SAGE Music Festival to feature rising Soul singer Allen Stone, Blues standout Mel Waiters and Tejano sensation Ram Herrera on Oct. 26

San Antonio for Growth on the Eastside has announced plans for its second annual SAGE Music Festival on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 3 p.m. – midnight, at the AT&T Center’s Bud Light Courtyard. The festival is set to be an unforgettable day of diverse musical performances celebrating the musical legacy of the city’s Eastside.


Festival Information

Individual tickets are $22 in advance, $27 at the gate. VIP packages, $100, include one festival admission ticket with special VIP seating, an invitation to a special VIP reception on Friday, October 25 and will receive either a 2013 SAGE Music Festival Poster or T-Shirt. Special VIP Parking will be provided with the purchase of two VIP packages. Tickets can be obtained through Ticketmaster, online at www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets will also be available for sale at the SAGE office at 1149 East Commerce, Suite 210, as well as at the gate on Oct. 26. Attendees are encouraged to bring cash for food and beverage vendors, and lawn chairs for the outdoor venue at the AT&T Center’s Bud Light Courtyard. Parking will be available onsite.















Featured performers include:


Allen Stone

Rising Soul singer Allen Stone

Headlining the 2013 SAGE Music Festival is rising Soul singer Allen Stone. Since launching his career in 2010, Stone has been touring cross-country on the music festival circuit, thrilling crowds as the 2013 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival and at SXSW. Stone’s self-released "Allen Stone" (2011) peaked at the number 2 spot on the R&B/Soul charts on iTunes and hit #9 and #35 on the Billboard Heatseekers and R&B/Hip Hop Album charts. USA Today has hailed Allen Stone as a "pitch-perfect powerhouse" and The New York Times has compared his music to that of Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Donny Hathaway and Bill Withers.


Mel Waiters

Blues standout and San Antonio native Mel Waiters

With a mesmerizing and powerful voice, Mel Waiters belts out the best R & B show-stopping tunes ever written. Mel began performing in 1974 as a teenager at teen clubs in San Antonio, and at church on the Eastside, where he was born and raised and where his family still lives today. Waiters released two albums, Suki Suki Man and I’m Serious, on the Serious Sound label, with the song, “Hit It and Quit It from the I’m Serious album propelling his career into the public’s view as a Rhythm and Blues giant in the making. When Mel moved his career to the Waldoxy label, his debut album, Woman in Need, established him as one of the greatest R & B singers on the scene. Today, Mel continues to tour nationally, and he has appeared alongside such greats as greats as Bobby Blue Bland, Latimore and Cicero Blake. He was awarded the Jackson Music Award in 1996 and 1998.


Ramiro Herrera

Tejano legend Ram Herrera

Grammy nominee Ramiro Herrera is a legend in the Texas music industry. His is one of the rare musical careers to successfully span three decades, with accolades along the way that include multiple Gold Records; Vocalist, Entertainer, Song and Album of the Year Awards; and a Grammy nomination. With the biggest, smoothest voice in Texas, Ram leads "The Outlaws" a red-hot, horn-powered big band that owns the stage, thrilling audiences on everything from hooky cumbias and power ballads to cool Salsa grooves and hot Latin rock.


Big Al

Local R&B artist Big Al & “Nutn Nice”

“Nutn Nice” is a local R&B and Blues band led by larger-than-life Alvin “Big Al” Gertman, who specializes in Blues, smooth R&B, and old-school party music. A barber by day and an entertainer by night, Big Al is a returning artist to the SAGE Music Festival representing San Antonio’s best in the Blues/R&B music genre.



Salsa sensation Orquesta Tropicante

Orquesta Tropicante is a unique and creative eleven-member Salsa and Latin Jazz band. The name "Trop-Picante" is comprised of two words: tropic and picante, meaning "tropics" and "spicy hot." The result is an exciting dance orchestra with a unique style and music that is both traditional and original. The group consists of professional musicians living in San Antonio, brining together a multitude of cultural influences. Since its inception, has worked in most of the top nightclubs of San Antonio, Austin and Corpus Christi.



Neo soul/inspirational group Soul Fruit

This Arizona-based group combines soul and inspirational influences to create “a distinctive sound and image, one with optimistic overtones and a refreshing energy.”



About SAGE: SAGE is a non-profit organization that serves as a growth engine for San Antonio’s Eastside. Through partnerships, alliances and leveraging resources, we help Eastside businesses expand and grow and support new businesses joining our community. Our passion is telling the story and celebrating the successes of San Antonio’s Eastside.