When Rudi Harst moved back to San Antonio in 1979 after a year and a half spent making music in Holland and England, one of the first local gigs he booked was at the original Friendly Spot, located on the corner of Alamo and Beauregard. Performing there regularly alongside bands like The #2 Dinners, The Smith Brothers and Claude Morgan and the Blast, he helped transform the funky, low-key neighborhood ice house into a true hotbed of creative energy.
It was a natural progression for him to get hired to play his music on the front porch of Phil Klein’s house for the Fair that year, and for the following two years as well, before he and his wife, Zet Baer, moved to New York, then Berkeley to follow their muse. Upon returning to San Antonio in 1987, he resumed performing at the fair that year, and he has only missed a few years since then.
He has served as Entertainment Manager for the past five years, committed to booking a diverse, top-notch lineup of local entertainers – and he’s looking forward to doing so again for 2014. The King William Fair remains one of his all-time favorite gigs, 35 years and countless performances later.
- Zet Baer