A Beginner’s Guide to a Summer of Local Sounds

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By Avery Viers
Local Music Journalist

With the arrival of finals signaling the end of yet another spring semester, Texas State students are beginning to find themselves with a suspicious amount of free time on their hands. While frequenting the San Marcos River and roaming The Square may offer themselves convenient ways to pass the time, an increase in local live music events can also act as a relief to cure our transient boredom.

For those unfamiliar with our local music scene, you may be surprised at the number of live music events that San Marcos has to offer; restaurants and venues alike host a plethora of pop-up shows to supplement the surplus of San Marcos artists. Whether you have a specific show you’ve been meaning to catch or you’re looking for an inexpensive way to spend your evening, attending local music events can be a great way to support San Marcos artists.

Photo features a stage right view of Wells sitting on stage with acoustic guitar. Wells is performing inside of Stellar Coffee Co., with a glimpse of the coffee bar in view.
Mckenna Wells’ solo set for KTSW-sponsored Estrojam at Stellar Coffee Co.

Third Thursday, a relatively new monthly event put on by KTSW and The Porch, is one of the many free, reoccurring events to attend near the Texas State campus year-round. Although Third Thursday is a 21+ event, The Porch hosts other local artists and miscellaneous activities on their stage every night of the week. This month, The Porch will be hosting local artists such as Kenny Normal, Window Shop, Dave Sims & The Hot Pipes, as well as their weekly Wednesday Jazz Jam hosted by Aidan Potter.

Located just down the road from The Porch, Red Bus Food Park is another exciting alternative for those seeking local music events this summer. With a consistent assortment of artists each weekend, Red Bus Food Park offers itself as a laid-back, intimate venue that amplifies the San Marcos sound every Friday and Saturday night. This month, the park’s outdoor stage plans to host artists such as Nate Bibiano, Candace Hasting and Cody Freeman.

Looking for a venue that hosts music events with higher energy? The Marc has you covered. Although a 21+ venue, The Marc continues to show San Marcos residents how the energy of live music should feel; the venue’s significant stage and an extensive assortment of strobe lights ensure its audience experiences the adventure they seek. Included in their upcoming schedule of events are Sullivan King, RL Grime and Midnight Tyrannosaurus.

If you’re interested in venturing outside of San Marcos in search of South Texas music, Float Fest in Gonzales, TX may be the perfect combination of local and well-known artists you’re searching for. Hosted from July 23 through 24th, Float Fest is a newcomer to the Texas music festival scene. With the options of student pricing and group GA packages, Float Fest promises a jam-packed weekend full of tubing, camping, and carnival activities in addition to their festival line-up. Headliners for the weekend event include Cage The Elephant, Vampire Weekend and Chance The Rapper, as well as twenty-four other acts performing on land along the Guadalupe River.

The general appreciation of the unique sound of South Texas is due to its authentic, unfiltered reflection of the diverse communities it originates from. If you’re interested in other venues hosting live music events in our local area, KTSW’s Instagram page is a convenient resource to casually reference. Remember: no matter how you decide to spend your summer, the local sound of South Texas will always be an easy way to pass the time.

Featured Image by Avery Viers



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