Update: Please be advised this is a members-only event. Yearly membership to SASG is $50 and includes access to all rooftop parties, in-studio concerts and professional workshops with the music industry. You can sign up here, or at the door the day of the event. Or contact Community Outreach Director Adam Tutor at email@example.com for further info and to RSVP.
One of the most common complaints that I hear from local musicians is that they have neither the tools nor the funds to attempt to take their bands to "the next level." Simply put, despite the increasing availability of media software, there is still an array of expensive equipment necessary to shoot your own video, record your own album or just find the room to get musicians together to create and collaborate.
Rather than feeling alienated or immobile in the face of this predicament, local musician and entrepreneur Edwin Stephens has founded a collective art space, the San Antonio Sound Garden, wherein musicians and artists can come together and not only motivate one another, but utilize each other's skills and creativity to take their respective crafts to "the next level."
The 2,600-square-foot warehouse located at 723 N. Alamo Street will operate as a space-of-all-trades, housing a recording studio consisting of two live rooms, a main control room and a smaller control room as well as shared conference room space and another shared room space. Perhaps more importantly, the studio/venue/event center will provide local artists and sponsors willing to pay $10 to $50 a month with state-of-the-art equipment that few would have access to otherwise.
It sounds like a pipe dream, doesn't it? A great idea that will remain just that. However, Stephens has got some big names onboard working with him and his partners in getting the space up and running by their (hopefully) January launch date.
On Tuesday, May 31, U.S. Rep. Joaquín Castro, State Rep. Diego Bernal and Stephens will celebrate the strides that the founders of SASG have made thus far and discuss the future goals of the collective and its necessity in San Antonio — in accordance with former mayor Julián Castro's vision of San Antonio in 2020, a city with a vibrant arts scene.
The event will take place at the rooftop bar Paramour (102 9th Street) from 7 to 10 p.m. and will also feature musical performances from Alyson Alonzo, Deer Vibes, Brandon Cunningham and Stephens' own band, fishermen. So, come out, have a drink, dig some local musicians and see two of the city's brightest political hopes honor and encourage San Antonio's artistic capabilities.