Oct. 24, 2019

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Asleep at the Wheel – Keeping The Swing Alive

It’s hard to imagine that one of the most popular bands in Texas didn’t get their start in the Lone Star State. In fact, they aren’t even from Texas; they got their start in tiny Paw Paw, West Virginia. Back in 1969, Ray Benson and pal Reuben Gosfield formed the band and began playing all around the Washington, D.C. area. Even though they were a country band they often opened for touring rock bands like Hot Tuna and Alice Cooper. In 1970 they were persuaded by George Frayne to move to Oakland, California. George, better known as Commander Cody, had a band called the Lost Planet Airmen and thought Benson’s band would do well in Oakland. After a few years in Oakland they were able to release their first album, Comin Right At Ya in 1973. A year later Willie Nelson happened to see the band while on a west coast tour and convinced the guys to move to Austin to be part of his outlaw movement.

Nelson was right, within a few months the band was playing all over Texas and taped their first appearance on the Austin City Limits TV show, a feat they would repeat another nine times. It was that same year they were booked to play Gruene Hall, making them the first national touring band to play the legendary venue. Within a few years they were winning Grammy Awards and touring all across America. Band leader Ray Benson has fond memories about coming to New Braunfels back in the 70’s, “Back then there wasn’t much in Gruene, just this wonderful old dancehall,” he recalled. “The original advertising signs were still on the walls above the stage. It was just what we were looking for, we were a perfect fit. That’s why we keep coming back every year.”

That perfect fit kept Asleep at the Wheel, under Benson’s leadership, on the road over 200 days a year touring with acts like Willie Nelson, George Strait and Bob Dylan. Fifty years later, Ray remains the only original member left. During the past five decades, over 100 musicians have passed through the band. It doesn’t mean Benson is a tough boss; he just has a clear vision of what he wants his band to be. They are one of the few bands that have played at every Willie Nelson picnic and every ACL Music Festival. The ACL Fest, founded in 2002, has built up the attendance to about 400,000 music fans each year. Though Benson and the band may now be considered elder statesmen on the Texas music scene, it’s a badge they wear with pride. “We’ve been kicking things off for 17 years,” explained Benson. “It’s a very cool thing to stand on that stage at noon every year. It’s become a tradition for us and I hope for the fans that come to see us.”

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Music News – Oct 17, 2019

If you happen to be a fan of tribute shows, you are in luck. This week there’s ten tribute shows all happening within our area that will offer just about every genre of music you want. First up is the mighty Soul Sessions and their tribute to the Motown hits that topped the charts for many decades. This local band plays to standing room only crowds several nights a week but tonight is their debut performance on the Brauntex Theatre’s stage. They are kicking off another season of the popular Local Live series that highlights local bands paying tribute to their heroes. The show is almost sold out but there’s a few seats left. The tributes continue at the historic theatre with the return of Donny Edwards and his fantastic Elvis show. Donny is a Texas boy now living in Las Vegas and one of the best Elvis tribute acts in America. On Saturday night at the Brauntex, local promoter Eddie Luna turns up the volume with a tribute to Korn and Ozzy Osbourne. For this hard rock show he’s hired Freaks on a Leash to handle the music of Korn. Singer Iggy Igbourne will pay tribute to Ozzy Osbourne. Tickets to all of these shows can be purchased at Brauntex.org.

 

Still More Tribute Shows to Choose From

Across town at Freiheit Country Store on Friday night is a Tom Petty Tribute band. The doors open at 7pm and tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. See FreiheitCountryStore.net for more information. Billy’s Ice on Loop 337 has a double shot of rock scheduled for Saturday night. Opening the show is our own local band, Looks That Kill, a super group of area musicians joining forces to pay tribute to Motley Crue. Headlining the show is Destroyer, a first class KISS tribute band from Texas. These guys are as close as it gets to seeing the actual band so throw on those leather pants and get ready to rock. Tickets can be purchased at BillysIce.com. If a nice road trip on Saturday is in your plans, head out to Luckenbach for their Harvest Classic Motorcycle Rally that will feature Cheap Sunglasses, a ZZ Top tribute band. The music starts at 1pm and tickets are available at LuckenbachTexas.com.

 

The Ultimate Tribute to Jimi Hendrix

The ultimate tribute show will be at the Tobin Center in San Antonio next Tuesday when Experience Hendrix comes to the Alamo city. This all-star tribute to the late guitarist Jimi Hendrix will feature Buddy Guy, Joe Satriani, Jonny Lang, Dweezil Zappa and Eric Johnson all jamming on guitars to Jimi’s biggest hits. Billy Cox, the original bassist in Hendrix’s band will be on hand to insure the songs are played the same way Jimi did. Chris Layton, drummer for the late Stevie Ray Vaughan and Kenny Aronoff, drummer for John Mellencamp and John Fogerty, will provide the back beat for the show. Hendrix is often called the greatest guitarist of all time and no one will ever know where his career would have gone if he would have lived longer. He was just 27 when he died of asphyxia on September 18, 1970. He survived a troubled childhood to become the biggest and highest paid musician in America during the late 1960’s. He usually played a right-handed Fender Stratocaster but re-strung and played upside down since he was left handed. This odd way of playing gave his sound a unique style, one that is nearly impossible to create. The show next Tuesday at the Tobin Center will feature five of the best guitarist in the business recreating some of the best classic rock ever recorded.

 

The Eagles Check In To Hotel California

Speaking of classic rock, few albums are more iconic than Hotel California by the Eagles. I was sacking groceries at HEB in Yoakum on December 8, 1976 when the album was released. A friend and coworker had bought the album earlier that day and invited me to stop by after work to listen to it. It was about 10pm that night when we dropped the needle on side one. We listened to the album about three times before I headed home. This was in the 8-track tape days and my friend made me a copy of the album before I left so I could listen on the drive home. On payday I purchased my own copy for a whopping $3.99. Guitarist Joe Walsh had just joined the band, replacing original guitar player Bernie Leadon. Walsh, the founding guitarist of the power trio the James Gang, brought a harder edged sound to the normally mellow Eagles. Songs like Life in the Fast Lane would have never been attempted prior to Walsh joining the band. The album would hit Number One on the charts and would eventually sell 26 million copies in America and 32 million copies world-wide. Last week the Eagles announced they would tour next year and play the album in its entirety, something they had only done at a few Las Vegas shows. They will play twelve shows in six cities, Atlanta, New York, Dallas, Houston, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Tickets to all shows go on-sale tomorrow at 10am at all Ticketmaster sites or on-line at Ticketmaster.com. Ticket prices will range from $130 to $750, depending where you sit. All shows are expected to sell-out within one hour after going on-sale so if you want to go, be ready at 10am tomorrow morning.

 

 

 

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

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

Tonight – JJ Garrett Duo – 6:30pm

Fri – The Percolators – 6:30pm

Sat – Don Reilly – 6:30pm

Sun – JJ Garrett – 2pm

 

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

Sat – Oktoberfest – Noon

 

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

Tonight – UFO – 7pm

Fri – Blue October – 7pm

Sat – Yung Gravy – 8pm

Sun – Amon Amarth – 6pm

Wed – Sebastian Bach – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Marcy Grace – 8:30pm

Fri – Sundae Drivers – 8:30pm

Sat – Motley Crue Tribute / Kiss Tribute – 9pm

Sun – William Edge Benefit for Communities in Schools w/ 3 Man Front – 2pm

Wed – Logun Timberlake – 8:30pm

 

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

Sat – Monte Good – 6pm

Sun – Gus Samuelson – 6pm

 

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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 9pm

 

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

Tonight – Soul Sessions Tribute to Motown – 7:30pm

Fri – Donny Edwards – Tribute to Elvis – 7pm

Sat – Korn & Ozzy Osbourne Tributes – 7:30pm

 

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

Fri – David & Jess Lee – 7pm

Sat – Fallon Franklin – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Huser Brother Band – 8pm

Fri – Ryan Ross Band – 8pm

Sat – David Prado Band – 8pm

Tue – Chris Colston – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm

 

Dam Red Barn (16520 S. Access Rd, Canyon Lake 830-964-3276)

Sat – David Touchton Band – 8:30pm

Sun – Houston Keen – 6pm

 

Devil’s Backbone Tavern (4041 FM 32, Fisher, TX)

Fri – Two Tons of Steel – 9pm

Sat – Hollin McKay Band – 1pm

Sun – Toni Price & Friends – 1pm

Tue – Emily Gimble – 7pm

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Anthony Wright – 9:30am

 

