There were tons of amazing bands at the art walk on March 10. I took it upon myself to try and record a few of their songs. To view performances by other bands, click the square box in the bottom bar of the current video. Hope that you enjoy!
Well, This Saturday, March 10, the Spring Break Artwalk happened despite the rain and cold. We had a booth set up there to pimp out the podcast as well as the projects that we have worked so heavily with the past year (Including Apples For Eyes, When We Ruled H-Town, Robot Bully and more). Although the Art Walk was originally set to be outside at the Back of D&D Novelties (Off of Rio Grande), the lovely workers at D&D allowed the Art Walk vendors, musicians, and attendees to inhabit the back room of the shop.
There was TON of art scattered throughout the venue from artists such as Edwin Kuykendall, Sandy Carvelli, Nick, Ian Ordonez, Chris Bensonand a collection of various pieces that Chris and Melissa have collected over the years from people all over. The lovely Mica Benson and Brittany Canchola were there with their hand made jewelry pieces.
There were live performances by tons of band, all of which rocked the house. Performances included :: Strange Angels, Corpus Gold, The Loveletter, Just Go, The Cherry Bombers, and Toxic Fuse.
Overall, the event was a wonderful time (despite the fact I couldn’t feel my fingers even inside). I’m hoping that Chris and Mel will put this event together again in the future. Victoria needs it!
For photos of the Art Walk, please click Here.
We will be posting videos of the bands that played throughout the week, so keep your eyes peeled!
Since I was a wee lass I’ve loved art. I was lucky to grow up in a musical family. My mom played guitar (and later learned the mandolin and ukelele) and sang, my dad was a drummer in rock bands. My grandmother and great aunt taught me to sew, make jewelry and other arts and crafts type projects. My aunt taught me to paint and draw. That was my childhood. I was pretty lucky. So needless to say, since a very young age I’ve been in love with the arts and all that they have to offer.
Recently, a few friends of mine, Chris and Melissa Ordonez contacted me about a new project they were working on. Victoria’s first Art Walk. Now, there are cities that have things similar. Corpus has their first Friday Art Walk. San Antonio has something similar as well. However, I’ve always hoped that Victoria would do something similar. There are so many creative and amazing artists, musicians, poets, and photographers in this city. But aside from the few shows that happen on the Friday or Saturday, there really isn’t a place for this underground community to come together and celebrate the art we so passionately create.
Well, this Saturday the chance for Victoria to come together to celebrate the beauty that is art has finally arrived.
The event will be taking place at the new location of D&D Novelties off of 59. It begins at Noon on Saturday and will end at 10 that night. There will be vendors of all sorts there.. Artists, Painters, Jewelry Makers, and tons of other random bits of awesome. There will be live performances by toxic fuse, cherry bombers, just go, strange angels, the loveletter, something called nothing, corpus gold, and cavegirl. The event is free and is open to people of all ages.
For more information on the event, check out the FACEBOOK PAGE.
Members :: currently.. Toxic Fuse-guitar/vocals, Mellisa-drums/vocals, Stephanie-keyboard/vocals, Dave Dagger-bass…. other musicians that have played with me in the past. Chris Benson-guitar/bass, Micaela Benson-tambourine/vocals, Brittany Canchola-tambourine/vocals, Andy Palmer-drums, Dave Sulak-guitar, Alister Urie-guitar, Ian Ordonez-keyboards, Johnny Angel-tambourine/vocals, Eric Martinez-guitarBio :: Toxic Fuse is basically a dude who has way too many records and instruments, and spends way too much time listening to music and writing songs… ugh. i was turned on to punk rock at an early age.. when i was around 11 or so.. i got into skateboarding and by the time i was 15 i was pretty much obsessed with darby crash and skating.. i was in the Army Barbers at age 15 playing guitar w/Jamie Kirkpatrick on bass and vocals and Paul Massey on drums… didn’t play much after that until i went to Victoria College and hooked up with Trey Robles who later played in the Distractors and then Hardfeelings.. thats when i got more into really early blues (like pre war blues), rockabilly and tons of 60′s garage (like the Sonics).. also at that time the whole 90′s garage revival was going on so i was really into the whole Mummies, Rip Offs, Makers, art damaged punks like Lord High Fixers, Sons of Hercules.. etc.. thats when i started the Alcoholic Helltones with my wife Mellisa Ann… we played together for like 10+ years and put out some records.. and had some really good times/shows.. then in 2005 i started doing Toxic Fuse songs only, and pretty much quit the Alcoholic Helltones (my own band) because i wanted to play some more personal songs… here i am today still playing, probably should’ve quit while i was ahead… i still love punk, garage, rnb, rnr, blues, psyche, free jazz, chaino, hasil and pretty much anything creepy, strange, ugly or desperate… i like to cry when i get hurt so, it’s o.k. i’m used to it already… Contact :: http://www.myspace.com/toxicfuse http://www.helltones.com http://www.youtube.com/user/thetoxicfuse email@example.com
The weekend is coming to a close and somehow, some way we managed to survive yet another weekend full of craziness. (And probably way to much booze.) Friday night was a good night. We headed to the Grill in Victoria, TX to go check out the show with Toxic Fuse, The Loveletter, and Viet Ruse. There really is something about us (The Loveletter) playing with Toxic. The energy in the room is nuts when we share a stage together. After a few beers, the night only got better when Viet Ruse hit the stage. A perfect ending to a wonderful night. Their sound is reminiscent of the Clash mixed with some bluesy/indie undertones. Very refreshing to hear something different in a world where nu-metal and rap have become the norm. Viet Ruse? I salute you. Keep doing what your doing. Whatever it is? Your doing it right.
