Historic Pearl stable to reopen as ‘world-class’ music venue in 2023

Nearly two years after ending its position as a private events venue, San Anton residents now know what will become of Pearl’s historic stable. Pearl announced Tuesday, March 15 that the rotunda building will be Stable Hall, a concert hall with booking opportunities ranging from local to national talent. The opening is scheduled for spring 2023.

Soon, guests of the Broadway Corridor mixed-use development will be able to dine, shop and attend concerts at Pearl.

The building will have a capacity of 1,000 people. Additionally, the nearly 130-year-old building will feature a beer garden featuring a Texas and German Hill Country menu with kolaches, bratwurst, pretzels, beer, specialty drinks and more for guests to enjoy before or after shows. The outdoor space should open at the same time as the venue.

Before it became what Pearl expects to see as a “renowned music destination,” the building served as an often-booked event venue for weddings and other private functions. The stable was part of the original property of Pearl Brewery, which was in operation from the 1880s to 1999. As its name suggests, the building housed the company’s horses before the vehicles were manufactured.

Stable Hall is a year away from opening the doors, but is focused on the sounds it will bring to San Antonio. The venue brought in Jay Sweet, a well-known music buyer, to handle nationwide bookings for Stable Hall. Sweet says her job is to “continually add spice” to Pearl.

“I’ve been in town for 12 hours and met some people I’ve loved listening to all my life,” Sweet says.

The lineup will include nationally touring musicians, talent from Texas, and artists from Mexico and the Americana Music Triangle. Musical genres will range from Latin to blues, alternative country, R&B, pop, indie, and more. There will also be a focus on San Antonio’s music scene with showcases featuring Santiago Jimenez Jr., Azul Barrientos, Campanas de America and more.

“We have music in our bones here at Pearl,” said Elizabeth Fauerso, CEO of Pearl Commercial. “This place (Pearl) has always had something to do with music in San Antonio.”

Fauerso says the stable is a way to honor San Antonio’s musical history, while elevating the evolution of those to come.

All will take to the draped Jewel Box stage, the focal point of the venue. The stable hall will also feature a curved balcony with an elevated view of the stage, wooden floors, murals, a restored wooden ceiling, state-of-the-art acoustics and lighting.
Pearl also enlisted architects Clayton Korte and Joel Mozersky Design, based in San Antonio and Austin, to transform the event venue into a music hall with well-appointed green rooms for talent and bar areas so that guests can gather during the concerts.

“The Stable Hall is the oldest concert hall in San Antonio. This venue will capture the authenticity of the nation’s historic dance halls and usher in the next chapter of music in San Antonio by honoring our region’s roots and showcasing the best in live music,” Fauerso said in a press release. . “San Antonio has an important heritage – from artists like Robert Johnson and Lydia Mendoza to genres like conjunto and country – our region is at the heart of American music history. With a commitment to celebrating the joy of live music while honoring musicians and their craft, Stable Hall will be a place for us to come together in the shared joy of music.

Entertainment developer WoodHouse, which operates The Moore in Miami and Park House in Houston and Dallas, will oversee operations for Pearl’s new music concept. WoodHouse director Brandt Wood, whose career in creating and developing entertainment venues and festivals spans more than 25 years, says the Stable Hall project has been in production for two years.

Wood says in a press release that he is working with San Antonio restaurateur Erick Schlather, co-founder of Barbaro and Hot Joy, on developing the “world-class” venue.

“With the rich musical history of San Antonio and the region and Pearl’s now legendary status as a cultural mecca, the time has come for a concert hall of this size and caliber,” Wood said in a statement. . “Stable Hall is ushering in a rising tide of music in San Antonio, and we are honored to lead it.”

Stable Hall’s announcement comes amid a slate of new concert hall projects. In September, the Brackenridge Park Conservancy, along with the City and County of Bexar, announced a $61.7 million renovation of the Sunken Garden Theater. The Tech Port Center and Arena, located in the disused Kelly Air Force Base, is set to open in May with a grand opening lineup that includes Smashing Pumpkins and Kevin Gates. In August 2021, Selma’s Real Life Amphitheater announced a partnership with Tobin Entertainment to bring more musicians to the outdoor venue. The group Zac Brown is due to perform there in May.

Stable Hall is located at 307 Pearl Parkway. Updates on the project will be shared on the venue’s website, Instagram and Facebook pages.

Renders provided by Clayton Korte show how the historic Pearl stable will be converted into a live music venue by spring 2023.

Renders provided by Clayton Korte show how the historic Pearl stable will be converted into a live music venue by spring 2023.

Courtesy, Clayton Korte