It’s no coincidence that Local 782’s name sounds like it could belong to a labor union. The San Antonio music coalition, much like a union, is intended to help locals unify, organize, network, and advance their collective cause.

The group, an outgrowth of the more broad-based Texas Media Empowerment Project, developed from a frequently expressed desire among many local musicians to speak with one voice when confronting everything from local booking practices to state lawmaking.

“Down the road, I think there’s no stopping the idea of brotherhood between musicians,” says George Garza, bassist for Pop Pistol and media rep for Local 782. “There’s no reason why this can’t go international.”

Local 782’s first major project is You Are Here, We Are Here, an 11-track snapshot of the local scene. Although no stylistic boundaries were placed on the disc, a strong danceable vibe permeates the album, from the stark attack of Kick It!’s “Anthem for an American Stalker” to The Sons of Sancho’s polyrhythmic “Damien.”

Local 782 celebrates its CD release with three consecutive nights of shows at The Mix (2423 N. St. Mary’s St.), from Thursday, June 19, thru Saturday, June 21. Showtime is 10 p.m.

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