A week on the scene
Sexto Sol singer/keyboardist Sam Villela has spent most of this year in Iraq, fulfilling his commitments as an active-duty member of the U.S. Army Reserves. But this month, Villela gets a two-week break from his Iraqi duties to join his family for the birth of his third child. While he's in SA, Villela will also reunite with his band for a few shows. On Friday, September 24, Sexto Sol will perform at Sam's Burger Joint, along with Del Castillo. The gig comes at a time when Sexto Sol is readying a new, 70-minute live CD, and working on their next studio album. During Villela's brief stay, the group is also likely to turn up at The Mix for some impromptu jams.
After penning Bomb The Suburbs and No More Prisons, seminal hip-hop scribe William Upski Wimsatt has set his sights on the particulars of American regime change. His latest text, How To Get Stupid White Men Out of Office, was co-edited by Adrienne Maree Brown and sparked The League of Pissed off Voters to launch their Slam Bush initiative.
Originally conceived as a series of freestyle battles in the battleground swing states, the contest has developed into a series of nationwide slams where emcees and poets can voice their frustration over the current powers that be.
The winner of San Anto's Slam Bush will compete with national street-slam participants for a shot at a trip to the finals in Miami and a $5000 grand prize. Prospective wordsmiths can pre-register at www.slambush.net to receive anti-Bush facts and figures or sign up at Café Revolucion at 9 p.m. on 9/17. Donnie-D and the reset crew will also be on hand to provide beats and visuals...
Another politically themed show to look for this week is MoveOn's "Texas Swing Into Action" benefit at La Tuna Ice House (100 Probandt) on Saturday, September 18. The lineup includes the Swindles, Pseudo Buddah, the Mescaleros, and the Exploding Sex Kittens. The show runs from 6-11 p.m., and admission is free, with donations accepted...
Finally, fans of smartly crafted alt-country should catch singer-songwriter Radney Foster on Wednesday, September 22 at County Line Restaurant. As one half of the '80s duo Foster & Lloyd, Foster was on the front end of the emerging Americana movement and he brings a rare pop melodicism to his command of roots music.