Bill Aylor Sr. Memorial RiverStageCategories:
- Civic Events Venues
The Bill Aylor Sr. Memorial RiverStage is an outdoor amphitheater located on the banks of the Concho River at 16 E. Avenue A. The fan-shaped RiverStage incorporates the natural terrain of a 3-acre site into its design. Spectators can view the stage from the terraced hillside or from chairs set on a concrete slab directly in front of the stage.
The RiverStage has been host to such acts as bluesman B.B. King, Texas troubadour Willie Nelson, rocker Ted Nugent, and San Angelo's own Los Lonely Boys and Paula Deanda. The venue is also home to the San Angelo Symphony's annual July 3 Pops Concert and fireworks show, a free event that draws tens of thousands of people. Click on the image above for a photo gallery.
Despite its size and scenic views, the RiverStage's rental rates are affordable enough that it hosts many private events.
The stage house measures 3,700 square feet. More than one-third of this square footage is the stage itself, which measures at 1,325 square feet. The remaining square footage contains restrooms, dressing rooms, storage and stage equipment rooms.
From wingtip to wingtip, the stage measures 114 feet. Three sets of large doors are located in the wings on each side. When the doors are swung open, they serve as baffles for stage shows. When closed, the doors join with the movable back panel and roof to create a shell. These back panels can be left open giving the audience a view through the stage to a fountain in the river. Pivoting walls frame the stage creating an outstanding outdoor theater facility. The concrete area in front of the stage can accommodate 900 folding chairs while an additional 8,000 spectators can fit comfortably on the hillside