A week on the scene
After nearly nine years of consistently providing San Antonio its head-banging fix, Robb Chavez is moving his television show, Robb's Metalworks, from public access Channel 20 to STUF TV, available at Time Warner Cable Channel 50.
Chavez's final public-access installment of the show aired in November, and he'll make his STUF TV debut on Sunday, January 22 with a show spotlighting Queensryche and Soulfly (Soulfly frontman Max Cavalera, one of Chavez's idols since Cavalera's days with Sepultura, will sit for an interview.).
STUF TV, a Time Warner exclusive channel, has carved out an infomercial niche with a mix of religious (Christian Family Chruch, Victory Gospel Chapel) and fashion-oriented (San Antonio Bridal Showcase) programming. Robb's Metalworks looks to be the channel's most ambitious offering, and should shore up its numbers with the all-important death-metal demographic (hey, metal-heads buy Americus Diamonds too, don't they?)
Over the last year, RMW has run on public-access in a two-hour format, every other month. This approach has given Chavez time to take necessary breaks between each episode. Beginning in January, however, Robb's Metalworks will air on the third Sunday of each month as a one-hour show. Chavez cites the opportunity to solicit advertising from the local music community as one of the chief advantages of moving to STUF TV.
Christmas week is a perennially slow week for live music, and this year is no exception. One of the few noteworthy shows this week is Robert Earl Keen's annual Christmas gig at Floore's Country Store. This Texas troubadour has seen his career build slowly over the course of two decades and 11 albums, thanks largely to his formidable reputation as a crowd-pleasing performer. Expect a healthy serving of his latest album, What I Really Mean, including the surreal narrative "The Great Hank," which depicts a cross-dressing Hank Williams onstage at a Philly club.
Keen will do his yuletide thing at the venerable Helotes hot spot on Friday, December 23 for a show that's already sold-out. Phil Pritchett opens.
Compiled by Gilbert Garcia