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Music News – Jan. 17, 2019

Brett Cline Tribute to Paul Simon

Local musician Brett Cline will take part in the Local Live series at the Brauntex Theatre tonight with his tribute to the music of Paul Simon. Now that Simon has officially retired from live performances, this is the next best way to enjoy the vast catalog of songs written by the New York songwriter. Actually born in New Jersey, Simon moved to Queens, New York when he was three years old. He played his first concert there in 1957 and on September 22, 2018, he performed his final show just a few miles from his childhood home. Cline and his seven piece band will pay homage to the music from Simon’s solo career as well as the hits he had with Art Garfunkel. It is important to remember that Simon wrote all these songs, making him one of the most talented songwriters in the world. Joining Brett onstage tonight will be Phillip Henderson on guitar and vocals, Pancho Garza III on lead guitar, Nick Lewis on bass, Tony Bray on saxophone, Kevin Hall on drums and Laurie Henderson and Diana Bray on backing vocals. Cline is one of the most talented musicians in our city so check out this very special performance if you can. The show starts at 7:30pm and tickets are available at the box office or online at Brauntex.org.

 

George Strait Sings With Willie

George Strait has accomplished every dream and goal he’s ever set for himself in the music business, except for one thing. He’s never sang a duet with Willie Nelson. Last Saturday night at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, Strait finally got his wish. A special all-star concert was hosted to honor the Red Headed Stranger and was filmed for A&E TV. It will be titled Willie: The Life of an American Outlaw and features performances by Kris Kristofferson, Jimmy Buffett, Chris Stapleton, Eric Church, Jamey Johnson, Vince Gill, Lyle Lovett, Alison Krauss, Ray Benson, John Mellencamp, Lee Ann Womack, Rodney Crowell, Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Dave Matthews and George Strait, just to name a few. The highlight of the night came when George and Willie joined forces on ‘Sing One With Will,’ a song they wrote together. The A&E Network will air the special later this year.

 

Steve Earle Honors Guy Clark

Speaking of Steve Earle, the Texas born songwriter just recorded a tribute to his mentor, the late Guy Clark. It comes ten years after Earle’s previous tribute to his other idol, Townes Van Zandt. When a teenage Earle hitchhiked from San Antonio to Nashville in 1974, two of the first songwriters he met were Guy and Townes. They took the youngster in and proceeded to teach him the art of songwriting. Guy gave him a job playing bass in his band. Earle was replacing another Texan, a young Rodney Crowell, who was leaving the nest to start a solo career. With a March 29 release date, the sixteen song album features guest appearances by Jerry Jeff Walker, Rodney Crowell, Emmylou Harris, Terry Allen, Shawn Camp and Verlon Thompson. In a press statement, Earle explained both men, “When it comes to mentors, I’m glad I had both. If

you asked Townes about songwriting, he’d hand you a copy of the book Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee. If you asked Guy the same question, he’d take out a piece of paper and teach you how to diagram a song.” Preorder your copy of the album now at SteveEarle.com.

 

Kinky Friedman & Mollie B Coming to Krause’s Cafe

Krause’s Café has two very special shows scheduled for February 14 and March 14 respectively. First up is Texas legend Kinky Friedman on February 14, Valentine’s Day, with dinner and an acoustic show. Krause’s Café will provide the pre-show meal at SeeKatz Opera House where Kinky will perform all the songs that made him a household name in the Lone Star State. In addition to being a noted singer songwriter, Kinky is also a bestselling author. In 1976, Friedman was hand-picked by Bob Dylan to open his concerts on the famous Rolling Thunder Revue Tour. In 2006 he ran for Governor of Texas with the slogan, How Hard Can it Be? Exactly one month later, Squeezebox featuring the incredible Mollie B, will perform their first concert in downtown New Braunfels on the Krause’s Café Pavilion Stage. Mollie is one of the most popular polka acts in America and once hosted her own TV show on the RFD Network. Tickets for both shows are available now at KrausesCafe.com.

