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Jim Beal Jr.: Girl in a Coma to celebrate release of 'Coverland' CD
Jim Beal - Jim Beal Web Posted: 10/21/2010 12:00 AM CDT

This time around, there's a homecoming/CD-release party, multi-artist gatherings and hardcore honky-tonk. Move out.

‘Adventures' with GIAC

The Alamo City's hardest-working musical export, Girl in a Coma, will pull off the road, briefly, to play for the home crowd and celebrate the CD release of “Adventures in Coverland” (Blackheart Records).

GIAC will take over Josabi's on Saturday with an assist from Agent Ribbons and Piñata Protest. Doors open at 7 p.m. Showtime is listed as 8. It's an all-ages show. Tickets cost $10 in advance through Front Gate Tickets, $12 at the door.

The San Antonio trio, Nina Diaz (guitar, vocals), Phanie Diaz (drums) and Jenn Alva (bass), has been on a hot Tex-Mex/alt-rock roll since March. The band tore it up at South by Southwest. Cherie Currie of The Runaways sat in with GIAC on “Cherry Bomb.” Then Blackheart released the cover-song project digitally and on vinyl records.

Filmmaker Robert Rodriguez directed the video for the trio's version of David Bowie's “As the World Falls Down.” And now “Adventures in Coverland” is out on CD with bonus songs including a couple of originals and a rendition of Buffalo Springfield's “For What It's Worth.”

Able to soulfully move from rocking original compositions to covers of Selena (“Si Una Vez”), The Beatles/George Harrison (“While My Guitar Gently Weeps”) and Patsy Cline (“Walkin' After Midnight”), GIAC is building a large and loyal fan base through hard work and fine music. GIAC heads to New York and New Jersey in early November.

Music by the bunch

The Texas Music Coalition, an inclusive, S.A.-based music trade organization, will stage its annual fundraiser Sunday from 4 p.m.-midnight at The Holiday Inn El Tropicano Riverwalk, 110 Lexington Ave. Designed to celebrate Texas Music Month and raise money for scholarships, the TMC gathering will featureLos #3 Dinners, Katherine Dawn & the Texas Ladybugs, Bett Butler & Joel Dilley, Luke Olson, Buddy Lee & the Back Road Band, Patrice Villastrigo & Spot Barnett, Jo What? (Joel Williams & Jody Majors) plus a silent auction and a raffle. Admission is free, but $5 gets you tickets for prize drawings. And El Tropicano is waiving the parking fee for attendees.

White Rabbit will be the setting Saturday for a Halloween-themed Artslam! with 20 visual artists and music from Big Soy, The Hawks of Holy Rosary, Robo Trumble and DJs JJ Lopez and Scuba Gooding Sr.

From 4-8 p.m. Sunday, the Bulverde Academy of Music, 28152 US 281 N., will stage its annual fall festival with music from owner Bobby Flores and instructors including Roberta Morales, Jim Kalson and RJ Smith.

Honky-Tonk Serenade

Billy's Ice House in New Braunfels has a honky-tonk doubleheader at 8 Friday night with Josh Langford and Whitey Morgan & the 78s. Fans of real country music should pay close attention to Morgan and his crew. Out of Flint, Mich., Morgan is touring with a new CD, “Whitey Morgan & the 78s” (Bloodshot) a collection of songs that would make honky-tonk legends such as Gary Stewart and Johnny Paycheck salute.

Morgan and company cover Paycheck (“Meanest Jukebox in Town”) and Dale Watson (“Where Do Ya Want It”) and others, but add to the book with “Turn Up the Bottle,” “Buick City” and “Hard Scratch Pride.” It's time to board the Whitey Morgan/78s bandwagon.