December 31, 2011
The event, which will run from 6 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Saturday, features four stages scattered throughout downtown with performances by Urban-15, New G's, Groove Doctors, Party of Six featuring Judi De Leon, Cardboard Knox, the Cedarsqueezers, Danny Acosta & the Q-VO Band, A.J. Ybarra y los Bandoleros, Los de la Cumbia, Sebastian de la Cruz, Viscaino Entertainment, Steele & Love and Eternal Flame.
The evening caps off with the Valero Fireworks Extravaganza from HemisFair Park at midnight — after a new countdown. Teresa Cox, executive vice president of the San Antonio Parks Foundation, said the 2012 countdown will be different from years past.
“People will be surprised,” Cox said.
Veteran bands such as Danny Acosta & the Q-VO Band will play Celebrate San Antonio for the third time. Led by Acosta, the six-piece band has been around since the mid-'90s. They mix their horn-heavy sound to cover oldies from the '50s, '60s and '70s.
“We stick to our repertoire of throwback oldies,” Acosta said. “We're going to try and entertain and keep it lively.”
This will be the second go for Party of Six and De Leon. The band will cover English music from the '70s, today's hits and everything in between.
“We'll play the crowd,” De Leon said. “We have a tentative set list but you have to see folks out there and their reactions.”
Regardless, De Leon knows one song the band will definitely be playing.
“‘I Gotta Feeling' by the Black Eyed Peas,” she says. “People can relate to the words. It's a really good crossover song that transcends age and race.”
The Cedarsqueezers will be playing their biggest gig to date at Celebrate San Antonio. The alternative Texas country band will play original songs off its first two albums.
“We played Market Square during Fiesta and had a good reception,” Martin Garza, lead guitarist, said. “We're pretty charged up about it.”
Punk Art & Music Fest
SAM'S BURGER JOINT; AWARDED TWO YEARS STRAIGHT AS BEST LIVE MUSIC VENUE IN SAN ANTONIO - SAN ANTONIO MAGAZINE!
$15, All Ages, General Admission
December 30, 2011
621 E. Dewey
Fralo's Art of Pizza
IH 10 @ Boerne Stage Rd.
3030 Thousand Oaks
GIG on The Strip
2803 N. St. Marys
1281 Gruene Rd., New Braunfels, TX
107 E. Martin
606 W. Cypress
1st Sunday of Every Month - 6:30pm
IH 10 W
San Antonio, Texas 78257
Official Punkfest 2012 Mayan calendar tribute t-shirts. Art by one of SA's best professional artists, Weldon Lewis. Only a limited amout will be made, first come first to get lucky! Available Sunday, Jan 1 at Korova for PUNKFEST. UNDER $10!
(We may have some hoodies too for under $12! So don't spend ALL your money on firecrackers!)
Punkfest No. 30
It's once more into the breach for promoter Tony Chainsaw and his crew because it's time for the 30th edition of the annual New Year's Day Punkfest. This time around, the gathering of the punk crowd, Punkfest 2012, is set for Sunday at The Korova, 107 E. Martin St., the annual punk blowout's 16th or 17th location. Doors open at 5 p.m. Cover charge is $8. It's an all-ages show.
Chainsaw, who started booking Punkfest in its sixth or seventh year, has rounded up more than a dozen bands, some grizzled Punkfest veterans, some newcomers; some locals, some touring outfits. Chainsaw said he wants to give the NY Eve fireworks some competition. So here's the lineup: Sudden Attack, Oi! Dollz, Thieves and Liars, FATMD, The Dispicables, Indiana-based horror punk purveyors Grave Robber, U.Y.U.S., So Unloved, The Perturbed, Scum Allegiance,Nuklear Fishsticks, Esé, Squid Row, Semi-Automatics, NTFTOIO and, perhaps, a guest band or two.
“Every year I say, ‘This is it.' But starting about in August, people start asking me about it and keep asking me about it,” Chainsaw said.
And, like George Prado with Holiday Saxophones and Ray Grim with TubaMeisters Christmas, Tony Chainsaw presses on to keep the holiday tradition going.
“Sometimes it's a headache, but it's always fun watching everybody enjoy the show. I'm not burned out on the music yet,” Chainsaw added. “I'm already thinking of things to do for next year.”
Whatever he chooses to do next year, it's a cinch Chainsaw won't do it quietly.