a week on the scene


Although someone named "Nightrocker" is presumptuously touting his 420 Bar-B-Q as "the city's first-ever 420 event," there is still something to be said for the public gesture. Will there really be barbeque there? Who knows. Greenery? Your guess is as good anyone's. But the music should be good, anyway. On Sunday, April 20, beginning at 2 p.m., the show will feature Tower Automatic, Scary Manilow, 9lb Tongue, the Bent Gents, Baghdad Bombers, S*H*I*T, odie., Suicide Drive, the Martyrs, Sid, West 151, and Loaded - although not necessarily in that order.

The 420 Bar-B-Q will be held at Taco Land (103 W. Grayson), which a short blurb in the Canadian Cannabis Culture

The Martyrs
Magazine actually refers to as "a classy, secure venue." Yeah, and there's about a 60 percent chance that you won't get shot in the ass there on April 20. (People should be packing double-barreled bongs, not guns.)

Contact "Nightrocker" at [email protected] for more information.


Crickets Club, the popular Northwest Side blues and rock venue, recently shut its doors, although it is still uncertain whether the shutdown will be temporary or permanent.

The club - home to Sauce Gonzalez and the West Side Sound, and a longtime karaoke haven - was closed down by management company Puget of Texas over "default of lease agreement." Puget changed the locks on the club, posting a sign on the front door indicating that the site would remain closed until lease conditions are met. Located in a nondescript strip mall on Bandera Road, Crickets has been an unlikely source for vintage R&B and roots music. Puget representatives did not return calls from the Current.


The Spring 2003 issue of Filmmaker Magazine, the "Magazine of Independent Film," features local filmmaker Jim Mendiola discussing his recently completed movie, Speeder Kills. The film screened in February at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center's CineFestival, where a number of the local cast, crew, artists, and soundtrack musicians were present. In March, Mendiola took the film to San Francisco's Noise Pop Film Festival.

Speeder Kills stars local actor and poet Amalia Ortiz as a filmmaker documenting the exploits of the real-life, now-defunct, punk rock band Speeder. It is a film made in San Antonio, about San Antonio, with cameos from much of the local punk and rock scenes.

To read the article, go to

— Compiled by Wendi Kimura, Gilbert Garcia
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