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 DangerSaturday 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! Over-and-out.. -Bitter Girl
Last night, we had the pleasure of hanging out and playing a show with San Antonio band. Viet-Ruse. The night was great. If you ever get a chance to see this band play live, holy smokes… make sure you do. Great energy. Lots of fun. Mixing old 77 style punk with semi ska feeling and an indie undertone, Viet-Ruse strikes the impression of a Mexican Jam or Clash. Verdict? We like it! You can hear them at: http://listn.to/VietRuse Also last night, a rousing set by our local friends Toxic Fuse. There is just something about Toxic Fuse and us sharing a stage that seems to ensure we both have really good sounding sets.
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 Much love, -Bitter Girl.