4 Reasons We’re Expanding to San Antonio

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We often get called on to DJ a number of events in the San Antonio area, from weddings to quinceañeras to Fiesta parties. Over the past year we’ve seen a dramatic increase in the demand for our services in the San Antonio area. As a result, we are excited to announce that starting in October, we are opening a second location with 2 resident DJs to better serve the San Antonio metropolitan area. Here are 4 reasons we decided on San Antonio as our next city:

1. It’s a Pretty Cool City

 

Local favorites like the revamped Pearl Brewery complex helped San Antonio make Huffington's list of secretly cool cities.

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Austinites might think they live in the coolest city in Texas, if not the entire U.S., but San Antonio is increasingly trendy in its own right. While Austin is overrun by hordes of tourists who flock for glimpses of the live music scene, the more subdued San Antonio offers residents and visitors alike a unique experience. In 2015, San Antonio was dubbed one of the five “Secretly Cool Cities” by the Huffington Post who cited landmarks such as the 14-mile-long River Walk, the Tobin Performing Arts Center, the Pearl Brewery District, and the King William District as some of the city’s coolest attractions. We couldn’t agree more that San Antonio is pretty cool.

2. The City is Booming

The 2nd most populous city in Texas after Houston, San Antonio has some wonderful highlights including the State’s best Tex-Mex, a rich history, a diverse population, notable landmarks like the Alamo and River Walk, and a unique flavor that sets it apart from other Texas cities. It’s no wonder that people are moving here in droves. Apple Movers, one of the area’s best companies for moving, reports that they’ve seen a huge influx of people relocating to San Antonio in the last few years. Some of their customers, they say, are fleeing the traffic and outrageous living costs of cities like Austin. Between 2010 and 2016, San Antonio’s population grew by 8.55%. With all these additional San Antonio residents, we have more than enough San Antonio parties and weddings to keep us busy spinning tracks.

3. Did Someone Say Fiesta?

For 125 years, the residents of San Antonio have been celebrating the annual Fiesta, a weeks-long event that pays homage to the city’s rich heritage. Originally started as a parade to commemorate the lives lost in the Battles of San Jacinto and the Alamo, Fiesta San Antonio now boasts 11 days of activities and events, include parades and live music, that celebrate what it means to be from San Antonio. Picture loads of scrumptious food, bright and vibrant colors everywhere, and an anticipatory buzz in the air, and you have Fiesta. Of course, we also love Fiesta because of its rich musical tradition. Live music plus DJed events keep 3.5 million party-goers dancing for the entirety of the celebration.

4. It Has Incredible Venues

Long a tourist destination, the 14 miles of the San Antonio river walk are the perfect place for an exciting and fun-filled wedding weekend.
San Antonio boasts some of our favorite wedding and special event venues in the Hill Country. Here are a couple of our favorite places to DJ in downtown San Antonio:

  • Pearl Stable: The Pearl Brewery was founded in San Antonio way back in 1883, but was shut down in 2001 after the label was sold to Pabst. Today, the historic brewery site has been revitalized and transformed into a beautiful entertainment district, replete with restaurants, shops, and one of our favorite wedding venues. The Pearl Stable once housed the brewery’s horses, which were key to transporting supplies and finished product before the brewery had motorized means of transportation. Now, the meticulously renovated stable is used as a special events venue, with room for up to 300 of your favorite people to dance the night away.
  • Hotel Valencia: Everyone loves San Antonio River Walk, and if you want an unforgettable wedding experience, the River Walk is the place to have it. Hotel Valencia sits right on the banks of the San Antonio river, and is the perfect place to throw a fete your guests will never forget. One of the most romantic wedding ceremonies we’ve witnessed was held in the hotel’s intimate courtyard area, followed by a long night of dancing and partying in the hotel’s tastefully decorated ballroom.

Of course in addition to several other remarkable downtown venues, San Antonio’s outskirts also have some great ranch settings for a more Texan-wedding vibe. Any way you slice it, San Antonio is a great play to live, play, party, and DJ. We’re happy to now call San Antonio our 2nd home.

