Taco Land tributes
As a shell-shocked local music community begins to absorb the grim permanence of the loss of Ram Ayala, attention has shifted toward the other two victims in the June 24 shooting that took the life of the 72-year-old Taco Land patriarch: club employees Doug Morgan and Denise "Sunshine" Koger, who both sustained serious injuries and continue to recover at University Hospital. The Taco Land murder/robbery instantly created a colossal void in the local scene that no existing club would seem equipped to fill. Out of an event so cruel and horrific, however, one positive development has emerged: the solidarity demonstrated by musicians and venue owners to rally behind the cause of those affected by this tragedy.
A June 29 show originally scheduled for Taco Land, featuring the Swindles and Los Mescaleros, abruptly moved last week to the Beethoven Maennerchor and turned into a benefit for Morgan and Koger. On Sunday, July 3, the Sanctuary was also scheduled to host a multi-band fundraiser to help Morgan and Koger with living expenses during their recoveries. Along those lines, Taco Land employee Phillip Luna has organized an online effort to provide financial support for his two former co-workers. If you'd like to make a donation, you can find all the necessary information at phillipluna.com/help.htm.
Finally, on Friday, July 8, Casbeers (1719 Blanco) hosts its own benefit for Morgan and Koger. The lineup of local heavy hitters includes the Swindles, True Stories, the Infidels, Miss Neesie and Earfood, Claude Morgan, and others. The gig is expected to begin at 8 p.m.
Compiled by Gilbert Garcia