 

Oak Ridge Boys Carry On

Imagine being a backup singer for Elvis Presley in 1972 and being asked to join a little known gospel group called the Oak Ridge Boys. That’s the decision bass singer Richard Sterban found himself in when he got the call from William Lee Golden. Current bass singer Noel Fox was leaving the group and they wanted Richard to take his place. “People thought I was crazy,” recalled Sterban, calling from his home near Nashville. “Who would leave Elvis to join a poor gospel group? But I was already a fan of the Oaks and I had faith in where they were going. Seven years later, Elvis passed away and that was the same year we had our first hit song with Ya’ll Come Back Saloon. Things worked out alright and here we are 46 years later. We are still touring over 150 nights a year, still healthy and still having fun doing it. We are planning on recording a new album this year since our last one, 17th Avenue Revival, did so well.” Friday night will mark their 6th year of sold-out shows at the Brauntex Theatre and according to Richard; they plan on keeping that tradition going for years to come.

 

 

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

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

Sat – Mario Flores & Soda Creek Band – 8pm

 

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

Tonight – Anthony Wright 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 – Brett Cline Tribute to Paul Simon – 7:30pm

Fri – Oak Ridge Boys – 8pm

 

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

Sat – Born Again / Miss Hollywood – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm

 

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

Fri – Chris Colson – 9pm

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Don Reilly – 9:30am

 

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

Fri – Chris Lancaster – 7pm

Sat – Tex Porter Band – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Travis Schultz & the Rutmakers – 7pm

Sat – Corey Hunt Band / Reckless Kelly – 7pm

 

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

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 6:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Shaw Pittman & Jason Moeller – 6pm

Fri – Joey McGee / Van Wilks – 7pm

Sat – Bo Phillips – 1pm / Jamie Lin Wilson / Mike & the Moonpies – 8pm

Sun – 3 Hands High – Noon / Linda Gail Lewis – 4pm

Mon – Bret Graham – 6pm

Tue – Tony Taylor & Friends – 6pm

Wed – Aaron Stephens – 6pm

 

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

Fri – Slim Bawb & Fabulous Stump Grinders – 8pm

Sat – Shaker Hymns – 8pm

 

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

Tonight – Stephen K. Morris – 5pm

Fri – Hayden Whittington – 1pm / Peter Tory – 4pm / Jimmy Lee Jones – 7pm

Sat – 12th Annual Blues Fest – Noon

Sun – Dan West & Elijah Stone – 1pm / T & C Miller – 5pm

 

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

Fri – Silver & Gold – 7pm

Sat – Bandreu – 7pm

Sun – Bluegrass Sunday w/ Gerry Burns – 3pm

Mon – Open Mic Night – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Sly Foot Family – 5:30pm

Fri – Larry Dial – 5pm / Soul Session w/ Mustard – 9pm

Sat – Knotty Grove – 9pm

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

Wed – Open Mic w/ Billy Roy – 8pm

 

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

Tonight – Damon Curtis – 8:30pm

Fri – Denny Herrin – 8:30pm

Sat – Dirty White Horse – 9:30pm

Sun – Two Rivers Revival – 8:30pm

Mon – Larry Martin Sweeney – 8:30pm

Tue – Open Mic Night – 8:30pm

Wed – Jade Marie Patek – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Dallas Moore – 8pm

Fri – The Homebodies – 8pm

Sat – Heather Victorino – 9pm

Tue – Chris Lancaster – 8pm

Wed – Mark Willenborg – 8pm

 

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

Fri – Gethen Jenkins – 8pm

Sat – The Motts – 8pm

 

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)

Tonight – Cameron Matthew Ray – 8:30pm

Fri – Dave Fenley – 9pm

Sat – Austin Leach / Chris Lopez – 9:30pm

Sun – Steven Curd – 4pm

Tue – Adam Johnson – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Josh Pearson / Koodookoo – 7pm

Fri – Western Youth / Eric Tessmer – 7:30pm

Sat – Skunkweed – 8pm

 

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

Fri – Highway Hypnosis – 9pm

Sat – Call For Band Info – 9pm

Sun – 3 Piece & a Biscuit – 9pm

 

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

Fri – Sinatra & Beyond w/ Tony Desare – 8pm

 

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

Fri – Brian Milson & Casee Allen – 8pm

Sun – Bo Brumble & Garrett Mann – 4pm

Wed – Austin Gilliam – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Jazz night w/ Gregory Grant – 7pm

Fri – Two Rivers Revival – 8pm

Sat – The Vagabonds – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Chris Sauceda Band – 8pm