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

Fri – Con Crema – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Garrett T Capps / Charley Crockett – 7pm

Sat – Grant Gilbert / Dirty River Boys / Whiskey Myers – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Jeff Hill & Tony Taylor – 8:30pm

Fri – Tom Petty Tribute Band – 7pm

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Colton’s Kin – 5pm

Fri – Bret Graham – 5pm

Sat – Sylvia Kirk – Noon / Bret Graham – 4pm

Sun – Phil Luna – 1pm

 

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

Sun – Dan McCoy – Noon

Wed – Dan McCoy – 5:30pm

 

Gruene Grove (1263 Gruene Rd, 830-765-0300)

Fri – Jaimie Krueger – 7pm

Sat – Smokehouse Guitar Army – 7pm

Sun – Poor J Brown – 2pm

 

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

Tonight – Christian Sparks & Beatnik Bandits – 6pm

Fri – Paul Eason / Zane Williams – 7pm

Sat – Gene Birdleg Pittman – 1pm / Paul Thorn – 8pm

Sun – Bob Livingston – 12:30pm / Guy & Jeska Forsyth – 5pm

Mon – Bret Graham – 6pm

Tue – Bo Porter & Friends – 6pm

Wed – Barbara Nesbitt Trio – 6pm

 

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

Fri – Shaker Hymns / Statesboro Revue – 7pm

 

Inferno’s Pizza (1198 Gruene Rd, 830-629-2077)

Fri – Caleb Haynes – 6pm

Sat – The Percolators – 6pm

Sun – Mike Kropp – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Michael Milligan & Texiana Blues – 7pm

Fri – Yesenia McNett & the Groove Doctors – 8pm

Wed – San Antonio Dutchmen – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Sam Watson – 5pm

Fri – Jen & Ted Frumkin – 4pm / Ben Beckendorf Band – 8pm

Sat – Cheap Sunglasses – ZZ Top Tribute Band – 1pm

Sun – Chris Saucedo – 1pm / Jake Martin – 5pm

 

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

Fri – David Byboth Trio – 7pm

Sat – The Wilkinson Quartet – 7pm

Sun – Gerry Burns – 3pm

Mon – Open Mic w/ Bill Middleton – 6pm

 

Muck & Fuss (295 E. San Antonio Street, 830-312-5387)

Fri – Fast Movin Trio – 7:30pm

Sat – Little Odds & Ends – 6:30pm

Wed – Open Mic Night – 6pm

 

Our Lady Bar & Grille  (1720 Gruene Road  830-358-7545)

Wed – Uncle Wess – 7pm

 

Pale Horse & Sky Bar (2031 Central Plaza, Creekside 830-743-1067)

Tonight – Shawn Hart – 7pm (Sky Bar)

Fri – Chad Anderson – 8pm (Sky Bar)

Sat – Soul Ethos – 6:30pm (Lounge) / Aaron Kantor – 8:30pm (Sky Bar)

 

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

Tonight – Paul Handelman – 5:30pm

Fri – Junior Nash – 5pm / Soul Sessions w/ Robert Carter – 8:30pm

Sun – Shawn Hart – 2pm / School of Rock – 6:30pm / Lucas Taylor – 8pm

Wed – Steven Vee – Noon / Open Mic w/ Billy Roy – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Dallas Moore – 7pm

Fri – The Homebodies – 6pm / Wood & Wire – 9pm

Sat – Jean Pierre & Zydeco Angels – 9pm

Sun – The Beaumonts – Noon

 

River Hofbrau & Beer Garden  (1515 Kuehler Ave,  830-626-2200)

Fri – Wayne Wilson – 6pm

Sat – Rich Bermea – 6pm

 

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

Sat – Wild County – 9pm

 

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

Tonight – Tyler Cannon – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Chuck Ligon – 8:30pm

Fri – The Weeks – 7:30pm

Sat – Damon Curtis – 9:30pm

Sun – Cooper Greenberg – 4pm

 

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

Tonight – Steve Forbert – 7pm

Fri – Brownout – 9pm

Sat – Shandon Sahm – 8pm

Sun – Shawn Phillips – 6pm

Wed – Jamie Lin Wilson w/ Aaron Watson – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Open Mic Night – 7:30pm

Fri – Scott Wiggins Band – 9pm

Sat – File 13 – 9pm

Sun – Tony Taylor – 2pm

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

 

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

Tonight – Ruthie Foster – 7:30pm

Tue – Experience Hendrix – 7:30pm

 

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

Fri – Austin Gilliam Band – 7pm

Sat – Logun Timberlake – 7pm

Sun – Brent Michael Wood – 3pm

Wed – Slim Bawb – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Shades of Country – 8pm

Fri – 3 Man Front – 8pm

Sat – 3 Chord Rodeo – 9pm

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Music News – Oct. 10, 2019

The big news this week is the 33rd Annual Gruene Music & Wine Fest held at Gruene Hall and the surrounding area. Live music is a huge part of this festival that benefits the United Way of Comal County. Hopefully you have your tickets for the main concerts featuring the Bacon Brothers, Tanya Tucker and Casey Donahew Band because these are sold-out. However, there’s plenty more live music to choose from starting tonight on the Grapevine Stage with Prophets & Outlaws. On Saturday, Bo Phillips will bring his band to Gruene Hall at 1pm. Over at the Grapevine stage the music kicks off at noon with the Brian Pounds Band, the Hot Texas Swing Band at 2:20pm followed by Dirty River Dixie Band at 4:25pm. The Grapevine stage will host more live music on Sunday starting at 1pm with Walt Wilkins & the Mystiqueros, Warren Hood at 2:40pm and the Zac Wilkerson Trio at 4:20pm. Over at Gruene Hall, the Sunday music will be provided by a solid group of acts including Kody West, Mike & the Moonpies, Max Stalling, Jamie Lin Wilson, Dalton Domino, Seth James, Bart Crow and Zack Walther, just to name a few. These four days of music, food, fun and wine are the perfect way to welcome fall weather to our city. Thankfully it looks like Mother Nature will cooperate this year so check out the full schedule at GrueneMusicandWineFest.org.

 

New CD and Local Show by Micky & the Motorcars

Hearing new music from Micky & the Motorcars is always a reason to throw a party and that’s exactly what they will do on Friday night at Downtown Social Club. Their new album, titled Long Time Comin is a slightly different release for this Austin band. They used producer Keith Gattis this time and also used his go-to Nashville musicians, which was a first for the band. In the past, the band played on all the songs in the studio and most of the tunes were written and sung by Micky Braun. This time his brother Gary wrote or co-wrote six songs and sings lead vocals on the songs he penned. Gary took five years to write Lions of Kandahar, a song that follows a military deployment from the first person perspective. This album was four years in the making and after just one listen it’s apparent the band wanted to take their time on this one. It’s a throwback to the days when an album was full of great songs rather than two hits and a lot of fillers. This will be the bands first time to perform at the Downtown Social Club so get your tickets now before they sell-out. Advance tickets are just $12 online at DowntownSocialNB.com or $15 on day of the show. The new CD, Long Time Comin, will be released on November 1st on the Thirty Tigers label. Maybe they will have advance copies for sale at the show, so be sure to check their merch booth if you attend this show.

 

Pop Star Howard Jones Makes a Stop in Town

Howard Jones many not have a huge name in our neck of the woods, but in the pop rock world he’s a major star. Born in 1955 in Southampton, England, Jones was a big part of the second British Invasion of the 1980’s. During this period, from about 1981 to 89’, British acts dominated the pop music charts and filled big arenas across America. Jones broke onto the US scene with his first hit titled ‘New Song.’ It went to Number 1 on the British charts and made it to Number 30 in America. His album, Human Lib, was quickly certified double platinum and the same success came with album number two, Dream Into Action. Jones was one of the first performers signed on to play the massive Live Aid concert at Wembley Stadium in London in 1985. He has toured with many acts including Barenaked Ladies, Men Without Hats, Flock of Seagulls and Ringo Starr. Recently his entire record catalog has been re-issued in deluxe editions that contain bonus tracks and rare live cuts. Though his career cooled a bit in the mid-90’s, pop music is in the midst of a major nationwide resurgence. Younger fans are discovering the music of the 1980’s and many bands are touring again to fill this need. Howard just released a new album, titled Transform, it re-establishes his place at the top of the pop charts. Jones has toured constantly across the globe but rarely plays the Lone Star state. That’s about to change when he makes a rare and special appearance on October 23 at the Brauntex Theatre. Tickets are available now at Brauntex.org.