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5 Best Venues in Central Texas for Weddings

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To us, a great wedding reception means lots of dancing and laughter as you celebrate tying the knot with all of your closest family and friends. Fueled with drinks (drink responsibly and please take an Uber), amplified with the right music, and placed in the right setting, your reception will be a night that everyone remembers. Here are our 5 favorite venues in central Texas for a party you’ll never forget:

1. Camp Lucy

Located in Dripping Springs, about 20-30 minutes from Austin, Camp Lucy is a sprawling venue that displays the Texas Hill Country at its best and even has on-site accommodations for guests. With 3 different sites to choose from (don’t expect to the have the place to yourself), Camp Lucy can handle everything from an intimate ceremony to a huge celebration with hundreds of people. We recently had the chance to DJ a wedding here at the Sacred Oaks location. The couple happened to pick a balmy day in February, with highs in the upper 70s, so they decided to have the whole shindig outside. They tented the Great Lawn to give it a cozier atmosphere and we set up the Airstream just on the edge of the grass. Guests young and old seemed to have a blast, as everyone danced long into the night.

2. Salt Lick BBQ

This iconic BBQ joint has expanded in more recent years to include a winery, tasting room, and two notable wedding venues. Perched on the hill overlooking the vineyard with sweeping sunset views, sits the limestone hewn Thurman’s mansion, perfect for small to mid-size weddings. Our favorite place for a wedding, though, is the more removed Pecan Grove, nestled beside Onion Creek. Picture a romantic first dance under string lights draped through the canopy of pecan trees followed by a night of dancing underneath the stars. Guests will love you for the laid back vibe and the delicious catering from the smoke pit next door.

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We will happily accept payment in the form of smoked brisket. Photo credit Wally Gobetz

3. Allan House

This surprising gem is tucked among a bevy of old houses turned legal and accounting offices just north of downtown, but south of campus. The Allan House, an historic home turned wedding venue, books up quickly for small-sized weddings with bookings usually taking place a year in advance. The most magical wedding we’ve ever done here was a winter wedding. During the off months, when Austin has wildly variable temperature and weather swings, Allan house tents off the outdoor courtyard to protect guests. The tastefully chosen clear tent is bedecked in thousands of tiny little white lights. Tree branches which protrude into openings in the tent are similarly adorned, resulting in a stunning and absolutely romantic atmosphere. The tent gives any affair an intimate feel, where people feel safe to get up and dance and have a great time.

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Summer setting at the Allan House is spectaular as darkness falls and thousands of lights twinkle. Photo credit Elias Andrade

4. Mercury Hall

Just south of downtown, removed from the noise and chaos of city traffic, sits Mercury Hall. The house, which sits on this 4-acre parcel of land is simple yet refined, a white-washed farmhouse with colorful stained glass windows. While the indoor space is lovely, if you get married on one of Austin’s many sunny days, we’d recommend holding the reception in the generously sized courtyard just behind the hall. This beautiful space is bedecked with string lights and encircled by live oaks, that invite guests to gather around and spend the evening talking, laughing, and dancing together as they celebrate your big day.

5. Brazos Hall

While some of the other venues we mentioned go for more of a laid back Texas Hill Country vibe, Brazos Hall is distinctly different. This relatively new space sits in the shadow of the Frost Tower at the intersection of 4th and Brazos, right in the heart of downtown. An urbanite’s dream, this venue is modern and clean – perhaps you would call it rustic industrial. While the open concept first floor is great for an indoor fete, the 2nd floor patio is where the party is. With views of downtown, your guests might feel like they are in the VIP section of a new, exclusive nightclub. The venue is proximate to 6th street, so guests can continue the after-party long after the bride and groom depart. An ample selection of hotels within walking distance makes accommodations convenient.

There are so many lovely places to get married in Central Texas that we could go on writing for days. Once you’ve picked the perfect venue, don’t forget to reserve us for your event!

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