Fri – 3 Man Front – 8pm

Sat – Clint Taft & Buck Wild Band – 9pm

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Music News – Jan. 10, 2019

Now that 2019 is here and everyone is back at work, local venues are quickly filling up their spring and summer schedules. New shows are being added all over town on a daily basis. It’s a good idea to subscribe to each venue’s email list or follow their Facebook page so you can be notified as soon as upcoming shows are announced. Looking ahead at upcoming concerts, we will start with our biggest venue, Whitewater Amphitheatre. Their calendar is filling up quickly with shows by Willie Nelson, Avett Brothers, Dwight Yoakam and Cody Johnson. At press time they just added Turnpike Troubadours and Robert Earl Keen to the calendar and tickets go on-sale at 10am Friday morning. River Road Icehouse has Corb Lund, Joe Ely, John Baumann, Brandon Rhyder and Sean McConnell. Gruene Hall has Amanda Shires, Colter Wall, Dale Watson, LeAnn Rimes and Kurt Vile, just to name a few. Krause Café has a special Valentine’s Day dinner and show by Kinky Friedman. The Brauntex Theatre has Yesenia McNett, Marty Stuart, Connie Smith, Storm Large, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Bruce Robison, Paul Thorn and Ruthie Foster. As you can see, 2019 is starting out to be another busy year for live music. As I often say, we are truly blessed to live in a city that has so much entertainment to offer.

 

Gruene Hall

Speaking of live music, Gruene Hall has a full schedule this weekend starting tonight with piano player Lucas Jack, coming to town all the way from St. Louis, MO. Lucas comes to Texas about twice a year and makes the rounds at several area venues. Micky & the Motorcars headline a show on Saturday night with Dustin Schaefer opening. The South Austin Moonlighters play the 4pm slot on Sunday. If you’re not familiar with this band, you should be, they are fantastic. Of course Bret Graham’s regular Monday night shows are legendary, always playing to a packed house. The Georges are another talented local band that do a lot of Wednesday night shows at the hall. Check out their full schedule at GrueneHall.com.

 

Phoenix Saloon

The Phoenix Saloon has two exciting nights of music on tap this weekend starting Friday night with Hunter Road Trio. They bring a mix of southern and classic rock to the stage with a healthy mix of blues and Americana thrown in for good measure. Saturday night features Ebrolution, a collaboration of Jorge Gallegos and Dave Perez from Broseph plus Haydin Vitera for a night of tasteful tunes and exciting rock & roll. There’s no cover charge either night so check them out if you happen to be downtown. There are many more shows listed on their website at ThePhoenixSaloon.com so check them out.

 

Concert Ticket Prices on the Rise

As we all know, concert ticket prices are continuing to rise each year. Artists no longer make any money on selling CD’s and streaming services like Pandora and Spotify play mere pennies to the artist to play their music. So their primary source of income is now their live concerts. Pollstar Magazine, the industry bible of live concerts, just released their year-end tour reports. The top tour of 2018 was Ed Sheeran, who played 94 shows in 53 cities and grossed $4,860,482. Coming in at number two was Taylor Swift’s $345 million gross followed by Beyonce & Jay Z grossing $254 million. Rock band U2 earned $736 million on their 360 Live tour but it took them two years to reach that amount. Pollstar Magazine was started by rock star Jon Bon Jovi’s grandfather many years ago and reports the money earned by live concerts all across America. They have their finger on the pulse of the live concert industry and predict that rising concert ticket prices are here to stay. While it’s very convenient to get our music on our electronic devices at a low cost, we fans still pay the price when we go see our favorite artist in concert.

 

 

Weekly Concert Calendar

Each week we try to list the schedules from as many live music venues as possible. It’s a very time consuming process to compile the list each week and we use the venue websites or Facebook pages to get the information. So we can only be as accurate as the information they post online. There’s no charge for this weekly listing and hopefully it’s helpful to the fans plus the venues. Obviously, we can’t list every venue and many venues don’t keep their sites up to date, so it is a weekly challenge. If you would like your schedule listed here, send me an email, I’ll be happy to include it for you.

