“It is what it is.” That’s the tag line for the Rick Sciaraffa two-day birthday/memorial benefit show this weekend at the White Rabbit (2410 N. St. Mary’s; (210) 737-2221). The former owner of the Rabbit passed away suddenly in 2007, leaving a huge hole in St. Mary’s biggest punk and metal venue. Despite Sciaraffa’s well-known appreciation for ’70s sounds, most of the groups paying tribute this weekend come from the White Rabbit’s local pool of contemporary hard rockers. It is what it is.
Venerable metal act Brotherhood (see “Live & Local,” August 11), with a new singer and a soon-to-drop EP, headlines the eight-band show on Saturday night. Nicole Chavez, our trusted source for all things SA metal-related, recommends the group as well as supporting acts Under Nothing (“well-rehearsed, tons of stage energy … extra-heavy choruses and breakdowns `that` suck the audience into the groove,” she writes) and Tension Speak.
On Sunday, hardcore kids My City Underwater, Sin Eater, and Settling the Score share the bill with six other screamin’ and thrashin’ bands. The late birthday boy earned respect for his unwavering devotion to promoting San Antonio’s music scene, and the fourth annual benefit show (ticket proceeds go to a music scholarship in Sciaraffa’s name at San Antonio College) is one of the most comprehensive introductions to local metal and hardcore acts San Antonians can get for just $5 at the door.
Where else would Sciaraffa be this weekend beside his beloved White Rabbit? Perhaps at Floore’s Country Store (14492 Old Bandera Road, Helotes, (210) 695-8827), for Sunday’s Canteenfest, an epic reunion of San Antonio bands active in the ’60s and ’70s organized by local baby boomer social club SABoomie. Read more about it at sacurrent.com/music.