Concert venue

San Antonio’s new live music venue, Stable Hall, will open in 2023 at the Pearl

The latest makeover in the Pearl Stable’s long history will transform the 19th-century Pearl building into a state-of-the-art concert hall, slated to open in the spring of 2023.

The building will be renamed Stable Hall. It will include an adjoining biergarten that will serve German dishes from the hill region.

Stable Hall, which is designed to evoke historic Texas dance halls, will have a jewelry box stage, curved balcony, wooden floors and a restored wooden ceiling with hand-painted murals on the walls. With a capacity of 1,000 people, it will be comparable in size to Gruene Hall in New Braunfels, which has a capacity of 800 people.

Clayton Korte, a San Antonio and Austin-based architecture firm, will work on the project with Austin-based interior design firm Joel Mozersky Design.

The budget is being worked on, said Elizabeth Fauerso, CEO of Pearl Commercial. She said it would be substantial.

Stable Hall will feature local, regional and national acts. The central idea is to honor the musical community of San Antonio, Fauerso said.

As this rendering shows, Stable Hall will feature an outdoor biergarten.

Clayton Korte
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Rendering of the exterior of the Stable Hall, the renovation of the Pearl Stable building at the Pearl. It is being transformed into a concert hall scheduled to open in 2023.

Clayton Korte

Rendering of the exterior of the Stable Hall, the renovation of the Pearl Stable building at the Pearl. It is being transformed into a concert hall scheduled to open in 2023.

It will be booked six days a week, she said. Some of the events people can look forward to include gospel brunches and conjunto tardeadas.

Rosie Flores and Santiago Jiménez Jr. performed at a Tuesday morning press conference announcing the new venue. Flores remembers performing years ago in a Bob Dylan tribute show with the Infidels at Pearl Stable.

“It was the best stage I played on in San Antonio,” she said, adding that she was looking forward to performing in the space again.

Stable Hall will be managed by WoodHouse, an entertainment operator and developer.

National acts will be booked by Jay Sweet, who works with major festivals such as the Newport Folk Festival in Newport, RI, and the Pilgrimage Music and Cultural Festival in Franklin, Tenn.

Fauerso mentioned Nora Jones, Jon Batiste and Maren Morris as examples of the types of artists who will play in the room.

“This schedule is going to be incredibly diverse,” said Brandt Wood, director of WoodHouse. “We’re going to book all genres of music, and it’ll be a place where people come to mingle with the local community. It’s exciting.”

Beginning in 2006, Pearl Stable operated as a special event venue for weddings, graduations, and all manner of gatherings. It was one of the first things that opened on the Pearl Campus when it was turned into a mixed-use development. The idea then, Fauerso said, was to give people a reason to visit the Pearl at a time when there wasn’t much else in the neighborhood.

“It worked really well for a decade,” she said.

Since then, The Pearl has become a popular destination, so the time seemed right to find a new way to use the historic building. Pearl Stable closed at the end of July 2020.

“What we thought we lacked was public access,” Fauerso said, noting that visitors were clearly curious about the building, but unless they were attending an event there- down, they couldn’t get in. “This building is such a treasure, we want to make it open to the world.”

To figure out how best to do this, officials drew inspiration from Pearl’s archives, which include all sorts of stuff from the brewery’s days. Many of those items had to do with music, including 45s labeled Pearl Recordings, she said. And music has also been at the heart of many events held on the property in recent years.

So a music venue seemed like the right way to go.

Shortly after this decision was made, Wood approached the Pearl about the possibility of holding a festival there. Instead, officials told him about running a new music venue.

They have been developing plans for this to happen over the past couple of years.

“We’ve been cooking on this all through COVID,” Fauerso said.

Stable Hall is the second new concert hall announced in San Antonio in recent months. Tech Port Center + Arena, a 3,100-capacity live entertainment and esports facility in Port San Antonio, will host its first concert — the Smashing Pumpkins — in May.

The building that will become Stable Hall was built as a stable to house the Pearl Brewery’s draft horses in the days before motorized vehicles. When horses were no longer needed to transport Pearl Moss, the building became a western-themed hospitality space called The Corral. It closed around the time of HemisFair ’68, and three years later was redone as Jersey Lilly with a Gay Nineties theme, including red flocked wallpaper and brass chandeliers. Once the Pearl began operating as a mixed-use development, a project that began in 2001, the building became Pearl Stable.

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