Saustex & Hickoids Present -
Austin Corn Lovers Fiesta 2016
Hey amigos - Saustex and the Hickoids are pleased to be presenting the 7th Annual edition of The Austin Corn Lovers Fiesta. This year's lineup represents a return to the core value and mission of the Fiesta...affordable fun and arse kicking local and regional bands in a friendly and adult setting. The four night, floating club mini-festival was originally conceived by the Hickoids as a dig at the similarly accronymed, behemoth Austin City Limits Festival which didn’t seem to feature much Austin music. It has probably failed as a publicity stunt as major music websites and magazines continue to ignore it. Staged entirely without sponsorship, the totally independent festival has taken on a life of its own and previously featured headliners including David Yow, Old 97’s, Wreckless Eric, Blowfly, Mike Watt, Hamell on Trial, Davie Allan & The Arrows and BP Fallon surrounded by local talent and Saustex label acts.
Perhaps we had a little more "wow" factor last year with Mike Watt, Davie Allan & The Arrows etc., but the 2016 roster is every bit as sturdy and highlights some hard-working newer local acts, a few touring bands and most of the perennials who have made it a success to date.
Dance with the ones that brung ya! Let's see what we got up in here...
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 30TH 8PM
THE LOST WELL
2421 Webberville Rd., Austin TX 78702
"THE MONSTERS OF COSTUME ROCK"
21+, $10 at the door
This Friday night ACLF kick-off show promises to be one to remember as "The Monsters of Costume Rock", a lineup chock-full of nuts and musicians whose parents wouldn't let them play with dolls, take the stage at The Lost Well. Extra backstage security has been secured as no doubt some fights are going to break out between band members jockeying for mirror space and makeup containers. Come witness the horror...the rocky horror.
Described by Laurie Gallardo of KUTX thusly: "a distinctive, outrageous blend of rock, glam and cabaret fabulousness that would make Minnelli proud. Just kick up the rock 'n' roll theatrics and glam flair an extra notch. It's as if Dr. Frank N. Furter possessed the show, hijacked the mothership, and hightailed it back to transsexual Transylvania with light speed fueled by T Rex, New York Dolls, and a dash of Queen's soul fire."
THE UPPER CRUST
Without a doubt The Upper Crust is one of this year's most anticipated acts. The boys from Beantown never disappoint with impeccable schtick and flawless licks. For those who like their rock hard and funny.
Hailing from the other side of the map come The Grannies. Well-schooled in cross-dressing at The Milton Berle Institute of Transvestism, "The Hardest Working Ladymen in Show Business" lay down furious 35-minute sets of chaotic, grungy punk that leave audiences with no doubt that there are some big balls lurking under their skirts.
These perennial Austin and Corn Lovers favorites are celebrating their 30th Anniversary this year and allegedly have a triple LP "best of" in the works. Their erudite yet deviant brand of rawk is Sci-fi meets metal meets punk meets glam at an oncologists conference.
From New Orleans by way of Ibiza and Fire Island come the world's greatest gay pirate band, The Swishbucklers. Shanghai Slim and company "cruise" upriver looking for fresh conscripts in a rare appearance that promises trashy garage fun.
Austin's The Shut-Ups play unscripted 23-minute sets that wreak havoc and leave ears bleeding. Sure to clear the faint of heart and make more room for those who are ready to rock.
SATURDAY OCTOBER 1 9PM
THE WHITE HORSE
500 Comal St. Austin, TX 78702
21+, $5 at the door
Assuming there is enough cold-cream in Austin to wipe Friday night's war-paint off of everyone, the ACLF rolls over to The White Horse, another favorite East Austin haunt, for a night of roots-infused garage and rock'n'roll.
The hosts of the Austin Corn Lovers Fiesta will be making their second to last scheduled Austin appearance for the year. Expect plenty of grab-assery and an occasional correct note or two.
PAT TODD & THE RANKOUTSIDERS
This will be the ACLF debut by Pat and his Los Angeles-based band. The former singer for The Lazy Cowgirls is pure heart, soul and rock'n'roll, churning out a seemingly endless stream of songs and albums that combine the poetry of early Dylan and mid-period Beatles with the verve and Chuck Berry inspired licks of The Rolling Stones and Johnny Thunders. Not to be missed.
NEW MYSTERY GIRL
Chrissy Flatt is enjoying a lot of success and airplay on Little Steven's Underground Garage on SiriusXM Radio with her new album "Crawl Through Your Hair". Surf, girl-group and garage are mashed up by her impeccable band and will get the audience moving.
