A week on the scene
Taco Land update
The latest sad news to come from the tragic June 23 Taco Land shooting concerns "Gypsy" Doug Morgan, the club's doorman. Morgan, a passionate music fan and reliable presence at Taco Land, passed away on the night of Wednesday, July 13 at University Hospital at the age of 53. Morgan was removed from life support at the request of his family members.
Morgan's death came as a result of injuries suffered in a shooting incident that claimed the life of Taco Land owner Ram Ayala and also resulted in the hospitalization of club employee Denise "Sunshine" Koger. A memorial service for Morgan was planned for July 18 at Jump-Start Theater. Numerous benefits for Morgan and Koger have been held at local venues (including the Wiggle Room, Casbeers, and the Sanctuary) in recent weeks, and Sam's Burger Joint plans to host its own benefit/memorial show on Saturday, July 30, with Claude "Butch" Morgan & The H!x, Double Clutch, and others.
Morgan's death may result in prosecutors upgrading the charges against Joseph Gamboa and Jose Najera, the two men charged in connection with the Taco Land case. Each has been charged with one count of capital murder and two counts of attempted capital murder.
One of the more intriguing events connected to Contemporary Art Month is the Blue Egg Theory Sessions, a performance that promises to wed the aesthetics of spoken-word and indie-rock. Coming on the heels of the July 17-18 CAM-related Dial-a-Song/PET-ABLE Live Marathon, which featured Buttercup's Erik Sanden playing the same song by request over the phone for 24 hours, the Blue Egg Theory Sessions similarly tears down the curtain separating performance art and live music. The event features Luna Blues Machine, a Chicago-based Latina hip-hop/folk duo, Austin's Estereo Uribe & Sun-Jue Shin, and SA's Def Poetry Jam veteran Amalia Ortiz.
The Blue Egg Theory Sessions is scheduled for Wednesday, July 27 from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. at Medusa Lounge (203 N. Presa).
Compiled by Gilbert Garcia