 

Fall Weather Brings Many Live Music Choices

The cooler weather makes me want to get out and enjoy all the amazing live music venues we have in our city. If you are also in the mood for some live tunes, here’s some suggestions that may help you decide who to see. Tonight you can start with Jamie Lin Wilson at Riley’s Tavern. She’s a fantastic singer songwriter that’s making a name for herself not just in Texas but at the Mile 0 Fest in Key West, Florida. On Friday at 6pm, swing by Black’s BBQ for some tasty food and tunes provided by Richie Allbright. He has a new album that’s available now at the usual download sites. On Saturday, Dailey & Vincent, the rock stars of bluegrass are at the Brauntex Theatre. Sunday brings the 7th Annual Believing for Bryleigh Benefit to River Road Icehouse. A huge list of stars will be on hand for this cool event. Bret Graham owns Monday nights at Gruene Hall. His free 6pm shows there are the stuff legends are made of. On Tuesday you need to check out the Eden Hill Benefit at Krause’s Café with Gary P. Nunn. Of course Wednesday nights means Zack Walther at Freiheit Country Store, but you may also want to catch Monte Good over at the Old River City Café at 5:30pm before heading to Freiheit.

 

 

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

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

Tonight – Tony Taylor – 6:30pm

Fri – Jeff Willis – 6:30pm

Sat – Bru’s Tunes – 6:30pm

Sun – Little Oddz & Ends – 6:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Zach Talbert – 8:30pm

Fri – Clever Name Band – 9pm

Sat – Chris Max Band – 9pm

Sun – Hill Country Revival – 9pm

Tue – JJ Garrett – 8:30pm

Wed – Logun Timberlake – 8:30pm

 

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

Fri – Richie Albright – 6pm

Sat – Big John Mills – 6pm

 

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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 9pm

 

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

Sat – Dailey & Vincent – 7:30pm

 

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

Fri – Monte Good Duo – 7pm

Sat – Jack Motley & Friends – 7pm

 

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

Sat – Brother Roscoe – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm

 

Dam Red Barn (16520 S. Access Rd, Canyon Lake 830-964-3276)

Sat – MC & the Mystyx – 8:30pm

Sun – Joey Kipfer – 6pm

 

Devil’s Backbone Tavern (4041 FM 32, Fisher, TX)

Sat – The Beaumonts/ Folk Family Revival / Robyn Ludwick Band – 8pm

Sun – Casper Rawls – 1pm

Tue – Floyd Domino – 7pm

 

Downtown Social Club (386 W. San Antonio, 830-214-6650)

Fri – Micky & the Motorcars – 8pm

 

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

Sun – Goodtime Polka Club & Dance – w/Cloverleaf Orchestra – 3pm

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Monte Good – 9:30am

 

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

Tonight – Nate Guthrie – 6pm

Fri – Marcus Morales – 6pm

Sat – Highway Hypnosis – 6pm

 

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

Fri – Tristen Marez / Mike & the Moonpies – 7pm

Sat – Lainey Wilson / Jon Pardi – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Jon Wolfe – 7pm

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Gruene Music & Wine Fest – 5:30pm

Fri – Gruene Music & Wine Fest – 5:30pm

Sat – Gruene Music & Wine Fest – Noon

Sun – Gruene Music & Wine Fest – 1pm

 

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

Sun – Zach Nytomt – Noon

 

Gruene Grove (1263 Gruene Rd, 830-765-0300)

Tonight – Call For Band Info

Fri – Silo Road – 7pm

Sat – Stray Dawg & the Wolves – 7pm

Sun – Gruene Grove Blues Jam – 2pm

 

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

Tonight – Lauren Lucas / Bacon Brothers – 7pm

Fri – Tanya Tucker – 5:30pm & 9pm

Sat – Bo Phillips Band – 1pm / Casey Donahew Band – 8pm

Sun – Gruene Music & Wine Fest – 1pm

Mon – Bret Graham – 6pm

Tue – Josh Grider & Drew Kennedy – 6pm

Wed – The Georges – 6pm

 

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

Fri – Guns For Roses – Tribute to Guns N’ Roses – 8pm

Sat – Will Carter Band – 8:30pm

 

Inferno’s Pizza (1198 Gruene Rd, 830-629-2077)

Fri – Blues Like It Usta Wuz – 6pm

Sat – Tex Porter Band – 6pm

Sun – Mike Kropp – 6pm

 

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

Fri – Slim Bawb – 7pm

Tue – Eden Hill Benefit w/ Gary P. Nunn – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Sam Watson – 5pm

Fri – Jen & Ted Frumkin – 4pm / Charles Wesley Godwin / Josh Morningstar – 8pm

Sat – Jon Stork / Josh Ward – 8pm

Sun – Jake Martin – 5pm

 

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

Fri – Michael James Band – 7pm

Sat – Dallas Burrow – 7pm

Sun – Chris Lancaster – 3pm

Wed – Open Mic Night – 6pm

 

Muck & Fuss (295 E. San Antonio Street, 830-312-5387)

Tonight – Nef Hernandez – 6:30pm

Fri – Fast Movin Train – 7:30pm

Sat – Derek Krueger – 6:30pm

Wed – Open Mic Night – 6pm

 

Old River City Café (2771 FM 725   830-620-1900)

Wed – Monte Good – 5:30pm

 

Our Lady Bar & Grille  (1720 Gruene Road  830-358-7545)

Fri – Broken Duckfeet – 7pm

 

Pale Horse & Sky Bar (2031 Central Plaza, Creekside 830-743-1067)

Tonight – Josh Holden – Sky Bar – 8pm

Fri – Gunnar Latham – Sky Bar – 8pm

Sat – Soul Ethos – Lounge – 6:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Devin Baize – 5:30pm

Fri – Larry Dial – 5pm / Raccoon Brothers – 9pm

Sat – Knotty Grove – 9pm

Sun – Paul Handelman – 3pm / Lucas Taylor – 7pm

Wed – Steven Vee – Noon / Open Mic w/ Billy Roy – 8pm

 

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

Tonight – Juliet McConkey / Jamie Lin Wilson – 7pm

Fri – Mark Jungers – 6pm / Jason Eady – 8pm

Sat – Heather Victorino – 9pm

Wed – Mike Ethen Messick – 7pm

 

River Hofbrau & Beer Garden  (1515 Kuehler Ave,  830-626-2200)

Fri – Rich Bermea – 6pm

Sat – Robert Jericho – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Wyatt Weaver Band – 6pm

Sun – Believing For Bryleigh Concert – 1pm

 

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

Tonight – Second Hand Cowboys – 6pm

 

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

Fri – Skyrocket – 8pm

Sat – Blue Water Highway – 8pm

Sun – Vinyl Radio – 6:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Open Mic Night – 7:30pm

Fri – Chilton Vance – 9pm

Sat – Devin Baize – 9:30pm

Sun – Nate Guthrie – 4pm

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

Wed – Matt Polansky – 4pm

 

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

Sat – Fab Four – 7:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Anthony Wright Band – 7pm

Fri – Brian Wilson Band – 7pm

Sat – Call For Band Info

Sun – Myles Smith – 3pm

Wed – Fast Movin Trio – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Danny Ray Harris – 8pm

Fri – Hill Country Revival – 8pm

Sat – Monte Good & Honky Tonk Heroes – 9pm

 

Please send upcoming live music info to: martinsmusic@hotmail.com

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Sept 23 – Garth Brooks Comes to Town

Having friends in low places was definitely an asset when it came to snagging a spot inside Gruene Hall on Monday night when superstar Garth Brooks played the iconic dance hall. It was his third stop on his Dive Bar tour that when finished will see him performing at seven small venues in America. His first stop was at Joe’s Bar in Chicago on July 15 where he played 17 songs to a packed house. When he played his new single, Dive Bar, it was broadcast on Jimmy Kimmel’s TV show. His second stop came a month later on August 15 at Buck Owens Crystal Palace in Bakersfield. He once proposed to his wife Trisha Yearwood on this stage, a fact he mentioned during his 14 song set.

 

The idea behind this tour of small venues came soon after Garth released the single, which features a duet with fellow Okie Blake Shelton. It was about a month ago that it was announced the Gruene Hall show would be his third stop. His previous two shows weren’t given this much advance notice and fans wondered if he had something special in store for our town. Those plans were revealed when the two trucks rolled in with the massive jumbotron screens on board. Shortly after lunch, portable bars were set up all around Gruene and fans began filing in with lawn chairs and coolers in tow. Our city can throw a party within a moment’s notice.

