The Tedeschi Trucks Band Evoked the Magic of Blues-Rock Interplay at its San Antonio Performance

11/15/2019 - 11:00am

The Tedeschi Trucks Band brought its collaborative brand of blues-rock magic to the Tobin Center on Thursday night to a sold out, highly attentive crowd.

Guitar hero Derek Trucks famously joined the Allman Brothers Band in 1999 at age 19, having guested with the group previously and grown up around its music via his uncle, drummer Butch Trucks. Singer-songwriter Susan Tedeschi was a successful solo artist in her own right. She married Derek Trucks in 2001 and they merged their respective bands in 2010.

Tony Parker gives Snoop Dogg Spurs jersey, joins him onstage at San Antonio show

11/08/2019 - 2:45pm

The San Antonio basketball icon and Spurs point guard Dejounte Murray attended the rapper’s show Wednesday night at The Tobin Center, where they also appeared onstage.

Parker’s Instagram Stories show him hyping up the crowd at DJ Snoopadelic’s booth and shouting a warmhearted “I love you, San Antonio.”

Former Spur Tony Parker meets Snoop Dogg at his San Antonio show

11/07/2019 - 10:45am

Two legends linked up this week when L.A. met S.A.

Former Spur Tony Parker hung out with West Coast rapper Snoop Dogg backstage and onstage during his DJ performance at The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts Wednesday night. Snoop has assumed a list of names, but one of his newer ones, "DJ Snoopadelic," was who fans, including Parker, showed up to see. The moniker is used for his music career as a DJ.

Johnny Depp Surprises San Antonio Crowd, Joins Guitarist Jeff Beck Onstage During Tobin Center Show

09/24/2019 - 10:30pm

Fans of Jeff Beck got an unexpected jolt of star power this weekend when actor Johnny Depp showed up at The Tobin Center Sunday night to jam with the guitar god. 

As he has done at several other recent stops on the tour, Depp joined the former Yardbird for a handful of songs, including "Isolation," social media posts show. 

Instagram users posted both onstage and backstage snaps of the A-list movie star plus video from the performance. 

Tobin Center Celebrates Its 5th Year With Sunday Open House

08/23/2019 - 8:45am

Most patrons of the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts are familiar with the H-E-B Performance Hall pictured above. Less familiar might be the Feik Family Rotunda or McLaughlin Family Rotunda, the fourth-floor Gorman Mezzanine Lobby, or even the elite Denman Founders Lounge.

Those curious to learn more about Bexar County’s multimillion-dollar grand performance center are invited to a free Fifth Anniversary Open House event on Sunday, from 2-6 p.m., with access to many rarely seen parts of the building, swag items, and special discounts on upcoming performances.

Ever Ours Season Program Gives Glimpses of Lesser-Known Beethoven

08/22/2019 - 12:45pm

The upcoming 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s 1770 birth gave the Classical Music Institute (CMI) impetus to celebrate the composer’s lesser-known works for its 2019-2020 season.

“The late quartets are still considered some of the most innovative pieces of music ever written,” said Paul Montalvo, CMI artistic director.

While Beethoven’s symphonies are among the most-performed works in the classical canon, his string quartets, quintets, and other chamber music pieces are better known among chamber music aficionados, Montalvo said.


07/18/2019 - 4:30pm

Upon entering the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, it was evident that there was a lot of excitement and anticipation for THE LIGHTNING THIEF THE PERCY JACKSON MUSICAL. It was also evident that the majority of attendees were young middle school aged girls who had apparently read all the books and couldn't wait to see what the musical had in store. It seemed that if a show was going to attract this audience, it may not be the best show. But, keeping an open mind helps. So, the expectations weren't too high as seats were taken and the lights dimmed.

Esteemed Opera Faust Comes to Life at the Tobin for Special Performances

05/07/2019 - 11:15am

Whether it’s in the form of a country song (“The Devil Went Down to Georgia”), an animated sitcom (Futurama’s “The Devil’s Hands Are Idle Playthings”), or a classic horror flick (Rosemary’s Baby), a deal with the devil remains a popular motif in modern media. While the religious roots of the archetype reach deep into the annals of history, modern retellings owe a major debt to the ultimate demonic deal: the sale of Dr. Faust’s soul to Mephistopheles in Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s philosophical masterwork, Faust.

Tobin Center expanding entertainment business beyond SA

04/10/2019 - 4:00pm

The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, home to seven resident companies that fill more than 80 percent of the downtown venue's dates, has created a subsidiary called Tobin Entertainment to address such limited availability.

With resident companies taking up about 285 dates annually in the center, Tobin Entertainment will have the flexibility to book and promote additional — and sometimes more lucrative — events in other venues in San Antonio and across the nation, enabling it to generate more revenue for the organization.

Tobin Center Announces 2019-2020 Season

04/10/2019 - 3:00pm

The Tobin Center’s H-E-B Performance Hall was arranged in similar cabaret-style for the season announcement, offering a glimpse of elegant satin-draped tables where the regular row seating is normally positioned. Fresher said tickets for the fundraising gala are already going fast.

Music, theatrical, and speaking events will be scheduled through the 2019-2020 season in addition to performances by the seven Tobin Center resident companies.

Gladys Knight to Headline Tobin Center Gala

04/10/2019 - 2:45pm

Gladys Knight is headed to San Antonio for a performance at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts’ 2019 gala concert on Thursday, October 24. She joins the ranks of Paul McCartney, Lionel Richie, Dolly Parton and Steven Tyler, all of whom have previously headlined the venue's annual gala. 

Tobin Center to Celebrate Five Years With ‘Empress of Soul’

04/03/2019 - 10:45am

Ready to celebrate five years in operation, the Tobin Center for Performing Arts will welcome “a true legend” as the special guest of its Oct. 24 gala.

At its special 2019-2020 season announcement Wednesday night, Tobin Center President and Chief Executive Officer Mike Fresher said “empress of soul” Gladys Knight will perform for the special cabaret-style evening event.

Cavanaugh’s Billy Joel concert rocks The Tobin Center

03/15/2019 - 11:00pm

The San Antonio Symphony’s Pops season revisited the deep well of New York music Friday night with a tour of Billy Joel’s hit songs and ballads stretching over several decades.

Vocalist and pianist Michael Cavanaugh’s program touching on the various styles of Joel’s music came off during Friday night’s concert much as the Pops program in January when vocalist Tony DeSare invoked New York City through Frank Sinatra hits that represented an earlier generation.