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Music News – March 28, 2019

I first heard Austin Meade sing a year ago during an all-star tribute to Tom Petty shortly after Petty’s untimely death. I was very impressed with his performance and made a mental note to keep an eye on his career. Fast forward to a few months ago when I received a copy of his latest album titled Waves in the mail. The front cover photo could have been an outtake from Bro Seger’s 1978 Stranger in Town album. Meade has that 70’s rock star look and I was blown away by the new collection of songs. Deftly combining his Americana roots with classic rock puts Austin in a class all by himself. Few young artists are trying this style, much less able to do it successfully. Several of the cuts on this CD are in heavy rotation on KNBT 92.1 FM so I’m sure you’ve heard his music by now. If not, you need to do so immediately. The best way to get the new album is to catch his show on Friday night at Freiheit Country Store. Their website doesn’t mention an opening act so get their early and be sure to buy his new album. Tickets are available now at FreiheitCountryStore.net

 

Floores Country Store is the place to be this weekend with two nights of the Randy Rogers Band. When they play the historic venue in Helotes, people flock from miles around to witness the event. Rogers loves this place and even recorded a live album at Floores a few years ago called Homemade Tamales. His new album, titled Hellbent, is due out April 26 and is available now for pre-order. You can hear the first single, Crazy People, on Randy’s website. William Clark Green will open the show on Friday night and Casey Donahew will handle the Saturday night opening slot. Green and Donahew are both headlining acts on their own so this is like getting two major shows in one night for the same price. It’s the perfect way to kick off springtime and hopefully say goodbye to old man winter for about seven or eight months. This show will definitely sell out so get your tickets now at LiveAtFloores.com.

 

Billy’s Ice is under new ownership and since Bob Wilson purchased the iconic local venue he’s been ramping up his live music schedule. He’s got live music booked for the entire weekend featuring Colton O’Neill tonight, Jamie Talbert on Friday, Nautical Nation on Saturday and Tony Taylor and Geoff Hill closing things out on Sunday. It’s nice to see live music making such a strong comeback at Billy’s Ice. It has been the home for many fantastic live shows in the past plus literally hundreds of local benefits. I predict that the tradition will continue and I’m happy to see them doing well. Check them out on Facebook and on their website at BillysIce.com.

 

Krause’s Café in downtown New Braunfels has a triple threat weekend on tap. Friday night brings Zack Walther and his band to the Krause’s stage. I think Zack is working on a new album and hopefully it will be out soon. It’s always a good day when there’s new Zack Walther music. Hipsonic will be on hand Saturday to rock the crowd with their unique blend of rock and pop. Blues guitar ace Ruben V will play an early gig at 3pm on Sunday to finish out the weekend. If you’ve never seen Ruben V you need to remedy that situation right away. This guy has the chops and the voice to play anything he wants. This is Ruben’s makeup show from a few months back when old man winter came calling with some really cold weather and forced him to cancel. Check out their full music schedule at KrausesCafe.com that also includes some cool polka bands on Wednesday nights.

 

Rosie Flores has been one of my favorite guitar players since the first time I heard her debut album back in 1987. Born in San Antonio and raised in San Diego, Flores formed her first band called Penelope’s Children while still in high school in California. Flores would go on to form several more bands, tour with Wanda Jackson and even join Asleep at the Wheel for a few years. Her latest album is called A Simple Case of the Blues and it was produced by Austin’s ace guitarist Charlie Sexton with help from Kenny Vaughn, Marty Stuart’s guitar player. The album spotlights her incredible guitar playing and amazing voice. You can catch Rosie at Riley’s Tavern on Saturday night with a mere $10 cover charge. Check out the other great acts coming to Riley’s at RileysTavern.com.

 

 

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

Adobe Verde  (1724 Hunter Road, 830-629-0777)

Tonight – Caleb Hynes – 6:30pm

Fri – Dan White – 6:30pm

Sat – Bru’s Tunes – 6:30pm

 

Aztec Theater  (104 N St Mary’s Street, San Antonio  210-812-4355)

Tonight – Ella Mai – 7pm

Fri – Heart vs Queen – Night of Tributes – 6:30pm

Sat – Third Eye – Tribute to Tool – 6:30pm

 

Billy’s Ice (1193 Loop 337, 830-692-8169)

Tonight – Colton O’Neill – 8:30pm

Fri – Jamie Talbert – 8:30pm

Sat – Nautical Nation – 9pm

Sun – Tony Taylor & Geoff Hill – 3pm

Wed – Logun Timberlake – 8:30pm

 

Black’s BBQ (936 Loop 337, 830-358-7006)

Sat – The Merles

 

Black Whale Pub (367 Main Plaza, 830-625-6605)

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 8pm

 

Brookshire Brothers (18275 FM 306, Canyon Lake 830-935-3130)

Fri – Larry Dial – 6pm

Sat – Billy Snipes – 6pm

 

Cheatham Street Warehouse (119 Cheatham Street, San Marcos, 512-353-3777)

Tonight – Bart Crow – 8pm

Fri – Wood Street Band – 8pm

Sat – Ben Kadlecek/ Wynn Williams – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Dan McCoy – 9:30am

 

Faust Brewing Company (499 S. Castell Street, 830-609-9086)

Fri – Nate Guthrie – 7pm

Sat – Derek Krueger – 7pm

 

Floores Country Store  (14492 Old Bandera Rd  210-695-8827)

Fri – William Clark Green / Randy Rogers Band – 7pm

Sat – Casey Donahew Band / Randy Rogers Band – 7pm

 

Freiheit Country Store (2157 FM 1101, 830-625-9400)

Fri – Austin Meade – 7pm

Sat – Gary Glenn & 20X Band – 7pm

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 6:30pm

 

Grapevine in Gruene  (1612 Hunter Rd  830-606-0093)

Fri – Ryan Waguspak – 5pm

Sat – Robert Irwin – 3pm

 

Gristmill River Grill (1287 Gruene Road, 830-625-0684) Sat – Clifton Jansky – 6pm

 

Gruene Hall (1281 Gruene Rd   830-606-1281)

Tonight – Powell Brothers – 6pm

Fri – Kylie Rae Harris / Zane Williams – 7pm

Sat – Flat Top Jones – 1pm / Texas Gentlemen/ Band of Heathens – 8pm

Sun – Slim Bawb – 12:30pm / Gus Samuelson & Swampadelic – 5pm

Mon – Marshall Hood Band – 6pm

Tue – Josh Grider & Friends – 6pm

Wed – Shawn O’Neill – 6pm

 

Happy Cow (9103 FM 1102, Hunter, TX. 512-667-7510)

Sat – AC & Bad Billy’s – 8:30pm

 

Krause’s Café (148 Castell, 830-632-5076)

Fri – Zack Walther Band – 8pm

Sat – Hipsonic – 8pm

Sun – Ruben V – 3pm

Wed – San Antonio Dutchmen – 7pm

 

Luckenbach Dance Hall (412 Town Loop, Luckenbach 830-997-3224)

Tonight – Bo Porter – 5pm

Fri – Hayden Whittington – 1pm / Charlie Kelley – 4pm

Sat – Clayton Gardner – 1pm / Kem Watts – 5pm / Kin Faux – 8pm

 

Middleton Brewing (101 Oakwood Loop, San Marcos 512-847-3435)

Tonight – Aurazora – 7pm

Fri – Gerry Burns – 2pm

Sat – Lyn Cody & Jim Colangelo – 3pm

Mon – Open Mic w/ Bill Middleton – 6pm

 

Phoenix Saloon (193 W San Antonio, 830-643-1400)

Tonight – Ryan Quiet – 5:30pm

Fri – Larry Dial – 5pm / Uptown – 9pm

Sat – Jesse Stratton Band – 9pm

Sun – All Mixed Up – 3:30pm / Lucas Taylor – 7:30pm

Wed – Open Mic w/ Billy Roy – 8:30pm

 

Pour Haus  (343 W San Antonio, 830-214-6033)

Tonight – The Craze – 8:30pm

Fri – Chris Saucedo Band – 8:30pm

Sat – Mark Odom Band – 9:30pm

Sun – Myles Smith – 8:30pm

Mon – BMW Jam – 8:30pm

Tue – Open Mic Night – 8:30pm

Wed – Josh Holden – 8:30pm

 

Riley’s Tavern (8894 FM 1102 512-392-3132)

Tonight – Ryan Kennedy Band – 8pm

Fri – Shelley King – 6pm / Brian Duarte Trio – 9pm

Sat – Rosie Flores – 9pm

Sun – Blues Jam – 4pm

Wed – Manzy Lowry & Tyler Cannon – 9pm

 

Rudy’s BBQ (844 Loop 337, 830-609-3337)

Tonight – Tyler Cannon – 5:30pm

 

Sam’s Burger Joint (330 E Grayson St   210-223-2830)

Tonight – Tuatha Dea – 7pm

Fri – Nate Rodriguez / Reed Brothers – 8pm

Sat – Saltwater Slide & Josh Pearson – 8pm

Sun – Billy Idol Tribute – 7pm

 

Tavern in the Gruene (830 Gruene Rd, 830-608-0438)

Tonight – Jordan Minor & Bottom Dollar Band – 9pm

 

Villa at Gruene (1190 Gruene Rd,   830-625-9463)

Tonight – Sam Byers & Big Valley Band – 7pm

Fri – The Brew – 8pm

Sat – Clever Name Band – 8pm

Sun – Bo Brumble & Garrett Mann – 4pm

 

Vino En Verde  (2351 Gruene Lake Dr.  830-620-4404)

Tonight – Gregory Grant – 7pm

Fri – BJ Thibodeaux – 8:30pm

Sat – Two Rivers Revival – 8:30pm

 

Watering Hole  (1390 McQueeney Rd  830-625-0045)

Tonight – Meyer Anderson Band – 8pm

Fri – The Homebodies – 8pm

Sat – Clint Taft & Buck Wild Band – 9pm

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Music News – March 21, 2019

VIVA Jerry Jeff

As Texas icon Jerry Jeff Walker recovers from a rough fight with throat cancer, his many friends are planning a musical salute to him on Sunday at Gruene Hall. Titled Viva Jerry Jeff – Pals of Scamp Share Stories and Songs, the show starts at 7pm on Sunday night. Many musicians from around Texas will come together on the historic stage to tell their favorite stories about Walker and perform many of his hit songs. Since Jerry Jeff was still recovering and unable to play his annual birthday bash at Gruene Hall, they decided to throw an all-star party in his honor. Advance tickets are available at GrueneHall.com and if you are thinking of going, get those tickets now before it sells out.

 

New album from Todd Snider

Todd Snider has a brand new CD out titled Cash Cabins Sessions Vol. 3. In his typical humorous way, he named it Volume 3 even though there isn’t a Volume 1 or 2. Snider spent his teenage years in San Marcos and was mentored by the legendary Ken Finlay at Cheatham Street Warehouse. One night he saw Jerry Jeff Walker at Gruene Hall and he decided that’s what he wanted to do with his life. That’s exactly what he did and he would go on to become one of the best singer songwriters of his generation. His concerts are packed full of hilarious stories that are so funny, many attend just to hear them. In fact, many fans compile bootleg compilations of just his on-stage tales. In the past few years he’s toured with the band Hard Working Americans but the new album finds him back where he belongs in the folk music wheelhouse. Packed full of acoustic songs recorded at Johnny Cash’s cabin in Tennessee, it captures Todd at his spontaneous peak. Working on a Song starts the collection with a look at how Todd writes his songs. Talking Reality Television Blues is a humorous take on all the reality TV shows we watch. He wrote The Ghost of Johnny Cash after hearing a story John Carter Cash told him about his dad and Loretta Lynn. It’s a fun collection of tunes and if you are a Todd Snider fan, it belongs in your collection.