 

The hall was cleared at 4:30pm so the band could do a quick soundcheck without Garth. Rumors ran rampant about his arrival time and several false sightings brought spontaneous cheers from the now 1,000 plus crowd gathered in front of the hall. Tickets to get inside were given out on radio stations across America. I spoke with several contest winners, some from as far away as the east coast. Nicole Ganem and best friend Jen Powell live in Pownal, a small town north of Portland, Maine. After talking to many fans, it’s a safe bet that they traveled the farthest. Nicole won two tickets from WPOR 101.9 in Portland. “I’m part of a morning text club,” she explained. “So I replied to a text and a few weeks later I found out I won. At first they were sending us to the Bakersfield show but due to travel issues, they promised us tickets for the third Dive Bar show, but they didn’t know where it would be yet.” Once Gruene Hall was selected, Nicole and Jen were on their way to Texas. The contest paid all expenses including airfare, hotel rooms and free vouchers for Lyft rides.

 

The doors opened at 5:30pm and fans were surprisingly well behaved as they ran past us slower people to snag their spot in front of the stage. Garth’s private jet landed at our local airport and he was promptly driven to the hall. After a quick meet and greet with local VIP’s he was led to the famous Willie door behind the Gruene Hall stage. The entrance got its name when Willie Nelson played the flood benefit in 1998. They cut the chicken wire backstage so he could climb in rather than walk through the crowd. Garth did a nice Facebook post as he was riding over to the hall and at one point lowered his window so he could wave to the fans lining the street.

 

He took the stage about 8:15pm and opened the show with All Day Long, a rocking anthem said to be on his next album titled simply Fun. After the opening number, the rest of the songs followed in quick order. They played Rodeo, Two of a Kind, Two Pina Coladas, The River, Dive Bar, Ain’t Going Down, Unanswered Prayers, Amarillo By Morning, That Summer, Much Too Young, Calling Baton Rouge, Thunder Rolls, Beaches of Cheyenne, Friends in Low Places and The Dance. I was a bit surprised that he didn’t do an encore, but it was a solid 90 minute set and I didn’t hear anyone complain when the house lights came on. His pre-show set list had 13 songs but he added Amarillo, Much Too Young and Beaches of Cheyenne as spontaneous choices. After the show ended Garth was whisked away to the airport and another fantastic night in New Braunfels was over.

 

This event was a massive undertaking by the staff at Gruene Hall, Garth’s crew, the NB Police Department, the Sheriff’s Office, NB Fire Department and many other first responders. I heard estimates of as high as 15,000 fans watching on the big screens but a 7,000 number seemed more correct. For their first time at tackling such a large event that had many moving parts, I think they all deserve a round of applause. Working together like a team shows everyone here from another town or state just how great our city is. Kuddos to everyone that made this such a special night.

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Music News – Oct. 3, 2019

Shortly before he passed away, Merle Haggard told his son Ben to take his band, go out on the road and keep his songs alive. Ben made good on his dad’s wish and is partnering with his brother Noel to spend a few years paying tribute to their father’s music. Once they complete this task, Ben will concentrate on his solo career. For a while he was content just playing guitar in his father’s band, the Strangers. Merle passed away on his 79th birthday so Ben and Noel hit the road and honored the remaining concerts that Merle had booked. “Dad and I had a talk about me singing his songs,” explained Ben. “He sat me down and said ‘Don’t feel weird or bad about playing my songs until you have your own. Don’t let nobody tell you can or can’t, because if they say you can’t, they’re wrong.’ You can witness their tribute to their father’s music tomorrow night at the Brauntex Theatre. The show starts at 7:30pm and tickets are available at Brauntex.org.

 

Abbey Road Turns 50

When the Beatles gathered in Abbey Road Studios in London on February 22, 1969 it was just three weeks after a disastrous conclusion to their sessions for the Let It Be album. That album saw the band at its most fractured. They argued constantly and rarely were in the studio together. Each member knew they were breaking up and were all ready to go their separate ways. Always the peacemaker, Paul McCartney convinced the group to try one more album and to record it like they did in their early days. He persuaded producer George Martin to handle the sessions and he agreed as long as they behaved themselves and followed his orders. McCartney knew the band was over and refused to let the sub-par Let It Be album be their final statement as a band. Between February 22 and August 20, the band hunkered down and recorded Abbey Road, a fitting conclusion to the most successful rock bands of all time. Last week, on September 26, the two surviving Beatles released a deluxe edition of Abbey Road to celebrate its 50th Anniversary. The expanded 3-CD set contains a remastered version of the original album plus two more discs with 23 outtakes and demos. In these never before heard versions there are many jewels, like the alternate take of I Want You (She’s So Heavy). The recording is interrupted by neighbors across the street complaining about the noise. John Lennon agrees to turn it down, then tells Paul, George and Ringo, “Ok mates, this is our last chance to be loud.” Normally when a band is breaking up, they save their best songs for their solo albums, but the Beatles were no normal band. Each member brought their best songs to the studio to show the world and themselves that they still had it. They were and always will be the best band in rock music.

 

Zac Brown Confuses Fans

While we are on the subject of albums, I’m always amazed at what makes one album a classic and another one a dud. True, the quality is often debatable, but when the masses all agree on something, it’s a good chance it’s true. This is the case with the new Zack Brown album titled The Owl. For his new release, Zac delves into rap, hip hop and electronic music, a vast change from his previous country and folk sounds. Then, to further the confusion, with no notice he releases a solo album two days later titled The Controversy. The first single from the solo album is an R-rated rap song called “Swayze.” It’s an ode to the late actor Patrick Swayze with a chorus that can’t be quoted in this paper. The response from his fans has been swift and brutal. Both albums and the single are being called the worst thing ever released in the history of recorded music. Granted, Brown grosses over $32 million a year in concert fees and is free to record and release anything he wants, but things may change quickly if he continues this route. Zac also got in hot water back in June when he accepted an award for CMT’s Best Group Video, after thanking the crowd be proceeded to use a four letter word that the censors were unable to bleep out. A few weeks ago at a concert at Fenway Park, Zac offended fans once again with an offensive skit onstage that made fun of dwarfism. Things seem to be a bit troubling in the Zac Brown camp and his fans are hoping he gets back on track soon.

 

John Arthur Martinez Pays Tribute to Texas Swing

When Kent Finlay opened Cheatham Street Warehouse in 1974, he welcomed songwriters from all over and before long he designated Wednesday nights as his songwriter’s circle, a tradition that continues today. Kent often talked about his ‘Class of ’87,’ a name he gave a group of young up and coming songwriters. This group included Hal Ketchum, Todd Snider, Terri Hendrix, James McMurtry, Bruce Robison and John Arthur Martinez. All of these songwriters went on to forge successful careers. Martinez earned second place in the Nashville Star TV Show, beating out Miranda Lambert to earn his runner up spot. He has recorded 14 albums in his career with the latest being ‘For The Love of Western Swing.’ It’s his salute to the music of legendary acts like Bob Willis & the Texas Playboys and Asleep at the Wheel. He’s joined on the new album by Walt & Tina Wilkins, Josh & Max Baca and Floyd Domino. Martinez is in the middle of CD release parties all over Texas so check him out on his website at JohnArthurMartinez.net.

