Local 782 took over The Mix for 3 days this past weekend. This event has been 4 months in the making. Judging by the turnout, it was a big success. If you were there...thank you. If not, then let me fill you in on what is going on. Local 782 was established to bring awareness, support, and innovation to San Antonio's music community. Uniting musicians to create opportunity by organizing, educating and performing. It's not a union, but a coalition.
Local 782 has just released a compilation showcasing 11 amazing San Antonio artists. This 3 days party was the Digital Release Party. 9 of the 11 artists on the release played over a span of 3 days at The Mix.
The cd entitled You are Here, We Are Here offers up diverse selections of the San Antonio music scene which made each of the 3 night's show unique.
The cd is available on iTunes
Thursday night started off the festivities with probably the most varied lineup of all 3 nights. Bryan Hamilton has been making rap music for a while now, but this was his first actual live performance. Karma, a rock en espanol trio, had people actually banging their heads. The night was closed off by Pop Pistol, who I would says is an up and coming name to watch. I've been to the Mix on a Thursday night and this crowd was not just the regulars. People were there to see the music.
Friday night's lineup got The Mix to full capacity. Sons of Sancho kicked it into high gear right off the bat. Dance Like Robots name suits them well, as their instrumental music was making everyone move. Kick It! closed off the night with a tight circle of fans closed in around them the whole show. I had never seen so many people crammed into The Mix as I did on this particular night. I don't know if there is a point you can say the place was "sold out" but that night it should've been. Just getting to the bar was a feat in itself.
Photos by Jaime Monzon
Saturday night, or as we were calling it, Round Three, was the final night. The 7 piece Audio Glo Experiment started things off. You don't see too many bands around here with a frontman that plays the fiddle. Heather Goes Psycho came next and stayed in 5th gear the whole time. Ledaswan, ended the night with a with the track "Where Birds Go" which they recently performed live on Great Day SA last week.
Photos by Daniel Monzon
Top Ten things you can do to support your music coalition
1. Add Local 782 to your Top Friends on MySpace
2. Add ALL the bands who are members of Local 782
3. Attend our fundraisers
4. Attend our Digital Compilation Release Showcase June 19-21 at the Mix 11:00pm!
5. Buy our Digital Compilation Release on ITunes, Rhapsody, and Amazon.com in June
6. Buy our T-Shirts, buttons, and stickers
7. Get the word out! Tell the local and national media about Local 782.
8. Go to live shows put on by Local 782 members
9. Watch and Repost our YouTube videos
10. Join us! Musicians of all styles are welcome