 

Surf Guitar King Dick Dale Passes Away

Surf guitar was very popular back in the 60’s and the king of surf guitar was Dick Dale. Born Richard Anthony Monsour in Boston in 1937, he mastered piano, trumpet and ukulele by the time he was in the 7th grade. A few years later he bought his first guitar and soon mastered both lead and rhythm styles and was able to play them both almost simultaneously. During his junior year in high school his family moved El Segundo, CA. Richard learned to surf and soon brought his passion for surfing to his guitar playing. His story from this point reads like a fairytale. Before long a friend suggested a name change to Dick Dale because it sounded like a good name for a country singer. But Dick wasn’t destined to be a country singer, he was a master guitar player and his style of playing was setting the world on fire. His first album, Surfer’s Choice, was released in 1962 and sent him on a rocket ride of a career. His huge hit song, Misirlou, was used in countless movies including Pulp Fiction by Quentin Tarantino. Dick Dale passed away on March 16 in Loma Linda, California from heart failure. The story doesn’t stop here though, because there’s a New Braunfels connection to tell you about. Local musician Bryan Feltner actually worked for Dick Dale for several years in the later 90’s as a personal assistant and tour manager. Bryan traveled with him, stayed at his home in Twin Palms and learned how to be a tour manager. When I contacted Bryan after learning that Dick had passed away, he sent me a fantastic email with some of his favorite memories of the guitar legend. If Bryan gives me his permission, I’ll post the complete email on my Martinsmusic.com website.

 

The Rock Vault Brings Classic Rock to Town

Local musician and internet radio owner Bruce Schwarz has just started The Rock Vault, a sister station to Texas 46 Radio, which features Texas and classic country music. The new station features the best in the classic rock format but unlike other classic rock stations, it will dig deeper into the vaults. It will play the best in 70’s and 80’s classic rock but will include rare b-sides, obscure bands and a healthy dose of Texas rock by bands like Heyoka from San Antonio. Bruce is a big fan of Joe Anthony, the Godfather of Rock & Roll from KISS-FM in San Antonio and his Rock Vault playlist is heavily influenced by the legendary DJ. Back in the 70’s, FM radio was free to play anything they wanted to. Now everything is handled at the corporate level so Bruce’s station brings back that freedom to play anything the DJ wants to. Both stations are a labor of love for Bruce and he’s put a lot of hard work and money into making them sound as good as possible. When I listen to the new station, it brings back fond memories of the 70’s when classic rock was king. Check it out now at TheRockVault.us.

 

Jannie Taylor Benefit on Sunday

Last but certainly not least, please head out to the Phoenix Saloon this Sunday at noon for an all-day benefit for Jannie Taylor. She’s the mom of local guitar slinger Lucas Taylor and a super sweet person. Jannie’s been battling cancer for a while now and they could use your help to raise money for her treatment. Like many of us, me included, we have no medical insurance and could never afford the cost to purchase it. Lucas lost his dad a few years ago too and now his mom is fighting cancer so he’s had some tough times. Many guests, too many to mention here, are stopping by to play some songs and help raise money. Please stop by if you can and make a donation because that’s what we do in our town, we take care of our own.

 

 

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

Adobe Verde  (1724 Hunter Road, 830-629-0777)

Fri – JJ Garrett Band – 6:30pm

Sat – Right on Red – 6:30pm

 

Aztec Theater  (104 N St Mary’s Street, San Antonio  210-812-4355)

Fri – Queensryche – 7pm

Sat – Nothing More – 5:30pm

Sun – Amos Lee – 6:30pm

 

Black Whale Pub (367 Main Plaza, 830-625-6605)

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 8pm

 

Brauntex Theatre (290 W. San Antonio, 830-627-0808)

Tonight – Storm Large – 7:30pm

Fri – Bruce Robison – 7:30pm

 

Brookshire Brothers (18275 FM 306, Canyon Lake 830-935-3130)

Fri – Bandreu – 6pm

Sat – Ray Wylie Hubbard – 6pm

 

Cheatham Street Warehouse (119 Cheatham Street, San Marcos, 512-353-3777)

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Don Reilly – 9:30am

 

Faust Brewing Company (499 S. Castell Street, 830-609-9086)

Fri – Blackboot Family Band – 7pm

Sat – Tex Porter Band – 7pm

Floores Country Store  (14492 Old Bandera Rd  210-695-8827)

Fri – Matt & the Herdsmen – 7pm

Sat – Jamie Lin Wilson/ Wade Bowen / Turnpike Troubadours – 7pm

 

Freiheit Country Store (2157 FM 1101, 830-625-9400)

Fri – The Craze – 7:30pm

Sat – Jake Hooker & the Outsiders – 7:30pm

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 6:30pm

 

Grapevine in Gruene  (1612 Hunter Rd  830-606-0093)

Tonight – Dirty River Dixie Band – 5pm

Fri – Coltin’s Kin – 5pm

Sat – Johnny McGowan – 3pm

 

Gristmill River Grill (1287 Gruene Road, 830-625-0684) Sat – Dan McCoy – 12:30pm & 6pm

Sun – Dan McCoy – Noon

 

Gruene Hall (1281 Gruene Rd   830-606-1281)

Tonight – Phil Luna – 1pm / Hot Texas Swing Band – 6pm

Fri – Billy Bacon & Forbidden Pigs – Noon / Christian Sparks / Blue Water Hiway – 7pm

Sat – Brian Pounds Band – 1pm / Carolina Story / Bob Schneider – 8pm

Sun – Kane Alvarado – Noon / Viva Jerry Jeff – 6pm

Mon – Bret Graham – 6pm

Tue – Jed Zimmerman & Jimmy Davis – 6pm

Wed – The Georges – 6pm

 

Happy Cow (9103 FM 1102, Hunter, TX. 512-667-7510)

Sat – Squeezebox Bandits & Crawfish Boil – 2pm

 

Krause’s Café (148 Castell, 830-632-5076)

Fri – Michael Alanis – 8pm

Wed – Chris Rybak Band – 7pm

 

Luckenbach Dance Hall (412 Town Loop, Luckenbach 830-997-3224)

Tonight – Bo Porter – 5pm

Fri – Hayden Whittington – 1pm / Charlie Kelley – 4pm / Kim Carson – 8pm

Sat – Small Town Habit – 1pm / Kem Watts – 5pm / Walt Wilkins & the Mystiqueros – 8pm

Sun – Thomas Michael Riley – 1pm / Hollin McKay – 5pm

 

Middleton Brewing (101 Oakwood Loop, San Marcos 512-847-3435)

Fri – Marvin Bottera & Broken Glass – 7pm

Sat – Desperado Rose Band – 7pm

Sun – Gerry Burns Bluegrass Sunday – 3pm

Mon – Open Mic w/ Bill Middleton – 6pm

 

NB House Concerts (250 Timber Wild, 210-617-3765)

Sun – Nobody’s Girl – 4pm

 

Phoenix Saloon (193 W San Antonio, 830-643-1400)

Tonight – Ken Raba – 5pm

Fri – Junior Nash – 5pm / Soul Sessions w/ Courtney Santana – 9pm

Sat – The Craze – 9pm

Sun – Chris Beall – 3pm / Jannie Taylor Benefit w/ Lucas Taylor – 7:30pm

Wed – Open Mic w/ Billy Roy – 8:30pm

 

Pour Haus  (343 W San Antonio, 830-214-6033)

Tonight – Brent Michael Wood – 8:30pm

Fri – 3 Man Front – 8:30pm

Sat – Shaker Hymns – 9:30pm

Sun – Jackson Parten – 8:30pm

Mon – Matt Kirk – 8:30pm

Tue – Open Mic Night – 8:30pm

Wed – Bo Brumble & Garrett Man – 8:30pm

 

Riley’s Tavern (8894 FM 1102 512-392-3132)

Tonight – Magic Girl & Colton French – 7pm

Fri – Hill Country Revival – 9pm

Sat – The Revs – 9pm

Tue – Troy Stone Band – 8pm

Wed – Nate Guthrie – 8pm

 

River House Snack Bar (1706 Hunter Rd., 830-627-3285)

Fri – Alli Mattice Band – 6pm

 

River Road Ice House (1791 Hueco Springs Loop 830-626-1335)

Tonight – Matt & Sylvia Kirk – 6pm

Fri – Drew Cooper / Cameron Nelson – 6pm

Sat – Ottoman Turks / Micky & the Motorcars – 7pm

 

Rudy’s BBQ (844 Loop 337, 830-609-3337)

Tonight – Paul Eldridge – 5:30pm

 

Sam’s Burger Joint (330 E Grayson St   210-223-2830)

Tonight – Jaime Wyatt / Shooter Jennings – 7pm

Fri – Skyrocket – 8pm

Sat – The Undercovers / The Iron Maidens – 8pm

Wed – Jamie Lin Wilson & Kylie Rae Harris – 7pm

 

Tavern in the Gruene (830 Gruene Rd, 830-608-0438)

Fri – Logan Timberlake – 9pm

Sat – Dirty White Horse – 9pm

 

Villa at Gruene (1190 Gruene Rd,   830-625-9463)

Tonight – Passing Through Tour – 7pm

Fri – Bill Ayres – 8pm

Sat – Call For Band Info

Sun – Brent Michael Wood – 4pm

Wed – Myles Smith – 7pm

 

Vino En Verde  (2351 Gruene Lake Dr.  830-620-4404)

Tonight – Rich Bermea – 7pm

Fri – Bobby & Paul – 8pm

Sat – Mark Heyman – 8:30pm

 

Watering Hole  (1390 McQueeney Rd  830-625-0045)

Tonight – Rick Reyna Band – 8pm

Fri – Painted Pony – 8pm

Sat – Knotty Grove – 9pm

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Music News – March 14, 2019

SXSW Blues

This week, if you happen to be anywhere near Austin, you will notice the city and the traffic are much more crowded that normal, if that’s actually possible. The reason for the crowds? It’s South By Southwest week, that’s why. Known by it’s shortened name of SXSW, it has become one of the largest music conferences in the world and it takes place every March in our state capital. Back in July 1986 some folks in New York City at the New Music Seminar had an idea to expand their east coast event down south to warmer climate. They contacted Austin Chronicle staff writer Roland Swenson and explained their idea. When plans fell through, Roland recruited Louis Black, the Chronicle’s editor, Nick Barbaro, the publisher and booking agent Louis Meyers and started their own music conference. Black came up with the title South By Southwest as a play on the name of the Alfred Hitchcock film North By Northwest. The first SXSW Music Conference was held in March of 1987 and 150 people were expected to attend. However, 700 people attended and I happened to be one of them. The idea behind the festival was brilliant. Invite music writers, radio station programmers, record label executives and booking agents to Austin so they can see live performances by as many unsigned bands as you can convince to come play for them. The first few years were pure magic. The crowds were small and bands were hungry to be discovered. Parking was free and plentiful, restaurants weren’t crowded and lines to get into clubs to see the bands were non-existent. Then things began to change. Venues started booking big name acts that didn’t need the exposure and fans started going to these shows rather than checking out the bands that really needed the help. Once this started, in my opinion, things went downhill fast. Before long, you couldn’t find a place to park; restaurants were filled to capacity and forget about getting into any venue to see live music. I toughed it out every year until 2012 when I finally just couldn’t take the crowds any longer. In short, it just wasn’t fun anymore. When music stops being fun, that’s when I lose interest. SXSW continues to thrive and occasionally an artist will get signed to a record or management deal, but in my opinion, the festival lost sight of its original mission.