 

 

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

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

Sun – Raconteurs – 7pm

Tue – Kali Uchis – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Jay Bleu – 8:30pm

Fri – Highway Hypnosis – 8:30pm

Sat – Smokehouse Guitar Army – 9:30pm

Sun – Austin James – 6pm

Tue – Myles Smith – 8:30pm

Wed – Logun Timberlake – 8:30pm

 

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

Fri – Reed Brothers – 6pm

Sat – Emily Herring – 6pm

Sun – Manzy Lowry – 1pm

 

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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 9pm

 

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

Fri – Ben & Noel Haggard – 7:30pm

 

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

Fri – Slim Bawb & Fabulous Stumpgrinders – 7pm

Sat – Marc & Brian – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Tom O’Connor / Randy Rogers – 8pm

Fri – Matt Caldwell – 8pm

Tue – Chris Colston – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm

 

Dam Red Barn (16520 S. Access Rd, Canyon Lake 830-964-3276)

Sat – Armadillo Road – 8:30pm

Sun – Jason Custer – 6pm

 

Devil’s Backbone Tavern (4041 FM 32, Fisher, TX)

Sat – Tessy Lou & Shotgun All Stars – 1pm

Sun – Charles Thibodeaux & Austin Cajun Aces – 1pm

Tue – Emily Gimble – 7pm

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Steve & Dan – 9:30am

 

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

Tonight – Chad Boyd – 6pm

 

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

Fri – Jarrod Morris / Steve Wariner – 7pm

Sat – Landon Bullard & Mostly Sober / Matt Castillo – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Scotty Alexander / Bryan White – 7pm

Fri – Restless Heart – 7pm

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 6:30pm

 

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

Fri – Candler Wilkinson – 5pm

Sat – Sylvia Kirk – 2pm

 

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

 

Gruene Grove (1263 Gruene Rd, 830-765-0300)

Tonight – Sonny Wolf – 7pm

Fri – Call For Band Info

Sat – Call For Band Info

Sun – Call For Band Info

 

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

Tonight – Hollin McKay Band – 6pm

Fri – Rob Roy Parnell’s Blues Band – 7pm

Sat – Casper Rawls Band – 1pm / Stoney LaRue – 8pm

Sun – Peterson Brothers – 12:30pm / Tommy Elskes & Kings of Dixie – 5pm

Mon – Bret Graham – 6pm

Wed – Mitch Webb & Swindles – 6pm

 

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

Fri – Wyzer – 8:30pm

 

The Hideaway (Formerly Conway’s)  (262 W. Jahn St.  830-620-5376)

Tonight – KNBT Toast Our Troops w/ Tom Gillam – 6pm

 

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

Fri – Chubby Knuckle Choir – 7pm

Sat – Texas State Opera Sings Pop – 7pm

Wed – Comal Community Band – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Jimmy Lee Saurage – 5pm

Fri – Vincent Neil Emerson / Charley Crockett – 8pm

Sat – Kathy Bauer Band – 1pm / Johnny Nicholas Trio / Los Texmaniacs – 8pm

Sun – Walt Wilkins & Nathan Hamilton – 1pm / Jake Martin – 5pm

 

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

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

Sat – Beth & Back Road Boys – 7pm

Sun – Braydon Sink – 3pm

Mon – Open Mic w/ Bill Middleton – 6pm

 

Muck & Fuss (295 E. San Antonio Street, 830-312-5387)

Tonight – Nef Hernandez – 6:30pm

Fri – Nate Guthrie – 6:30pm

Wed – Open Mic Night – 6:30pm

 

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

Sun – Brooks Williams – 4:30pm

 

Our Lady Bar & Grille  (1720 Gruene Road  830-358-7545)

Wed – Uncle Wes – 7pm

 

Pale Horse & Sky Bar (2031 Central Plaza, Creekside 830-743-1067)

Tonight – Devon Jones Trio – 7pm / Chad Anderson – 8pm (Sky Bar)

Fri – Greg Grant – 6pm / Tony Taylor – 8pm (Sky Bar)

Sat – 3 Swings & A Miss – 7:30pm / Chad Anderson – 8pm (Sky Bar)

 

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

Tonight – Shawn Hart – 5:30pm

Fri – Jr Nash – 5pm / Tausha Jackson & Culture Jam – 9pm

Sat – Highway Hypnosis – 9pm

Sun – Jeffrey Ryan Vaughn – 3:30pm / Lucas Taylor – 7:30pm

Wed – Steven Vee – 1pm / Open Mic w/ Billy Roy – 8:30pm

 

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

Fri – Soul Sessions – 8:30pm

Sat – Kerosene Drifters – 9:30pm

Tue – Open Mic Night – 9pm

 

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

Tonight – Britton Pyeatt – 7pm

Fri – The Jonathans – 6pm / James Hand – 9pm

Sat – Car Show / The Rubilators – 4pm

Wed – Nate Guthrie – 7pm

 

River Hofbrau & Beer Garden  (1515 Kuehler Ave,  830-626-2200)

Fri – Wayne Wilson – 6pm

Sat – Rich Bermea – 6pm

 

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

Sat – Wild Country – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Zack Walther – 6pm

 

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

Fri – Ruben V – 8pm

Sat – Eclipse – Tribute to Journey – 8pm

 

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

Tonight – Open Mic Night – 7:30pm

Fri – 3 Man Front – 9pm

Sat – Buddy Vargas – 2pm / Kim & Her Bad Habits – 9pm

Sun – Myles Smith – 2pm

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

 

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

Tonight – Nate Rodriguez – 7pm

Fri – Bill Ayers – 7pm

Sat – Clever Name Band – 7pm

Sun – Alli Mattice Band – 3pm

Wed – Bo Brumble, Amber Middleton, Garrett Mann – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Rick Reyna Band – 8pm

Fri – The Homebodies – 8pm

Sat – Fast Movin Train – 9pm

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Music News – Sept. 26, 2019

Season Ammons Releases Groundbreaking Album

It’s always a pleasure to hear an album by a new artist that really catches your attention. It’s especially sweet when that artist calls New Braunfels home. I admit that I had never heard of Season Ammons when I received a press release introducing her new Steel Hearts album. After just one listen, I realized two things: this girl can sing and the ten songs on the album were really well written. I arranged a phone interview and managed to catch up with her while she was on a nationwide radio station tour. We covered so much in our interview, there’s no way to include it all here but I’ll do my best. Yes, Season is her real first name and her complete bio is on her website at SeasonAmmons.com. With several albums under her belt, she knew she wanted Steel Hearts to be special. So, she relaxed and took her time, carefully writing a batch of songs that paint a true picture of where she came from and where she is now. Using producer David Percefull and his Yellow Dog Studio near Wimberley, Season started recording her songs. Using a core group of musicians from her road band and adding Austin bassist Glenn Fukunaga, they got to work. After the bulk of the album was complete they moved to London to add orchestra arrangements at the famous Abbey Road Studios. Yes, she took her picture walking across the famous street outside the studios just like the Beatles did back in 1969. The result from months of hard work is now ready for public consumption and it was well worth the wait. Released on August 30, it has a classic Bonnie Raitt feel to it. It’s one of the rare albums you can play in its entirety without skipping over any tracks. She took great care in sequencing the songs to give the album a natural flow. It opens with the flirty Show Me Your Love, gives you a barn burning rocker on Feel Alright and closes with This is Goodbye which signals the end of a toxic relationship. Follow her travels on her website and be sure to see her live when she returns home to our city.

 

Behind The Scenes

Do you ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes at a concert? Many years ago I had the opportunity to spend the day at the Erwin Center in Austin at a Brooks & Dunn concert. It was a fascinating experience. Shortly after it opened, I did the same thing at Whitewater Amphitheater. The amount of physical work it takes to put on a concert is unbelievable. The hours are long and the pay isn’t as good as you might think. One of our local sound companies is 2 Rivers Technical Services. Owned and operated by Dennis Peek and Carl Nowotny, they and their crew do the sound and lights for many local venues and events, like Gruene Hall, Wein & Saengerfest, Brauntex Theatre, Wurstfest and many other events around town. These guys are the first to arrive and last to leave at the various music venues in our city. They must be ready at a moment’s notice to fix any problem that springs up during the show. So while you are relaxed and enjoying the music, they are under pressure and working hard to ensure everything works and sounds great. As someone that’s seen and heard thousands of concerts, you would think they are tired of listening to music. Nope, these guys still love it and listen to it often. They are quick to let me know about new bands they hear while running sound. That’s how I first heard about Stewart Mann, Blue Water Highway and Cody Jinks. Trust me, when these guys tell you someone is good, you listen. So, what music do they listen too when not working? Here’s Carl’s top six favorite albums: Willie Nelson – Red Headed Stranger; Storyville – Bluest Eyes; Supertramp – Breakfast In America; Yes – 90125; Rush – Moving Pictures and Little Feat – Let It Roll. Next time you are at a concert, take time to go thank the sound guys. They will appreciate it very much.

 

Flatland Cavalry’s Street Party

Cheatham Street Warehouse is an iconic venue in Texas and this week they are home to a blow-out street party by Flatland Cavalry. This young band has been winning fans over with their high energy live shows and amazing set of songs. On Saturday they will headline their Humble Gathering concert with special guests Austin Mead, Kaitlin Butts and Blue Water Highway. They will close down the street out front but will keep the building open so fans can go inside and cool off. Tickets are available at CheathamStreet.com.

 

Kenny Chesney Announces Next Tour

Kenny Chesney just announced his next tour, set to kick off in early 2020. He’s calling the jaunt the Chillaxification Tour 2020. You will probably need to drink several glasses of his signature rum in order to pronounce Chillaxification. Chesney’s stadium tours are huge party events that earn him several million dollars each night. I know I would certainly want to party if I made that much money every night. The tour with the funny name kicks off in Dallas at the ATT Stadium and comes to Houston on May 22 and to the Alamodome in San Antonio on May 23. Tickets go on-sale at 10am at Ticketmaster.com.

