The Texas music scene is well documented in Austin, considered the Live Music Capital of the World, and the Hill Country, a growing area filled with great venues, talented singer-songwriters, and numerous live shows all year 'round. Now, the music scene a bit further south is getting some attention, with the news that the Aztec Theatre has been sold to Live Nation.
“San Antonio entrepreneur Sam Pachevre's PHH Entertainment Ventures LLC has sold half of its stake in the historic downtown venue to Los Angeles-based entertainment giant Live Nation,” said the San Antonio Business Journal.
Speculation is rampant that the venue will become a House of Blues, since the “theater will be booked and managed by House of Blues Entertainment, a division of Live Nation.”
However, Keith Howerton, PHH Entertainment managing partner, told the San Antonio Express-News that that is not the case. “It will not become a House of Blues property,” Howerton said in the newspaper. But, they reported, “The transaction gives Beverly Hills, California-based Live Nation and its House of Blues Entertainment unit 51 percent of the theater’s operating company, essentially giving House of Blues exclusive control over booking shows and theater operations. “With controlling interest, Live Nation’s HOBE unit now will book 100 to 150 shows a year, Howerton said. He added that HOBE’s expanding bookings will resemble House of Blues shows in Dallas and Houston.”
The 112,000-square-foot, 1,500-seat theatre that opened in 1926 was listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1992. The property is expected to undergo renovations including “a new VIP lounge, new dressing rooms and a special events facility that can tap into the Alamo City’s strong convention business,” said the Business Journal.
The Texas Music Scene
For music lovers, Texas is the place to be with all the great options throughout Austin and between the city and San Antonio. Many of the hottest venues and festivals are concentrated in and around the Texas Hill Country city of New Braunfels.
In Gruene, the oldest continually run dance hall in Texas offers a good time at Gruene Hall. October’s Gruene Music & Wine Fest brings visitors to the banks of the Guadalupe River. In San Marcos, Cheatham Street Warehouse is the famed spot where George Strait got his start and remains a live music hotspot. The Warehouse hosts a weekly songwriters circle and is also the home of BIGFEST in June, with three days and nights of live music. San Marcos is also the home of the Hill Country Jazz Festival in February at Texas State University’s Evans Auditorium; Wine & Art Weekend on the Square in April; Swing on the Square in May; and Summer in the Park, live concerts every Thursday night of the summer in Park Plaza.
In New Braunfels, the places to be are Tavern in the Gruene, River Road Ice House, Riley’s Tavern, AJ's Ale House, and WhiteWater Amphitheatre, New Braunfels’ large act venue overlooking the Guadalupe. Area festivals in New Braunfels include Wein & Saengerfest in May, JMBLYA in June, and Wurstfest in November, the popular annual celebration of sausage.
Vintage Oaks, the fastest-growing community in the Hill Country, has also created a hot new music venue at their new Timber Ridge Park. This scenic spot recently hosted concerts from country star Jack Ingram and the favorite band Shinyribs.
Vintage Oaks offers a range of homes and homesites together with breathtaking nature views, resort-style amenities, and convenience to Austin and San Antonio. For more information, visit Vintage Oaks or click below to download our free Guide to the Hill Country Music Scene.