 

William Clark Green to record live album

William Clark Green has a very special show planned for next Tuesday night at Cheatham Street Warehouse in San Marcos. He and his band will be recording a live album at the historic venue. He recorded his first live CD at Gruene Hall a few years ago so this would be the natural progression, capturing his live show in another famous Texas honky-tonk. This time, the band will be performing in an acoustic format, much like MTV’s famous unplugged series. The show was limited to 100 seats and it’s sold-out so hopefully you already have your tickets. There’s no official word on when the live acoustic album will be released, but if you sign up for his email blasts at WilliamClarkGreen.com, you’ll be one of the first to know.

 

St Patty Day Fun

Even though our city has deep roots to Germany, we still celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in a major way. On Sunday March 17, venues all over town have special shows planned to salute the Irish among us. There’s a massive pub crawl starting at Krause’s Café at 5pm and ending at Callahan’s Pub at 10pm. Billy’s Ice will feature Tom Gillam and the Kosmic Messengers at 8:30pm on Sunday night. The Honky Tonk Saints will be at Krause’s Café at 5pm and Lucas Taylor will be at Phoenix Saloon on Sunday night at 7:30pm. The Pour Haus will kick off their St. Patty’s Day Party at 3pm with a parking lot party featuring the Clever Name Band, Scott Wiggins, Mark Monaco and Colby Keeling. The green beer will be flowing so remember to party responsibly and always have a designated driver.

 

Walt Wilkins Festival

Every year Walt & Tina Wilkins host a very cool event in Fredericksburg called WaltStock & Barrel Texas Wine and Music Festival. This year the dates are May 15 to 18 at Jellystone Park in Fredericksburg. They just announced the full lineup of artists and it includes Chris Berardo, Matt Hillyer, Zac Wilkerson, Bob Livingston, Drew Kennedy, Josh Grider, Susan Gibson, Terri Hendrix, Lloyd Maines, South Austin Moonlighters and of course Walt Wilkins & The Mystiqueros. Get your tickets now at WaltStockandBarrel.com. When Walt and Tina host a festival, it’s a class act from top to bottom so get your tickets now before it sells out.

 

 

 

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

Adobe Verde  (1724 Hunter Road, 830-629-0777)

Tonight – Shane Bartell – 6:30pm

Fri – Traveling Trees – 6:30pm

Sat – Bru’s Tunes – 6:30pm

 

Anhalt Hall (2390 Anhalt Rd, Spring Branch 830-438-2873)

Sat – Jake Penrod & His Million $$ Cowboys – 8pm

 

Aztec Theater  (104 N St Mary’s Street, San Antonio  210-812-4355)

Sat – T Pain – 7pm

Sun – U2 & Thin Lizzy Tributes – 6pm

Tue – Switchfoot – 6:30pm

 

Billy’s Ice (1193 Loop 337, 830-692-8169)

Tonight – Matt Kersh Band – 8:30pm

Fri – Ryan Ross – 8:30pm

Sat – LC Rocks – 8:30pm

Sun – Tom Gillam – 8:30pm

 

Black Whale Pub (367 Main Plaza, 830-625-6605)

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 8pm

 

Brauntex Theatre (290 W. San Antonio, 830-627-0808)

Tonight – Frankenstein The Play – 7:30pm

 

Brookshire Brothers (18275 FM 306, Canyon Lake 830-935-3130)

Fri – Fallon Franklin – 6pm

Sat – Tyler Cannon – 6pm

 

Cheatham Street Warehouse (119 Cheatham Street, San Marcos, 512-353-3777)

Fri – Brother Roscoe – 7pm

Sat – Colby Keeling – 7pm

Tue – Charlie Stout / William Clark Green – 7pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Anthony Wright – 9:30am

 

Faust Brewing Company (499 S. Castell Street, 830-609-9086)

Fri – Highway Hypnosis – 7pm

Sat – Marcus Morales – 7pm

 

Floores Country Store  (14492 Old Bandera Rd  210-695-8827)

Fri – Flaco Jimenez 80th Birthday Bash – 7pm

Sat – Shotgun Rider / Easton Corbin – 7pm

 

Freiheit Country Store (2157 FM 1101, 830-625-9400)

Fri – Gary Glenn & 20X Band – 7:30pm

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 6:30pm

 

Grapevine in Gruene  (1612 Hunter Rd  830-606-0093)

Fri – Sylvia Kirk – 5pm

Sat – Bob Appel – 3pm

Sun – Johnny McGowan – 3pm

 

Gristmill River Grill (1287 Gruene Road, 830-625-0684) Tonight – Coltin’s Kin – 5:30pm

Fri – Dan McCoy – 12:30pm / Dan McCoy – 6pm

Sat – Coltin’s Kin – 6pm

 

Gruene Hall (1281 Gruene Rd   830-606-1281)

Tonight – Johnny & the Blalocks – 1pm / Eddy Smith & the 507 – 6pm

Fri – Billy Bacon & Forbidden Pigs – Noon / Jarrod Birmingham / Roger Creager – 7pm

Sat – Murali Coryell & Ernie Durawa – 1pm / Prophets & Outlaws / Roger Creager – 8pm

Sun – Beat Boot Revival – 12:30pm / Dawn & Hawkes Family Band – 5pm

Mon – Bret Graham – 6pm

Tue – Dan McCoy – 1pm / Two Tons of Steel – 7:30pm

Wed – Rodney Hayden – 1pm / The Georges – 6pm

 

Happy Cow (9103 FM 1102, Hunter, TX. 512-667-7510)

Fri – Jordan Minor & Bottom $ Band – 8:30pm

Sat – Preachers of Hell County – 8:30pm

 

Krause’s Café (148 Castell, 830-632-5076)

Tonight – Mollie B & Squeezebox – 7pm

Fri – Pine Coats – 8pm

Sat – Texas State Opera Theatre – 7pm

Sun – Honky Tonk Saints – 5pm

Wed – Off The Grid Band – 7pm

 

Luckenbach Dance Hall (412 Town Loop, Luckenbach 830-997-3224)

Tonight – Bo Porter – 5pm

Fri – Charlie Kelley – 4pm / The Merles – 8pm

Sat – Mud Dauber Chili Cook-Off – Noon

Sun – Folk Family Revival – 1pm

 

Middleton Brewing (101 Oakwood Loop, San Marcos 512-847-3435)

Fri – Longtooth – 7pm

Sat – Tracy Weimberg & Friends – 2pm / The Humdingers – 7pm

Sun – Adam Johnson Band – 2pm

Mon – Open Mic w/ Bill Middleton – 6pm

 

Phoenix Saloon (193 W San Antonio, 830-643-1400)

Tonight – Ethan Hanson – 5:30pm

Fri – Larry Dial – 5pm / Brother & the Hayes/ Ryan Quiet & It’s Whatever – 9pm

Sat – Jeff Warren Johnston Band – 9pm

Sun – Jorge Gallegos – 3:30pm / Lucas Taylor – 7:30pm

Wed – Open Mic w/ Billy Roy – 8:30pm

 

Pour Haus  (343 W San Antonio, 830-214-6033)

Tonight – Mark Monaco Duo – 8:30pm

Fri – Clever Name Band – 8:30pm

Sat – Dirty White Horse – 9:30pm

Sun – St Patrick’s Day Party – 3pm

Mon – Tony Taylor – 8:30pm

Tue – Open Mic Night – 8:30pm

Wed – Chad Boyd – 8:30pm

 

Riley’s Tavern (8894 FM 1102 512-392-3132)

Tonight – Sissy Brown – 8pm

Fri – The Homebodies – 6pm / Andrea Marie & the Magnolia Band – 9pm

Sat – Jolie & the Jakelopes – 9pm

Wed – Mike Ethan Messick – 9pm

 

River Road Ice House (1791 Hueco Springs Loop 830-626-1335)

Tonight – Slim Bawb & the Fabulous Stumpgrinders – 5pm

Fri – Tristen Marez / Randall King – 6pm

Sat – The Motts – 7pm

 

Rudy’s BBQ (844 Loop 337, 830-609-3337)

Tonight – Logun Timberlake – 5:30pm

 

Sam’s Burger Joint (330 E Grayson St   210-223-2830)

Tonight – Johnny Chops / Black Lillies – 7pm

Fri – Sawyer Fredericks – 8pm

Sat – Byron Juane – 7pm

Wed – Carolina Story – 7pm

 

Tavern in the Gruene (830 Gruene Rd, 830-608-0438)

Sat – Dave Jorgenson – 9pm

 

Villa at Gruene (1190 Gruene Rd,   830-625-9463)

Tonight – Susan Hickman – 7pm

Fri – Chris Hollacheck – 8pm

Sat – Kinky Wires w/ Myles Smith – 8pm

Wed – Fast Movin Trio – 7pm

 

Vino En Verde  (2351 Gruene Lake Dr.  830-620-4404)

Tonight – Greg Grant – 7pm

Fri – Mustard – 8pm

Sat – The Vagabonds – 8:30pm

 

Watering Hole  (1390 McQueeney Rd  830-625-0045)

Tonight – Rex McNiel Band – 8pm

Fri – Wyzer – 8pm

Sat – Chad Anderson Band – 9pm

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Music News – March 7, 2019

Bob Seger Comes to Texas

Detroit rocker Bob Seger released his hit single Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man in 1968 and it seemed that his music career was off to a good start. However, things don’t always work out as planned. It would take him another seven years to get a song on the charts and by then he was having his doubts about the music business. After all he’d been in several bands already, including The Decibels, The Town Criers, Doug Brown & the Omens, The Last Herd and Bob Seger System. In 1975 he released Live Bullet, a two album set recorded at Detroit’s famous Cobo Hall. It started selling regionally and before long it caught on across America. He had the good sense to rename his touring band as the Silver Bullet Band just before Live Bullet was pressed. I was a senior in high school when I heard his live version of Turn the Page on my car radio. I knew then that we had a new superstar in the making. Seger had been waiting for his luck to change for many years and was smart enough to have his 1976 Night Moves album already recorded and ready for release. It catapulted him to superstardom virtually overnight. Years of playing to tiny crowds in dumpy venues were over. His life was now private jets, limos and sold-out arenas in every city. Under the shrewd tactics of his manager Punch Andrews, Seger socked away his millions and by the mid-90’s had basically retired. His new music output has been sporadic, usually about six years between albums. After postponing his retirement tour last year to undergo emergency back surgery, he’s resumed the trek this year and will be in Austin tonight with Texas’ own Sunny Sweeney opening the show. He has two more Texas shows, one on Saturday in Dallas then a May 2 appearance at the Woodlands. On June 6 he will start a final four night stand in his hometown of Detroit before calling it quits for good. I often wonder who’s going to take their place when all these great musicians retire or pass away.

 

New Shows Announced for Spring & Summer

Once again old man winter surprised us all with another blast of artic air that put a major damper on all outdoor live shows. I realize our cold weather pales compared to what they are going through in the northern states, but hey this is Texas, we don’t do well when it gets below 80 degrees. So, with the promise of warmer weather in our future, these new shows were just announced to get you in the mood for spring and summer. Gruene Hall just added Lee Ann Womack, Aaron Lewis, Melissa Etheridge, Boz Skaggs, Charley Crockett, Marshall Tucker Band and Three Dog Night to their schedule. Get your tickets now to these shows and more at GrueneHall.com. Whitewater Amphitheater has Maren Morris, Midland, Slightly Stoopid, Sublime, Whiskey Myers and Shakey Graves on their concert calendar. Tickets for Whiskey Myers show on August 10 go on-sale tomorrow at 10am on their whitewaterrocks.com website.

