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The Source: Is San Antonio Missing Out On The Live Music Business?

Bexar County
Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff is hopeful that Mission County Park will attract more mid-sized touring artists and festivals to San Antonio.

San Antonio is missing out on the live music industry, according to local promoters. With SWSX in Austin about to begin, live music options sometimes seem to pale in San Antonio. The missing mid-sized venues, contract provisions that don't allow performers in nearby cities to make the trip south, and the lack of a strong urban core are all reasons cited by those familiar with the situation.

With the Tobin Center opening, the Aztec Theatre already open, and the Mission County park being completed, will that change? 

County Judge Nelson Wolff said our lack of a live music industry was a missing piece to the city in his most recent State of the County address. 

"But there's still one missing piece and that's attracting a first class music scene" -Judge Nelson Wolff' on what San Antonio lacks, State of the County Address

What does the state of our live music look like? What would you like to see happen here in San Antonio?


  • Blayne Tucker, founder of the Maverick Music Festival
  • Faith Radle, a producer and promoter for Three Chord Media
  • Ernesto Olivo, co-founder of Local 782, a community group dedicated to advancing the local music scene in San Antonio
Paul Flahive can be reached at Paul@tpr.org and on Twitter at @paulflahive