You might have already heard that the Gipsy Kings are coming to the House of Blues tonight. But there’s another event that sounds just as fun to us, also happening at the HOB: a Cinco de Mayo celebration benefiting DISD mariachi groups. (Did you know students can join mariachi groups? Neither did we. Sounds way cooler than the jazz band we played oboe in back in the day.) This event is happening in the Cambridge Room before the Gispy Kings show, so I recommend just coming to the concert early and supporting these kids. A Mexican food buffet is included in the price, so you can get some dinner while you’re at it.
Since it’s Cinco de Mayo, you might be looking for a place to celebrate appropriately. You’re in luck: we’ve got a list of bars you can go to here. But nightlife editor Christine Sracic recommends hitting Mattitos. The reason? The Bob Armstrong queso eating competition. Manager Jim just told me how it works: competitors each get a 10-pound bowl of Bob Armstrong dip (you know, the queso with the meat, guac, sour cream, etc.) and five minutes to eat as much as they can, using a chip as a tool. The winner gets free Bob Armstrong for a year (if they can stomach it). This goes down at 7 pm and they’ve still got three spots left. Try it if you dare.
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