Weekdays: Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday from 6:00pm to 8:30pm
Main Plaza's East Promenade at Blue Star Icehouse. Enjoy the great sounds of San Antonios own incredible bands. Sit back with an ice cold drink; Dos XX on tap served in chilled mugs, Red & White Wine served in chilled stemware or your favorite beverage, grab some Kettlecorn and relax. Let Blue Star's waitstaff serve you up a great "after work" drink in an "Air Conditioned" outdoors. You'll be glad you did!
August 2: "Armando Martinez" Flamenco/Latin rhythm
August 3: "Hot Sauce" Gypsy Kings meet Austin Powers
August 4: "Roger Velasquez" Boleros/R&B
August 9: "Glenn Allen &
Kim MacKenzie" Acoustic/Ameicana/Folk
August 10: "James Ovalle" Blues/Ballads
August 11: "Mark & Sarah Ames" Tex/Mex Classical Guitar
August 16: "Cancelled"
August 17: "Rod Campbell" Celtic Heritage w/Tex Flair
August 18: "Quiet Jazz Duo" Mainstream Sax Duo
August 23: "Jeff Wood" Americana/Pop
August 24: "Joe Jama" Oldies Rhythm & Blues
August 25: "Mitch Webb & Friends" Texicana
August 30: "Brad Turner" Acoustic
August 31: "E3" Smooth Comtemp Jazz and R&B
Sept 1: "Stefano" Songwriter Acoustic
Sept 6: "Glenn Allan &
Kim MacKenzie" Acoustic/Americana/Folk
Sept 7: "The MVV Group" Conjunto Mexican
Sept 8: "Les Flemmes de Rouge" Blues Tex/Mex
Sept 13: "Europa Duo" Smooth Contemp Jazz
Sept 14: "Ben Tavera King" Rumba Guitar
Sept 15: "Roger Velasquez" Boleros/R&B
Sept 20: "Dennis Jay" Western Americana
Sept 21: "Mark & Sarah Ames" Tex/Mex Classical Guitar
Sept 22: "Mitch Webb & Friends" Texican
Sept 27: "Randy Cordero" Flamenco Guitar
Sept 28: "The Rhythm Kings Blues
Sept 29: "Stephen Doctor" Smooth Jazz
Oct 4: "Randy Cordero" Flamenco Guitar
Oct 5: "Adam Zuniga" Spanish Influences
Oct 6: "Laura Marie" Comtemp/Pop/Folk/Jazz
Oct 11: "Europa Duo" Smooth Contemp Jazz
Oct 12: "Mitch Webb & Friends" Texicana
Oct 13: "Jeff Wood" Americana/Pop
Oct 18: N/A CHESS INVITATIONAL
Oct 19: N/A CHESS INVITATIONAL
Oct 20: N/A CHESS INVITATIONAL
Oct 25: "Cherry Street Hookers" Garage Rock
Oct 26; "Glenn Allan & Kim MacKenzie Acoustic/Americana/Folk
LET'S READ! Kids Back to School FEST was a huge success welcoming over 1300 attendees and distributing hundreds of backpacks throughout the day. The entertainment was stellar. The day started off with performances by the Conjunto Heritage Taller and their youth. (See photo below)
Activities were plenty from face painting...
(Photo of Jeni Camp Facepainting and one of many custom faces)
to painted faces with color hairspray to finish the look... just a touch of green on the edge, please.
then on to physical fun...
and waiting in line for a backpack...
Wait a minute... where are the kids?? Oh yeah, having a great time on the plaza while mom & dad hold a place in line and listen to Mary Grace Ketner Storyteller. Please note, this incredible storyteller had the undivided attention of all ages... front row seats filled with grandparents listening very intently.
By the way, a new series on the plaza, Twilight Tales Storytelling by Mary Grace, Sundays at 6:00 pm September 11, 18, 26 and October 2. Mark your calendars. Maybe plan to have dinner at El Oasis on Main Plaza and make a night of it.
Fingerprinting, library cards, tutoring, health insurance, nutrition & vitamins, Yoga for a healthy stretch, hands-on arts & crafts, games, and can you believe, a magic show. I'm still trying to figure out how he did that!!
Music, oh yes, back to the music ... piano on the plaza? it works! Piano playing music at its best and he sings too. A full house, so to speak, the plaza was filled with an appreciative audience to some great tunes. Alamo Music Center also provided a "Music Instrument Petting Zoo" introducing hands-on, one-on-one with an instrument. I think we encouraged some future band members.
