If you ask me, the place to be this weekend is Monkeyfest. But, as is the case more and more in San Antonio, there’s plenty to see and hear.
The Super Soul Shakedown presents Austin’s soul band Akina Adderley & The Vintage Playboys (all ages, $8-$10, 9pm Saturday, July 9, Sam’s Burger Joint, 330 E Grayson). If you think her name is familiar, it is: she’s the granddaughter of jazz trumpeter Nat Adderley, grandniece to the legendary “Cannonball” Adderley (who played alongside John Coltrane on the legendary Miles Davis album Kind of Blue, as well as tons of other jazz classics), and the daughter of Nat Adderley Jr. (producer/pianist/bandleader for Luther Vandross).
Another key show taking place on the same night is Jeremiah’s release party for The Alchemist EP at the Korova (all ages, $5, 8pm, 107 E Martin). He’s one of the most interesting new local singer-songwriters to appear in the last year. The impressive bill includes Hunter Jackson, Emma Diaz, Honey Son, Erica Anthony, and Chris Conde.
If you’re looking for good ol’ rock ’n’ roll and country blues, you could do a lot worse than the Billy Kiesel Band. “I have a killer B3 organ player [Scott Burns] and a great harp player [Matt Harpman] as well,” he told us in an email. “You will not be disappointed.” He’ll be onstage 9pm Friday, July 8, at Conroy’s Irish Pub (no cover, 9091 Fair Oaks Pkwy #201, Fair Oaks Ranch, (210) 698-7310).
And on Thursday, July 7, show some love to New Orleans’ Generationals, who will be sharing the bill with the Moriartys, the Offbeats, and the Hawks (of Holy Rosary) also at the Korova. The all-ages music starts at 9pm and the tix are $7-$9.
And finally, some loud applause for Ruben Garcia, owner of the G.I.G., who told someone to “keep your conversation low” during a show at the venue last week. While most supported him via the venue’s Facebook page, his request offended somebody and another suggested on that page that one goes to music venues to “listen to music and socialize.” Not at an intimate venue like the G.I.G., where it’s about the ears when the musician is playing. If you want to talk, go outside or go to a bar or restaurant. You tell ’em, Ruben, and tell ’em again if you have to. And thanks again for protecting songs and songwriters.