For the last two years, the multi-band festival organized by Robb Chavez - host/creator of public-access cult-favorite Robb's MetalWorks - has been the ultimate slice of headbanging heaven for this metal-obsessed city.
Coming off a strong turnout for last year's event, the 3rd Annual Robb's MetalWorks Showcase has rounded into shape. Set for Saturday, July 16 at Sam's Burger Joint, RMWS will go with a purely Lone Star mix of eardrum-shredding godfathers and proteges: Arlington veterans Solitude Aeturnus, Houston newcomers Eternity Black, San Antonio bands The Ruined Few and D-Railed, and young Austin thrashers By Any Means Necessary. Tickets for this all-ages festival are $10, and pre-sale tickets can now be purchased by e-mailing Chavez at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This weekend offers up a blues trifecta with a uniquely disparate set of approaches to the traditional form. Following the Thursday, June 2 visit from Oregon's world-beat-influenced prodigy David Jacobs-Strain, San Antonio native Catherine Denise will take the stage at Luna Fine Music club on Friday, June 3. Denise is a skilled guitarist who took much of her initial inspiration from Stevie Ray Vaughan, and even cut her 2002 CD, Treat Me Like A Lady, with the help of Vaughan's old backing band, Double Trouble.
Finally, on Saturday, June 4, Casbeers welcomes Houston native Diunne Greenleaf and her band Blue Mercy. A gospel-rooted blues belter in the tradition of Koko Taylor, Greenleaf has been recognized as Best Female Singer by the Houston Press, and Blue Mercy recently won first place at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee.
Compiled by Gilbert Garcia