So what places come to mind for you? Where would you go to experience something different?
Chavez: It’s sad, because I don’t know. I was at the music store the other day and I was looking at some congas, and this guy comes up and starts playing on some of the congas, and we started talking in Spanish. He was really a great player, and I asked if he was in a band. He was, and he said he played all the time. He mentioned a bunch of places -- churches, and people’s backyards, and restaurants, and festivals I had never heard of.
Church is actually a good example. I’m Catholic and I go to mass at St. Austin, which is a very traditional setting. But sometimes I’ll go to Cristo Rey, which is on the East Side, on Cesar Chavez St. I love it. There will be people falling out of the doors. There’s a mariachi band doing the music at mass. It’s like being in a whole different city. But it’s also sad to me that there’s no cross-pollination.
But I’d say Empire’s [Empire Control Room] has a great vibe. TuezGayz at Barbarella is a lot of fun. I love the Belmont. We played a freezing New Year’s Eve show there with Groupo Fantasma and it was amazing. You can cram a lot of people in at the Belmont and still feel like you have space. We also have an annual benefit at the Stateside Theatre, so that’s kind of become a home for us. It’s becoming an off-the-beaten-path music venue.