On their 2010 self-titled EP, Master Blaster Sound System presents a five-track party, with a club-cumbia beat driving the bilingual samples. Despite its brevity, the EP contains a great deal of variety over the two-four cumbia rhythms, from the traditional and crunchy vocals of "El Borracho" to the cumbia krunk of "Borrale." Catch them at this surprise show where there's never a cover. Free, 9pm, The Mix, 2423 N. St. Mary's St., (210) 735-1313
Get your drinko on this Cinco de Mayo.
Cinco de Drinko ThurzGayz
VJ Glitoris hosts this weekly soiree that, this week, focuses on Drinko de Mayo, a great opportunity to get frontier-times-priced drinks with $.75 wells and $2 Fireball shots. Free, 10pm, Brass Monkey, 2702 N. St. Mary's St., (210) 480-4722
Cinco de Mayo Puro New Wave & Indie
DJ JonB will spin you right-round, baby, right-round. However, with $.75 wells and $3 Mexican beer all night, you may wanna avoid getting too crunk, lest you upchuck into your Sombrero (which are highly encouraged). Free, 9:30pm, Jack Rabbit, 6322 San Pedro Ave., (210) 202-8989
Farias (left) with his Grammy and Los Texmaniacs.
Grammy award-winning Tejano star David Farias, whose career has taken him from La Tropa F to Los Hermanos Farias and Los Texmaniacs, will play through his classic hits. This is another $.75 night, so mind your manners and enjoy Farias' nimble mastery of the three-row button accordion. Free before 9pm, 7pm, Industry Nightclub, 8021 Pinebrook Drive, (210) 374-2765
The flammable majesty of Zombie Bazaar.
Reclaim Cinco de Mayo
This show, a celebration of arts and cumbia, will feature the musical stylings of Mexico City's Toromata Cumbia Sound, the traditional Latin group playing the beloved tunes of their ancestors, Azul, the spiritually and culturally provocative queer-based Panza Fusion dance troupe Zombie Bazaar, local instrumental and electronic cumbia band Pochos Chidos, DJ Heavy Flow of Chulita Vinyl Club, Jenelle Esparza, Regina Roman, Adriana Garcia and more as they challenge the history of imperialism in the region through art and music. Free, 6:30pm, Brick at Blue Star Arts Complex, 108 Blue Star