 

 

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

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

Tonight – Tony Taylor – 6:30pm

Fri – Don Reilly – 6:30pm

Sat – Bru Erdman – 6:30pm

Sun – JJ Garrett – 6:30pm

 

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

Sat – Tesla – 7pm

 

Baja BBQ (280 Marina, Canyon Lake 830-935-3122) Fri – Meyer Anderson – 8:30pm

Sat – Call For Band Info

Sun – Bo Porter – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – 3 Man Front – 8:30pm

Fri – Waiting on Hayden – 9pm

Sat – Clockwork 80’s Dance Party – 9pm

Sun – Here For The Heroes Benefit – 6pm

 

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

Fri – Adam Johnson – 6pm

Sat – The Merles – 6pm

Sun – Kim Carson – 1pm

 

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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 9pm

 

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

Fri – Jeff Inman – 7pm

Sat – Billy Snipes – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Triston Marez / Randall King – 8pm

Fri – Juston Langston / David Beck’s Tejano Weekend – 8pm

Sat – Austin Meade / Kaitlin Butts / Blue Water Hiway / Flatland Cavalry – 5pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm

 

Devil’s Backbone Tavern (4041 FM 32, Fischer   830-964-2544)

Sat – Shelly King Band – 1pm

Sun – Johnny Nicholas – 1pm

Tue – Garrett Bryan – 7pm

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Ethan Hanson – 9:30am

 

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

Fri – Nate Guthrie – 7pm

Sat – Matt Kirk – 7pm

 

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

Fri – The Texases – 7pm

Sat – Carson McHome / Colter Wall / Robert Earl Keen – 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 – Candler Wilkinson – 5pm

Sun – Phil Luna – 1pm

 

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

 

Gruene Grove (1263 Gruene Rd, 830-765-0300)

Tonight – The Homebodies – 7pm

Fri – Justin Langston – 3pm / Sean Garrison – 7pm

Sat – Joey Fender – 7pm

Sun – Jamie Krueger – 2pm

 

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

Tonight – Silvercloud – 6pm

Fri – Pat Green – 6pm & 9pm

Sat – Flat Top Jones – 1pm / Bonnie Whitmore / James McMurtry – 8pm

Sun – Danny Barnes & Billy Bright – 12:30pm / John Arthur Martinez – 5pm

Mon – Bret Graham – 6pm

Tue – Sylvia & Matt Kirk – 6pm

Wed – The Georges – 6pm

 

The Hideaway (Formerly Conway’s)  (262 W. Jahn St.  830-620-5376)

Sat – Adam Hood – 9pm

 

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

Tonight – Hipsonic – 8pm

Wed – All Mixed Up – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Melinda Brown – 5pm

Fri – Almost Patsy Cline Band – 8pm

Sat – Broken Spokes / Max Stalling – 8pm

Sun – ShAnnie – 5pm

 

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

Fri – Jamie Krueger Band – 7pm

Sat – Gerry Burns Grateful Dead Tribute – 2pm / Jack Prince & Kings – 7pm

Sun – Bob Rose – 3pm

Mon – Open Mic w/ Bill Middleton – 6pm

 

Muck & Fuss (295 E. San Antonio Street, 830-312-5387)

Fri – Fast Movin Trio – 7:30pm

 

Old River City Café (2771 FM 725 830-620-1900)

Wed – Monte Good – 5:30pm

 

Pale Horse & Sky Bar (2031 Central Plaza, Creekside 830-743-1067)

Tonight – Chad Anderson – 7pm (Sky Bar)

Fri – Soul Ethos – 7pm (Pale Horse) / Jess & Dave – 8pm (Sky Bar)

Sat – Bill Ayers – 8pm (Sky Bar)

 

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

Tonight – Paul Handelman – 5:30pm

Fri – Larry Dial – 5pm / Tunnel Vision – 9pm

Sat – Caleb & the Homegrown – 9pm

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

Wed – Open Mic w/ Billy Roy – 8pm

 

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

Tonight – Sam Watson – 7pm

Fri – Shelley King – 6pm / Tracie Lynn – 9pm

Sat – Country Willie Edwards – 9pm

Sun – Blues Jam – 4pm

Wed – Manzy Lowry & Tyler Cannon – 7pm

 

River Hofbrau & Beer Garden  (1515 Kuehler Ave,  830-626-2200)

Fri – Ceranda – 6pm

Sat – South Keys Duo – 6pm

 

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

Sat – Harvest Motts – Neil Young Tribute – 9pm

 

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

Tonight – Favorite Son – 7:30pm

Fri – Bob Schneider – Solo – 8:30pm

Sat – Seth Walker – 8pm

Sun – JD McPherson – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Keith Hickle – 4pm / Chilton Vance – 9pm

Sat – Larry Dial – 2pm / J Edwards – 9:30pm

Sun – Nate Guthrie – 4pm

 

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

Tonight – Brian Milson – 7pm

Fri – The Brew – 8pm

Sat – Logun Timberlake – 7pm

Sun – Myles Smith – 4pm

Wed – Call For Band Info

 

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

Tonight – Sean Garrison & 3rd Watch Band – 8pm

Fri – Painted Pony – 8pm

Sat – Knotty Grove – 9pm

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Music News – Sept 19, 2019

This week we lost two more singers from the music world, Eddie Money and Ric Ocasek. Money was battling esophageal cancer and had recently undergone heart valve surgery. Born Edward Joseph Mahoney in Brooklyn, New York, he came from a long line of police officers. A young Eddie was enrolled in the police academy when the music bug bit and he dropped out to pursue his dream. “I wanted to have long hair and travel around the world singing rock and roll,” Money explained in an interview earlier this year. Though his police officer father wasn’t happy with his decision, Eddie had to follow his heart. He moved to San Francisco and was soon noticed by promoter Bill Graham who helped him get a record deal with CBS. His first few albums launched him into the fast paced rock lifestyle and it almost killed him. After a near fatal overdose in 1981, he regained control of his life and launched a comeback with his No Control album. Eddie toured heavily his entire career and it finally took its toll on his health. AXS TV aired the final six episodes of his reality series Real Money last Sunday. In the latter part of his career he had members of his family in his road band. He passed away on September 13 in a Los Angeles hospital at the age of 70.

 

Richard Theodore Otcasek was born in Baltimore and grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. It was there he met Benjamin Orr and they formed a folk duo called Milkwood. Soon they added more musicians and renamed the band Richard and the Rabbits. By 1976 they were touring regionally and decided to go for a more pop sound in an effort to get a record contract. Richard changed his name to Ric Ocasek and they renamed their band The Cars. In 1978 their debut album simply titled The Cars became a huge hit and their career took off. Their second album, Candy-O, was released in 1979 and shot them to the top of the charts. They called it quits in the late 80’s and Ric launched his solo career. His health began to decline in his later years and he was home recovering from surgery when his wife found him unresponsive when she went into the bedroom to wake him. He was married to model Paula Porizkova at the time of his death but she revealed they had officially separated in 2018. Ric’s death was confirmed to be from natural causes at the age of 75.

 

Local singer songwriter Dallas Burrow is releasing his new album, Southern Wind, tomorrow with a CD release show at the legendary Cheatham Street Warehouse in San Marcos. He will be joined by Al Barlow and Eric Siemens. On Saturday he will host another CD release party at Poodie’s in Spicewood and will be joined by David Gideon, Shawn Hart and Bre Jarvis. I’ve known Dallas for many years and have been a fan of his songwriting since the beginning. He’s led a traveling troubadour life and he’ll be the first to admit he’s had his share of ups and downs. Each time I’d run into him he would fill me in on his travels. From a late night jam with Bob Dylan, some time spent in New Orleans where he met Dr. John and leaving Texas to escape an arrest warrant. He’s back home now, newly sober and now a father. Dallas uses his many life experiences as subject matter, the twelve songs on Southern Wind touches on them all. He talks about his crazy rambling days on Rodeo, fondly recalls his childhood days on Grandma Joy’s Homemade Strawberry Jam and his life as a traveling musician on Guitar Man. Guest guitarist Kenny Vaughn makes I Got To Ramble a blistering barn burner and harmony vocalist Sierra Ferrell makes Worker Bees a haunting tale of despair. The album was recorded in Nashville with Eric McConnell producing and includes a long list of talented musicians. In addition to Kenny and Sierra, he recruited Chris Scruggs, Dave Roe, Pete Abbott, Larry Chaney, Frank Rische and Billy Contreras. It’s good to hear new music from Dallas, for a while there I was afraid I wouldn’t. Try to catch one of his CD release shows and pick up a copy of the new album, Southern Wind.

