a week on the scene


Not content with the concept of simply playing pop songs for a group of passive listeners, Buttercup flirts with performance-art tomfoolery at its weekly GRAcKLE mUNdY shows. There is a spinning wheel that determines your cover charge (from zero to $5), a raffle, and a designated song request that the band had to learn over the previous week.

Now, Buttercup is planning its most audacious GRAcKLE mUNdY performance for October 27. In collaboration with local artist Robert Tatum, the band will play from a secret location, while four live video feeds of their show will be monitored at GRAcKLE mUNdY's usual spot, Thinkers Union Lodge #811, from within four 55-gallon oil drums. Each barrel will provide a completely different visual perspective on the show. GRAcKLE mUNdY runs from 8 to 11 p.m., at Thinkers Union Lodge, #811, at 811 S. Flores. Cover charge will be determined by the spinning wheel.


It would be hard to argue with the contention that Doug Sahm was the most important musician ever to hail from San Antonio. From his grade-school days as a steel-guitar prodigy, through his seminal nuevo-wavo rock with the Sir Douglas Quintet, through a series of solo albums and his Tex-Mex supergroup work with the Texas Tornados, Sahm defined the wildly eclectic mix of influences associated with this city over the years.

Last October, Camargo Park hosted the first Doug Sahm Day, a festival honoring the East Side native, who died in 1999. This year, Sahm tribute festivities will be held in Austin, at one of Sir Doug's favorite venues: Antone's. The Sahm blowout is scheduled for Thursday, October 23, and will coincide with an Austin city street being named in his honor.

Featured performers include Charlie Sexton, Tortilla Flats, Angela Strehli, Ray Benson, and Sahm's old Farfisa-pumping bandmate (with both the Sir Douglas Quintet and the Texas Tornados), Augie Myers. The show starts at 6 p.m., and tickets are $15. For more information, call (512) 615-2412. •

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