 

 

 

 

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

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

Fri – T Pain – 7pm

Sat – Eclipse & Motherhood: Tributes to Journey & Led Zeppelin – 7pm

 

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

Sat – Ryan Ross Band – 7pm

 

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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 7pm

 

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

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm

 

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

Sun – Good Time Polka & Waltz w/ Litt’l Fisherman Orchestra – 3pm

 

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 – Nate Guthrie – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Josh Grider / Bart Crow – 7pm

Sat – Erick Willis / Austin Meade – 7pm

 

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

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 6:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Lucas Jack – 6pm

Fri – Barbara Nesbitt Band – 7pm

Sat – Pat Byrne Band – 1pm / Dustin Schaefer / Micky & the Motorcars – 8pm

Sun – Toy Hearts – Noon / South Austin Moonlighters – 4pm

Mon – Bret Graham – 6pm

Tue – Dallas Moore & David Lee – 6pm

Wed – The Georges – 6pm

 

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

Sat – BJ Thibodeaux & Backwater Blvd – 8pm

 

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

Tonight – Stephen K. Morris – 5pm

Fri – Peter Tory – 4pm / Jimmy L. Jones & A Creep at the Steel – 7pm

Sat – David Harris – 1pm / Aaron McDonnell / Roger Creager – 8pm

Sun – Dan West – 1pm / TC Miller – 5pm

 

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

Fri – Gerry Burns – 7pm

Sat – Arley Blankenship – 7pm

Sun – Chuck Shaw – 3pm

Mon – Open Mic Night – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Ethan Hanson – 5:30pm

Fri – Junior Nash – 5pm / Hunter Road Trio – 9pm

Sat – Ebrolution – 9pm

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

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

 

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

Tonight – Silver Cloud – 8:30pm

Fri – Colby Keeling – 8:30pm

Sat – 3 Man Front – 9:30pm

Sun – The Vagabonds – 8:30pm

Mon – Paul Eldridge – 8:30pm

Tue – Open Mic Night – 8:30pm

Wed – Doug Garrett & Friends – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Mark Stuart – 8pm

Fri – Mark Jungers – 6pm / The Zilkerbillies – 9pm

Sat – Coby Weir – 9pm

Tue – Troy Stone Band – 8pm

Wed – Mike Ethan Messick – 9pm

 

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

Fri – Aaron McDonnell – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Tyler Cannon – 5:30pm

 

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

Sat – Peyton Stilling – 9:30pm

Wed – James Keith – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Jittery Jack & Friends – 7pm

Fri – Ryan Scott Travis / Rob Baird – 7pm

Sat – Reed Brothers / Blue Water Highway – 7pm

Wed – Lucas Jack – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Dewberry Pickle Boys – 9pm

Fri – Nate Rodriguez – 9pm

Sat – Anthony Wright Band – 9pm

Sun – Clever Name Band – 9pm

 

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

Sun – Bo Brumble & Garrett Mann – 4pm

Wed – Fast Movin Trio – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Luke LaGrange – 8pm

Sat – Bobby & Derek – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Broken Arrow – 8pm

Fri – Brandon Michael – 8pm

Sat – LC Rocks – 9pm

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

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Music News – Jan. 3, 2019

There is a lot of new music scheduled for release this year in any format you prefer. Since I’m much older than dirt, I still like listening to an entire album rather than a streaming service like Pandora or Spotify. I enjoy hearing every song on an album and to let the artist take me on a journey with their songs. I’m a lyric guy and like songs that have something to say. Many new albums were released in time for the Christmas holidays but plenty more artists chose to wait until this year to put their music on-sale. Texas singer Cody Johnson will release his seventh album, Ain’t Nothin’ To It, on January 18. It will be his first since signing with Warner Brothers Records, a major Nashville label. After releasing six albums independently with huge success it will be interesting to see how much this move helps his career. After all, this guy sold out the Houston Rodeo with no help from anyone. His annual shows at Whitewater Amphitheater will be on May 25 & 26 and tickets are available now at Whitewaterrocks.com. Both of these shows will sell out so if you want to go, get your tickets today.

 

Hayes Carll to Release New Album

Another Texas singer songwriter releasing a new album soon is Hayes Carll. His new CD, What It Is, is set for a February 15 release. Born in the Woodlands, north of Houston, Carll toured and recorded constantly, often playing over 250 shows a year. After 15 years on the road, he was burned out, divorced and unsure of what to do next. He met Allison Moorer, who had just divorced Steve Earle, and they started dating. Hayes wanted the new album to be a snapshot of where he was now, as both a singer and a songwriter. You can hear the first single, Jesus and Elvis, on his website HayesCarll.com. The album is a follow-up of his last one, Lovers and Leavers, with the same stripped down acoustic sound. Once the album comes out, he will be playing all over Texas so check out the tour dates on his website.

