Pop Pistol’s first national tour this summer went so well, it’s hitting the road again. To kick things off, they’re playing with Blowing Trees and the Rafiki Project Saturday night at Jack’s Patio Bar (3030 Thousand Oaks, jacksbarsa.com). Further north, they’ll revisit some of their prior circuit’s Midwestern stops and get a chance to play a string of shows in Kansas City with new buddies Making Movies, a Missouri-based Latin rock band they met on the road earlier this summer. They’ve already brought Making Movies to town once and plan to do so again once they park the van back in San Antonio in October. Other places that have the San Anto rock trio excited: uh, Hot Springs. According to bassist George Garza, “Hot Springs feels like a Hill Country town, like Bandera, just a lot bigger.” Garza also notes the Arkansas resort town doesn’t just boast passion plays and natural springs, but a bad-ass venue called Maxine’s, housed in a former brothel, where Pop Pistol will entertain Ozarkians and whore-ghosts alike.
This time around, Garza said, the band has more guarantees lined-up, meaning potentially more Big Red money for Pop Pistol. “We know going into it that it’s mostly an opportunity to meet new people and develop relationships with bands and venues,” said Garza. “We didn’t come back in the negative last time around, which is good. We’ve heard some horror stories from the road.” Once again, to help fund the tour from the get-go, Pop Pistol will host on Saturday a beloved BBQ-plate fundraiser at Garza’s Westside house. The BBQ lunch and the evening show are $5 each. Visit poppistol.com for more information.
Can’t get enough of BBQ, music, and good causes? Plan for the County Line on Wednesday night, where boot-scootin’ locals Two Tons of Steel play for rib-gnawers. Price of admission is a non-perishable food item that goes not into the potato salad but to the San Antonio Food Bank (10101 IH-10 W., (210) 641-1998, countyline.com).