TwoTen Empire

Weekend Radar

Friday, Jan 15

$uicideboy$, Mateo Sun

Tonight at the Korova!  Doors open at 8 p.m. - music at 9 p.m.. $uicideboy$ and San Antonio's own Mateo Sun.  

More info can be found <HERE>

TIMEWHEEL and Midnight Swim 

This is a private event that filled up on the first day RSVPs were made available. Midnight Swim's residency on Wednesday nights at Phantom Room have been pretty popular lately and TIMEWHEEL artists have been killing it lately as well. 

Bang Bang Bar Grand Opening

Phanie and Jenn of Girl in A Coma and FEA plus Jamie the owner of Martini Ranch are opening a new bar TONIGHT off of San Pedro at 119 El Mio St.

Click <HERE> for full details. 

DJ sets by:
Phanie D- 9-10 p.m.
DJ P. Cosita 10-11 p.m.
DJ Mala Mota 11-12 a.m.
DJ Ely Bat- 12-2 a.m.

Live music provided by
Alyson Alonzo -10:30 p.m.
Nina Diaz -11:30 p.m.
Fea -12 p.m.
and a short set by Girl In A Coma

Permanent Night Media Presents

Power couple Galacticat and Pleasure Faces team up for DJ sets every third Friday at Hi-Tones. Also known as Calico Club, this husband and wife duo organize some of the best electronic music nights around town. If you need somewhere to hit the dance floor, head their way. $3 cover/21+


MUZE Collective ft fishermen and Deer Vibes

This line up is stacked with talent, from the opening MC to the headlining band. At only $10, this Dreamweek music event is a steal.

For more information and details about the bands go <HERE>

6 p.m. – Complimentary food and drinks will be provided by Freetail Brewing Co.Amaya's CocinaRosella's and Cake Thieves
6 - 7 p.m. - Mr. Pinata San Antonio will be unveiling his latest mural for the 2016 MLK March.
7 p.m. – “Music Unites” Concert will commence with fishermen and friends. Special Guests: Deer Vibes, The Foreign Arm, Singer/Songwriter Desmond Fahie will have his own style of musical collaboration. Also powerful performances by Andrea Vocab Sanderson and friends. 
10:05 p.m. - Official AfterParty at Tucker's Kozy Korner for The Soul Spot at Tucker's Kozy Korner 2016 DREAM WEEK Celebration The Soul Spot 2016 DREAM WEEK Celebration featuring DeeJay ChickenGeorge

Saturday, Jan 16

Two Ten Empire Concert Series

This is the last concert of the original Two Ten Empire Concert Series. These concerts started back in early 2015 at release of Freetail Brewing's Pinata Protest beer with the announcement of the series and now it comes to a grand finale here in January of 2016 with Blackbird Sing and Nicolette Good ft Joe Reyes. $10 cover/ all ages / Empire Theatre 

More info can be found at TwoTenEmpire.com


This Brooklyn duo made the rounds here in TX and stops by Paper Tiger Jan. 16. Tanlines, singer/guitarist Eric Emm and multi-instrumentalist Jesse Cohen are touring in support of the latest record Highlights

Tickets are $16. Paper Tiger More info <HERE>


FLUX ft Blind Prophet

All the way from Long Island, Blind Prophet is founder of the South Fork Sound label in New York. From the South Fork Sound Bandcamp:

"True to its namesake, South Fork Sound will represent a harbor for the limitless expanse of styles that crash onto its shores and align with the vision of Blind Prophet. Founded in 2012 as the first of its kind from Long Island, NY, the label sets its sights on the horizon with the intention to recognize this same endlessness in creativity through music."

Blind Prophet (ZamZam Sounds, sub.fm, South Fork Sound / Long Island, NY) 

Studio Fangers / 9PM / 18+ / BYOB 

Sunday, Jan 17

Felix da Housecat 

While still in high school in Park Forest, Illinois, Felix Stallings Jr., aka Felix da Housecat, received guidance from acid house pioneer DJ Pierre in 1987 and released his first single. Stallings has been part of the Chicago house movement ever since.

9:30PM / Jack Rabbits / 21+ 
Tickets online : $16 http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2475892
Door: $25 (night of show)

Third Root ft Chicken George 

In association with DreamWeek San Antonio 2016, Third Root and Hip Hop Grew Up Present: A Night With DJ Chicken George and Friends.

This annual jam session traditionally takes place the night before the historic San Antonio MLK March. This event supports progressive thought and artistic creativity as part of the celebration of Dr. King's life, work, and birthday. The DJ's invited to spin at the event will be blending an eclectic mix of soul, jazz, funk, dance, and hip-hop to foster conversation, good times, and community elevation.

TwoTen Empire: Bombasta, Los de Esta Noche, El Dusty

It's easy to close your eyes and picture San Antonio as a visual; the skyline is recognizable with buildings like the Tower of Americas, Spurs appreciation around every corner, the giant boots in front of North Star Mall, but what does San Antonio sound like? San Antonio is a melting pot of many different genres and sounds. Sounds that were bread deep in the hearts of backyards, ice houses, dancehalls and neighborhood bars as the cultural rhythms of conjunto and cumbia blend with the unmistakable beat of rock n roll and the modern day genres it branches off into.

On Friday, San Antonio legends Bombasta “Big Barrio Band” and Los de Esta Noche, two bands who play the sound of San Antonio will  take the stage at the Empire Theatre with Corpus Christi natives, El Dusty who play a blend of EDM cumbia for what will probably be the biggest dance party the venue has seen (equipped with laser light show and a low rider car show).

