If you’re not from Texas, you might be under the mistaken impression that Austin has all the music. After all, the hip capital of the Lone Star State even has its own nationally televised concert show: Austin City Limits. But head about 80 miles southwest on I-35, and you’ll find yourself in San Antonio. You’ll soon discover that this Texas town, named after St. Anthony, is no backwater burg. In fact, San Antonio is the country’s seventh largest city and was its fastest growing large metropolitan area between the years 2000 and 2010. And its music scene is just as Texas-big.
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San Antonio has a diverse population, with a majority of its residents self-identifying as Hispanic or Latino - which is why it’s a great place to hear some of the best live Tejano and conjunto music in all of Texas. Tejano music is a mixture of pop, rock, polka, R & B, with some Latin influences thrown in. A conjunto band is composed of accordion, bajo sexto (a twelve-string guitar), bass, and drums. Some of San Antonio’s more well-known venues featuring this spicy musical offering are the Club Rio, Gruene Hall, an 1878 dance hall located about a half hour out of the city in New Braunfels, the Hi-Tones, and Graham Central Station.
But the Latin beat is not the only one that pulses in San Antonio. The city’s diversity of clubs makes it a great place to enjoy blues, rock’n’roll, country, indie, alternative, and jazz. Some other popular venues are Sam’s Burger Joint – home of the city’s best sound system; the 502 Bar, San Antonio’s newest music venue, featuring the best local and regional bands, as well as some major national touring acts; the John T. Floore Country Store, where Elvis and Little Richard once appeared; Boneshakers, an ideal spot to discover singer-songwriters; and Sunset Station, whose main outdoor, roofed stage can hold crowds of up to 4,000. Bunratty Pub features country music performed in traditional honky-tonk style, and if you’re in the mood for Flamenco, you can enjoy this venerable Spanish art form at Club Luna.
Regardless of the different types of music being played in San Antonio, the one thing that all of these musicians have in common is the desire to get heard by a wider audience. That’s where Bison Disc comes in. We duplicate and replicate music CDs, and then we package them in a wide variety of Jewel cases, Wallets, Sleeves, and Jackets, which makes them available for promotion or sale. So, we love every type of music and every kind of musician.
If you can’t make it to one of San Antonio’s musical venues, you can tune in one of the city’s 50 radio stations. In fact, San Antonio is home to Clear Channel Communications, the largest operator of radio stations in the United States. KRTU is the non-commercial radio station based out of Trinity University. It plays jazz 17 hours a day and rock/indie music at night. KPAC is a 24-hour classical music station, and many Latin stations in the area broadcast regional Mexican, Tejano, or contemporary pop.
Finally, every year, San Antonio hosts one the country’s oldest festivals: Fiesta San Antonio. Begun in 1891 as a single event to honor the memory of the Battles of the Alamo and San Jacinto, today this major event for the city has grown to more than 100 events staged over 17 days each spring. Musical offerings include Tejano, jazz, mariachi, rock, big band, classical, and pop. The Tejano Explosion jump starts Fiesta and features 11 days of Tejano music entertainers. The unique band styles are quite diverse ranging from Tejano, 1960s and 70s Westside San Antonio oldies, polkas and conjunto to cumbias, boleros, country, rhythm & blues and everything in between.
San Antonio has an interesting historical footnote, in regards to the world of film: The first picture ever to win an Academy Award for Best Picture, Wings, was filmed in San Antonio in 1927. Since then, many other feature films, documentaries, and independent productions have been shot there. Because of its mild climate and affordable labor pool, San Antonio is an excellent location for both large and small productions. In addition, the San Antonio Film Commission is charged with the task of promoting the city as a film location, while also providing services, resources, and information for filmmakers.
Similarly, because of its affordability, professionalism and highly skilled labor pool, Bison Disc is an excellent choice for DVD duplication and packaging. When a feature film or documentary needs to be presented in an economical and aesthetically pleasing fashion, our twenty-year history of prompt and expert service to our clients, ranks us as number one in our industry.