Alamo City Film Festival 2016


Film Festival takes over Cinema Spotlight in Central Texas
SAN ANTONIO, TX October 3rd, 2016
The Alamo City Film Festival brings the heat with its second annual film festival. Join cinema fanatics for this once a year opportunity to view original filmmaking and rub elbows with celebrities at the newly renovated Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. Alamo City Film Festival is taking over the historic downtown of San Antonio, Texas on October 27th-30th to showcase narrative and documentary films from emerging independent filmmakers from around the world. After judges carefully considered hundreds of films submitted from 21 countries all over the globe; the Alamo City Film Festival is proud to announce the screening of two World Premieres, three Texas Premieres, and two San Antonio Premieres. Diversity will be celebrated with films reigning from Spain, UK, Turkey, Canada, Mexico and including fourteen San Antonio locally produced films all accessible to audience members all weekend long.

ACFF Friday & Saturday night premieres will include two incredible films “Dead Awake” starring Jesse Bradford (Swim Fan, Bring It On), Jocelin Donahue (Insidious Chapter 2, StartUp), Jesse Borrego (American Crime, Blood In Blood Out, Con Air, Dexter), Lori Petty (Orange Is The New Black, Point Break, Tank Girl) and “Slash” starring Michael Johnston (Teen Wolf), Hannah Marks (Amazing Spider Man), Michael Ian Black (Inside Amy Schumer, Another Period), Angela Kinsey (The Office) with additional celebrities being announced soon.

Want more? Grab an ACFF VIP ACFF VIP Badge to attend the Grand Opening Ceremony along the Riverwalk on Thursday, October 27th and exclusive access to Friday and Saturday night After Parties. Sunday will be the filmmakers brunch where a panel of judges from the entertainment industry will be awarding film prizes to “Best Feature”, “Best Documentary”, “Best Short”, and “Best Shot in Texas”.

Alamo City Film Festival takes place in conjunction with the renowned Alamo City Comic Con (ACCC), one of the largest comic conventions in the United States, topping the charts with over 83,000 attendees in 2015. The Lila Cockrell Theatre will also be host to filmmakers from San Antonio and from around Texas, representing the iconic Alamo, now a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Tickets now on sale; $100 for a duo ACFF VIP Badge / ACCC 3-Day Pass, $45 for ACFF 2-Day Badge, individual Friday or Saturday day passes are $25, and $7 for individual premieres and short blocks. Tickets available for purchase on the ACFF website Please follow us on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram @alamocityfilm #ACFF2016. For more information, film inquiries, or 2016 press credentials, please email

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210 Local Media Magazine – Issue 3 Vol 1

210 Local Media Magazine – Issue 3 Vol 1

Yay, it’s an Editorial! – Issue 3 Vol 1

I started the 210 Local Media Podcast
after purchasing my first iPhone back in 2013, and discovering the Stuff You Should Know Podcast, Marc Maron’s WTF Podcast, and several podcasts about podcasting. I noticed that each show either had information to share, or a special type of bond with peaople that they shared, and that the form, really was like no other. I quickly became inspired to mix my love of local music, with the newfound awesomeness of podcasting. At the time, there were only a couple of San Antonio Podcasts; The Unavoidable Drudge, and The BoozedCast (both have podfaded for now). Admittedly, my first few episodes were plagued with sound issues, crazy podcasting scheduling, and finding people that were available and wanting to be interviewed.

Since then, we’ve been able to play mixed tape episodes, interviews, and entire albums on the podcast, put on two benefit shows, and helped to raise over $12,000 for a friend with cancer (In remission!). Since then, more local podcasts are popping up everywhere; The Owlcast, She’s Crafty, It’s a Guy Thing Podcast, Geek Culture, Vinyl Pizza, and Texas Music Spotlight, to name a few. So, here we are, and I’m taking advantage of being the guy that says what each issue can/should have. Check out the spread on the local podcasts, and the Alamo City Podcast Network we created to help each other out and gain a much larger footpring in the process.
Thanks for reading, listening, and supporting! – Issue 3 Vol 1