 

I started watching the documentary on PBS titled Country Music and was very impressed by its content. Filmmaker Ken Burns started working on this massive project about five years ago and it’s now ready for the public to see. It goes to great lengths to tell the story of how country music got its start and to identify the key people that were there in the beginning. One thing I found interesting in the first episode was that 10 of the 12 country artists Burns interviewed have performed in our city at either Gruene Hall or the Brauntex Theatre. He talked to Vince Gill, Dolly Parton, Kathy Mattea, Marty Stuart, Garth Brooks, John McEuen, Ray Benson, Rodney Crowell, Mel Tillis, Rosanne Cash, Carlene Carter and Ricky Skaggs. Vince Gill and Dolly Parton are the only ones that haven’t played here. Who knows, maybe someday they will too!

 

 

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

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

Tonight – Donny Harris – 6:30pm

Fri – The Percolators – 6:30pm

Sat – Danny White – 6:30pm

Sun – Blues Like It Usta Wuz – 6:30pm

 

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

Sat – Jody Nix – 8pm

 

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

Fri – Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience – 7pm

Sun – Paulina Rubio – 7pm

 

Baja BBQ (280 Marina, Canyon Lake 830-935-3122) Sat – Chris Cuevas Project – 8:30pm

Sun – Tyler Cannon – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Matt Cline – 8:30pm

Fri – The Lawless – 9pm

Sat – Stewart Mann & Statesboro Revue – 9pm

Sun – Tony Taylor – 4pm

Wed – Logun Timberlake – 8:30pm

 

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

Fri – Nate Guthrie – 6pm

Sat – Emily Herring – 6pm

Sun – Big John Mills – 1pm

 

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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 9pm

 

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

Fri – Bandreu – 7pm

Sat – Jay Sims – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Tom O’Connor / Mike Ryan – 8pm

Fri – Dallas Burrow CD Release Party – 8pm

Tue – Chris Colston – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm

 

Eagles Dance Hall (257 E. South St., 210-566-5864)

Sat – Goodtime Polka & Waltz w/ Dujka Brothers – 7pm

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Winslow & Schoeffler – 9:30pm

 

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

Sat – Oktoberfaust – 5pm

 

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

Fri – Randall King / Bellamy Brothers / Kevin Fowler – 7pm

Sat – Tom O’Connor / Curtis Grimes – 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)

Tonight – Phil Luna – 6pm

Fri – Bret Graham – 5pm

Sat – Sylvia Kirk – 2pm

Sun – Slim Bawb – 1pm

Mon – Bret Graham – 4pm

 

Gristmill River Grill (1287 Gruene Road, 830-625-0684) Sat – Colton’s Kin – Noon / Clifton Jansky – 6pm

Sun – Troy Stone – Noon

Mon – Colton’s Kin – 4pm

 

Gruene Grove (1263 Gruene Rd, 830-765-0300)

Tonight – Ditch Crickets – 7pm

Fri – Justin Langstrom – 3pm / Armadillo Road – 7pm

Sat – Smokehouse Guitar Army – 7pm

Sun – Poor J Brown – 2pm

 

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

Tonight – David Lee & Jose Armadillo Road Show – 6pm

Fri – Greyhound / Los Lobos – 8pm

Sat – Nathan Hamilton / Joe Ely Band – 9pm

Sun – South Austin Moonlighters – 12:30pm / Soul Sessions – 5:30pm

Tue – Bo Porter & Friends – 6pm

Wed – The Georges – 6pm

 

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

Fri – Tyler Stephen McCollum – 8:30pm

Sat – Drugstore Gypsies – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Michael Milligan & Texiana Bluez – 7pm

Fri – The Craze – 8pm

Sat – The Oompahs – 7pm

Wed – Chris Rybak Band – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Melinda Brown – 5pm

Fri – The Merles – 8pm

Sat – Kin Faux & Ben McPeak – 8pm

Sun – ShAnnie – 5pm

 

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

Fri – Racoon Brothers – 7pm

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

Sun – Chuck Shaw – 3pm

Mon – Open Mic w/ Bill Middleton – 6pm

 

Muck & Fuss (295 E. San Antonio Street, 830-312-5387)

Sat – Derek Krueger – 7:30pm

Wed – Open Mic Night – 7:30pm

 

Pale Horse & Sky Bar (2031 Central Plaza, Creekside 830-743-1067)

Sat – Soul Ethos – 7pm (Downstairs) / Matt Moeller (Sky Bar) – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Devin Baize – 5:30pm

Fri – Jr Nash – 5:30pm / Soul Sessions w/ Courtney Santana – 9pm

Sat – Jorge Gallegos Band – 9pm

Sun – Jeff Willis – 3:30pm / Lucas Taylor – 7:30pm

Wed – Steven Vee – 1pm / Open Mic w/ Billy Roy – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Willie Heath Neal – 7pm

Fri – The Homebodies – 6pm / Cheap Sunglasses – Tribute to ZZ Top – 9pm

Sat – Jeremy Lynn Woodall & the Grinders – 9pm

Wed – Austin Mayze & Friends – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Mike Atkins & Cadillac Wax – 7pm

Fri – Wild Country – 8pm

Sat – Keeton Coffman – 8pm

 

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

Tonight – Logun Timberlake – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Danielle Nicole – 7:30pm

Fri – Saltwater Slide & KooDooKoo – 8pm

Sat – Del Castillo – 8pm

Wed – Jamie Lin Wilson & Adam Hood – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Open Mic Night – 7:30pm

Fri – No Chance Band – 9pm

Sat – Buddy Vargas – 4pm / Logun Timberlake – 9pm

Sun – Nate Guthrie – 4pm

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

 

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

Sun – Jeff Beck – 7:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Eric & Amber Middleton, Bob Driver – 7pm

Fri – Bill Ayers – 7pm

Sat – School of Rock – 7pm

Wed – Slim Bawb – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Drew Moreland & the Neon Hustle Band – 8pm

Fri – 3 Man Front – 8pm

Sat – Call For Band Info

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Live Music Venue Guide for NB Magazine

While it’s true that Austin is known for their live music, New Braunfels is quickly gaining ground as a music hotspot in America. The music scene can be easily traced back to its most famous building, the historic Gruene Hall, located at 1281 Gruene Road. Pronounced “Green,” this legendary dancehall has remained virtually unchanged since it was built in 1878. H.D. Gruene built the hall as a home to all public events in the tiny settlement of Gruene. In the mid-70’s, Gruene had become a virtual ghost town until businessman Pat Molak purchased the hall in 1974. With a lot of hard work and a clear vision for the future, he and his business partner Mary Jane Nalley built the community into the hub of activity it is today. Many rising artists don’t feel as though they’ve “made it” until they play the historic venue. In the summer months, Two Tons of Steel, a popular band from San Antonio, host “Two Ton Tuesday” and local radio station KNBT does remote broadcasts for the Friday Afternoon Club. Such superstars as George Strait, Lyle Lovett, Hal Ketchum, Pat Green and Robert Earl Keen all got their start playing regular gigs here. Take a few minutes to check out the hundreds of signed photos that adorn the walls. It’s a testament of how important Gruene Hall is to the history of Texas music. They feature live music 7 days a week and most shows are free. There’s often a cover charge on weekends and for major touring acts. For more info, visit their website at GrueneHall.com.

Just up the road from Gruene Hall is Tavern in the Gruene. It is an air-conditioned live music venue with a full bar and both indoor and outdoor stages. The historic building dates back to the 1940’s when it was a barn used to store farm equipment and livestock. In 1992, Ed and Billie Miles purchased the property and developed Gruene Homestead Inn, which sits right next door to the Tavern. After a short stint as an upscale restaurant from 1998 to 2001, the building was used as an event center called Hanz Hall. About a year later, in May of 2002, the Tavern in the Gruene opened for business and quickly became one of the area’s most popular night spots. Earlier this year the property was sold to Mark and Brandy Worley. The new owners have made some changes and improvements, but have kept the cool vibe intact. Live music remains a focal point so see the complete schedule at TavernintheGruene.com.

