a week on the scene


How to differentiate a 100-degree day of beer, barbeque, and belching from any other: Check out Indepencia 2003 on Friday, July 4 at Café Revolución (527 El Paso Street, 723-1623). The charity event is an attempt to raise awareness of the recent tragedy involving undocumented incidents discovered near Victoria, and is "dedicated to those who enrich our local communities through the process of empowerment."

Performers and participants include local DJs, One Version Aversion, Fin Del Mar, Plastic Five, Ballast Method, Austin's My Education, Youth Advocates of San Antonio breakdancing crew, Beat AIDS, Inc., MTV Rock the Vote!, Green Party SA, Fuerza Unida, Food Not Bombs, the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, the peaceCENTER, Xicana/Xicano Education Project, ACORN SA, the Esperanza Peace & Justice Center, UFW, and more.

For more information, contact DeAnne Cuellar at [email protected] or at 534-6357.


Having a love affair with a local band? Express your most tender feelings by voting for them on Ernie Ball's Battle of the Bands 7, where the band with the most votes will win the opportunity to play on the Ernie Ball Stage at the Vans Warped Tour in San Antonio on Friday, July 18.

Check out and follow the prompts to register to cast your vote. Currently in the running are local bands Jumping Monks, Good in the Sack, the White Heat, and six under par.

Interested bands can enter the contest through the sign-up link on the Web site.


Singer-songwriter Alejandro Escovedo was hospitalized in late April due to complications from Hepatitis C, and is currently recovering at his home in Canyon Lake, taking an extended break from his regular touring schedule. Escovedo is not scheduled to appear live in concert again until the 2004 South by Southwest music conference in Austin.

In response to the musician's fragile health, Rykodisc will re-release Escovedo's With These Hands CD in an expanded version similar to last year's re-releases of Gravity and Thirteen Years by Texas Music Group. Additionally, there are tentative plans for a benefit tribute album, while the music communities throughout the nation have already organized concerts benefitting the artist, and there are tentative plans for a benefit tribute album.

Escovedo's managers are fielding any questions or offers of assistance. Heinz Geissler can be reached directly at 512-322-0617 or [email protected], and John Porter is available at 212-414-0786 or [email protected]. •

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