Music & Arts Scene in Downtown San Angelo, TX

By Kevin Litwin on April 29, 2011 at 3:34 am EST
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The rock never seems to stop at The Deadhorse and Fat Boss's Pub, two downtown nightclubs that have become popular hotspots for residents of San Angelo – and beyond.

Lately, the downtown district of San Angelo has become musically noteworthy in western-central Texas. Headline acts such as Gilby Clarke, Canobliss, Junglenoize and hundreds of up-and-comers have given the district a reputation as a place where opportunity knocks and nighttime rocks for musicians and audiences.

And it's not just the nighttime hours when high notes are being hit.

“Our place actually hosts lunch concerts and evening concerts five days a week, and on Saturdays we also have a live music concert at breakfast,” says Rod Bridgman, owner of Sealy Flats Blues Inn in downtown San Angelo.

“Sealy Flats is closed Sundays and Mondays but we still book 17 total concerts during the rest of the week. Our nighttime seating capacity is 125 and we're jammed for most shows. It's a happening scene right now for music in downtown San Angelo, and things are only going to get better.”

Genora Young with Downtown San Angelo Inc. says more and more local and regional musicians are learning about the entertainment opportunities available. And visual arts opportunities are growing, too.

“The downtown area is also establishing quite a reputation for visual art, led by the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts that attracts 65,000 visitors each year,” Young says. “Downtown also hosts a monthly Art Walk every third Thursday from 5-9 p.m. to showcase several of the district’s great galleries.”

Those galleries include The Glass Prism, Wool 'n’ Cotton Shop, Ruiz Studio, Black Swan Gallery, Kendall Art Gallery and Bonnie Beesley Rug Gallery.

“Also downtown, there is a push right now to establish apartment loft living to increase residential occupancy,” Young says. “In May 2010, an invitation-only tour with 60 guests was organized to view current apartment living options. There are presently seven loft apartments in downtown San Angelo, with several more planned.”

So besides music and art, why would anyone want to live in downtown San Angelo? Young quickly points out that several conveniences are located within walking distance of one another inside the district.

“Downtown is home to Shannon Medical Center, a Lowe's grocery store, interesting retail shops, nice restaurants and a gasoline station, plus a Tom Green County Library will open in 2011,” she says. “San Angelo is also a Main Street city and a National Trust for Historic Preservation member. Beautiful and vibrant are two good adjectives to describe the district, which by the way also has the scenic Concho River lining the downtown area.”

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