 

Paying Tribute to Jerry Jeff & Guy Clark

The Local Live series continues tonight at the Brauntex Theatre with Austin’s Grouchy Like Riley paying a special tribute to the music Jerry Jeff Walker and Guy Clark. Members of this band have had the honor of playing with both of these Texas legends. Clark and Walker have a massive catalog of hit songs so it will be interesting to see what songs they have picked for their set. After Clark passed away and Jerry Jeff slowing down from live shows, this is your chance to enjoy all this fantastic music one more time. Tickets are still available at Brauntex.org.

 

Shawn Hart Continues His Modern Day Jesters Shows

Local singer songwriter Shawn Hart recently released his debut CD titled Real World. Like everything he does, it was a true labor of love. Hart is also still doing his weekly Modern Day Jesters showcase every Tuesday night at 7:30pm at Tavern in the Gruene. Each week Shawn welcomes two guests to join him onstage to talk about their music and perform a few songs. The shows are broadcast over his website, ShawnHartMusic.com for fans unable to attend in person. He started the show on August 2 of 2018 in the basement of the Phoenix Saloon but eventually moved it to the Tavern. The shows are very entertaining and are a one of a kind experience for music fans. He has an amazing work ethic and keeps his schedule full with shows all over town and central Texas. Tonight he’s at Phoenix Saloon at 5:30pm for a Happy Hour set. Stop by, have a cold drink, give him a listen and pick up a copy of his CD. You’ll be glad you did.

 

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

Aztec Theater  (104 N St Mary’s Street, San Antonio  210-812-4355)

Tonight – Led Zeppelin Tribute – 7pm

Fri – Gin Blossoms – 7pm

 

Billy’s Ice (1193 Loop 337, 830-692-8169)

Tonight – Clever Name Band – 8:30pm

Sat – Tom Gillam & Kosmic Messenger – 9pm

 

Black Whale Pub (367 Main Plaza, 830-625-6605)

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 8pm

 

Brauntex Theatre (290 W. San Antonio, 830-627-0808)

Tonight – Grouchy Like Riley Tribute to Jerry Jeff & Guy Clark – 7:30pm

 

Brookshire Brothers (18275 FM 306, Canyon Lake 830-935-3130)

Fri – Dallas McKinley & Michael Shane – 6pm

Sat – Mick Gamboa – 6pm

 

Cheatham Street Warehouse (119 Cheatham Street, San Marcos, 512-353-3777)

Tonight – Natalie Rose / Jesse Stratton – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm

 

Eagles Dance Hall (257 E. South St., 830-660-0437)

Sun – Goodtime Polka Club w/ Barefoot Becky Orch & Ivanhoe Dutchmen – 3pm

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Tony Taylor – 9:30am

 

Faust Brewing Company (499 S. Castell Street, 830-609-9086)

Fri – Nate Guthrie – 7pm

Sat – Dallas Burrow – 7pm

 

Floores Country Store  (14492 Old Bandera Rd  210-695-8827)

Fri – Tejas Brothers – 7pm

Sat – David Beck / James McMurtry – 7pm

 

Freiheit Country Store (2157 FM 1101, 830-625-9400)

Fri – Clay Hollis / Mario Flores & Soda Creek Band – 7pm

Sat – Already Gone – Eagles Tribute Band – 7pm

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 6:30pm

 

Grapevine in Gruene  (1612 Hunter Rd  830-606-0093)

Sat – Bret Graham – 3pm

Sun – Phil Luna – 3pm

 

Gristmill River Grill (1287 Gruene Road, 830-625-0684) Sat – Dan McCoy – 12:30pm / Coltin’s Kin – 6pm

Sun – Dan McCoy – Noon / Clifton Jansky – 5:30pm

Tue – Dan McCoy – 5:30pm

Wed – Dan McCoy – 5:30pm

 

Gruene Hall (1281 Gruene Rd   830-606-1281)

Tonight – Troy Stone & the Spent Shells – 6pm

Fri – The Sadies / Kurt Vile & the Violators – 7pm

Sat – Pat Byrne Band – 1pm / Dustin Sonnier / Josh Ward – 8pm

Sun – Bret Graham – Noon / Aaron Stephens Band – 4pm

Mon – Adam Johnson – 1pm / Bret Graham – 6pm

Tue – Phil Luna – 1pm / Two Tons of Steel – 7:30pm

Wed – Rodney Hayden – 1pm / The Georges – 6pm

 

Happy Cow (9103 FM 1102, Hunter, TX. 512-667-7510)

Fri – Shaker Hymns – 8:30pm

Sat – Slim Bawb & the Fabulous Stumpgrinders – 2pm

 

Krause’s Café (148 Castell, 830-632-5076)

Fri – Soul Sessions – 7pm

Wed – The Oompahs – 7pm

 

Luckenbach Dance Hall (412 Town Loop, Luckenbach 830-997-3224)

Tonight – Bo Porter – 5pm

Fri – Charlie Kelley – 4pm / Brutherz – 8pm

Sat – Kem Watts – 5pm / Bonnie Lang – 8pm

Sun – Hot Attacks – 1pm

 

Middleton Brewing (101 Oakwood Loop, San Marcos 512-847-3435)

Fri – Blank Floyd & Arley Blankenship – 7pm

Sat – Nate Guthrie – 3pm

Sun – Nick Garcia – 3pm

 

Phoenix Saloon (193 W San Antonio, 830-643-1400)

Tonight – Shawn Hart – 5:30pm

Fri – Jr Nash – 5pm / Fort Defiance – 9pm

Sat – Knotty Grove – 9pm

Sun – Ethan Hanson – 3pm / Lucas Taylor – 7pm

Wed – Open Mic w/ Billy Roy – 8pm

 

Pour Haus  (343 W San Antonio, 830-214-6033)

Tonight – Silver Cloud – 8:30pm

Fri – Band of Bandits – 8:30pm

Sat – Logun Timberlake – 9:30pm

Sun – Chris Saucedo – 8:30pm

Mon – Doug Garrett & Friends – 8:30pm

Tue – Open Mic Night – 8:30pm

Wed – Cody Coggins – 8:30pm

 

Riley’s Tavern (8894 FM 1102 512-392-3132)

Tonight – Shad Blair & Sachie Hart – 8pm

Fri – Mark Jungers – 6pm / Teri Joyce & the Tagalongs – 9pm

Sat – Heather Victorino – 9pm

Tue – Troy Stone Band – 8pm

Wed – Juliet McConkey – 8pm

 

River Road Ice House (1791 Hueco Springs Loop 830-626-1335)

Fri – Kolby Cooper / Read Southall – 6pm

Sat – Brice Daniels Band – 8pm

 

Rudy’s BBQ (844 Loop 337, 830-609-3337)

Tonight – Jacob Pena – 5:30pm

 

Sam’s Burger Joint (330 E Grayson St   210-223-2830)

Tonight – Aztek w/ Joel & Sara Guzman – 7pm

Fri – Joe Ely – 7pm

Sat – Kimberley Dunn – 8pm

Sun – Private Island – 7pm

 

Tavern in the Gruene (830 Gruene Rd, 830-608-0438)

Tonight – Dewberry Pickle Boys – 9pm

Fri – Jay Bleu – 9pm

Sat – Silver Cloud – 9pm

Tue – Modern Day Jesters w/ Shawn Hart – 7:30pm

 

Villa at Gruene (1190 Gruene Rd,   830-625-9463)

Tonight – Gene Reeves – 7pm

Fri – Brian Milson – 8pm

Sun – Austin Gilliam – 4pm

Wed – Bo Brumble & Garrett Mann – 7pm

 

Vino En Verde  (2351 Gruene Lake Dr.  830-620-4404)

Tonight – Brett Cline – 7:30pm

Fri – Pete & Sean Williams – 8pm

Sat – Beau Daniels Band – 8:30pm

 

Watering Hole  (1390 McQueeney Rd  830-625-0045)

Tonight – Jeremy Egg Band – 8pm

Fri – Painted Pony – 8pm

Sat – Aaron Kantor – 9pm

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Music News – Feb. 28, 2019

Texas Independence Day

Texas declared independence on March 2, 1836 and this week, we all get to help celebrate this very special day. Many venues around town will have concerts planned around this important day in Texas history. Listing them alphabetically is really the fairest way so we will start with The Lawless at Billy’s Ice on Saturday night. Johnny Bush & the Bandoleros will be at the Brauntex Theatre on Friday night. Cheatham Street Warehouse will have Mike Ryan on Saturday night. Floores Country Store will celebrate on Saturday with Matt Caldwell and Clay Hollis. Gruene Hall has a triple bill on Saturday with Walt Wilkins & Mystiqueros followed by Tanner Fenoglio and Jason Boland & Stragglers. Hill Country Revival play Happy Cow Bar & Grill on Saturday while Krause’s Café will welcome Alpen Musikanten to the pavilion stage. In fact, Krause’s has several great days of live music on their schedule that continues right on through to Fat Tuesday of next week. Luckenbach Dance Hall is the epicenter of Texas so they have the Dirty River Boys on their stage this Saturday. Riley’s Tavern has a special day planned for Saturday and the Sons of Johnny Cash will be on hand to help celebrate. Los #3 Dinners will be the band at Sam’s Burger Joint on Saturday for their annual celebration. On Saturday, the Zack Walther Band will return to their original home stage of Tavern in the Gruene. Last but certainly not least, the Watering Hole Saloon has the rocking country sounds of Dirty White Horse to help them out on Texas Independence Day.

 

Alex Meixner’s Fat Tuesday Show

Next week Alex Meixner will return to our city for his annual Fat Tuesday concert at the Brauntex Theatre. If my memory is correct, I think it is his 6th show on the beginning of Mardi Gras, which is French for Fat Tuesday. It represents the last night of eating rich, fatty foods before the ritual of fasting for the Lenten season. In our city, many bars and clubs will host special Fat Tuesday celebrations. It is one of the rare times we find a reason to party on a Tuesday night. Alex’s shows are always different from his normal crazy performances we see on outdoor stages. It gives him a chance to use his many musical talents plus play a variety of instruments. He always has special guests joining him onstage as well and this year is no exception. Alex revealed that Yesenia McNett and Tina Wilkins will be joining him and that Brett Cline will be playing in his band that night. He has a few other surprises planned too but you’ll just have to attend the show to find out what they are.

 

Carolyn Wonderland

Texas guitarist Carolyn Wonderland is at home in Austin recovering from hip replacement surgery, but will soon head overseas to start a two month European tour as the new guitar player for blues legend John Mayall. If you will recall, former guitarists in his band included Eric Clapton, Peter Green and Mick Taylor, so Carolyn is in good company. She is certainly one of my favorite guitarists and vocalists. If you aren’t familiar with her music, go online and purchase Miss Understood. It’s in my list of top 5 albums of all time. She recently completed her first album with Mayall titled Nobody Told Me. The record also includes special guests Alex Lifeson of Rush, Steve Van Zant from the E Street Band, Todd Rundgren and Joe Bonamassa. I once shared an elevator with John Mayall after a concert in Houston. I didn’t recognize him at the time, even when he asked me if I enjoyed the show, so I missed my chance to talk with a true music legend. If you are a blues fan, John’s new album will be a great addition to your collection.

