As the shopping days dwindle and the eggnog begins to settle uncomfortably, the good news for San Antonians is that while schools and offices are shutting down for the holidays, the music scene offers some worthy get-out-of-the-house options:
Augie Meyers is San Antonio’s greatest living music legend and anytime he graces a local stage, it’s a major event. Meyers (backed by the Rocka Bacas) and his Vox Continental will play a rare show at Casbeers (1719 Blanco Rd.) on Thursday, December 21, to showcase material from his new Tex-Mex CD buffet, My Freeholies Ain’t Free Anymore. The night kicks off at 8:30 with a set by Los Texmaniacs.
Anyone nostalgic for the days of Perry Como and Dean Martin Christmas specials (replete with fake Southern California snow in the middle of August), can receive their fix of seasonal spectacular from Buttercup, albeit with a 21st-century, art-pop twist.
The endlessly inventive quartet, fresh off gigs in Alpine and Terlingua, will get the yuletide rolling with Grackle Monday and Tuesday shows at the Red Room (1903 S. St. Mary’s) on December 25 and December 26. The band promises plenty of wine, food, and merriment, and expect to hear highlights from the embarrassment of riches that is Buttercup’s second album, Hot Love.
Meanwhile, Archer Avenue, a band that originated in San Antonio but plays here infrequently, invades Limelight (2718 N. St. Mary’s) on Friday, December 22, as part of a short, regional tour. The roots-rock group is benefiting from national airplay for its album We Watched the Headlights, We Watched the Stars, which last week reached number 14 on CMJ’s Top 20 ADDS Chart.