Los de Esta Noche is a band one could never get tired of seeing, and after they released their album, a band that one could never get tired of listening to.  It’s hard enough getting a crowd dancing but to produce a beat which incorporates so much rhythm one does not know whether to jump around or to shuffle up a cumbia is an extraordinary attribute in creating music.

What started off as a four piece for the first few years has since grown and evolved to a band that has incorporated bongo drums, horns and a keyboardist that they’ve maintained for the past year or so.

“A few years back I was part of a organization called MASO ‘Mexican American Student Organization’ at UTSA and we were doing a fundraiser and we came up with the idea of having music and making it like this bailes deal,” explained vocalist Julio Lopez on the origins of the band to Sobre Sound.

Lopez goes onto explain that cultural aspects are the roots for many members of the band and how they approach music, anything from being involved with the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, to being involved in band and just the arts in general that served as ingredients to create such an authentic flavor of music.

“Growing up it was a lot of cumbia you hear that you hear in northern México and here some of the norteno. I started off in mariachi, I did that for a good 15 years and that played a major, major part in how I looked at music and how I wrote songs,” explained Lopez. In fact, this isn’t his first rodeo at the Empire, he’s stood on the stage when he was a part of Mariachi Campanas de America for an anniversary show.

As far as influences go, Lopez says that recently, it’s bands from San Antonio anything from Fea, Grupo Frackaso and Los Nahuatlatos.

“I think just really in general the kind of energy that is happening within the community in San Antonio really lights a fire under our ass, they keep pushing it,” said Lopez including that he sees the music scene heading in an exciting direction and feels a real sense of community.

This Friday, that sense of community will welcome and encompass El Dusty and reverberate through the 100 year old walls of the Empire Theater. “We are excited, the huge beautiful space, the sound is great, and production is awesome but it’s very different from the more intimate shows we tend to play that tend to be really tight where everyone is all sweaty and going crazy. We’re excited, we’re nervous but we enjoy it. We appreciate every opportunity from the biggest stage to the smallest stage.”

Don’t miss Los de Esta Noche, Bombasta or El Dusty this Friday at the Empire Theatre. Tickets are $10 and doors open at 8 p.m. and yes, put on your dancing shoes. 

Hydra Melody leaves lasting impression with NOCTURNA

Uniformed ticket collectors and ushers, leather couches, box seating...all a far cry from the types of spaces fans generally associate with a Hydra Melody concert.  

However, the new music in conjunction with an advanced lighting display and hundreds of eager fans meant that the uniquely elegant intimacy of the Empire Theater was the ideal setting for Hydra Melody to celebrate the release of their first full-length album, NOCTURNA.

Drummer Matt Gomez tried to express the feeling of playing on that particular stage. “The Empire was awesome.  It was different because it was a place I had never played in my hometown.  I was seeing it for the first time and it was…”

And as Gomez searched for the right word, lead singer Jordan Berlanga quietly chimed in,


“It was even bigger than I expected, more intense,” Berlanga explained. “It was a little bit more of a challenge because we knew we had to bring something spectacular to the stage, just because of how spectacular the stage itself was.  We wanted this to be more than a show, but an experience, not just moving from song to song.”

He continued, “Having traveled so much and playing with bands like Third Eye Blind and Cartel, there is purpose to the way their sets are written.  It’s a huge step for us to not only hone in on that as musicians and writers, but also to be able to pull off that kind of complete show.”  

Compared to work from earlier in their career, NOCTURNA is an introspective album, with songs turning focus away from external distractions and instead looking for a deeper level of personal accountability.  And the new songs are going over well, as obvious pleasure blooms on Berlanga’s face when Hydra Heads are already singing along to new anthems like "Honey" or "A Cut Above".  

Fans, however, were not at all disappointed when Hydra opened their show with crowd favorite “This Road,” as the opening strains sent an ecstatic roar through the audience loud enough to create actual impact with the soundwave. Then came the songs from NOCTURNA, and fans continued to sing along to the new lyrics, as Hydra had been gradually releasing songs online in the lead-up to the show.  

Being treated to the new music also meant being treated to the work of Tennessee based producer Will Pugh, who surprised everyone when he joined the band on stage, strapped on a guitar, and began harmonizing with Berlanga’s vocals. The crowd cheered Pugh on as Jason Harari backed up from the mic and continued to jam on his bass.  The music was blasting, the band was all smiles, and the crowd was in a frenzy.  

And then...there was the drum solo.

The best way to describe the impact Gomez’s drum solo had on the audience is by describing the dazed expressions on the faces of the crowd, stunned by the talent to which they were bearing witness.  Throughout each song, Erik Johnson (Colorwave Lighting) mesmerized the audience with a fantastic light show and LED display literally bursting with colors and patterns, but during Gomez’s drum solo the color scheme brilliantly changed to black and white, a pseudo-strobe effect to focus attention on the primal intensity of his performance.

The effect of the lights and screen with the music was appreciated by both long time fans and those who were seeing Hydra live for the first time. San Antonio singer/songwriter Jessica Redgate was struck by the level of production involved in the overall presentation. "It was so high tech, not what I was expecting, but great! There's not anything like what they're doing going on around here."

And that, Berlanga insists, is the point.  Hydra Melody is creating music they love the way they want and, in the process, putting on the kind of show that they feel they can be proud of.  “The main purpose was to show people what we were capable of, to treat our fans to the new music.  Regardless of which venue we play at, we’ve set a bar, a precedent for ourselves.  No matter where we go, people can expect to see a damn good show.”