– Mario Zamarron

210 Local Media Magazine – Issue 2 Vol 1

210 Local Media Magazine – Issue 2 Vol 1 – The Metal Issue

Not too long ago, I was a decidedly not a fan of metal, metalcore, hardcore, deathcore… stuff. I was the guy at the Tera
Ferna, Black Market Club, and Slowlikefire shows. I’d jam to Hydramelody in the car and follow it up with some Fishermen. One day, my buddy Jason invites me to see his band The Akuzma, and I finally say that I’ll go. I warn him though, it’s not my scene and if I don’t have a great reaction, it’s because I just don’t get it. The screaming, the wailing, the chunky bass lines that sound like a garbled mess of a garbage disposal being turned on and off, instead of the 4 stringed, multi-note
instrument I’ve come to know and love. I just couldn’t be a fan of that. So, I went and saw The Akuzma play at Fitzgerald’s. Some of the songs were too foreign to me, but somewhere among the loud wall of heavy stuff, I started to tap my foot. I started to rock my head back and forth. By the last song, their cover of Falco’s
“Amadeus”, I was throwing up the good old rock/devil fingers. I was enjoying myself, a lot. They had me after that, I was a fan, I was converted.
There’s still a large chunck of these types of styles that I wouldn’t normally pick to
listen to, but I get it now. The appeal of the anger and passion of being pissed off, instead became on understanding that there was
emotion, just a brutally honest kind of emotion. There are a few other bands I listen to that are “Akuzma-like”, and I’m much more open to checking out something new than I was before.
I guess that’s my point really; we should be open to more music in our lives, no matter where it comes from. As long I can get grooving to it, or get moving to it, I’m a fan. So this issue is dedicated to the Metal/Hard side of the local scene. The exception is Anna’s piece on Swimming With Bears at the 502 Bar, so it just goes to show that
diversity is a really cool thing. Thanks for reading.
– Mario Zamarron

210 Local Media Magazine – Issue 1 Vol 1

210 Local Media Magazine
Issue 1 Vol 1

This project started as a blog, a response to a meeting between local band Girl In A Coma and Nelson Wolff, where he declared his mission to help San Antonio become the live music capital of the world. What came of that meeting, either politically or otherwise, I do not know. It did however, inspire me to create 210 Local Media. In March of 2013, I started the 210 Local Music Podcast (later, to become 210 Local Media Podcast), in the hopes that we could be one the helping hands. Three years later, I've gotten to experience some amazing things, all in the name of desire and discovery.
This magazine is the written/digital version of these kinds of experiences.
Our promise to you, is to have you join us on that journey into the San Antonio scene. We will focus mostly on San Antonio, and only turn elsewhere, should the story have any local implications.

This is for San Antonio. This is for our city.

-Mario Zamarron


Episode 81: Aaron Stephens – Hard Times, Straight Lines RADIO

Episode 81: Aaron Stephens – Hard Times, Straight Lines RADIO

Thanks for tuning in to 210 Local Media podcast, I am your host, Mario Zamarron. I’ve been holding on to this album for a while and finally decided it was time to put this out. With all of the plans I had made for episodes prior to this, I hadn’t gotten to this RADIO episode. So, without further ado, this is Aaron Stephens, a transplant from Illinois and most recently, New Braunfels, our northern neighbor.

Aaron’s really got a soulful record here, so if you’re into listening to music in the dark, with your eyes closed, do it. If you’re in your car, you have an excuse to listen to the episode twice. Let the music take you through your own memories and feel the words. Just a suggestion in this world of hustle and bustle and no time to experience music on the same levels we did when we were kids.

Aaron Stephens is a soul singer/songwriter and musician born in Illinois, raised deep down in McAllen, Texas.

Writing songs, singing, and playing guitar since the age of 12, Stephens has an original songwriting and performing style that can both soothe and stir.

Since 2012, Stephens has been playing shows all across Texas.

With his soulful voice, songwriting, and tasteful slide guitar playing, Aaron Stephens and his tight, groove-based band are standing out and gaining some momentum.

On June 18, 2014, Aaron Stephens released his first full-length album entitled “Hard Times Straight Lines”. The 9-song album is a perfect example of Aaron Stephens' music: honest, relatable and soulful.

The album is available on all major online platforms.
Visit for more info!

I could go on for a very long time about this topic, so if you liked it, please let us know on our Facebook page /210LocalMedia or on Twitter @210LocalMedia. As always, thanks for listening!