Photo of Ted Barsalou presented by Alamo Music Center
Photo of Music Instrument Petting Zoo by Alamo Music Center
and then... you got to autograph the piano!
It was a great day on the plaza. A lot of kids went home happy. We did our job.
MAIN PLAZA CONSERVANCY WOULD LIKE TO THANK OUR SPONSORS, SUPPORTERS AND PARTICIPANTS!!
Music by "The Weetles" 6:00pm
POV/PBS movie, "Biblioburro, A Donkey Library" 8:30pm - free Kettle Corn and beverages - kids only. Movie provided by POV a PBS documentary brought to you by SAYL - San Antonio Youth Literacy.
NEW SERIES FOR KIDS AND ADULTS!! Bring the whole family, Sunday evenings at 6:00 pm.
TWILIGHT TALES - STORYTELLING BY MARY GRACE KETNER
About Mary Grace:An author with teaching experience in Language, Arts, English, Spanish and Special Education and work as an eductional specialist in a museum of history and culture, Mary Grace understand the role of artistry in advancing a community of learners. Her interactive story programs address the scope and sequence of each grade's Social Studies content as well as the TEKS for language arts.
September 11: Legends of the Land
The Marquez de Aguayo's Revenge
The Ghost of John McMullen
The Virgin of Guadalupe
September 18: Frontier Fantasies
Why Rustlers Never Win
Mr. Death and the Redheaded Woman
September 25: One Arabian Night
The frame story of 1001 Arabian Nights & Sheherazade
Main Plaza Conservancy's 2011 Gala, May 26, celebrates William Scanlan, Jr. as the 2011 recipient of the "Phil Hardberger - Heart of the City" award.
Pictured: Former Mayor Phil Hardberger, William Scanlan, Jr. and Father David Garcia
This "original" GALA award is custom made each year by Garcia Art Glass, Inc. Pedestal base is transparent with a white ribbon of glass circling up to hold the "heart". This represents the hard work and heart Former Mayor Phil Hardberger put into making the dream of a redeveloped Main Plaza a reality. Main Plaza, the "heart of the city" is a vibrant gathering place for all to visit and enjoy.
Congratulations to AUGIE MEYERS, the 2011 Corazón de San Antonio Honoree.
Rolling out of San Antonio, Texas in the early 60's, the Sir Douglas Quintet, a musical partnership formed with Doug Sahm, brought such hit tunes as "Mendocino" and "She's About a Mover." By fusing Tex-Mex, Conjunto and soulful rock together along with the power of Meyers' distinctive Vox organ, an impact that is still being felt in rock 'n' roll today. While the Sir Douglas Quintet never broke up and never succumbed to the lure of the oldies circuit, when Meyers and his musical cohorts decided they wanted to do something different, they did. That led to the formation of The Texas Tornados and a Grammy award-winning South Texas sound. Meyers worked steadily with Sahm until the kinetic guitarist/vocalist passed away in 1999. Meyers has always pursued projects that interest him as an individual and as a collaborator and has long refused to lock himself into one style of music.
Augie Meyers' style and his Vox Continental has become one of music's most distinctive keyboard sounds around. Augie can be heard with the Sir Douglas Quintet, Texas Tornados, Meyers’ solo efforts as well as on landmark albums by Bob Dylan (”Time Out of Mind” and “Love and Theft”) and John Hammond (“Wicked Grin”). Echoes of the Meyers' style and sound can be heard in the music of the Doors, the Kinks, the Animals as well as the Beatles just to name a few. Visit to read recent article about Augie at www.actionmagsa.com.
Spanning from July to October, and running the gamut from jazz to country to film and dance, Main Plaza’s “Heart and Soul Summer” (HAS) Series features local musicians and performing artists plus a variety of creative happenings for free at Main Plaza in downtown San Antonio. Featuring...
"COOL DOWN," after work break....
"CINE MUNDO" Film Screenings including local projects
"TWILIGHT TALES" Storytelling performances
"ACOUSTIC LUNCH" Impromptu music & tip jar performances
NOVEMBER 12: Main Plaza Conservancy’s 4th Annual Latino Music Festival “…refreshing doesn't even begin to describe the Latino Music Festival … It's important. And [Main Plaza’s Latino Music Festival is] a great tribute to this city, its people and the plaza.”