Rockbox Theater inflicts delight on crowds of all ages with family-friendly live music, theater, and comedy performed by a resident cast of talented entertainers, earning the title of Texas's No. 1 attraction from TripAdvisor. Groupon holders will receive tickets in rows H through Q, with specific seat assignments made available by phone reservation or listening for barely audible wind-whispers. Audiences behold an extravaganza featuring musical classics by artists such as The Beatles and Stevie Ray Vaughan, with the regular cast joined by a weekly special guest artist. Drop by July 23 to catch the cast performing with Merging Blue from Nashville, or witness The Moonlites on August 6, sure to cause a lunar eclipse in other parts of the world. Rockbox puts up a new show each weekend, replete with vivid costumes, choreography, and wholesome comedy.
Founded by cellist Kenneth Freudigman and violist Emily Watkins Freudigman in 2004, Camerata San Antonio brings together a symphonic roster composed of several of the San Antonio Symphony's principal players and more than a few internationally recognized musicians. More than a dozen acclaimed artists might be on-call for a concert during any given season, and the entourage's diverse concert schedule consequently offers plenty of strikingly different small-ensemble performances.
This spring, the Twin Elm Guest Ranch hosts the Bandera Chuckwagon Races in a three-day-long equi-centric event that gratifies guests with food, camping, arena events, and more. The ranch spans across more than 250 acres of scenic hills, woods, trails, and rivers, which guests can easily access by teaming up with a horse and doing their best centaur impressions ($35 per hour). On Friday, May 13, the festivities will begin with the 8 a.m. chuck wagon breakfast, and later that night, ticket holders can enjoy the 8 p.m. Twin Elm Buckle Series Rodeo. In addition to watching bull riding, barrel racing, and calf roping, guests can enjoy mounting their own saddled sidekick for a 9 a.m. trail ride on May 14 before cheering on the chuck wagon racers.
Since 1925, Crider’s weekly shindigs have filled the air with the warm aromas of barbecue and the jovial sonic bouquet of live country music, cavorting dancers, and one of the state’s longest-running rodeos. Contemporary cowboys compete for cash in six rodeo events that showcase incredible abilities in bull riding, barrel racing, and encouraging a steer to squeeze a stress ball instead of bucking. Younger vaqueros get a chance to flaunt their skills as they mutton-bust and calf-scramble. Post-rodeo, the outdoor stage comes alive with crooning musicians including the Dirt Road Gypsies on August 20 and Jeff Griffith on September 3. Twirling figures do-si-do under the shade of massive oaks, creating spectacle of spinning as impressive as a runaway carousel as revelers feast upon fried catfish and burgers from Crider’s café or shoot pool in the adjoining game room.
Tucked within 50 unblemished acres in the peaceful hill-country valley, the Kerrville Folk Festival has spent nearly 40 years enchanting ears with an eclectic mix of folk, blues, country and Americana performances spread out across 18 melodious days. Music-lovers on May 27 can spend the evening air-tromboning along with Austin Klezmorim, known as one of the Southwest's oldest klezmer bands, or crooning along with Seth Glier, a gifted young piano plinker from western Massachusetts. Legendary member of Peter, Paul and Mary, Peter Yarrow, headlines the festivities on June 3 and Atlanta's Girlyman subvert its namesake on June 10 with muscular three-part harmonies and competitive bass-drum bench presses.
Nestled in Texas Hill Country, Fest Out West treats audiences to a weekend-long lineup of crooners. Performances take place in Luckenbach and Kerrville's Y.O. Ranch Hotel, which ensconces guests in Old West luxury with walls covered in mounted antlers, chandeliers crafted from old branding irons, and trough bottle service for VIP horses.