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Night Lights: Burlesque, blues and Coyotes

October 4, 2013

YellowBrix

Oct. 04--It's time for burlesque , blues, a CD release party and jazz.

Stars and garters

In the glory days of burlesque, it would have been unheard of for a dancer to step out on stage unless backed by an accomplished band. Burlesque troupes of the 2000s are striving to reclaim some of the cool, some of the panache, of the glory days. And that includes working with bands.

Saturday, Stars and Garters Burlesque troupe will team with Grammy-winning guitarist and producer Pete Anderson for a night of sultry steps and sounds at the Sterling Houston Theater at Jump-Start, 108 Blue Star. Doors open at 7 p.m.; the show starts at 8. Tickets cost $13 general admission, $25 for table seats through starsandgartersburlesque.com.

Anderson earned acclaim, plus gold and platinum records and Grammys, working with Dwight Yoakam. When he opted to work for himself, Anderson co-founded Little Dog Records, produced albums for/with Rosie Flores, Flaco Jimenez, Meat Puppets, the Blazers and others. He also returned to recording his first love, blues.

Anderson and his band are on the road with "Birds Above Guitarland," packed with the type of groove-driven, hot-licks, solid-rhythm blues that'll thrill every burlesque dancer in the land.

The Stars and Garters dancers, along with guests Delia Dread and Vixy Van Hellen, will have a ball with songs such as "36 Hour Day," "Talkin' My Baby Down," "Fix It Man" and "Rock in My Shoe."

Anderson is a top-flight guitarist who knows how to make fine records. "Birds Above Guitarland" is a fine record. Anderson has turned in memorable shows in the Alamo City.

Anderson and Stars and Garters promise to take memorable up a notch.

If you want more, Anderson will take over Gruene Hall at 5 p.m. Sunday.

Mike Ryan Coyotes

An interview with singer, songwriter and guitarist Mike Ryan ran Wednesday in the Music Beat feature of the S.A. Life section. If you can't shoo the parakeet off the paper, the story is on mysa.com. Here's the thumbnail rundown.

After sojourns in California, New Orleans and New York, Ryan is back working hard in S.A. A veteran of bands including Coyote Dreams and Wax Poets, Ryan is a plain-spoken, clever lyricist and a musician known for playing Irish music and for mixing rock, roots and reggae.

His latest project, Mike Ryan Coyotes, will celebrate the release of a new CD, "The Fury," Saturday at Hi-Tones.

The show starts at 9 p.m. with, in order of appearance, Odie and Erik Sanden of Buttercup, Cryin' D.T. Buffkin & the Bad Breath and Mike Ryan Coyotes and special guests.

Jazz it up

There's plenty of varied jazz happening around town.

Kellye Gray was raised in Texas. She spent a couple of decades living and working in San Francisco and Los Angeles. An accomplished jazz singer with a deep repertoire, Gray drew on her Texas roots for her latest album, "They Call Us Cowboys."

While there's country music on the disc, Gray gives Roger Miller's "Dang Me" and Kris Kristofferson's "Help Me Make It Through the Night" her unique jazz stamp. Gray will sing songs from the CD, and, no doubt, more jazz at 8:30 p.m. Saturday at Carmens de la Calle as part of Carmen's "Chicks Dig Jazz" celebration.

Bassist/composer Joel Dilley will celebrate his new CD "Lullaby of the Flatlands" (Dragon Lady) at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center, 922 San Pedro Ave. The gathering, "Every Story Tells a Picture: A Night of Music, Video and Conversation," will feature Dilley working with Bett Butler (piano, vocals), Azul Barrientos (vocals, guitar) and Nina Rodriguez (percussion). The program will include filmmaker Guillermina Zabala's video, "A Night in December," inspired by Dilley's music. Admission costs $5.

Tuesdays in October at Liberty Bar will feature piano jazz from keyboard man Aaron Prado and his dad, bassist George Prado. Downbeat is 7:30 p.m. Saxophonist John Magaldi and guitarist Polly Harrison will work Central Market at noon Saturday. Magaldi will move to Boardwalk Bistro Saturday at 7 p.m. to play jazz with piano master John Sheridan.

Jim Beal Jr. is host of the "Third Coast Music Network" show from 3-7 p.m. Thursdays on KSYM, 90.1 FM. Check the Music Beat blog at mySA.com; @jimbealjr on Twitter; jbeal@express-news.net

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