Sound and the Fury
San Anto Bash
On Sunday, August 1, San Anto Cultural Arts will simultaneously bless its 26th mural - Mary Agnes Rodriguez's Stained Glass Mosaic para La Hierboleria La India - and celebrate the 10th anniversary of its first mural blessing. The celebration will also include a diverse sampling of local music, including Los Crawdaddies, the newly formed Mal Hecho, Raul Valdez' Old School Nueva Cancion, and DJ Jay Lopez, as well as a poetry reading by Imelda Garcia. The event runs from 6-9 p.m. at 2427 W. Commerce.
Buttercup's July 26 Taco Land show with Hyperbubble marked the band's last GRAcKLE mUNdY performance of the summer. Buttercup expects to resume GRAcKLE mUNdYs in the early fall, and it's kicking around some changes in the format, including the possibility of incorporating an Austin site in the mix. In the meantime, the group is busy mixing its highly anticipated debut album. Along the same lines, Hyperbubble is readying its new CD, Solid Pop, for release in September.
The San Antono Blues Society plans to host an International Blues Challenge later this year, and they're accepting applications from bands interested in competing. The application deadline is September 16, and you can get more info at www.sanantonioblues.com or by calling 641-8192.
The July 18 triple-header at Planeta Bar-Rio spanned the gamut of contemporary Mexican rock, from the electronica influence of Ely Guerra (the only female on the bill), to the hard-edged rap-rock of Monterey's Control Machete, and finally headliners Café Tacuba - quite simply, one of the best rock bands of any era.
A highlight came when Control Machete frontman Pato Chapa told the audience "este país también es nuestro," in a message which was less about rocking the vote than about asserting our place in this society. And later, Toy Hernández, Control Machete's DJ, gave some much appreciated props to the contributions made by our borderland-bred Chicano culture and conjunto music.
Café Tacuba burst onto the stage at around 1 a.m., with lead singer Elfego Buendía a literal fireball of energy (dressed in a hot pink suit, natch) throughout their 90-minute set. At one point, they crossed into boy-band territory, with a display of choreographed dance moves that was as impressive as it was unexpected. Yet, ironic humor aside, it was their transcendent performance of the Juan Luis Guerra classic "Ojalá que Llueva Café" (delivered in the style of a son jarocho) which epitomized the most enduring aspects of the group.