A week on the scene
Randy "Biscuit" Turner, former frontman for seminal Austin punk band the Big Boys, passed away in August at the age of 56 due to complications from Hepatitis C, and Turner's friends are gearing up to celebrate his life with back-to-back shows in early October. While Turner fronted several bands in his 35 years as an Austinite, the Big Boys made the greatest impact, with their unconventional mix of punk attitude and funk grooves, not to mention the fact that they basically created the enduring link between punk music and skateboard culture.
Turner was fascinated with all manner of creative expression, and worked over the years in theater, video, poetry, and fine art. The first Turner tribute, on October 8 at Austin's Emo's, will focus on his non-musical passions with an art and poetry show. The following day, the Dicks and Exene Cervenka (whose band X shared a Los Angeles club bill with the Big Boys in their heyday) will spearhead a musical memorial for Turner. Proceeds from the shows will benefit Turner's mother, Nellie Mae Turner, and tickets are available at: www.randybiscuitturner.com.
There's not a lot of good will these days between the Misfits and their former singer Glenn Danzig, who refuses to recognize the current touring incarnation of the campy goth-punk band as legitimate. So it's probably a good thing that while both Danzig and the Misfits will make SA stops in the next month, their performances will be nearly four weeks apart. The reconstituted Misfits fire the first salvo on Saturday, October 1 at the Sanctuary (scheduled opener .45 Grave pulled out of the tour because of reported differences with concert organizers). Danzig, whose current show includes a Misfits homage featuring the band's former guitarist Doyle Von Frankenstein, brings his "Blackest of the Black" tour to Graham Central Station on October 27.
Aside from the Misfits, other notable live shows this week include the return of blues deity B.B. King - who recently celebrated his 80th birthday - with a Wednesday, October 5 performance at Sunset Station; and the Americana double-bill of roots-rock quartet Cross Canadian Ragweed and country singer Dierks Bentley for a Thursday, September 29 show at Lackland Air Force Base.
Compiled by Gilbert Garcia