 

Peter Frampton Retires

Speaking of guitar players, Peter Frampton is one of the best in the business. This England born guitar slinger started his first band; the Herd while still a teenager. At age 18 he helped fellow musician Steve Marriott form Humble Pie, a band that became a huge success all over the world. Their Live at the Fillmore album is listed as one of the top 10 live albums in rock music. Frampton left Humble Pie after the live album was released to pursue a solo career. After several unsuccessful studio albums, he released Frampton Comes Alive and the rest is history. It sold millions of copies and is now considered one of the best live albums ever recorded. It should be noted here that Frampton’s top two career albums were both recorded live. That means one thing; Frampton’s live shows are where he shines. A few days ago he released the news that he has been diagnosed with Inclusion Body Myositis, a rare condition that causes muscles to weaken. Since learning about this, he’s been recording new music as fast as possible and has at least 33 new songs completed. He will begin his final tour on June 18 in Tulsa and finish on October 12 in San Francisco. Two stops in Texas were announced, September 21 at The Woodlands and September 22 in Dallas. If you’re a Frampton fan, this will be your last chance to see him live in concert. Tickets are on-sale now at Ticketmaster.com.

 

 

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

Aztec Theater  (104 N St Mary’s Street, San Antonio  210-812-4355)

Tonight – Band of Horses – 7pm

Wed – Buckethead – 7pm

 

Billy’s Ice (1193 Loop 337, 830-692-8169)

Sat – The Lawless – 8:30pm

 

Black Whale Pub (367 Main Plaza, 830-625-6605)

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 8pm

 

Brauntex Theatre (290 W. San Antonio, 830-627-0808)

Tonight – Bee Gee’s Gold – 7:30pm

Fri – Johnny Bush & the Bandoleros – 7:30pm

Tue – Fat Tuesday w/ Alex Meixner – 7:30pm

 

Cheatham Street Warehouse (119 Cheatham Street, San Marcos, 512-353-3777)

Tonight – Cale & the 45’s / Austin Meade – 8pm

Fri – Landon Bullard / Drew Fish Band – 8pm

Sat – Mike Ryan – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Shawn Hart – 9:30am

 

Faust Brewing Company (499 S. Castell Street, 830-609-9086)

Fri – Chad Boyd – 7pm

Sat – Anniversary Party w/ Alli Mattice plus more – 1pm

Sun – Highway Hypnosis – 2pm

 

Floores Country Store  (14492 Old Bandera Rd  210-695-8827)

Fri – Small Town Habit / Micky & the Motorcars – 7pm

Sat – Matt Caldwell / Clay Hollis – 7pm

 

Freiheit Country Store (2157 FM 1101, 830-625-9400)

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 6:30pm

 

Grapevine in Gruene  (1612 Hunter Rd  830-606-0093)

Fri – Coltin’s Kin – 4pm

Sat – Bryan Maldonado – Noon / Bret Graham – 3:30pm

 

Gristmill River Grill (1287 Gruene Road, 830-625-0684) Sat – Clifton Jansky – 5:30pm

 

Gruene Grove (1263 Gruene Road 830-765-0300)

Sat – Armadillo Road – 7pm

Sun – Blues at the Grove – 2pm

 

Gruene Hall (1281 Gruene Rd   830-606-1281)

Tonight – Reed Brothers – 6pm

Fri – Ghost of Paul Revere / Trampled by Turtles – 7pm

Sat – Walt Wilkins & Mystiqueros – 1pm / Tanner Fenoglio / Jason Boland & Stragglers – 8pm

Sun – Joey McGee Band – 4pm

Mon – Bret Graham – 6pm

Tue – Call For Band Info

Wed – Call For Band Info

 

Happy Cow (9103 FM 1102, Hunter, TX. 512-667-7510)

Fri – Wyzer – 8:30pm

Sat – Hill Country Revival – 9pm

 

Krause’s Café (148 Castell, 830-632-5076)

Tonight – Auf Gehts – 7pm

Fri – Dirty River Dixie Band – 7pm

Sat – Alpen Musikanten – 7pm

Tue – Honky Tonk Saints – 6pm

Wed – Alpine Express – 7pm

 

Luckenbach Dance Hall (412 Town Loop, Luckenbach 830-997-3224)

Tonight – Stephen K. Morris – 5pm

Fri – Charlie Kelley – 4pm / Wagon Aces – 8pm

Sat – Ken Watts – 5pm / Dirty River Boys – 8pm

Sun – Walt Wilkins & Friends – 1pm

 

Middleton Brewing (101 Oakwood Loop, San Marcos 512-847-3435)

Fri – Michael James Band -7pm

Sat – Tracy Weinberg – 7pm

Sun – Don Reilly – 2pm

Mon – Open Mic w/ Bill Middleton & Kenny Penny – 6pm

 

Phoenix Saloon (193 W San Antonio, 830-643-1400)

Tonight – Garrett Douglas – 6pm

Fri – Larry Dial – 5pm

Sat – 3 Man Front / 333 – Tribute to Pantera – 8pm

Sun – Jeffrey Ryan Vaughn – 3pm / Lucas Taylor – 7pm

Wed – Open Mic Night w/ Billy Roy – 8pm

 

Pour Haus  (343 W San Antonio, 830-214-6033)

Tonight – Brent Michael Wood – 8:30pm

Fri – Soul Sessions – 8:30pm

Sat – Kerosene Drifters – 9:30pm

Sun – JJ Villareal – 8:30pm

Mon – BMW Jam – 8:30pm

Tue – Open Mic Night – 8:30pm

Wed – Josh Holden – 8:30pm

 

Riley’s Tavern (8894 FM 1102 512-392-3132)

Tonight – Shad Blair & Friends – 8pm

Fri – The Jonathans – 6pm / Organics w/ Hognose – 9pm

Sat – Sons of Johnny Cash – 9pm

Wed – Manzy Lowry – 9pm

 

River Road Ice House (1791 Hueco Springs Loop 830-626-1335)

Fri – Brandon Rhyder – 6pm

Sat – Chris Colston – 7pm

 

The Rustic (17619 La Cantera Pkwy, Ste 204, San Antonio, 210-245-7500)

Tonight – The Fritz – 8:30pm

Sat – Jonathan Tyler – 9:30pm

Tue – Tomar & the FC’s – 5pm

 

Sam’s Burger Joint (330 E Grayson St   210-223-2830)

Tonight – Brandy Zdan / Quaker City Night Hawks – 7pm

Fri – Passing Strangers – 8pm

Sat – Los #3 Dinners – 8pm

Sun – Knox Hamilton – 7pm

 

Tavern in the Gruene (830 Gruene Rd, 830-608-0438)

Tonight – Jordan Minor & Bottom Dollar Band – 9pm

Fri – 3 Man Front – 9pm

Sat – Zack Walther Band – 9pm

 

Villa at Gruene (1190 Gruene Rd,   830-625-9463)

Tonight – Susan Hickman – 7pm

 

Vino En Verde  (2351 Gruene Lake Dr.  830-620-4404)

Tonight – Brett Cline – 7pm

Fri – The Vagabonds – 8pm

 

Watering Hole  (1390 McQueeney Rd  830-625-0045)

Tonight – Meyer Anderson Band – 8pm

Fri – Chris Max Band – 8pm

Sat – Dirty White Horse – 9pm

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Music News – Feb. 21, 2019

Johnny Cash Bash at Phoenix Saloon

I always thought I was the world’s biggest Johnny Cash fan until I met Ross Fortune, owner of the Phoenix Saloon. Ross had the unbelievable honor of spending time with Cash shortly before he passed away. He was working on an assignment for a magazine and was able to interview Johnny at his home. I met Ross shortly after he purchased the Phoenix and I wrote a feature story on him for this paper. Ross moved here from Liverpool, England which happens to be the birthplace of the Beatles. Since Cash was born on February 26, Ross hosts a Johnny Cash Birthday Bash every year in his honor. It starts on Friday night with the Ryan Ross Band at 9pm and continues Saturday night with The Mismatch. On Tuesday night, Johnny’s actual birthday, Junior Nash will host Nash Plays Cash starting at 5pm. All the shows are free so come out and help a local landmark venue celebrate the music of the Man in Black.

 

Shane Smith & the Saints play Freiheit Country Store

Shane Smith & the Saints will be playing at Freiheit Country Store on Friday night with Jake Ward opening. Born in east Texas, Smith came to Austin to become a songwriter and to form a band. After succeeding in both of these goals, he recorded and released his first independent album in 2009, I’ll See For Miles. He and the band hit the road and played everywhere, winning fans at every stop. They built a career, the hard way, with a solid work ethic and good songs. They released The Coast in 2011 and Geronimo in 2015. This isn’t your normal Americana band, these guys beat to a different drummer. Shane’s lyrics tackle subjects’ way beyond his twenty odd years on this planet. Bands like his, Turnpike Troubadours, Avett Brothers and Mumford and Sons are combining traditional folk music with modern sounds and winning over thousands of young fans. Check this band out now before they become superstars.

 

Heart regroups and plans tour

As it usually does, money has a way of fixing most problems. Such is the case of Ann and Nancy Wilson of the rock band Heart. About a year ago Ann’s new husband slapped one of Nancy’s sons because he accidentally let Ann’s two dogs escape from her tour bus. According to news reports, Nancy’s sons went to Ann’s tour bus and when they opened the door, the dogs ran away. They were caught but Ann’s husband confronted the two teenage boys and when an argument broke out, he slapped one of them. When Nancy found out, that was the end of the road for the band. She got on her bus and left and the sisters didn’t speak for over a year. Both started solo careers but neither paid as well as when they were in Heart. So, money prevailed and the sisters agreed to play together again. Details of the tour are posted on their Facebook page and website. They are only playing two shows in Texas, August 22 in Houston and August 23 in Dallas.

 

Sammy Hagar Comes to Texas

Sammy Hagar, often called the Red Rocker because of his fascination with the color red, has had a long career in rock music. He got his start in the 1970’s with the band Montrose. After an argument with Ronnie Montrose, he started a solo career in 1976 with his first album, Nine on a Ten Scale. During this time he became a huge star, selling millions of albums and selling out arenas all over the world. He joined Van Halen in 1985 when original singer David Lee Roth quit the band. During his tenure with Van Halen, they sold more albums than any other rock band. Hagar left Van Halen in 1996 and formed three new bands, the Waboritas, The Circle and Chickenfoot. He continues to tour and record with all three bands but recently announced he would record one final album titled The Space Between and would use his band The Circle for the project. The first single and video is called Trust Fund Baby. He also re-recorded I Got The Fire, a song first released on the second Montrose album. In a press release for the new record Hagar explained that he feels like he has one more album in him and admitted he’d love to win a Grammy before he retires. With a net worth of over $120 million, Hagar definitely doesn’t need to work. Tonight you can see him and his band The Circle at a rare appearance at the San Antonio Rodeo and on April 30 he returns to Texas for a show at the Moody Theater in Austin.

 

Bret Graham pays tribute to Waylon Jennings & Hank Jr.

Tonight the super talented Bret Graham will be at the Brauntex Theatre as part of their ongoing Local Live series that gives local acts a chance to pay tribute to their favorite artist or band. Graham has chosen the music of two of country music’s most popular outlaws, Waylon Jennings and Hank Williams Jr. Graham consistently sells out every show he plays so if you haven’t gotten your tickets by now, you may want to get them now. He will have a hard time deciding which songs to play tonight since both singers have over 50 hits apiece. Doors open at 6:30pm and tickets are only $8. Come back on Friday night to see cowboy singing legend Red Steagall, the man credited with discovering Reba McEntire. Red is retiring from live performing so if you are a fan of his music, this will be your last chance to see this country and western legend in concert. See Brauntex.org for tickets and show information.

