San Antonio’s Live Music Scene is Quite Lively7.8.15
San Antonio, Texas is home to one of the best and most eclectic live music scenes in the US. The city’s bars, clubs, and concert halls regularly host word-class country, blues, rock, and Latin acts. Regardless of your taste in music, there is always something fun and exciting to be found in San Antonio!
In June, the city was host to two major annual music festivals, the San Antonio Summer Art & Jazz Festival and the Texas Folklife Festival. San Antonio will soon host the Balcones Heights Jazz Festival, which takes place from July 10-August 7. Many more great concerts and events will be held throughout the year catering to the tastes of all types of music lovers and cultural explorers.
The top live music venues around the city vary from intimate, low-key hangouts for a few dozen people to outdoor stages for a few thousand people and stadium arenas for even larger crowds. The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts hosts opera, ballet, musicals, theater, and more. Not only does the new, state-of-the-art venue feature beautiful architectural design, but it also attracts world-class talent.
Latin Rockers, salseros, Afro-Caribbean, and Latin pop fans are bound to find great performances at Club Rio. It is a popular, upmarket venue that includes great sound and several bars.
One of San Antonio’s newer music venues, 502 Bar, is known for satisfying the needs of those picky about sound quality. In addition to having excellent acoustics, 502 Bar is known to have top-notch lighting and an excellent house crew as well. The bar is geared toward younger indie and alternative crowds, and features some of the best local and regional bands. 502 Bar also occasionally hosts some major national touring artists.
For fans of Americana, blues, and rock’n’roll, Sam’s Burger Joint is the place to be. As the name suggests, Sam’s also serves up one of the greatest burgers in town, including the BigUn Monster 1 pound burger.
For a truly Texan experience, Gruene Hall located in New Braunfels is about a 45 minute ride from San Antonio. Built in 1878, it is the oldest dance hall in Texas. Gruene Hall is focused on country, conjunto, tejano, Americana, and blues. Many storied legends have performed at the venue, including Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, and George Strait.
One of San Antonio’s premier live music venues is Sunset Station, which is located at the historic Southern Pacific Railroad Depot Terminal. Sunset Station features rock, pop, and Latin. The outdoor Lone Star Pavilion is the main outdoor stage, which is roofed, has capacity for 4,000 people, and is surrounded by restaurants and special event salons.
Other venues of note in the Alamo City include Luna, Hi-Tones, Boneshakers, John T Floore Country Store, and Graham Central Station. On the famed San Antonio Riverwalk, Barriba Cantina, a Mexican eatery, offers live music seven days a week. Swig Martini Bar, which offers 22 types of martinis as well as wine, beer, and cigars, also hosts live jazz and blues bands. In short, live music abounds in the Alamo City.
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