“Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” Austin Premiere After Party

The Rattle Inn, August 20, 2014

The Austin premiere of Director Robert Rodriguez’ film “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” took place at the legendery Paramount Theater on Wednesday, July 20. Following the show, attendees gathered at the Rattle Inn for a VIP after party featuring music from Austin’s own Chingon. Chingon is a supergroup of sorts, comprised of Rodriguez and members of Del Castillo, with powerhouse Alex Ruiz of the Night Mothers on Vocals.

The group was was formed by Rodriguez to record songs for his 2003 film “Once Upon a Time in Mexico.” They released their debut album, “Mexican Spaghetti Western”, in 2004. The band’s name comes from a Mexican slang term, chingón, which basically translates to “badass” and/or “awesome”.

Aerosmith singer, Steven Tyler ,who recorded a song on the film’s soundtrack, was rumoured to attend, having been at the screening. He did not, as he was on the road to Dallas after a quick pizza with Rodriguez (or so Robert explained from the stage). His presence was not needed, as Chingon lived up to its name playing songs from Rodriguez’ films and their own album, including “Malaguena Salerosa” “Cuka Rocka” and even the Steven Tyler soundtrack contribution “Sin City”, with Alex Ruiz doing an admirable job of channeling Tyler’s rock and roll wail.

The Band

  • Robert Rodriguez – Guitar
  • Alex Ruiz- Vocals
  • Mark Del Castillo – Guitar
  • Rick Del Castillo – Guitar
  • Jimmy Hartman – Bass Guitar
  • Mike Zeoli – Drums
  • Johnny Reno – Saxophone
  • Elizabeth Rodriguez – Dancer
  • Patricia Vonne – Castanets, Dancer
  • Marci Rodriguez – Special Guest Vocalist