Quite a day in San Antonio. Turns out it’s a mecca for heavy rock. Frequent destination.

First stop was KRTU-FM 91.7, Trinity University’s college jazz radio station. Great to sit down and chat with music director (and accomplished pianist) Aaron Prado and station manager Ryan Webber, surrounded by floor to ceiling vinyl. We had a nice interview and they gave me a quick history of the San Antonio jazz scene. Drummer Jerry Gibbs has led a modern jazz resurgence over the last few years, before leaving town. They sent me off with a notebook full of recommendations for local music that evening.
Local music critic and rock bassist Steve Elliott filled out my knowledge of the local hard rock scene; Pitbull Daycare, Anger Kil, Lokey, Powderburn among his favorites. Also pointed me to Hogwilds, the local indie store where I picked up as much of the local music as I could find.
The afternoon was a study in contrasts. Mellow jazz set with Joan Carroll and Hanz Frommeyer and Carmen’s de la Calle, followed by an acoustic open mic run by songwriter/local music mentor Eric Geyer. Met a bunch of his friends, already regular Pandora users. Mary Kay second from right was there with her acoustic guitar for the open mic – she’s using Pandora in her middle school class.
Before hitting the road, I finished the night off at the White Rabbit listening to Forgive Durkin from Seattle rip through a hard rock set – impressive band, loud as hell, but really intricate. Got a good look at the San Antonio teenage thrash metal set… They were the last of 8 bands on the bill. Hard working groups – really deserve respect.
Headed out that night with a front seat full of CDs, ears still ringing. All in all a great day.


  1. Jim Rolando
    May 05, 2006 at 8:06pm
    Don't forget to check out McCullom's Jazz at the River Walk. The best jazz you will ever hear. His music had been a real regular on NPR on Sunday's. Must see and hear!
  2. terry weakly
    May 08, 2006 at 1:14pm
    I didn't know you guys were in town! wish i'd known, would like to meet and talk in person. love PandoraMan! Awesome...replacing my 10K+ iTunes collection with it.
  3. Jeremy
    June 03, 2006 at 10:37pm
    Wow, in a short period of time you've experienced more of my town's music scene than I might ever. I'm still young, though, I suppose. I love your respect for all sorts of music. Oh, and I live rather close to Hogwild. Fantastic place indeed; Glad to see you checked it out!
  4. Daniel
    July 09, 2006 at 9:26pm
    I discoverd Pandora a week after you had already left San Antonio so I didn't get to really apreciate the fact you came over fully. Hogwild looks like a good store, I've only been there once though and the employees started talking to each other quitely and snickering. I'm not tottaly sure but I think they were even pointing at me as they talked. I left and havn't gone back since because of that.
  5. rain
    July 15, 2006 at 10:48pm
    i love pandora so much, i talk about it on my radio show. always knowing it could smoke me. the only thing i have on pandora is a good segue and live energy. but i listen between my favorite local programs. i really think pandora is just great. and great people support the local flavor, discover new flavors and keep it's fans from living with pop-ups! thanks and sorry i missed you in 'san anto'. check us out: http://www.accd.edu/tcmn/
  6. P M Johnson
    September 17, 2006 at 8:50am
    Sorry that I missed you too, I lived right up the road from Carmen de la calles place. Please keep me up to date as to when you will be returning to SA. Thanks
  7. sylvia
    January 10, 2007 at 9:31am
    The Jazz scene is great in San Antonio, but i think you may have missed some of the best bands as well as solo artist, who are in a genre of there own.
  8. joe flores
    April 19, 2007 at 12:23pm
    I love all kinds of music, this is just a suggestion. I would love to hear old music from the 50-60-70-tees if possible, at least one of your channels.see you do have old generation of liseners that wold love to remember the old days, and its music.sample,conjunto bernal,ruben vela,tony de rosa,jilberto perez,chacha jimenez,chel silva,freddy gomes,just to mention a few.
  9. D
    June 24, 2007 at 5:49pm
    You would have loved Tacoland. Hope you get back here again. Pandora is the !%$@$@# - SHEINOGA!!!
  10. jen
    August 13, 2007 at 9:07pm
    SA also has quite a strong roots/rockabilly/swing/honky tonk scene. Every Monday at Sam's Burger Joint you can find anywhere from 150-250 dancers on the floor swinging to live music from bands in these genres such as Sean Castillo & The Hubcaps, Lil' Bit & The Customatics, Spank Sinatra, The Bon Vivants, Keith Magel and many more acts.
  11. Lynette
    November 23, 2007 at 3:17pm
    Definitely have to come back to SA and check out one of my upcoming shows. I play Rock/Indie and espanol. You can check our my style and songs at myspace.com/lynettebrehm - and I have a new Christmas song, ALONE THIS CHRISTMAS, which I'm debuting tonight 11/23/07 at THE COVE in San Antonio (606 W Cypress.) -Lynette

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