Texas Music Theater San Marcos, the new live music venue equipped with state-of-the-art sound, lighting and video components ready to handle intimate acoustic performances as well as large-scale special events and full-production national touring acts, will soon open on the town’s historical downtown square. Built with musicians in mind, the goal of the three entrepreneurs who reclaimed the theater from its past is creation of the best live entertainment venue along the Interstate Highway 35 corridor, a “must play” for artists and a “must see” for audiences. Selected to host the 2011 Lone Star Music Awards on March 27, the musical lineup for the evening includes headliner Hayes Carll, Lincoln Durham, Javi Garcia, The Trishas and Max Stalling. Advance general admission tickets are $5, available at www.FrontGateTickets.com. Tickets not sold through the Web site will be available at the door, also for $5. Texas Music Theater, at 120 E. San Antonio St., will offer a rich variety of entertainers. In fact, any given night of the week, audiences can expect the best in live music performances in musical genres from Americana, Texas country and rock to indie rock, blues and Tejano-Salsa-Latin. The Theater will always be open Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Other scheduled performances include country rocker Cory Morrow on March 9 and Mr. Fest free music event with a big lineup of entertainers the weekend of April 28-29.
With high-end digital sound and lighting equipment; a stage of oak; space that can accommodate 1,000; VIP, reserved and balcony seating; and ample parking, Texas Music Theater will be the premier live music venue along IH-35. It is also available for private parties, corporate meetings, special events and rehearsals of national touring acts. Performing artists will enjoy easy load-in and a first-class green room and will appreciate the staging and production equipment waiting for them, which includes Renkus Heinz
line arrays and Shure Beta, AKG and Sennheiser microphones; and Panasonic PTFW300U projectors with VuTec 110-inch rear-projection screens. (Full Production Specifications package available upon request.) “Once they’re onstage and performing, the musicians who play here won’t want to leave,” says Gray Gregson, one of the owners of Texas Music Theater, a lifelong musician and winner of a W.C. Handy Award for 2003 Blues Song of the Year. “We look forward to presenting the very best music to our friends, neighbors, Texans and the rest of the world.” In its long history, the theater — a short walk from Texas State University, one of the largest and fastest-growing colleges in Texas — has had many uses: theater, movie house, restaurant and most recently, a bar/live music venue called Gordo’s. “The theater has proven itself to be a very popular place over the years,” says Scott Gregson, another owner and a local investor active in the redevelopment of downtown San Marcos. “We know musicians everywhere will appreciate what we’ve done to revitalize it, and we know that music lovers will, too.” For more information, visit www.texasmusictheatersanmarcos.com or call 512.878.2459.
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