Posted on | April 26, 2016 | No Comments

March+14,+2016untitled4412untitled+shootFrom the RIVARD REPORT:

The second edition of the Rivard Report’s music series, Estática, will bring together local bands and artists with the talented Youth Orchestra of San Antonio for a special encore performance of Abbey Road Live on Wednesday, April 27 at the Pearl Stable.

Musicians and YOSA collaborated for the unique interpretation of the classic Beatles’ album during a recent performance at the Tobin. But the encore performance will give the audience a taste of what made Abbey Road Live special, while highlighting local bands such as ButtercupEmissariesfishermen, and YesBodyElse.

“One of the things that YOSA has been really excited about over the last couple of years is drawing similarities between different musicians and styles of music,” said Troy Peters, YOSA music director. “One way to do that is through a combination of different musicians and their interpretation of classic albums.”

Each of the four bands will redo one of the songs on Abbey Road album, and then perform an original song with the orchestra. “The audience will get to know the bands better through the Abbey Road music,” Peters said. “But they’ll also get a better idea of what the bands are about on their own.”

The diverse lineup of musicians is guaranteed to attract a diverse crowd of different age groups, interests and backgrounds. But that diversity also means new creative and musical experiences in a fun, festive environment.

“What stands apart from the symphony or club performance is the blend of the musicians from different styles that creates a different blend,” Peters said. The performances are introducing new sounds, collaborations and a sense of vitality to the bands and the audience.

“The connections between different types of bands, and working with great young musicians – the energy that’s come out of that has been really amazing.”

The performance will take place at The Pearl Stable on April 27 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tickets cost $15. For more information, or to purchase tickets, click here.



Posted on | April 17, 2016 | No Comments

Buttercup is pleased to announce a couple of incredible gigs. Demitasse at the King William Fair 4/23/16 , and Buttercup at the Pearl Stables with the Youth Orchestra of San Antonio 4/27/16. YOSA will create an orchestral arrangement for our song “Champagne from Spain.”  That alone will be amazing to hear.

Then May 26 Buttercup brings an Andy Kaufman-level show to the Majestic Theater that will be unlike any live performance in San Antonio in 2016. More on that soon.

Oh and we have two records just about waiting to burst out of our wombs. Like twins.

xoxo Buttercup




Posted on | October 27, 2015 | No Comments

Reeling off a string of successful shows with packed audiences (the Empire Theatre, The Cobolt Club, Period Modern), Buttercup is well-burnished and feeling renewed.   Erik even had a sold out “artist luncheon” for Buttercup’s collaborative work with Chris Sauter for Luminaria.

But then we suffered a catastrophe – it rained and the wind and water destroyed our sculpture in the making.

Our piece that we are making with Chris Sauter is called “Plato’s Drums.”  We have now re-built (first wall was destroyed) a giant free standing wall in an abandoned space.   Sauter, with our help, is cutting holes in the wall and out of the drywall material fashioning a sculpture of a drumset.  It is a actual sized replica of Buttercup’s drumset, that odie purchased for $100 at a garage sale.    Negative space becomes drums.

Chris filmed Buttercup (Erik, Joe Reyes and odie) playing drums.   This video will be projected onto the wall and through the holes in the wall.  Projections will come from both sides and will fight it out in the middle.
Buttercup will set up on the side of the wall opposite the drum kit sculpture.  We will perform a 7 song set, to prerecorded backing tracks.   “Plato’s Drums” is a nod to Plato’s Allegory of the Cave where a group of men are shackled to a wall and cannot see what is going on behind them.  They only see shadows on the wall cast by the puppeteers behind.  So Buttercup wrote several new songs and rerecorded a few other old songs to fit this theme.  Our songs for the piece are about misinterpretation, blindness, the ego and drumming.   One is about Helen Keller and her teacher Anne Sullivan. The date for the performance/unveiling is yet to be announced, but will happen in early November.
It’s definitely different from any previous performance.
Here is a video of our song “Anti-antarctica” done in collaboration with Chris Sauter.  It is similar in many ways to “Plato’s Drums.”  https://vimeo.com/132019904


Posted on | October 9, 2015 | No Comments

920x920Thank you, good morning!” yelled frontman Erik Sanden at the end of Buttercup’s Daybreaker gig. In a hypnagogic state, compounded by a touch of morning alcohol and the feeling of seeing something very unique, Buttercup’s performance at the Cobalt Club was one of the best shows I’ve seen since coming to San Antonio.

It’s a simple concept, but one that’s taken a long time to execute. Cobalt Club, that daytime fortress of vice on McCullough, opens at 7 a.m. Buttercup, always looking for the next foolish way to up themselves, booked a gig for the opening hour.

The dive of dives was surprisingly packed, with people wrapped around the center island of the Cobalt bar. “The question is: who just woke up and who’s been up?” asked Blayne Tucker, managing partner of Do210. Given the number of pajamas and Panama Jack apparel in the crowd, it’s probably the former, though I did catch a few whiffs of breath that betrayed the evidence of an all-nighter. Either way, the Cobalt supplied Taco Cabana breakfast tacos in those odd TC pizza boxes. Did they design those just to confuse stoners?

At the back of the bar, Buttercup charted through an hour of idiosyncratic pop. In footy pajamas and work clothes, the San Anto vets pulled off their impossibly specific tunes, riding the vibe of one of their best shows in years (Sanden claimed it was the second best show they ever played). Towards the end of their set, singing of a love/hate relationship with alcohol, Sanden hopped on the bar, strut around, shot some tequila and did a surprising number of pushups.

This morning, the relationship with booze tipped toward love. Though in a few hours when he’s suffering through a brunch hangover, it may be hate again.

Posted By  on Fri, Oct 2, 2015 at 9:03 am


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