Starting Wednesday, the San Antonio Blues Society celebrates its 20th anniversary with several $5 shows around town. Wednesday night, guest Shawn Pittman of Austin, a “super power hitter” of regional blues guitar, sits in on the weekly jam at Sam’s Burger Joint (7:30pm, 330 E Grayson, samsburgerjoint.com). On Thursday, The Cove hosts a free show with headliners Rev. Blues Band (6pm, 606 W Cypress, thecove.us). Friday night at the Olmos Bharmacy, the Blues Society get together for another jam and a mixer (7pm, 3902 McCullough, olmosbharmacy.com). The group takes over Casbeers, Saturday evening with six bands (5pm, 1150 S. Alamo, casbeers.com). Sunday wraps things up with an afternoon show at Sam’s (12-5pm).
What exactly has the SABS done in its 20 years? Scott Mayo, member of SABS and Charlie and the Cool Cats, filled us in. First, the society helps promote blues shows of its member groups and member venues. Mayo says the jam nights, particularly, are “a great opportunity to play with professional-grade players,” and added “a lot of high school kids jam too.”
The society helps young players out by more than just letting them jam, they also raise money for Sam Baird scholarships awarded to high school seniors interested in pursuing a career in music. Learn more about the scholarship and anniversary events at sanantonioblues.com.
Who knew the founder of an art gallery called the Flop House would urge patrons to think beyond keg cups? That’s exactly what Marc Smith hopes to accomplish with his Be In, held just across Lone Star Boulevard from 1906 Gallery’s SMART Fair on Saturday. Beginning at 1pm, Smith and friends Debby Andersen (see her Current Yoga Dose blog) and Matt Ahern lead guided meditations and breathing circles, while a bevy of local bands provides the soundtrack from 5-11pm.
“It started as an excuse to hang out and have little parties” said Smith of his Second Satruday events, “but I wanted a little more consciousness in the gatherings.” Smith’s keeping this event free, but asks Be-ers to BYO food, instrument, beverage, etc. … plus a clothing donation to go to Catholic Charities and Haven for Hope.
Voila, the Be-In, modeled after those in the 1960s, is born, and on John Lennon’s birthday no less. (118 Lone Star Blvd.)