 

 

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

Aztec Theater  (104 N St Mary’s Street, San Antonio  210-812-4355)

Tonight – Bas – 7pm

Fri – Tribute to Tom Petty & Fleetwood Mac – 6:30pm

Sat – Cypress Hill – 6:30pm

 

Billy’s Ice (1193 Loop 337, 830-692-8169)

Tonight – Clever Name Band – 8:30pm

 

Black Whale Pub (367 Main Plaza, 830-625-6605)

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 8pm

 

Brauntex Theatre (290 W. San Antonio, 830-627-0808)

Tonight – Bret Graham – Tribute to Waylon Jennings & Hank Williams Jr. – 7:30pm

Fri – Red Steagall – 7:30pm

 

Cheatham Street Warehouse (119 Cheatham Street, San Marcos, 512-353-3777)

Tonight – Wood Street Band – 8pm

Fri – Jade Marie Patek / Damon Curtis – 8pm

Sat – Whiskey Ignition / Flydecay / Peace Pipe Prophets – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Aaron Kantor – 9:30am

 

Faust Brewing Company (499 S. Castell Street, 830-609-9086)

Sat – Tex Porter Band – 7pm

 

Floores Country Store  (14492 Old Bandera Rd  210-695-8827)

Fri – Mason Lively / Zane Williams – 7pm

Sat – The Georges – 7pm

 

Freiheit Country Store (2157 FM 1101, 830-625-9400)

Fri – Jake Ward / Shane Smith & the Saints – 7pm

 

Grapevine in Gruene  (1612 Hunter Rd  830-606-0093)

Tonight – Sylvia Kirk – 5pm

Sat – Rodney Hayden – 3pm

 

Gruene Hall (1281 Gruene Rd   830-606-1281)

Tonight – Slim Bawb & the Fabulous Stumpgrinders – 6pm

Fri – Rosie Flores / Los Texmaniacs w/ Flaco Jimenez & Augie Meyers – 7pm

Sat – Flat Top Jones – 1pm / Delle Sorelle / I’m With Her – 8pm

Sun – Western Youth – Noon / School of Rock – 4pm

Mon – Bret Graham – 6pm

Tue – Bo Porter & John Evans – 6pm

Wed – Tom Gillam & Kosmic Messengers – 6pm

 

Happy Cow (9103 FM 1102, Hunter, TX. 512-667-7510)

Fri – Skylar Hamilton & the Full Moon Rituals – 8:30pm

Sat – Slim Bawb & the Fabulous Stumpgrinders – 2pm

 

Krause’s Café (148 Castell, 830-632-5076)

Fri – Yesenia McNett & the Groove Doctors – 7pm

 

Luckenbach Dance Hall (412 Town Loop, Luckenbach 830-997-3224)

Tonight – Stephen K. Morris – 5pm

Fri – Hot Texas Swing Band – 8pm

Sat – Ben Beckendorf – 1pm

Sun – Dan West – 1pm

 

Middleton Brewing (101 Oakwood Loop, San Marcos 512-847-3435)

Fri – Marvin Bottera & Broken Glass – 6:30pm

Sat – Gerry Burns – 2pm / Nick Garcia – 7pm

Sun – Jim Mayer – 3pm

Mon – Open Mic w/ Bill Middleton – 6pm

 

NB House Concerts (250 Timber Wild, 210-617-3765)

Sun – House of Hamill – 4:30pm

 

Phoenix Saloon (193 W San Antonio, 830-643-1400)

Tonight – Ken Raba – 5pm

Fri – Junior Nash – 5pm / Ryan Ross Band – 9pm

Sat – The Mismatch – 9pm

Sun – All Mixed Up – 3pm / Lucas Taylor – 7:30pm

Tue – Junior Nash Plays Johnny Cash – 5pm

Wed – Open Mic w/ Billy Roy – 8:30pm

 

Pour Haus  (343 W San Antonio, 830-214-6033)

Tonight – Jade Marie Patek – 8:30pm

Fri – Chris Saucedo Band – 8:340pm

Sat – Natalie Rose – 9:30pm

Sun – Nate Rodriguez – 8:30pm

Mon – Garrett Mann & Bo Brumble – 8:30pm

Tue – Open Mic Night – 8:30pm

Wed – Chris Saucedo – 8:30pm

 

Riley’s Tavern (8894 FM 1102 512-392-3132)

Tonight – Susan Hickman – 8pm

Fri – Tommy Alverson – 6pm / Julie Nolen – 9pm

Sat – The Hightones – 9pm

Sun – Blues Jam – 4pm

Tue – Troy Stone Band – 8pm

Wed – Nate Guthrie – 8pm

 

River Road Ice House (1791 Hueco Springs Loop 830-626-1335)

Fri – Garrett Ford / John Baumann – 7pm

Sat – Kevin Galloway – 7pm

 

Sam’s Burger Joint (330 E Grayson St   210-223-2830)

Tonight – Nicolette Good – 7:30pm

Fri – Skyrocket – 8pm

Sat – Ruben V – 8pm

Sun – Roberta Morales Benefit – 3pm

 

Tavern in the Gruene (830 Gruene Rd, 830-608-0438)

Fri – Anthony Wright Band – 9pm

Sat – Logan Timberlake – 9pm

 

Villa at Gruene (1190 Gruene Rd,   830-625-9463)

Tonight – Braydon Zink – 7pm

Fri – Call For Band Info

Sat – The Nether Hour – 8pm

Sun – Bo Brumble & Garrett Mann – 4pm

Wed – Brian Milson – 7pm

 

Vino En Verde  (2351 Gruene Lake Dr.  830-620-4404)

Tonight – Frenchies Blues Destroyers – 7:30pm

Fri – Two Rivers Revival – 8pm

Sat – Allie Mattice w/ Eric Langenhahn – 8:30pm

 

Watering Hole  (1390 McQueeney Rd  830-625-0045)

Tonight – Texas Two Lane – 8pm

Fri – 3 Man Front – 8pm

Sat – Knotty Grove – 9pm

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Music News – Feb. 14, 2019

Valentine’s Day in New Braunfels

Today is Valentine’s Day and several venues in town have planned special concerts to help celebrate this day of love. Going alphabetically we can start with the Brauntex Theatre and a rare show with Connie Smith and her husband Marty Stuart. These two lovebirds rarely perform together outside of Nashville but each year they come to town on Valentine’s Day. Today marks their 5th year of performing together in our fair city and will also be the first time Connie is bringing her full band, the Sundowners. In the past she just used Marty’s band, the Superlatives. Next up is Gruene Hall with Dale Watson and his Lone Stars playing tonight for couples that want to two-step across the dancefloor. Tickets for his show are only $10 and will feature some of the best traditional country music this side of the Rio Grande. Last but certainly not least is Seekatz Opera House and their supper and a song with Kinky Friedman. Easily one of the most colorful characters to ever call Texas home, Friedman wears many hats. A former Governor candidate, owner of a dog rescue ranch near Kerrville, best selling author and critically acclaimed musician. His sense of humor is contagious and you can bet he’ll have some great stories to tell tonight. Krause’s Café is catering the meal and selling the tickets so go to KrausesCafe.com if you’d like to attend.

 

Ray Wylie Hubbard Unplugged

Ever wonder how Ray Wylie Hubbard came up with the idea for his hit songs like Redneck Mother or Snake Farm? Well on Friday night you can learn the answer to this question and more when he performs the first of three special Unplugged concerts at the Brauntex Theatre.

Hubbard will be featured in the first show, Paul Thorn will be the second artist in April and Ruthie Foster will finish the series in May. The series will showcase artists in an acoustic storytelling setting, talking about their songs and singing them. The Unplugged series will feature three shows a year, with the next round scheduled for February 2020. Tickets are available at Brauntex.org.

 

Gary P. Nunn to Retire

Speaking of storytellers, few do it better than Gary P. Nunn, the 73 year old songwriting icon who just announced his retirement from touring. Nunn was born in Oklahoma but got to Texas as fast as he could, which happen to be his 6th grade school year. Growing up in Brownfield, Texas he started his first band in the 7th grade. After high school he attended Texas Tech and also South Plains University before moving to Austin and enrolling at University of Texas. It was the late 60’s and before long Nunn was caught up in the thriving music scene that was putting Austin on the map as a major player in the music business. Gary played bass in bands fronted by Michael Martin Murphey, Jerry Jeff Walker and Willie Nelson before joining the Lost Gonzo Band. With Jerry Jeff as their front man, they took Texas and the world by storm. One can only imagine the stories he can tell from his years with Walker. The band broke up in 1980 and Nunn started his solo career. His many hit songs include London Homesick Blues, What I Like About Texas, Guadalupe Days and The Last Thing I Needed. I once did a phone interview with Gary and he pulled over on the side of farm road so he wouldn’t lose his cell phone connection. For the next half hour he told me the story of writing London Homesick Blues in a cold London hotel room. He claims he never wrote the lyrics down on paper, choosing to store them in his memory. By his own estimation, he’s driven over two million miles across Texas and at 73 years old, he is ready to slow down. He and wife Ruth want to travel, snow ski, ride horses, play golf and visit friends and family. I think he’s earned some time to kick back and relax for a while. Check out his remaining tour dates at GaryPNunn.com.

 

Live Music Around Town

As I write this paragraph, I see the sun peeking through the clouds and it is certainly a welcome sight. Just a few more weeks and February will be behind us and another winter will be in our rear view mirror. The live music is starting to pick back up in town, starting tonight with HalleyAnna Finlay at Riley’s Tavern. On Friday you can catch Soul Sessions at Phoenix Saloon with guest Curtis Lee. The mighty Joe Ely Band will be at River Road Icehouse on Saturday. On Sunday there’s a huge benefit concert for Sissy Lasley at Krause’s Café at 3pm. There’s nothing better than Bret Graham on Monday nights at Gruene Hall. Tuesday nights belong to Aaron Stephens at the Black Whale Pub. Walther Wednesday’s at Freiheit Country Store with Zack Walther and Matt Briggs is a fantastic family friendly event that I highly recommend.