Viet Ruse @ Downtown Bar and Grill — July 1, 2011 — Recorded by Timothy Danger
Saturday I woke up after a few hours of sleep, loaded up the car, and jetted to Shiner. My hometown. A place I love to hate. I made it just in time to see the annual Half Moon Holidays parade. (I might have almost hit a float and possibly a high school band member in my mad dash to make it in time, but I made it none-the-less.) Half Moon Holidays is always a weird thing for me. As I stated, I grew up in Shiner so I have many memories in the town and at the Half Moon Holidays Festival. The parade, as uneventful as it is, is nice to go to simply to remember. The entire town of Shiner lines up on Mainstreet from Boehm Tractor all the way past the light. Whole families come out to celebrate and cheer on the people in the parade. The floats throw out candy for the children and they run into the streets for the goodies. I don’t know one person who grew up in Shiner who can say they don’t remember this parade.
The actual event, that usually takes place at Green Dickson Park, a park less than a mile out of Shiner is full of other, equally awesome memories. My dad used to be in the BBQ cook-off… I remember sleeping in our old van because mom and dad BOTH drank to much and had to be up at 5 to get the pit fired up for the brisket and chicken. I remember the ‘Shiner Blondes’.. A bunch of old men who dressed up with blonde wigs and bikinis for the dunking booth. I remember going in the helicopter rides. I remember when there used to be a carnival that showed up with a ferris wheel and other cool rides. I remember looking at all the vendor booths and buying rocks and jewelry and fake cigarettes so I could be just like my pa. The support and the heritage in Shiner really is something else. The town really is a country in itself. As much as I hate this town, for my own reasons mind you, it is the place that made me who I am today.. For that Shiner, TX little town of 2000, I owe you a lot.
As for this Half Moon Holiday event? Well I’m much older now. So I don’t really go for the vendors anymore. The Car Show isn’t really as cool. My dad can’t do the BBQ cook off any longer. The carnival and the helicopter rides? The dunking booth? None of it comes much anymore. In some ways, it seems like a ghost of what it once was. But regardless, I still had a good time. My mom, Allynn, and I all worked the beer booth for some good 2 and half hours. We got to meet tons of really awesome people and got to drink some really really good beer, brewed in Shiner, TX itself. Honestly? A place, an event, anything in life really is what you make it. Despite my issues with this town, I had an excellent time on Saturday.
After Half Moon, we decided that a Shiner trip could not be complete without a few beers at Howards. So, to Howards we went. We primed ourself for the podcast and got our talking juices flowing.
We ended the night at the The Dungeon, the birthplace of the podcast. We got to see the fireworks, the closing to of Half Moon Holidays, and recorded the podcast you are hearing today.
This weekend? Though full of way too much beer, was excellent!
Well, this weekend is the big AMERICAN holiday. Where we should be celebrating the fact that we are lucky enough to have the freedoms and liberties that we currently have. In other countries? This podcast wouldn’t be possible. Well, OMBG is going to celebrate it the way it should be celebrated! With music, beer, babes, and BBQ!
Friday night in Victoria is a GREAT show I recommend you go to. It’s at Downtown Bar and Grill.. starts around 10ish, and is only $5 a head. The entertainment will include Toxic Fuse (local Victoria band), Viet Ruse, Cavegirl, and The Loveletter. Great bands, all of them! OMBG will be at this show collecting interviews and handing out swag. Look for one of us and say you listen to the podcast! We’ll be sure to get you something cool.
Here’s the [EVENT PAGE] for more information.
If your not in the Victoria area on Friday and want to try out something cool, check out the DOWNTOWN ART WALK in Corpus Christi. It’s a celebration of all things art! Music, painters, dancing, beer, ya know, everything that matters. Next month we plan on setting up a booth here. It’s a very cool thing. The main area is at the park downtown. From there, you can jump on a bus, complete with a band, and be taken around to the different events all over downtown corpus! Support the arts, without them we’re all screwed.
On Friday, there is also another show that I’d recommend you check out. The band? Shotgun Party. And they blow my mind. The Victoria Advocate had a write up about them in the Get Out section. Here is the EVENT INFORMATION. Go, you won’t be dissapointed.
Now Saturday, OMBG will be in SHINER, TX, my hometown. Why you might ask? Well it’s the annual Half Moon Holidays celebration. I’m going to be in charge of beer at the beer wagon from 2 – 4, come buy a beer from me and give me a tip…say you listen to the podcast! I’ll have some goodies to hand out to ya if do. You might see us at the parade in the morning, and you’ll definately see us at Howard’s once my beer wench shift is over.
What exactly is Half Moon Holidays?? Well it’s a nice little piece of Texas Americana. In the morning, there is a parade, during the day there are food and vendor booths set up around Green Dickson Park. There are kiddy rides and events located throughout. And in the far back of the park is my favorite…. the BBQ teams! At around 9 or so, the fireworks go off and the night ends with a huge dance in the park. (For a slight fee… we don’t believe in cover bands so we WON’T be there.)
At some point on Saturday, we will be recording a podcast from a secret location in Shiner, TX. Want to join in? Come see me at the beer booth earlier in the day and we might be able to allow it.
Now, you might not be able to make it to any of these events this weekend, and that’s fine. But there is a way to keep up with our shenanigans. Follow us on our TWITTER. Tim and I will be sure to update it frequently!
Support local music fools! <3