If you’d like to donate to our show and help us in our mission to bring San Antonio to the world. You can donate at our Patreon page here: . Running the show can be expensive, so if we're unable to make any money to cover the podcast, we will be closing down after episode 100. Please let us know if you'd be interested in donating $1 per episode. Thanks for listening.

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River City Rockfest 2016

River City Rockfest 2016

We were extremely lucky this year, to get in as media for the 2016 River City Rockfest and WOW…. Just WOW. The lineup was outstanding as always, and included Avatar, Red Sun Rising, Pop Evil, Bullet For My Valentine, Hatebreed, Devil Driver, The Sword, Disturbed, POD, SixxAM, Sevendust, Megadeth, Scorpions, and local favorites, Donella Drive, Lynwood King Revival, and The Heroine. Between our resident sound guy, assistant artist manager, and promotions guy Roland and I, we couldn't hit all of the bands, and even passed out for one of my favorites, The Heroine. We did the best we could in the scorching Texas heat, for over nine hours, on our feet most of the day, and loving every bit of the media pits in front of the stages. Personally, I was there to see Scorpions, Megadeth, Donella Drive, The Heroine, and SixxAM, so four out of five ain't bad. Much love to The Heroine, and a tremendous amount of sadness for missing you guys on stage. Here's hoping you guys get in for another amazing year of River City Rock Fest! The event was chock full of food trucks, beer, music, passed out people on the floor, skimpy outfits, sweaty dudes, ear plugs, and tons of merch, and was the best concert experience ever, thanks to The AT&T Center and Spurs Entertainment allowing us to cover the event with media passes. There were over 27,800 in attendance, surpassing last years show and proving that San Antonio rocks and is always ready to party. Below are just some of the shots we got from the show. Enjoy!

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Local Music Week 2016

LMW2016_websquare (800x800)Local music week is right around the corner. Since 2009, the Local 782 has been putting on a series of events and shows over one week in order to raise awareness and generate exposure for the local music community. This year, Local Music Week will start on Sunday, June 12 and kick off with a hot dog social. The event is designed to be family friendly with a mix of musical genres and free hotdogs when you RSVP on social media. It starts at 3 in the afternoon and continues until 9 PM at Frank on South Alamo, so drop by and enjoy the free food and music. For those with specific interest in the music and media communities, there will be a music and media mixer on Wednesday, June 15. This event is designed to help foster communication between various parts of the larger groups involved with making the San Antonio local music scene successful. 210 Local Media will be celebrating Local Music Week as well, with daily podcast episodes. On June 12, 210 Local Media will put on a live podcast show at 502 Bar from 9-10 PM with a show from the band afterwards. Check in for further updates both from 210 Local Media and Local Music Week on Facebook as well as on the 210 Local Media webpage.

Remember the Punks

“Remember the Punks” Music Festival Unites The Vandals, The Exploited, MXPX and more in the Alamo City


San Antonio, Texas (May 24, 2016) – San Antonio-based booking and promotions companies Twin Productions & Korova Entertainment are proud to present the inaugural Remember the Punks music festival featuring an all-punk lineup filled with old school headliners such as The Vandals, The Exploited, MXPX and support from up-and-comers PEARS, Potato Pirates and San Antonio's own Piñata Protest. This single-day festival will be held on Saturday, October 1 at Alamo City Music Hall, located at 1305 E. Houston Street in downtown San Antonio. Tickets will go on sale this Friday, May 27 at 10 a.m.

The Remember the Punks lineup features over 25 bands across two stages. Appearing at their only Texas stop will be headliners The Exploited, The Vandals, MXPX, Sick of it All, TSOL (The Sons of Liberty), The Dickies, and Anti-Nowhere League. These iconic punk bands will come together for an experience similar to those of the early days of Warped Tour. Also on the bill are Texan bands 30footfall, Lower Class Brats, and Piñata Protest.

Other notable acts include Voodoo Glow Skulls, The Casualties, SlapShot, Sloppy Seconds, The Toasters and D.I. Maintaining the spirit of a homegrown, independent Texas festival, the lineup will also feature acts from San Antonio, Austin, Dallas, and Corpus Christi.

