Recap: Venus Takes SA (and Lots of Chamoy Shots)
Photos by Erica Fuchs
Venus Fun Fact: despite our origins in Austin, our founder and several founding members are from San Antonio, TX (Countdown City, 210, San Anto, Deuce Dime, etc.). We knew it was only a matter of time before we made the traffic-riddled journey down I-35 to take over the city where you can get a flamin' hot cheeto burger at 3 AM.
Our takeover of San Antonio was possible thanks to the incredible team behind The Bang Bang Bar. The cozy dive bar is owned by Phanie Diaz and Jenn Alva of the notorious (and local to San Antonio) Girl in a Coma and former Martini Ranch owner Jamie Hopp. We have always been intentional about booking with venues that are either owned by women or have women in management and booking so The Bang Bang Bar was an obvious choice. It's an added bonus that Girl in a Coma was a staple in the soundtrack to our angst while growing up.
As we do with all of our events, we chose a women/femme/nb centric organization to donate our proceeds to and we're happy to announce that this time we were able to donate to The Battered Women and Children's Shelter in San Antonio. For more information on their work or our operations please feel free to contact us.
It wouldn't be a Venus event without local vendors and this time we brought out some of our favorite San Antonio gals. Madison (Mad's World) brought her stickers which showcased some classic San Antonio vibes and her own unique designs. We were also joined by MOVE San Antonio, who came out to register people to vote and distribute voter guides for the election that took place on March 6th. Finally, Mikhala (mikxart) brought her magnets, paintings, and official Venus collab art for the crowd to cop.
Representing San Antonio, Polly Anna kicked off the night with a stripped down solo set featuring her strong vocals accompanied by just her keyboard. In between songs she made the crowd laugh with her relatable jokes about seasonal depression and having to perform songs about people you want to forget.
Next up was Born Again Virgins, a staple at our events since our launch just over a year ago. After getting shocked by her mic a couple times, Anna delivered a performance that made us think the mic possibly gave her extra powers. The San Antonio Current described their sound as "Rufus Wainwright meets ’90s alternative" and we couldn't agree more.
Blushing followed us down from Austin to entrance everyone with their dream-like sounds. The band consists of two husband-wife pairs and we couldn't get over the energy and love we felt coming off the stage. They sold t-shirts and records and serenaded the chamoy-drunk crowd as the perfect end to the night.
We are so grateful to still have the support that we do a year after our launch, and San Antonio proved that it is our second home. Thank you to everyone who showed up to support women in music and art and to everyone who promoted the show and helped out, we wouldn't exist if it weren't for you.
We'll see you again soon, San Antonio! And look out Austin, we're coming for you again soon, too.