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Lights out for East Side music venue as ambitious mixed-use development plugs in

East Side music venue closes for ambitious mixed-use development

Alamo City Music Hall
Lil Uzi Vert performs at the Alamo City Music Hall in 2016. Alamo City Music Hall/Facebook

The lights are turning out at one of San Antonio’s most popular live venues. In a February 15 release, Alamo City Music Hall & Club owner Sylvia Fernandez announced that the concept will close after almost nine years.

Since its opening in March 2010 by Fernandez and her late husband, Pete Gonzales, Alamo City Music Hall has hosted a variety of touring national acts, but its specialty was hip-hop and metal. Emerging acts like Kehlani, Curren$y, Lil Pump, and SZA split the stage with nostalgic favorites like Corrosion of Conformity, Eddie Money, Naughty by Nature, and Stryper.

Now, the East Side concert hall is being squeezed out by a mixed-used development in the former Merchant's Ice and Cold Storage building at 1305 E. Houston St. The ambitious innovation district will include a military research facility, hotel, office space, and a food hall.

Due to the project’s current construction, Fernandez has already cleared out the main nightclub part of the venue. Fernandez tells CultureMap that currently the last day is set for February 24, but "things have been changing on a daily basis."

Although a few previously booked shows will still be able to run at the venue, some had to be rescheduled. According to the release, Alamo City Music Hall will be updating its Facebook page as the other concerts find new homes. Frequent booking agent Twin Productions will also be helping in getting the word out via its social media channels. All previously purchased tickets will be honored at the new venues.

For fans of the venue, Fernandez did offer some hope that the show would go on. According to the release, she has a new venture in the works and will announce the details in the “near future.”