Fierce F-to-M guitar rocker performs post-SXSW gig in Big D

Last December, at their first Dallas gig, The Cliks tried to leave the tiny, freezing stage of The Cavern on Lower Greenville. They had to make room for San Antonio trio Girl in a Coma, but the sapphic-loving audience wasn’t having any of it. Everyone was super-pumped, having just finished shouting along to the chorus of "Oh Yeah:" "I want, I want, I want my baby back!"

Lead vocalist-guitarist Lucas Silveira, pictured, was about to unplug his amp but then smiled and began strumming the chords of the lighter-waving torch song "Nobody Else Will." After thunderous applause, the female-to-male trans rocker said the band couldn’t have imagined a warmer Texas welcome.

So far, Texas has been very good to The Cliks. Last year, Cyndi Lauper’s tour manager caught them at South by Southwest and booked them for the True Colors tour. And this year, as they make their way back to Austin for two SXSW, The Cliks are also playing a benefit gig for United Creative Class in Dallas. United Creative Class is a community group that teaches citizens how to change local governments through open records requests and media communication.

The venue sounds interesting: According to UCC, the historic Ervay Theatre, which is located in The Cedars, used to be owned by Jack Ruby and was apparently a favorite hangout of Bonnie and Clyde. However, securing a ticket to the gig is going to be costly: UCC is suggesting $200 donations per ticket. However, they are looking for street-team volunteers.

Ervay Theater, 1707 S. Ervay.
March 14.
Doors at 7 p.m.,
The Cliks at 9 p.m.
Suggested donation, $200

Didn’t the era of the celebrity DJ already die? If that’s the case, no one told StoneRokk and Graham Funke two Los Angeles-based DJs who brag that they’ve spun records in the presence of George Clooney, Demi Moore, Jennifer Aniston and Tobey Maguire.

The duo apparently get hired at clubs we’ve seen featured on episodes of "The Hills:" Hyde and Les Duex. They caught the attention of Dallas Voice after they sent us the flyer for their latest tour "Trabajo," which features two gay-looking construction workers who are ready for the Village People auditions.

With a press kit that includes gossip-item clips from People, US magazine and InTouch, it’s safe to say that their brand cha-cha would be ideal for "Celebrity Rehab: Season 2."

Daniel A. Kusner
Suite, 4515 Travis St. March 7. No cover.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition, March 7, 2008.
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