Music Scene

The Music scene in San Angelo is worth Singing about!
Blues Fest | music venues | Clubs | bars | world-class talent | rock | gospel | tejano | RAP | more

By Federico Martinez

San Angelo will likely never be referred to as the music capital of the world. But its unique location and receptive audiences frequently attract legendary performers and rising stars from various music genres.

For example, during the past six months San Angelo music venues have hosted rap superstars Krayzie Bones and Lil Boosie, country stars Cody Johnson and Sam Riggs, Tejano legends Ruben Ramos and Shelly Lares, internationally famous norteno bands like Los Caminantes and Cazadores, award-winning blues artist Mr. Sipp “The Mississippi Blues Child” and bluegrass sensation Bri Bagwell, to name just a few.

Many of the bigger acts, such as Krayzie Bone and Sam Riggs, playing bigger gigs like Dallas or Houston pass through San Angelo as they tour surrounding cities and states, several local music promoters say.

Blaine’s Pub, 10 W. Harris St., has earned a reputation for consistently attracting a combination of top notch local and nationally-renowned country and Tex-Mex performers. The VFW Hall at 125 S. Browning St. for decades has been a showcase for mostly local country artists and continues to be a popular venue.

The Deadhorse Saloon, 210 S. Chadbourne St., serves up an eclectic lineup every weekend featuring hard rock and punk groups from across the state. YaYas at 610 Locust St. is a favorite venue to catch hard rock and punk bands from San Angelo and throughout the state.

The House of FiFi DuBois, 123 S. Chadbourne St., specializes in “retro music” which includes classic rock and soul, country and blues acts. The Concho Pearl Icehouse, 1601 S. Chadbourne St., features live country, blues and rock performers frequently.

Club El Patron, 1616 S. Chadbourne St., draws the biggest names in Tejano and Norteno music on a weekly basis. After many ownership changes, Amnesia 325 at 4611 S. Jackson St., appears to be opening up a couple niches by occasionally presenting nationally-renowned rap performers and some of today’s hottest Tejano acts like AJ Castillo.

Fiddlestrings Bar & Patio, 3301 Arden Road, books some of the best bluegrass performers in the country. Peepsie’s BBQ, 208 South Oakes St., is a newcomer to the music scene and has staged performers in a variety of musical styles including gospel, country and rock.

A solidly revived downtown bar and club scene regularly offers the best local, regional and national musicians new venues and audiences for which to play.