Smith, frontman for the Hickoids, will hold a weekend-long grand opening for The Corn Pound, a Windcrest space he bills as a "new arts facility and retail space serving San Antonio's underground rock 'n' roll community." Those familiar with the Hickoids know that corn features prominently in the band's aesthetic, including the names of releases such as We're In It for the Corn.
The "arts facility" part of The Corn Pound applies because it houses Jett Bass Studio, a multi-track recording facility that includes hourly rehearsal spaces. Tex Pop In Exile, a nonprofit preserving San Antonio music history, and gallery space Fourth Wall Broken also occupy the building, as do offices for the High Voltage Music Program, Wacky Souvenir Lathe Cuts and Smith's Saustex Records.
Coinciding with the opening, Tex Pop In Exile will feature the exhibit "Blame It on the Beatles," which highlights the Alamo City's '60s and '70s garage rock scene. Fourth Wall Broken will open a show of works by Ed Hamell, best known for his folk-punk musical alter ego Hamell on Trial.
- San Antonio piano madman Harvey McLaughlin on Friday at 7 p.m.
- Hamell on Trial, rowdy Nashville-based singer-songwriter Jack Shit and pop-flavored country folk performer Bill Wise on Saturday at 4 p.m.
- Long-running Alamo City Tex-Mex garage rock outfit The Krayolas on Sunday at 2 p.m.
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