Sam's Burger Joint Presents:
Fri, May 18, 2018
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pmSam's Burger Joint
$15.00 - $65.00
This event is 18 and over
NO Seating GUARANTEED. Any Seating Available is on a First Come, First Served Basis. NO REFUNDS all sales final.
All Minors Will Be Charged an Additional $5 At the Door. 17 & Under Admitted with Parent or Guardian Only. - $15 Advance/ $20 Day of Show/ $65 Reserved Booth
After a few line-up changes (drummer Clayton Pulley being replaced by Craig Root, and the departure of Danny Segovia), the final roster for Bubble Puppy settled at Rod Prince and Todd Potter on lead guitars, Roy Cox on bass guitar, and David "Fuzzy" Fore on drums. In the spring of 1967, Bubble Puppy moved to Austin, Texas and signed a recording contract with Houston-based International Artists, home to the 13th Floor Elevators and the Red Krayola.
The shots fired by San Antonio in the rock & roll world of the 60s were still exploding in 1974 when ULTRA was born. That may seem like a broad reach for a city whose heaviest musical lines are bred through Latino and country, but San Antonio boasted a well-documented jazz and blues underground on the Chitlin’ Circuit that made rock & roll explode out of South Texas in the 1960s. What happened in the wake of the Beatles’ appearance altered the landscape for decades to come, and San Antonio’s young musicians reflected that.
Here, S.A. native Galen Niles began playing guitar in such seminal rock bands as The Argyles, The Outcasts, and The Pipelines before founding Homer, whose vinyl output ranks among Texas’ most collectible. Don Evans landed here from Arizona after high school and played with Sugar Bear’s Blues Band before fronting progressive blues rock favorites The Water Brothers in the late 60s, then joining a late lineup of Homer with Niles.
By the early 70s, Texas’ claim on rock music staked itself in such bands as Bloodrock, Point Blank, and ZZ Top, and younger musicians like a hotshot guitarist named Larry McGuffin, who’d played in Eastern Fleet while in high school. In 1974, McGuffin convinced his guitar teacher and mentor Galen Niles and vocalist Don Evans in a new group aimed at double barrel rock & roll guitars and Texas beat. All ULTRA needed was a rhythm section.
Bassist Scott Stephens and drummer Tom Schleuning always considered themselves a package deal, having played together in bands like Iron Rock and Jury in high school. More than that, they were a dream team that fit ULTRA perfectly. Thus, the city that invented twin saxophones found that its premier rock band in the mid-70s likewise boasted double-barrel guitars and a rip-roaring shot of Southern rock, Texas blues, and Marshall law. A deal with Stone City Attractions ensured a regular schedule of tearing up the stage at the long-running Sunday Sunken Gardens shows and clubs across the state.
And ULTRA was canny. Stone City helped develop San Antonio in the 70s into a high profile, hard rock market unmatched anywhere else in the U.S., and the five-piece landed opening spots with road warrior guitar bands of the 70s, including Alvin Lee, Pat Travers, Blackfoot, Legs Diamond, Moxy, and Be-Bop Deluxe. After their legendary gig opening for the Sex Pistols at Randy’s Rodeo in January 1978, ULTRA assessed the future painted in punk neon colors and disco lights, and disbanded gracefully. That move left all five in good standing with one another for the next thirty years or so, and the lingering memory of rock & roll at its zenith.
Sam's Burger Joint
330 East Grayson Street
San Antonio, TX, 78215