“After a decade of working closely with the punk rock music community, I felt the time was now to bring San Antonio a festival to call our own. Inspired by startup festivals like Punk Rock Bowling in Las Vegas and The Fest in Florida, I collaborated with Erica (of Twin Productions) to curate a lineup that would feature a balance of national bands our city knows and loves year after year, along with some ‘first time in a long time’ type performances,” Angel Castorena, Festival Curator and Founder of Korova Entertainment.

“San Antonio is the city known for making its last stand at the Alamo. In priding ourselves for being a long-forgotten key component of the music industry, we feel it’s necessary to remind everyone that it's time to ‘Remember the Punks,” continued Castorena.

General admission tickets start at $49 and a limited amount of VIP tickets priced at $150 for the festival both go on sale Friday, May 27 at 10 a.m. at and

Episode 79: The Akuzma

Episode 79: The Akuzma

Thanks for tuning in to 210 Local Media podcast, I am your host, Mario Zamarron. In this episode, I sat down with the band I manage, The Akuzma, to talk about who they are, how they got to where they are, and all things Akuzma. The interview is from a while back, when we were planning to release their upcoming EP under the 210 banner. Unfortunately, we’ve had difficulties raising the necessary funds to put it out ourselves. Also, the band has undergone and is continuing to undergo changes to style and lineup. This in an introduction to what got the Akuzma to where they are today and a springboard to the foundation of the band. Once The Akuzma 3.0 emerges, we will definitely catch up with them.

I could go on for a very long time about this topic, so if you liked it, please let us know on our Facebook page /210LocalMedia or on Twitter @210LocalMedia. As always, thanks for listening!

If you’d like to donate to our show and help us in our mission to bring San Antonio to the world, you can donate at our Patreon page here: Running the show can be quite expensive, so if we're unable to make any money back from the podcast, we will be closing down after episode 100. Please let us know if you'd be interested in donating $1 per episode. Thanks for listening.

You can contact us on Google Voicemail @ 210-802-1197, @, on Twitter: @210LocalMedia, on Facebook: /210LocalMedia & check out our main site @

Blackbird Sing – “Cinco” – A Review

Blackbird Sing – “Cinco”

If you’ve never heard of Blackbird Sing, now’s the time to dive right in and let the “Texicana” tunes wash over you. They call it Texicana because, just like San Antonio, it’s a melting pot of sounds ranging from the obvious Americana, Folk, and Country. The birds even found a way to nod to their Alternative and Punk background as well. Friends close to the band may recognize the members from their other local incarnations, Madex (Metal), and DieBoy (Punk).

In “Cinco”, Blackbird Sings’ second release, lead singer Vito Salinas puts it all on his sleeve. With song titles like “Heart Strings”, “Oh Darling”, and “Sacramental”, it’s no secret that these are written from the heart. After listening to their first album Enemies From Years Of Loving, the growth in musicianship and the experience of being together after five years really shines through. While Enemies laid the groundwork for what Blackbird Sing is all about, Cinco brings you with them through the changes in their life: getting older, starting families, family changes, and all the difference that five years can make.

“I still believe in what you say and not what you do”, heard on ”Heart Strings”, speaks to those who devote themselves to a love that, in the very least, doesn’t respect the love they’re offering. This is the kind of heartfelt emotion that can be heard in each song. This track also introduces you to the Spanish/Hispanic influence that can also be heard on “Battle Of Sanan” with the introduction of the accordion and some a short phrase in Spanish. I believe this might be a way of showing how they (most of them) are connecting with their heritage, another change that usually occurs as we get older. Their attention to musical construction is evident in their ability to insert meaningful pauses, extending a vocal part to draw on emotion, and the way that certain complexities are able to coexist in songs like “Battle” through the masterful way they’re layered. Also, something to note, is that these guys sound even better live!

Change your plans on Saturday April 30th, and head to Sam’s Burger Joint to hear for yourself. The CD release show includes their longtime friends, Devils & Dust and is the only place you can get a physical copy of “Cinco”. If you absolutely cannot make it out, the digital release will be on Cinco de Mayo. I vote that you get the physical disk and see how many times you find nods to the number 5. Here’s to another five years of Blackbird Sing.

Vito Salinas: Singer/Songwriter, Guitar
George Ransom: Bass
James Magallanez: Guitar, Percussion, and Harmonica
Daniel Magallanez: Drums
Andy Salazar: Lead Guitar, Piano, and Trumpet

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