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KSYM's 'Hot Mustard' looking to have 25 local bands on his show in 25 days 

James Velten, known as “Hot Mustard” to his listeners on KSYM 90.1 FM, usually plays blues on The Sauce, his show every weekday morning. But from May 30 through July 1, he wants to do something different.

“I want to have a LOCAL band on my show everyday!” Hot Mustard told the Current via email. “Twenty-five bands in 25 days!” After a five-minute interview, each band will play a song, and then come back for two minutes to wrap things up. “I want to open this to all genres (except metal ... Come on, it is the morning!). I want to open my listeners up to local music! I want people to know what is out there!”

I think it is a wonderful idea, as long as the sound is decent (check the album KCRW Sounds Ecléctico, my favorite radio-recorded CD; that is what a live recording at a radio station should sound like). So hurry up and contact Hot Mustard at

One of the artists who should contact Hot Mustard is Azul, who returns to her series Noche Azul de Esperanza at the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center ($5, 922 San Pedro, (210) 228-0201) on Saturday, May 21. She will perform her Mexican and Latin American songs most third Saturdays of every month, but this new run starts with an added treat: Adriana García will design the set. If you don’t know García’s work, you should check her out — I’m no art expert, but she’s one of my favorite local painters/muralists, and I’m intrigued to see the set she comes up with for Azul.

Finally, if you like a mean harmonica and even meaner singing, check Stacie Collins at Sam’s Burger Joint on Thursday, May 19. She’s presenting her new album, Sometimes Ya Gotta, which is a hardcore honky-tonk and a rock ’n’ roll tour de force. The show costs $7 at the door and she goes on at 10pm. (the Charlie Montague Band opens at 9pm).

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