GARRETT T. CAPPS
Hailing from San Antonio, Garrett is a relative newcomer on the scene but has already turned in some good work with more on the way. This night should see him drawing heavily on his recent release "Y Los Lonely Hipsters". He doesn't spare the twang and does mean covers of Thin Lizzy's 'Running Back" and Devo's "Girl U Want" in addition to his own fine originals.
MIKE McCOY'S TROMPE L'OEIL
Hailing from Leanderthal, Texas, McCoy (Cher UK, The Service Industry, The American People) and the company he is keeping will deliver pop gems cleverly disguised as socialist rants. Mike is a force to be reckoned with.
FRIDAY OCTOBER 7 8PM
HOLE IN THE WALL
2538 Guadalupe St., Austin, TX 78705
21+, $10 at the door
The second weekend of ACLF kicks off at The Hole In The Wall with some old faves and some new faces. It will be down, it will be dirty.
America's #1 porno honky-tonk band continue to make jaws drop. The Nashvegas machine probably sells more records with Wheeler Walker, JR, but folks in the know will tell you the real stuff comes straight outta' Central Lubbock. WWJ might have a $2,000 a week publicist and a bunch of famous, fancy friends but he ain't got a third of the poetry or chops possessed by The Beaumonts.
MEET YOUR DEATH
Meet Your Death is a new project fronted by John Schooley and Walter Daniels. This pair of lo-fi journeymen have independently released enough records under various band names for labels such as Crypt, Sympathy For The Record Industry and Goner to fill the music section of an Alaskan town library. Now they've joined forces and have just released a new album for Gerard Cosloy's 12XU imprint. Relentless blues and garage...Mercy!
The boys make their last scheduled Austin appearance of 2016. Expect the band to play tunes from the upcoming release "The Out Of Towners".
The riotous all-girl band Sailor Poon is fast becoming an Austin favorite. Their sound might be described as "proto-post-punk" and is reminiscent of early Rough Trade acts including Swell Maps and Kleenex. This ain't yo momma's brand of estrogen!
T. TEX EDWARDS
The Dallas-bred singer of legendary band The Nervebreakers is back with a new acoustic act featuring Eric Hisaw and Dan Hoekstra after a performing hiatus that lasted over a year. Edwards has a gift for finding unknown songs and making them gems of his own, the new combo should offer nothing less.
This new act featuring uber nice guy, record store clerk and garage fanatic Jon Horne and members of The Motards and Cryin' Out Louds will get this night off to a rowdy start.
SATURDAY OCTOBER 8 8PM
SPIDER HOUSE BALLROOM and CHAPEL
2908 Fruth St, Austin, TX 78705
"THE CORN BALL"
21+, $10 at the door
As the finale for this year's Austin Corn Lovers Fiesta a (hopefully) permanent theme night, "The Corn Ball", is being instituted. The audience is encouraged to wear corn-themed costumes with a $150 cash prize being given to the winner and some nice prize packages to be handed to the second and third runners-up.
Austin's favorite hardcore-folk-punk band headlines this night with anthems that will resonate with everybody who's a nobody in the digital mecca and over-heated real estate market that is Austin 2016. The Fugs meet The Circle Jerks. Not recommended for fans of Mumford and Sons.
Without a doubt Churchwood is one of Austin's true if under-appreciated musical treasures. This experimental/avant-garde blues band seems to effortlessly churn out albums that are musically and lyrically challenging without seeming pretentious. Their live show is impeccable and grooveful.
The party pack has been laying low for most of 2016, so that won't be mice in their pockets - they'll be happy to see you and to be seen! Chaotic, low-rent party pop will be delivered on tunes such as "Canihavasoda" and "Paul Lynde".
An extra special musical treat on this Saturday night will come in the form of Rio Jordan. The sons and backing band of the legendary, singular musician Steve/Esteban "El Parche" Jordan (known as "the Jimi Hendrix of The Accordion") carry on their father's musical legacy as they also forge their own. They've recently hit the West Coast in support of their album "Legendary Dynasty" and play a tasty mix of conjunto, cumbia, salsa and jazz.
WILD BILL & THE LOST KNOBS
Hot on the heels of their new release "Scumbags of the Rodeo" Wild Bill and company are going to bring the fun with a Byrds and Bakersfield influenced sound that has the right mixture of homage and gar-bage.
San Antonio turntablist has some of the most off the wall mash-ups you'll ever hear. He'll be spinning before, between and maybe even during sets.