737-2221, sawhiterabbit.com.