Images, words and musings about life, music and art in the Alamo City and beyond

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

SO THAT'S WHAT MADE MILWAUKEE FAMOUS

What Made Milwaukee Famous (Courtesy of Stevan Alcala Photography)

When Jerry Lee Lewis sang “What Made Milwaukee Famous” in 1968, he was referring to beer. More than 40 years later, an Austin-based band has taken that song title and given it a new identity – theirs.

What Made Milwaukee Famous is a band that doesn’t like to be pigeonholed when it comes to their sound. It’s rock, pop, indie, Americana and ballads all rolled up into one big rubberband ball of music.

Monday, June 30, 2014

A.J. CROCE: THE MUSICIAN HE'S COME TO BE

A.J. Croce (Courtesy photo)

There are expectations that come with a storied family name, and often, those hopes come filled with anticipation and comparisons. It’s a natural occurrence that happens in all walks of life.

But perhaps nowhere are those hopes so high as with the son or daughter of a famous entertainer. A.J. Croce knows what those expectations feel like and he’s not afraid to take them head on. The son of the late Jim Croce has been busy forging his own identity and recently released his eighth studio album, “Twelve Tales.” Croce will perform songs from that album when he plays at Sam’s Burger Joint and Music Hall in San Antonio, Sunday, July 6.

Monday, June 9, 2014

SETH WALKER KEEPS IT REAL

Seth Walker at Sam's Burger Joint and Music Hall, March 15, 2013

SethWalker has the uncanny ability to make a song feel like a treasured classic and vibrantly new all at the same time. His distinctive sound – a smooth, soulful voice interlaced with masterful guitar playing – shines brightly on “Sky Still Blue,” set for a June 10th release from The Royal Potato Family record label.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

YOU CAN NEVER HAVE TOO MANY BOOKS

The enchilada-red San Antonio Central Library.

We probably all have defining moments we remember from our childhood. The first time riding a bike without training wheels. Catching that rocketing baseball and saving the game. Rollerskating without falling.

For me, it was getting my library card.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

ROCK ON, SAN ANTONIO

Geoff Tate and Queensrÿche at the Aztec Theatre, March 28, 2014

Make no mistake about it – San Antonio is a rock and roll city. If I had any doubts, they were dispelled last night at the Queensrÿche concert at the Aztec Theatre.

The roar of the near-capacity audience was louder than the music when frontman Geoff Tate walked on stage, and that’s saying a lot. The energy level of the crowd was off the charts; it was a mixture of sheer joy, excitement, mania, exhilaration and ecstasy. Tate owned the room.