Since being raided by Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission and San Antonio police officers on February 2, the Sanctuary has been the source of much speculation about its future as a live-music venue.
As it turns out, the club is continuing to operate, although temporarily without a liquor license, on a BYOB basis. Angel Castorena, who has handled booking for the club since its inception, says the TABC bust occurred because the club’s owner had withdrawn the club’s liquor license on Thursday, February 1, unbeknownst to him. He says he was completely surprised to learn from TABC officers that the license, which was not yet set to expire, was no longer valid.
Castorena says that he responded to the raid by purchasing the Sanctuary, to ensure that the club’s ownership and management are on the same page. Castorena adds that he has applied for a new liquor license, and expects to receive it after a six-to-eight-week waiting period. In early April, the venue will celebrate its grand opening under a new name, Club 1818, but it will still be known as the Sanctuary in mid-March when it welcomes 67 South By Southwest bands for showcases.
The next week will see two local memorial shows dedicated to young Texans with military histories. On Wednesday, February 14, Dallas singer-songwriter Kristy Kruger will play a tribute show at the Red Room for her brother, Lt. Col. Eric Kruger, a soldier killed in Iraq on November 2, 2006. The performance will help Kristy fulfill her goal of honoring her brother with concerts in all 50 states. The Red Room is located at 8403 Broadway. Showtime is 8:30 p.m. Call 218-3442 for more details.
On Monday, February 19, a host of local musicians will gather at the White Rabbit to celebrate the life of Jason Sandbach, vocalist for Forever is Never, and an Army private training at Fort Sam Houston. Sandbach collapsed and died on February 4 at the age of 29, and his passing has shocked and saddened his many friends in the local music scene.
Bands lined up for the Jason Sandbach Benefit Show include Pitbull Daycare, Lokey, Prevail Within, The Y Equals, and Emilys Gone Mad, with acoustic versions of Cinderleaf, Panic Division, The Alchemy, and others. The White Rabbit is located at 2410 N. St. Mary’s. Doors open at 6:30 and a $5 donation is requested. Call 737-2221 for more details.
— Gilbert Garcia