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

Saturday, January 28, 2017


I mourned with the rest of the world when we lost so many shining lights in 2016 – David Bowie, Prince, Alan Rickman, just to name a few. And while it hurt to see them go and I felt cheated by their early passage from this world, it was a death in 2017 that brought tears to my eyes.

Mary Tyler Moore died Jan. 25 at the age of 80. I saw a few posts on Facebook early that morning that said she was on life support, and then what seemed like seconds later, I saw the news that she had died. Almost immediately my throat tightened and I felt sick. Tears welled up in my eyes, and I think if I hadn’t been at work, I would have let go and cried. Hard. 

Sunday, January 24, 2016


Jimmy Spacek sits in the green room at Sam's Burger Joint and Music Hall, holding a photo of his first band, Undecided Mynd, playing at Hemisfair '68.

It’s been a long time coming for Jimmy Spacek’s fourth CD release, but fans of the blues rocker will find it was worth the wait.

“Peace and Distortion” will be released at a show at Sam’s Burger Joint and Music Hall on Sunday, Jan. 31. The show, co-sponsored by the San Antonio Blues Society, will feature several special guests: Ruben V, the West Side Horns, Catherine Denise, and some surprises as well.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016


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No, not David Bowie.

I looked at the Facebook post Monday morning and adjusted my glasses. It was 6 a.m. and I hadn’t had any coffee yet. Surely I was seeing things.

But there it was, as clear as day. 


Sunday, September 13, 2015


Mike Zito performs at Sam's Burger Joint and Music Hall Nov. 25, 2011.

In a few weeks I’ll be going back to St. Louis for my high school reunion.

Class of ’75.

That means 40 years, for those of you who aren’t quick with your math skills.

Monday, September 7, 2015


I passed by this sign hundreds of times and never noticed it. One day I happened to look up as I drove by and I was so surprised and excited to "find" it. I'm glad I looked up that day, and especially glad I went back to take photos. Soon thereafter, there was a fire that demolished the building. Thankfully, the sign was recovered and it is now in storage. This is one of the photos in my Fotoseptiembre exhibit, "What Once Was."

It’s been nearly a year since I last wrote as The Groovy Gringa.

Shame on me.

The blog was always in the back of my mind as I traveled or went to concerts and enjoyed live music. I kept thinking, “Oh, I’ll get back to it soon,” and I never did.

So what better time to revive my blog than this week as I await the opening of my second solo Fotoseptiembre exhibit? A bit self-serving? Perhaps, but at least it got me writing again!

This year’s exhibit is named “What Once Was.” I focused my camera on buildings, signs and other architectural elements that have been forgotten or neglected. Most of the photos were taken in the San Antonio area, but others are scattered throughout Texas and there’s even a couple from South Dakota and Nebraska.

Please join me at the opening reception Thursday, Sept. 10, from 4:30-7:30 p.m. at the Travis Collaborative Building, 237 W. Travis, in downtown San Antonio. It’s free, but please RSVP here: 2015 Fotoseptiembre: “What Once Was” Exhibition Opening.

The exhibit and opening are sponsored by Debra Benditz of Debra Benditz Art Studios. She has been an amazing mentor and dear friend in helping put this show together. BONUS: Her studio is in the same building so you’ll also be able to view her beautiful work!

Hope to see you there!


By the way, I did keep busy this past year even though I wasn’t blogging! Took a ton of photos. Since I started shooting for Sam’s Burger Joint in November 2010, I’ve posted more than 7,000 photos to their Flickr site. And as of today, I’ve started posting once again to my own Flickr site for The Groovy Gringa. There you’ll find photos from my travels, and live music at the always-cool Luna Music Bar and Lounge, the Aztec Theatre and the Majestic Theatre.