You know what’s been missing for a while from SA? A classy hip-hop night for “grown folks.” At least that’s according to Max “Tha Midax” Edman, who helped create East/West Connector, a monthly underground hip-hop night at the Revolution Room (8123 Broadway, (210) 320-1663, revolutionroom.com).
He and G. Tomas V. promotions figured the Revolution Room’s refurbished basement needed a renovated scene too, and thus they kick off the downstairs evening this Saturday at 10pm. Edman had trains on the brain when the name East/West Connector was chosen, but it also reflects the fact that “there are quite a few decent emcees on both sides of town,” said Edman, “really quality guys.” The kick-off performance boasts M-Wiggy (better known as Mad-1), Royal Minus of SupaSmash Bros., APASO, and Doc Gonzo. Edman hopes to boost the night into an anticipated monthly gig with national underground acts. East/West Connector itself is free, but guests may be subject to any cover Revolution Room has going on upstairs. Check it out, but please, no thug gear or sweatpants. “Don’t go there looking all raggedy,” begs Edman. Time to get dressed, SA.
Now that you’ve got your glam on, how about a fundraiser? Don’t worry, this event benefiting San Antonio’s Texas Music Coalition is “free.” (We’re not sure how that works, either, though the suggested $5 donation must help.) On Sunday, from 4pm-midnight at El Tropicano Riverwalk Hotel (110 Lexington Ave.), Los #3 Dinners, Katherine Dawn & the Texas Ladybugs, Bett Butler and Joël Dilley, Luke Olson, Buddy Lee and the BackRoad Band, Patrice Villastrigo and Spot Barnett, and Jo What? provide musical entertainment, and the 2010 TMC Artist of the Year will be announced. Proceeds go to student and professional music development scholarships. For more information, go to texasmusiccoalition.org.