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Taco Land!! (on the radio)

Screenshot of Ram from Laura Escamilla-Fouratt's 1996 Documentary

Screenshot of Ram Ayala from Laura Escamilla-Fouratt's 1996 Documentary

This Sunday, listen for Taco Land on NPR weekend edition (7am & 10am).  If you miss the segment live, you can listen to the archived story online – and be sure to check out with all of the Taco Land stories, photos and videos, that folks have been uploading to the site.

A shot from across the street during a day show at TacoLand. Look at that tree!  (photo courtesy Katherine Strickland)

Taco Land during a day show. Look at that tree! (photo - Katherine Strickland)

Taco Land was an amazing place with an enormous story, and we hope we’ve captured some key elements of the place and it’s iconic proprietor, Ramiro “Ram” Ayala on the Radio.  One that we only vaguely make reference to is the monumental oak tree that covered the amazing outdoor patio and hung down over the San Antonio river, so I have to include this photo that was uploaded to our site.

We’ve received some nice voicemail memories about Taco Land.  I hope we get a few more of these from folks (888-910-2555).  This one is a nice PG version of a “ribauld” Taco Land tale.

(photo by Patrick Watson)

(photo by Patrick Watson)

Everyone we’ve met from San Antonio has been incredibly welcoming and generous with their memories of Ram and Taco Land, and we’d like to thank them and anyone else who was a part of this place for sharing that with us. If we missed you in San Antonio, please keep adding your stories to the website.

And if you had your own hallowed hall of rock, that you wish you could go back to (even if your liver, you eardrums, your parents and your priest are relieved that you can’t), we hope you’ll add it to the Place + Memory site, as well.


In production for our next piece: Taco Land!

Outside of Taco Land

Photo shared by a contributor to the Place and Memory website.

We’re knee-deep in the post-production stage of our next radio piece on the live music venue Taco Land, San Antonio’s answer to CBGB’s.  We’ll keep you posted on when we’re going to hit the airwaves!  In the meantime, some Taco Landers have already added their photos and memories to our website. Do you have memories or photos of your own to share, or do you want to learn more about Taco Land? Pay a visit to our website and check out our Taco Land page!

We’ve gathered a LOT of great tape  — too much to ever throw into a 6-8 minute piece for NPR.   We’ve loved listening to these interviews so muc–we wanted to share some of those voices with you here.   Some really interesting themes have emerged as we listen to people remembering Taco Land, and it’s fearless leader, Ram Ayala.  One of our favorites was the idea of Taco Land as a family.  Give a listen!

Ram and the nightrocker

Photo shared by a contributor to the Place and Memory website

Rose of San Antonio … Tacoland

With Bell Solloa at TacolandDeep within my heart lies a melody,
A song of old San Antone,
Where in dreams I live with a memory,
Beneath the stars all alone.

Shea’s in Texas!  He’s interviewing folks for the second piece in our NPR summer series.  We’re profiling Tacoland!  Tacoland was an amazing music club in San Antonio that closed it’s doors in 2005.  For decades, Tacoland served as the hub of a vibrant punk/et al. music scene and community of patrons.  It closed prematurely in 2005 when owner/icon Ramiro “Ram” Ayala was murdered when a robbery of the club went terribly wrong.  Ram and Tacoland have left strong memories for many people, and we’re humbled to be interviewing them.

Bell Solloa [pictured above] has already created a Tacoland page at  Get a closer look at Tacoland and Ram.  And if you have memories of your own about Tacoland, please share them with us online.  And leave us a message with your memories at 888-910-2555.