The Metro Foundation:
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The sixth annual South First Music Experience
A multi-club benefit concert for the Metro Foundation

DATE: Thursday, September 14, 2000--doors open at 8pm; bands start at 8:30pm sharp

LOCATION: Agenda Lounge, the Cactus Club, Polly Esther's and the Usual, all located in the heart of the SoFA district on South First Street in downtown San Jose

TICKETS: $10--available in advance at or Donovan's Hair Studio at 380 S. First Street, downtown San Jose; available the day of the show in the official ticket booth in the parking lot at the corner of South First and San Salvador Streets

SoFA HOTLINE: 408.279.1775, ext. 43

METRO, SILICON VALLEY'S Weekly Newspaper, has selected some of the hottest regional bands to participate in this prestigious multi-club live music showcase and benefit concert. $10 gets ticketholders access to 12 bands performing at four popular downtown nightclubs. All proceeds benefit the Metro Foundation which distributes funds to local charities including A Place for Teens, ARIS (AIDS Resources and Information Services), the Child Assault Prevention Project, Live Oak Nutrition Center, Meals on Wheels, Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence and Second Harvest Food Bank.

Agenda Lounge
399 S. First St., San Jose

The Bootcuts: This sassy San Francisco outfit shines brightly on the bluegrass/rockabilly scene with its fun lovin', good timin' lyrics and foot stompin, knee slappin' country tunes that'll knock your socks off.

Red Meat

Red Meat: This San Francisco sixpiece serves up a rare platter of red hot Americana seasoned with the old-timey traditions of Western swing revival, country folk and honky tonk anthems and spiced with hearty male/female vocal harmonies.

Joe Buck

Joe Buck: When it comes to beer swillin', whiskey shootin' honky tonk rebels, they don't come much rowdier than these twangy city slickers. With frantic hillbilly abandon and a smirking sense of humor, these guys really know how to raise a ruckus in the barroom.

Cactus Club
417 S. First St., San Jose


Luxt: This aggressive industrial-metal duo from Sacramento produces complex layers of electronics, heavy guitars and dance beats, sharpened by the distorted vocals of Anna Christine and Erie Loch. Luxt's dark, sinister music has a dangerous machinelike quality and the balanced male/female dynamic gives the band a hard edge tempered only slightly by Christine's wicked sensuality.

Los Bastardos de Amor: Combining irresistable guitars, distinctive vocals and incredibly hook-heavy songs, this experienced band of veteran musicians delivers punchy power rock with an added hard-pop bite. Along with its growing wealth of original material, Los Bastardos, led by former Swerver frontman Jimmy Arceneaux, also tends to treat its audiences to a few choice Swerver cuts that have been given that special Bastardos touch.


M.I.R.V.: A cult favorite, this unusual band of punk-funk tricksters delights audiences with its wacky comic schtick, entertaining stage banter and famous operatic interlude.


Stitch: With a distinctive tribal spine that stands out on the local metal scene, this aggressive percussion-driven band comes across fast and furious with heavy grooves, atmospheric distortion and angry, sometimes political lyrics. Stitch releases its debut on Prosthetic/Metal Blade Records next month.

Polly Esther's
396 S. First St., San Jose

The Wonderbread 5: Putting a fresh pop spin on the party band genre, this highly entertaining tribute band has expanded its repertoire from its initial Jackson 5/Michael Jackson cover tunes to a variety of hot hits from the '60s to the '90s. Decked out in fly clothes and big wigs, this successful group offers one of the most exciting performances on the circuit that's sure to get the dance floor moving.

The Usual
400 S. First St., San Jose

The Abductors: Featuring former members of the Sketch/Party Casket crew, this local rock band is known for outrageous live performances.

Dura-Delinquent: This unorthodox band's raunchy rock music moves with a flamboyant strut and its artsy flair and trashy chic have an unruly punk quality that's well punctuated by wild yelps, grunts, moans and wails. The San Francisco-based band is known for infusing its live performances with a wonderfully unrestrained sense of spontaneity and lack of predictability.

Venus Bleeding

Venus Bleeding: Artful and intriguing, this five-piece rock band from the East Bay is led by the charismatic Angelique Gibbons whose striking vocals suggest a young Debbie Harry. With powerful songs and a captivating stage presence, the band distinguishes itself even further by incorporating the electric violin into its modern New Wave and punk-tinged music.


Swarm: A rock band in the tradition of Aerosmith and the Cult, Swarm is arguably one of the finest hard-edged rock and roll bands to come out of San Francisco in some years. Born from the ashes of Death Angel and led by flashy frontman Mark Osegueda, Swarm has a reputation for extremely intense live performances.

Contact Information:

Event Sponsor: David Cohen, Publisher
Metro Newspapers
550 S. First St.
San Jose, CA 95113

Band coordinator: Sarah Quelland
ph: 408.298.8000, x229
fax: 408.298.0602

Gary Walker Productions
Gary Walker
ph: 831.338.2578
fax at 831.338.2579

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The Metro Foundation supports these Silicon Valley nonprofits:

A Place for Teens


Child Assault Prevention Project

Live Oak Nutrition and Service Center

Meals on Wheels

Next Door, Solutions to Domestic Violence

Second Harvest Food Bank