 

 

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

Anhalt Hall (2390 Anhalt Rd, Spring Branch 830-438-2873)

Sat – Jim Byron – 8pm

 

Billy’s Ice (1193 Loop 337, 830-692-8169)

Sat – Anthony Wright – 8:30pm

 

Black Whale Pub (367 Main Plaza, 830-625-6605)

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 8pm

 

Brauntex Theatre (290 W. San Antonio, 830-627-0808)

Tonight – Connie Smith & Marty Stuart – 7:30pm

Fri – Unplugged w/ Ray Wylie Hubbard – 7:30pm

Sun – Travis Tritt (Acoustic) – 7:30pm

 

Cheatham Street Warehouse (119 Cheatham Street, San Marcos, 512-353-3777)

Sat – Cody Sparks Band – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Monte Good – 9:30am

 

Faust Brewing Company (499 S. Castell Street, 830-609-9086)

Fri – Chris Lancaster – 7pm

Sat – Tyler Stuckey – 7pm

 

Floores Country Store  (14492 Old Bandera Rd  210-695-8827)

Fri – Jake Worthington / Randall King – 7pm

Sat – Jake Ward / Jon Wolfe – 7pm

 

Freiheit Country Store (2157 FM 1101, 830-625-9400)

Fri – Gabe Garcia / Jon Wolfe – 8pm

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 6:30pm

 

Grapevine in Gruene  (1612 Hunter Rd  830-606-0093)

Fri – Sylvia Kirk – 4pm

Sat – Bret Graham – 3pm

 

Gruene Grove (1263 Gruene Road 830-765-0300)

Fri – Manzy Lowry – 7pm

Sat – Sean Castillo – 7pm

Sun – Jamie Krueger – 2

 

Gruene Hall (1281 Gruene Rd   830-606-1281)

Tonight – Dale Watson & His Lone Stars – 7pm

Fri – Leann Rimes – 7pm

Sat – Bo Phillips – 1pm / Leann Rimes – 8pm

Sun – Beat Boot Revival – Noon / Leann Rimes – 7pm

Mon – Bret Graham – 6pm

Tue – Josh Grider, Ben Jones & Kelly Mickwee – 6pm

Wed – Mitch Webb & the Swindles – 6pm

 

Happy Cow (9103 FM 1102, Hunter, TX. 512-667-7510)

Sat – JJ Garrett Band – 8pm

 

Krause’s Café (148 Castell, 830-632-5076)

Tonight – Kinky Friedman – 7pm

Fri – Slim Bawb & Fabulous Stumpgrinders – 7pm

Sat – Slim Bawb & Fabulous Stumpgrinders – 7pm

Sun – Benefit for Sissy Lasley – 3pm

 

Luckenbach Dance Hall (412 Town Loop, Luckenbach 830-997-3224)

Tonight – Stephen K. Morris – 5pm

Fri – Weldon Henson / Dale Watson & His Lone Stars – 8pm

Sat – Summer Dean / Gary P. Nunn – 8pm

Sun – Dan West & David Lee – 1pm / Hollin McKay – 5pm

 

Middleton Brewing (101 Oakwood Loop, San Marcos 512-847-3435)

Fri – Silver & Gold – 7pm

Sat – The Humdingers – 7pm

Sun – Bluegrass Sunday w/ Gerry Burns – 3pm

Mon – Open Mic w/ Bill Middleton – 6pm

 

Phoenix Saloon (193 W San Antonio, 830-643-1400)

Tonight – Ethan Hanson – 5:30pm

Fri – Larry Dial – 5pm / Soul Sessions w/ Curtis Lee – 9pm

Sat – Sons of Johnny Cash – 9pm

Sun – Shawn Hart – 3pm / Lucas Taylor – 7pm

Wed – Open Mic w/ Billy Roy – 8pm

 

Pour Haus  (343 W San Antonio, 830-214-6033)

Tue – Open Mic Night – 8:30pm

 

Riley’s Tavern (8894 FM 1102 512-392-3132)

Tonight – Halleyanna Finlay – 8pm

Fri – Mark Jungers – 6pm / Bonnie Montgomery – 9pm

Sat – Robert Johnsons Soul – 8pm

Sun – Rock Show w/ Red Direct and more – 3pm

Wed – Mike Ethan Messick – 9pm

 

River Road Ice House (1791 Hueco Springs Loop 830-626-1335)

Tonight – Slim Bawb & Fabulous Stumpgrinders – 5pm

Sat – Joe Ely Band – 7pm

Sun – Amy Lavere & Will Sexton – 6pm

 

The Rustic (17619 La Cantera Pkwy, Ste 204, San Antonio, 210-245-7500)

Tonight – Alyson Alonzo – 6pm

Fri – Left Arm Tan – 8:30pm

Sat – Powell Brothers – 9:30pm

Sun – Natalie Rose – 4pm / Steven Curd – 9:30pm

 

Sam’s Burger Joint (330 E Grayson St   210-223-2830)

Tonight – Ian Moore – 7pm

Fri – Devotional – Depeche Mode Experience – 8pm

Sat – Bekah Kelso / Ryan Montbleau – 8pm

 

Tavern in the Gruene (830 Gruene Rd, 830-608-0438)

Fri – Dirty White Horse – 9pm

Sat – Nate Rodriguez – 9pm

 

Villa at Gruene (1190 Gruene Rd,   830-625-9463)

Tonight – Austin Gilliam – 7pm

Fri – The Nether Hour – 8pm

Sat – Clever Name Band – 8pm

Sun – Call For Band Info

Wed – Fast Movin Trio – 7pm

 

Vino En Verde  (2351 Gruene Lake Dr.  830-620-4404)

Tonight – Brett Cline – 7pm

Fri – Phil Luna – 8pm

Sat – The Vagabonds – 8:30pm

 

Watering Hole  (1390 McQueeney Rd  830-625-0045)

Tonight – County Line Band – 8pm

Fri – The Homebodies – 8pm

Sat – Jeremy Egg Band – 9pm

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Music News – Feb. 7, 2019

Colter Wall at Gruene Hall

This week we have two Canadian country artists coming to town to perform for us. First up there’s Colter Wall from Swift Current, Saskatchewan. At 13, he started playing guitar and listening to the wide variety of music in his parent’s collection. Their albums included everything from AC/DC to Waylon Jennings and this proved to be a huge influence for the young music fan. In 2015 he released his first EP, Imaginary Appalachia and started playing around Canada. He traveled to Nashville in 2017 to work with famed producer Dave Cobb for his self-titled debut album. The album garnered massive critical acclaim and vaulted Wall to the top of the music charts. He started touring with his band and was selling out large venues on the strength of just one album. In October of 2018 he released his second album, Songs of the Plains and is still touring to promote it. He lands at Gruene Hall on Friday night with Vincent Neil Emerson handling opening duties.

 

Corb Lund plays River Road Icehouse

Our other Canadian is Corb Lund from Taber, Alberta and currently makes his home in Lethbridge, Alberta about 100 miles due north of Cut Bank, Montana. In his native Canada, Lund is a huge star, much like Robert Earl Keen is in Texas. It’s not uncommon for his concerts to sell-out huge arenas and theaters all over Canada. With nine albums under his belt, Lund and his band The Hurtin’ Albertans tour all over the world. As I write this column, they are playing at the Mile 0 Fest in Key West, Florida. The first time I saw Lund was at the Americana Jam several years ago when he was a virtual unknown in Texas. His current album, Things That Can’t Be Undone was released in 2015 so we are ready for some new music. Hopefully at his show on Saturday night at River Road Icehouse he will give us a sample of some new tunes. Nashville singer songwriter Jaida Dreyer will open the show for Lund. Get tickets at Riverroadicehouse.com.

 

George Strait Releases 30th album

The Broken Spoke, an iconic honky-tonk in Austin, is used as the cover photo on the latest album by Texas legend George Strait. Titled Honky Tonk Time Machine, the new collection arrives in stores and online on March 29. Strait scaled back his touring in 2014 and now only does about 10 shows each year, mostly at the T Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. He just completed two sold-out shows in Vegas on Super Bowl weekend. He returns to Vegas on August 23 and 24 and will make a rare appearance in Ft. Worth on November 22 and 23. All of these shows are sold-out so if you don’t have tickets already, the only way to get them is through the secondary markets for a very steep price. Strait and son Bubba along with old pal Dean Dillon, wrote 8 of the 13 songs on the new album. The first single was Codigo, a fast paced tribute to his favorite tequila, which he happens to be part owner of. The next single, God & Country Music, features his grandson Harvey on guest vocals. It will also include Sing One With Willie, a song he wrote with Nelson and his version of the Johnny Paycheck classic, Old Violin. Strait is the most awarded singer in the history of recorded music and has 60 number one hits, also a feat never accomplished by anyone. As Billboard Magazine boldly stated, there will never be a singer that can match his string on 60 hits. Regardless of how many years music will exist, no one will match his record. It’s very likely that he will add to that number if he keeps releasing great music like this album. It’s no wonder they call him King George, it’s a title well deserved.

 

Jim Messina at Tobin Center

Jim Messina, one half of the popular duo Loggins & Messina, will be performing at the Tobin Center in San Antonio this Sunday night. Born in Maywood, California in 1947, Jim was raised in Harlingen, Texas. When his parents divorced, his father returned to California and Jim split his time between both parents. At 16 years old he recorded his first album with his band The Jesters in 1964. Later he joined Buffalo Springfield and when they broke up, he founded Poco with Richie Furay in 1968. He left after two albums to concentrate on producing albums for CBS Records. He was assigned a young singer named Kenny Loggins as his first project. He and Kenny got along so well, they released Kenny’s first album as a duo project. Messina was reluctant to tour again after his years on the road with his previous bands but eventually agreed to tour. Five years and 20 million albums sold later, Loggins & Messina finally called it quits. Kenny started a successful solo career and Jim went back to producing music. He released an occasional album but remained mostly out of the spotlight. His latest album, In The Groove, was released in 2017. In concert, you can expect him to cover songs from all parts of his career. Get tickets now at TobinCenter.org.

 

 

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

Billy’s Ice (1193 Loop 337, 830-692-8169)

Sat – LC Rocks – 8:30pm

 

Black Whale Pub (367 Main Plaza, 830-625-6605)

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 8pm

 

Brauntex Theatre (290 W. San Antonio, 830-627-0808)

Sat – Liverpool Legends – Tribute to the Beatles – 7:30pm

 

Cheatham Street Warehouse (119 Cheatham Street, San Marcos, 512-353-3777)

Tonight – Grant Gilbert – 8pm

Fri – Shaker Hymns / Ryan Ross Band – 8pm

Sat – Scott H. Biram – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle

 

Eagles Dance Hall (257 E. South St., 830-660-0437)

Sun – Goodtime Polka Club w/ Barefoot Becky Orch. / Ivanhoe Dutchmen – 3pm

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Don Reilly – 9:30am

 

Faust Brewing Company (499 S. Castell Street, 830-609-9086)

Fri – Blackboot Family Band – 7pm

Sat – Nate Guthrie – 7pm

 

Floores Country Store  (14492 Old Bandera Rd  210-695-8827)

Fri – Austin Gilliam / Bellamy Brothers – 7pm

Sat – Night Traveler / Sam Riggs – 7pm

 

Freiheit Country Store (2157 FM 1101, 830-625-9400)

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 6:30pm

 

Grapevine in Gruene  (1612 Hunter Rd  830-606-0093)

Sat – Bret Graham – 3pm

 

Gruene Grove (1263 Gruene Road 830-765-0300)

Fri – Catherine Denis – 7pm

Sat – Alli Mattice Band – 7pm

Sun – JJ Garrett – 2pm / Chris Lancaster & Nate Guthrie – 4pm

 

Gruene Hall (1281 Gruene Rd   830-606-1281)

Tonight – Bill Small Band – 6pm

Fri – Vincent Neil Emerson / Colter Wall – 8pm

Sat – Jeff Plankenhorn – 1pm / Oliver Penn / Shinyribs – 9pm

Sun – Soul Sessions – 4:30pm

Mon – Bret Graham – 6pm

Tue – Bo Porter – 6pm

Wed – The Georges – 6pm

 

Happy Cow (9103 FM 1102, Hunter, TX. 512-667-7510)

Fri – Jordan Minor & Bottom $ Band – 8:30pm

Sat – Canaan Bryce Band – 9pm

 

Krause’s Café (148 Castell, 830-632-5076)

Fri – Ruben V – 7pm

 

Luckenbach Dance Hall (412 Town Loop, Luckenbach 830-997-3224)

Tonight – Stephen K. Morris – 5pm

Fri – Hayden Whittington – 1pm / Jaida Dreyer/ Corb Lund – 8pm

Sat – Ben Beckendorf – 1pm/ Jon Stork/ Kyle Park – 8pm

Sun – George Ensle & Dan West – 1pm / Hollin McKay – 5pm

 

Middleton Brewing (101 Oakwood Loop, San Marcos 512-847-3435)

Fri – Longtooth – 7pm

Sun – Michael James – 7pm

 