River Road Ice House, located at 1791 Hueco Springs Loop, offers the two things our city is famous for, live music and tubing the rivers. Less than a mile from the Guadalupe River, the Ice House allows fans to enjoy tubing and live music in the same afternoon. Formerly the River Road General Store and Molly’s Oasis, the renamed River Road Ice House regularly books major stars as well as up and coming Texas and Americana musicians. Over the past few years it has undergone renovations and has changed ownership. It has an indoor stage plus a large outdoor amphitheater that can house over 2000 fans. It is open 7 days a week with most of the live music scheduled for the weekends. You can check out their full calendar at Riverroadicehouse.com.

Riley’s Tavern, located on FM 1102, was the first venue to be awarded a beer license in 1933 after prohibition ended. James Riley, at the ripe old age of 17, drove to Austin in a Model “T” Ford. He arrived early and was the first person awarded a beer license in the state of Texas. He ran the tavern for over forty years before illness forced him to retire. Today, owner Joel Hoffman often performs with his band or books popular area musicians to entertain the crowd. It’s the perfect place to relax with friends and enjoy an intimate set by local and regional acts. The complete schedule can be found at RileysTavern.com.

Billy’s Ice, located at 1193 Loop 337, is a popular local venue that was converted from a drive thru convenience store into a unique Texas style open air bar. Local businessman Bob Wilson purchased the venue about a year ago and has kept the live music schedule full. Large sliding doors can be opened or closed depending on weather conditions so patrons can enjoy a full bar and an 800 sq. ft. covered deck. You can access their complete schedule at Billysice.com.

Whitewater Amphitheater, located on FM 306 near Canyon Lake, has quickly become one of the premier outdoor venues in not just Texas but the entire United States. With a capacity of about 5,600, it has featured concerts by Bob Dylan, Neil Young, ZZ Top, John Fogerty, Willie Nelson and Miranda Lambert, just to name a few. It offers a first class concert experience with general admission, reserve seating and VIP skyboxes available. Located on the banks of the beautiful Guadalupe River, fans can go tubing during the day then see a fantastic concert at night. Lodging and tube rentals are located nearby. Anything you need to know about this venue can be found at Whitewaterrocks.com.

For years Freiheit Country Store was considered to be on the outskirts of town. Located at 2157 FM 1101, the original building was built in 1889 as a meeting place for the local community. Once surrounded by open fields it is now in the heart of Creekside and Freiheit Village. The covered open air stage is home to Zack Walther’s Wednesday shows and a wide variety of regional and national touring acts. In addition to featuring live music they also have a full service restaurant that serves all your favorite comfort food. See the music schedule and menu at FreiheitCountryStore.net.

Downtown New Braunfels has undergone a rebirth over the past decade and has spawned several venues that offer a wide choice of live music. Built in 1871, the Phoenix Saloon, located at 193 W. San Antonio Street, was the first bar in Texas to serve women. It had an alligator pit, badger fights and live music on Saturday nights. William Gebhardt invented chili powder in 1894 while running the café in the back room of the saloon. Prohibition forced the saloon to close in 1918. In its later years the building was used as a department store until it was purchased by Ross and Debbie Fortune. After a two year renovation it was reopened on March 5, 2010. It’s large stage has hosted such acts as Alejandro Escovedo, Dale Watson, Hayes Carll, Jesse Dayton, Alex Meixner and the Shinyribs, just to name a few. It features an open mic night, several happy hour shows as well as concerts on the weekends. It’s also rumored to be one of the most haunted buildings in our city. They serve hamburgers, hotdogs and world famous chili in addition to the live music. You can read all about their colorful history at ThePhoenixSaloon.com.

Located nearby at 148 S. Castell Avenue is Krause’s Café which dates back to 1938. Gene Krause opened Gene’s Place on the downtown plaza in 1938 and relocated to the current location in 1948. In 1959 he sold the restaurant to his son Kermit and it was renamed Krause’s Café. It remained Krause’s until 1995 and then changed to Freisenhaus German Restaurant. Local businessman Ron Snider remodeled the building and reopened Krause’s Café in late 2016. Live music was first performed inside the large biergarten but was soon moved outside under the pavilion. The stage has been home to many local benefits as well as an annual Maifest hosted by Alex Meixner. Most Wednesday nights you will find a polka band performing while the weekends feature local and regional acts. Check out the full schedule and menu at KrausesCafe.com.

At the opposite end of San Antonio Street sits the Brauntex Theatre. It started as a movie theatre in 1942, opening just a few weeks after Pearl Harbor was bombed. As World War 2 raged, the theatre was often used to show news reels to keep local citizens informed about the war. As years passed it became a neglected building that housed cheap movies and finally closed its doors in 1998. A group of concerned citizens saved the theatre from the wrecking ball and purchased the building in 1999. They formed a non-profit organization and proceeded to renovate the old building. By 2001 it was ready for its second life as a live concert venue. Today the 600 seat restored theatre hosts concerts by such acts as Marty Stuart, Travis Tritt, Oak Ridge Boys, Rosanne Cash, Bellamy Brothers and Crystal Gayle just to name a few. The Brauntex is also home to many local dance companies and theater groups. Their complete schedule of events can be seen at Brauntex.org.

Just across the railroad tracks from The Brauntex is the Pour Haus located at 343 W. San Antonio Street. This unique venue offers an indoor and outdoor bar along with a covered outdoor stage. It’s the perfect place to mingle with friends, have a cold drink and listen to live music 7 nights a week. The majority of the live music shows are free but occasionally there is a cover charge when a bigger act is performing. Often voted the best bar in town it is a regular meeting place for locals and tourists. Find out more about this unique downtown bar at PourHausNB.com.

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Zack Walther – NB Magazine Feature Story

It’s Wednesday afternoon in New Braunfels and Zack Walther is unloading the band’s gear onto the stage at Freiheit Country Store. In a few hours he and best friend Matt Briggs will take the stage and run through several dozen songs. In addition to one of his many original tunes, you are just as likely to hear a classic George Strait song or a gospel tinged version of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah. Though Wednesday isn’t considered a normal night for live music, Zack has been hosting middle of the week shows for over a decade. Affectionately known by his fans as Walther Wednesday’s, they got their start at Gruene Hall, had a stint at Villa at Gruene and have now moved over to Freiheit.

New Braunfels is home to musicians that represent many genres of music. Some are steeped in the Red Dirt sound, others more Americana while some reside in the traditional country slot. It’s hard to pigeonhole Zack Walther into just one category. After two decades in the music business, he has released music in a wide variety of styles. He was the first local artist to record a live album at Tavern in the Gruene and at the Brauntex Theatre. He’s toured the states with a full band, as a duo with Matt Briggs and as a solo artist. When it comes to paying your dues, his are paid in full.

With a dozen albums under his belt, he decided he wanted to do things different this time. He titled the new album The Westerner, for that reason. He wanted it to be different than anything he’s ever released. The album hits the street on Friday October 25 and he will celebrate the event with a special CD release party at the Brauntex Theatre that night. He plans to play the album in its entirety, take a short break and finish out the night with some of his best loved songs.

One of the songs on the new album is ‘Paying For It Now” and it explains his years on the road with 5 guys packed into a van pulling a trailer. Ask anyone who’s done this and they will agree, it’s not that glamorous of an experience. Over the past few years Zack has built a relationship with songwriting legend Rodney Crowell. In one of their many conversations, Crowell told Zack “you have a great voice but you should go home and listen to blues and R&B singers and learn from them.” He knew Zack was wasting his time trying to keep a band together and survive on the road. It was advice Zack took seriously and followed.

The new album was recorded at Beagle’s Nest Studios here in town and was self-produced. Having Matt’s studio available at any time allowed Zack to relax and take his time. The process took over a year to complete. Seven of the songs are brand new and three were on a previously released EP. He recruited several guests for this album including ace guitarist David Grissom, slide guitarist Jeff Plankenhorn, keyboardist Mike Atkins and singer songwriter Susan Gibson. They mixed the album at Steve Henning’s studio in Fischer, TX. Zack is swinging for the fences with this album; he’s hired a radio promotion’s agent plus a publicist to get it out to as many people as possible.

These are busy times for Zack, he just joined forces with members of George Strait’s Ace in the Hole Band for an all-star tribute to King George at the Brauntex Theatre. He and his wife Marci hosted another Lennon-Aid Benefit at Krause’s Café a few weeks ago and this month he hits the road for a promotional radio station tour. The ever calm Zack takes it all in stride, “I just wanted to make a record my fans can be proud of,” he explains. After many listens, I can assure you it is.

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