A week on the scene
Last weekend, San Antonio’s adopted son Chingo Bling blessed Rosedale Park with a lively show that turned into an impromptu celebration of his newly signed deal with Asylum Records. According to Chingo, a Trinity University graduate, the deal is worth enough cash to make Dave Chappelle run for cover and is the inspiration for his newest mex-tape, America’s Favorite Wetback/They All Want Him But Who Can Afford Him?! After the show, Chingo, probably the only rapper ever to utter the phrase, “If you like tacos, rice, and beans, make some noise,” reflected on the multi-million-dollar deal and his San Anto education.
“Honestly, I have to give more credit to my instinct and the hustler gene that’s in me,” he said. “School is an opportunity that I had and my parents, coming from Mexico, that was part of the family plan. They sacrificed a lot and it was something I had to do. It was good and I don’t regret it.
“I think the deal is very significant because I feel like I have a responsibility to really make good decisions because a lot of times not only do artists get the short end of the stick, but us Latinos get a short end of the stick. So I want to really help reverse things.”
The Balcones Heights Summer Jazz Festival, a Friday-night series running until August 11, enters week number two with Joe McBride and Galileo sharing a bill. McBride, a Missouri-born keyboardist who lost his sight in early adulthood, has become a smooth-jazz institution since his move to Dallas in the mid-’80s, while Galileo offers a Latin-inflected take on smooth jazz. The performance runs from 7-10 p.m. on Friday, July 14, at Crossroads of San Antonio Mall.
Also this weekend, Seattle singer-songwriter Kristin Allen-Zito showcases her debut CD Helium with a performance at the Red Room on Thursday, July 13.
On Wednesday, July 12, acclaimed DJs Donnie D and Kico deliver a rare four-turntable dexterity exhibition at Ruta Maya Riverwalk Coffeehouse. The show runs from 8 p.m. to midnight.
- M. Solis & Gilbert Garcia