Phoenix Saloon (193 W San Antonio, 830-643-1400)

Tonight – Shawn Hart – 5:30pm

Fri – Junior Nash – 5pm/ Fort Defiance – 9pm

Sat – 3 Man Front – 9pm

Sun – Ethan Hanson – 3pm / Lucas Taylor – 7pm

Wed – Open Mic w/ Billy Roy – 8pm

 

Riley’s Tavern (8894 FM 1102 512-392-3132)

Tonight – Kayla Ray – 8pm

Fri – Mark Jungers – 6pm / David Touchton & the Nowhere Band – 8pm

Sat – Summer Dean – 9pm

Tue – Troy Stone Band – 8pm

Wed – Juliet McConkey – 8pm

 

River Road Ice House (1791 Hueco Springs Loop 830-626-1335)

Fri – Aaron Copeland – 6pm

Sat – Jaida Dreyer / Corb Lund – 7pm

 

Rudy’s BBQ (844 Loop 337,  830-609-3337)

Tonight – Pete Williams – 5:30pm

 

The Rustic (17619 La Cantera Pkwy, Ste 204, San Antonio, 210-245-7500)

Fri – Brice Merritt – 8:30pm

Sat – Kathy McKenzie – 4pm

Sun – Cooper Greenberg – 4pm

 

Sam’s Burger Joint (330 E Grayson St   210-223-2830)

Tonight – Cade Foehner – 7:30pm

Fri – Brian Scartocci / Elijah Zane – 8pm

Sat – Cory Branan / Darrell Scott – 7pm

Sun – Mike Zito – 6:30pm

 

Tavern in the Gruene (830 Gruene Rd, 830-608-0438)

Tonight – Dewberry Pickle Boys – 9pm

Sat – Court Nance – 9pm

 

Tobin Center (100 Auditorium, 210-223-8624)

Sun – Jim Messina – 7:30pm

 

Villa at Gruene (1190 Gruene Rd,   830-625-9463)

Tonight – Nate Guthrie – 7pm

Fri – Paul Eldridge – 8pm

Sat – Kinky Wires w/ Myles Smith – 8pm

Sun – Brent Michael Wood – 4pm

Wed – Bo Brumble & Garrett Mann – 7pm

 

Vino En Verde  (2351 Gruene Lake Dr.  830-620-4404)

Fri – Aaron Stephens – 8pm

Sat – Brett Cline – 8:30pm

 

Watering Hole  (1390 McQueeney Rd  830-625-0045)

Tonight – Shades of Country – 8pm

Fri – Wyzer – 8pm

Sat – Kim Meeks & Her Bad Habits – 9pm

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Music News – Jan. 31, 2019

Junior Brown & His Famous Guit-Steel

Back in 1994 I made my first trip to Nashville to attend the annual Fan Fair Festival. It was held at the old race car track on the outskirts of town. Country artists sat for hours in small booths and signed autographs for fans that travelled from all over America to see their favorite stars. Naturally I hung out at Johnny Cash’s booth and watched Garth Brooks sign autographs for several hours. Garth’s booth was next to the one that held Cash and wife June Carter. When I left, Garth was still there and later I learned that he set the record for 15 hours of continuous autograph signing. Later that day I was given the opportunity to attend a press conference where we music writers would be assigned an artist to interview. Naturally I hoped it would be a huge Nashville star like Alan Jackson or Vince Gill. As luck would have it, I was assigned Texas boy Junior Brown, an artist I’d seen and interviewed over a dozen times. Since I’m a huge Junior Brown fan, I made the best of the situation. It turned out to be a great experience and Junior was hilarious as usual. He told the story of how he came up with the idea for his unique guit-steel guitar. He invented it and holds a patent on it. He basically took a Fender Telecaster and attached a steel guitar to it. For years he only had one, which seemed risky to me. Finally he built a red one to have as a backup. To watch him play this amazing instrument is a fascinating thing to behold. You will get your chance on Saturday night at Gruene Hall. Candler Wilkinson IV will open the show and tickets are on-sale now at GrueneHall.com.

 

Aretha Franklin Tribute Show

When Aretha Franklin passed away last August, she left behind a huge void in the music world. There will never be another Queen of Soul and rightly so, because she was in a class all by herself. After her death, dozens of tribute shows were organized including one in her hometown of Detroit. The Grammy’s featured a star studded tribute to Franklin with singers such as Alicia Keys, Celine Dion, Patti LaBelle, Jennifer Hudson and Kelly Clarkson paying their respects by singing one of Aretha’s many hits. Speaking of Hudson, she will star in an upcoming feature film about Franklin’s amazing career. We will have our very own tribute to Aretha tonight at the Brauntex Theatre with local gal Yesenia McNett. She’s one of only a few local singers that could tackle the powerful vocals that were Franklin’s trademark. The show starts at 7:30pm and tickets are available at Brauntex.org.

 

The Craze Plays Krause’s Cafe

Local classic rock band The Craze is adding a lot of dates to their calendar, including a Friday night gig at Krause’s Café. The group got started in 2015 by Kenny Brazle on guitar, keyboards and vocals, Will Willard on guitar and vocals, Karl Yelderman on drums and Mark Brazle on bass. They have a massive list of songs in their catalog, covering everything from classic rock to your favorite pop hits. It’s a free show on Friday night and they get started at 7pm. They will be back at Krause’s on April 12 and you can keep track of their other area gigs at CrazeTheBand.com.

 

ZZ Top Celebrates 50 Years as a Band

Texas icons ZZ Top are celebrating 50 years of music and one of only a few bands still performing with the original members intact. They blasted onto the Texas music scene with their first gig in Beaumont in 1969 and have never slowed down. They started out as a blues band and have stayed true to that format, with the exception of a few detours back in the late 80’s. In May they will do a special three show tour of Texas before heading overseas in early June. They play Dallas on May 17, Houston on May 18 and come to Austin on May 19. Joining them on this Texas run will be Cheap Trick and Bad Company. Tickets go on-sale tomorrow at all Ticketmaster outlets and at Ticketmaster.com.

 

Mile 0 Fest in Key West

The Mile 0 Fest starts this week in Key West and if you check out their website at Mile0Fest.com and you will notice that 100% of the bands performing there are regulars at venues in our city. In fact, over a dozen performers playing there live in New Braunfels and the festival is called a Red Dirt Americana Fest. It’s just another indication that America knows that our town has become a major city among musicians. At press time it was announced that one of the main headlining acts, Turnpike Troubadours, were forced to cancel due to issues with lead singer Evan Felker. It seems that Felker is having some personal problems and the band was forced to cancel a string of dates while they get him the help he needs. Hopefully he will get some help and be back on-stage where he belongs.

 

 

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

Aztec Theater  (104 N St Mary’s Street, San Antonio  210-812-4355)

Tonight – Eric Johnson – 7pm

 

Billy’s Ice (1193 Loop 337, 830-692-8169)

Fri – Kory Brown – 8:30pm

Sat – Morning Star – 8:30pm

 

Black Whale Pub (367 Main Plaza, 830-625-6605)

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 8pm

 

Brauntex Theatre (290 W. San Antonio, 830-627-0808)

Tonight – Yesenia McNett – Tribute to Aretha Franklin – 7:30pm

 

Cheatham Street Warehouse (119 Cheatham Street, San Marcos, 512-353-3777)

Fri – Jon Wolfe – 8pm

Sat – Kolby Cooper / Shotgun Rider – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm

 

Conway’s Dancehall  (262 W. Jahn St.  830-620-5376)

Fri – Shotgun Rider – 9pm

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Steve & Don – 9:30am

 

Faust Brewing Company (499 S. Castell Street, 830-609-9086)

Fri – Chad Boyd – 7pm

Sat – Marcus Morales – 7pm

 

Floores Country Store  (14492 Old Bandera Rd  210-695-8827)

Fri – Mike Ethan Messick / Max Stallings – 7pm

Sat – Eric Hisaw / 1100 Springs – 7pm

 

Freiheit Country Store (2157 FM 1101, 830-625-9400)

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 6:30pm

 

Grapevine in Gruene  (1612 Hunter Rd  830-606-0093)

Sat – Sylvia Kirk – 3pm

 

Gruene Hall (1281 Gruene Rd   830-606-1281)

Tonight – Aaron Einhouse Band – 6pm

Fri – Ryan Culwell / Bottle Rockets – 8pm

Sat – Landry & Company – 1pm/ Candler Wilkinson IV / Junior Brown – 9pm

Sun – Peterson Brothers – Noon

Mon – Bret Graham – 6pm

Tue – Mark Stuart, Cody Braun, Bracken Hale – 6pm

Wed – Call For Band Info – 6pm

 

Happy Cow (9103 FM 1102, Hunter, TX. 512-667-7510)

Fri – R.A,G.E. – 8pm

Sat – Hunter Road Trio – 9pm

 

Krause’s Café (148 Castell, 830-632-5076)

Fri – The Craze – 7pm

 

Luckenbach Dance Hall (412 Town Loop, Luckenbach 830-997-3224)

Tonight – Stephen K. Morris – 5pm

Fri – Tanner Fenoglio / Mike Ryan – 8pm

Sat – Ben Beckendof – 1pm / Kayla Ray/ Porter Union – 8pm

Sun – Hollin McKay – 5pm

 

Middleton Brewing (101 Oakwood Loop, San Marcos 512-847-3435)

Fri – Texas Duet – 7pm

Sat – Bandreu – 2pm / Ruben V – 7pm

Mon – Bill Middleton – 6pm

 

Phoenix Saloon (193 W San Antonio, 830-643-1400)

Tonight – Sly Foot Family – 5:30pm

Fri – Larry Dial – 5pm / Finite Fidelity – 9pm

Sat – Jeff Warren Johnston Band – 9pm

Sun – Lucas Taylor Sunday Songfest – 7pm

Wed – Open Mic Night w/ Billy Roy – 8pm

 

Pour Haus  (343 W San Antonio, 830-214-6033)

Tue – Open Mic Night – 8pm

 

Riley’s Tavern (8894 FM 1102 512-392-3132)

Tonight – Joel Hofmann – 8pm

Fri – The Jonathans – 6pm / Nick Dittmeier & the Sawdusters – 9pm

Sat – Mission To Mars – 9pm

Wed – Manzy Lowry – 9pm

 

River Road Ice House (1791 Hueco Springs Loop 830-626-1335)

Sat – Tribute to the Allman Brothers Band – 7pm

 

Rudy’s BBQ (844 Loop 337, 830-609-3337)

Tonight – Jacob Pena – 5:30pm

 

Sam’s Burger Joint (330 E Grayson St   210-223-2830)

Tonight – Tribute to the Rolling Stones – 7pm

Fri – Nick Lewin / Augie Meyers – 7pm

Sat – Saltwater Slide / Audic Empire – 7:30pm

 

Tavern in the Gruene (830 Gruene Rd, 830-608-0438)

Fri – Jay Bleu – 8pm

Sat – Dave Jorgenson – 9pm

 

Tobin Center (100 Auditorium, 210-223-8624)

Tonight – Tribute to Emilio Navaira – 7:30pm

Fri – America – 7:30pm

Wed – Glenn Miller Orchestra – 7:30pm

 

Vino En Verde  (2351 Gruene Lake Dr.  830-620-4404)

Tonight – Jazz Night w/ Gregory Grant – 7:30pm

Fri – The Vagabonds – 8pm

Sat – The Henderson’s – 8:30pm

 

Watering Hole  (1390 McQueeney Rd  830-625-0045)

Tonight – Meyer Anderson Band – 8pm

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