Poetry Rock. Funk, Hip-Hop, Folk-Funk, Wacko-pop, and all around Party Animals - San Antonio’s seemingly unclassifiable Dog Men Poets have been described as a mind-boggling combination of various genres, several unique unto themselves. The band’s combination of pop-songwriting with soaring rock choruses, a steady funk rhythm section, hints of Spanish-folk influence, and hip-hop beats and vocals has drawn comparisons to artists as varied as the Red Hot Chili Peppers, George Clinton, the Beastie Boys, Gorillaz, and Stevie Wonder.
Whatever their pedigree, the people of San Antonio don’t seem to mind, and of late have been barking their praises loudly. Dog Men Poets were recently voted “Best Rock Band” and second best hip-hop act by the readers of the San Antonio Current, the authoritative source for local music in San Antonio, which earned them a showcase at the weekly publication’s “Best Of” celebration at the San Antonio Museum of Art. For you dancers out there the band was also selected as “Best Party Band” and “Best Ska Band” by Edge Magazine Readers in their online music poll. This all follows a strong showing in last year’s reader poll which placed Dog Men Poet’s debut CD “Birth of the Cool” at the top of local releases.
In addition to winning over the hearts of local music fans throughout Central Texas, DMP can be heard globally on over 86 stations; placing on Terrestrial radio’s Top 20 Alternative charts from Omaha to New Zealand. While gigging non-stop throughout the Lone Star state this spring, Dog Men Poets have also been preparing for a very busy schedule of high profile gigs and a summer tour. Last month saw DMP open for hip-hop collective Black Eyed Peas at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater and in Mid-August, they will be return to get down with KC and the Sunshine Band. In the meantime they will play Albuquerque’s Hyperactive Music Festival in June and trek through a mini-tour of the West Coast.
Austin residents can catch DMP in action this weekend at this year’s 28th Annual Pecan Street Festival presented by Roadway Productions on Saturday, May 6th from 5:30 to 6:30pm.