San Marcos Like a Local

The Live Music Capital's Sultry Little Step-Sister

September 11, 2014

by Charlotte Wattigny

Just 25 miles down the road from the self-proclaimed “Live Music Capitol,” lies the hip little city of San Marcos, Texas. From small hole-in-the-wall bars to big two-story concerts halls to career launching honky-tonks, one can find music every night of the week. 

Cheatham Street Warehouse has launched many a legend.


It all starts with the Songwriters Circle at Cheatham Street Warehouse where many music icons received the boost their budding career needed. From George Strait in the 70s, to Stevie Ray Vaughan in the 80s, to current day rising stars like Randy Rogers, Terri Hendrix and Kyle Park, all can trace the launch of their career to this legendary honky-tonk stage.


Both young artists and legends are featured in the television series “The Texas Music Scene” hosted by nine-time Grammy winner Ray Benson right here in San Marcos. Filmed at the downtown two-story music venue The Marc, fans from far and wide can be a part of the intimate live audience when the show is taped eight times a year.

The Marc is also the only place in Central Texas that you can see Blue October perform when on tour. And you might run into a band member or two having breakfast on the Square when they aren’t. That’s because Blue October is based in San Marcos and they love us as much as we love them. 

Superfly's Lone Star Music Emporium hosts many in-store performances.


Americana, Honky-tonk, Roots/Rock and Red Dirt music are just some of the Texas music genres you can find in the Lone Star state. And if you are looking to listen to a variety of independent artists before choosing your favorites,’s brick-and-mortar location—Superfly’s Lone Star Music Emporium—is the place to do just that. Their live in-store performances, CD release parties and stock of hundreds of different artists will feed your passion. Unique merchandise and hard to find vinyl also fill the shelves. The Lone Star Music Awards are held each spring in San Marcos, Texas at The Marc where nominees and fans alike gather to hear great music and honor the annual category winners. 

Triple Crown has been playing live music for more than 6,432 consecutive days.


If you are looking for music a little off the beaten track, Triple Crown is the place. This iconic hole-in-the-wall has been playing live music for more than 6,432 consecutive days and counting. Usually with two or three acts each night. Do the math. That’s a whole lot of entertainment.

The live music found in San Marcos, Texas is as individual as the city itself. So if you yearn for intimate shows or discovering new artists that may surprise you, this is the place to come. If packing a hall with a couple thousand of your closest friends is more your style, there are plenty of those venues too… just down the road.