 

Bruce Springsteen Releases Live Album

Bruce Springsteen finished up his 230 show run on Broadway, a long series of performances that generated over $100 million in ticket sales, at the Walter Kerr Theatre in New York City. The nightly concerts were attended by fans from all over the world and gave his audiences an intimate look at his incredible career. For those unable to make the trip to the Big Apple to catch the concert in person, Bruce allowed Netflix to film and broadcast one of the shows. Springsteen also announced that he and the E Street Band would not tour in 2019 but would most likely hit the road in 2020. He does intend on releasing an album of new music this year but no actual street date has been determined. As a holiday gift to his fans he released a live CD and download of the famous No Nukes concert recorded in September 1979. Bruce took time off from recording his album titled The River to join other musicians at Madison Square Garden for two shows. The concerts were organized by Jackson Browne and featured Bruce, Bonnie Raitt, Tom Petty, James Taylor, Carly Simon, Poco, Doobie Brothers, Crosby, Stills & Nash and Ry Cooder. The MUSE (Musicians United for Safe Energy) concert helped raise awareness of the dangers of Nuclear Power Plants. Portions of this concert have been previously released but this contains the entire Springsteen sets from both nights. You can purchase this plus many other live Bruce shows at BruceSpringsteen.net.

 

Many New Albums Coming This Year

There are hundreds of albums coming out this year including new releases by Aaron Lewis, Adele, Coldplay, Hootie & the Blowfish, Madonna, Megadeth, Sheryl Crow, Tim McGraw, Miley Cyrus, Buckcherry, Trisha Yearwood, Florida Georgia Line, Avril Lavigne, Metallica, The 1975, Ryan Bingham and Whitesnake, just to name a few.

 

 

Many Major Artists Will Tour in 2019

Last but not least, there’s some major tours taking place this year and most of them will make a stop in our state. Garth Brooks will embark on a stadium tour this year and so will the Rolling Stones. Jethro Tull will headline a 50th Anniversary Tour this year. Heavy metal rockers Slayer will do a Farewell Tour in 2019. Kenny Chesney will do his annual summer stadium tour. Iron Maiden, Blake Shelton, Ariana Grande, Mariah Carey, Train, Zac Brown, Band Perry, Eric Church, Cher, Kelly Clarkson, John Mellencamp and the Goo Goo Dolls will all do arena tours in 2019. Country group Alabama will celebrate their 50th Anniversary Tour this year and classic rock band Kansas will embark on a 40th Anniversary Tour to celebrate their Point of Know Return album. There’s a rumor that the original lineup of Van Halen, David Lee Roth, Michael Anthony, Eddie & Alex Van Halen, will tour this year but getting the Van Halen brothers to do anything is like herding cats. This is one of those believe it when you see it rumors. It’s a common wish to want each new year to bring better times to our families and friends. I know a lot of my friends and family are happy to see 2018 in their rear view mirror. I feel the same way, there’s been some good things that happened this year but there was definitely some bad as well. I’m hoping 2019 brings more happy times and better health to everyone.

 

 

 

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

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

Sun – Anthony Wright Band – 8:30pm

 

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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 8pm

 

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

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Tony Taylor – 9:30am

 

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

Fri – Winnie Brave – 7pm

Sat – Marcus Morales – 7pm

 

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

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 6:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Troy Stone & the Spent Shells – 6pm

Fri – The Georges – 7pm

Sat – Eastside Kings – 1pm / Wynn Williams / Mike Ryan – 8pm

Sun – Peterson Brothers – Noon / Beat Root Revival – 4pm

Mon – Bret Graham – 6pm

Tue – Slim Bawb’s Birthday Show – 6pm

Wed – Hot Texas Swing Band – 6pm

 

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

Fri – Chubby Knuckle Choir – 8:30pm

Sat – Hunter Road Trio – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Stephen K. Morris – 5pm

Fri – Peter Tory – 4pm / Jimmy L. Jones – 7pm

Sat – David Harris – 1pm / Vincent Neil Emerson / Jason Boland & the Stragglers – 8pm

Sun – Dan West – 1pm / ShAnnie – 5pm

 

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

Sat – Michael James Band – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Shawn Hart – 5:30pm

Fri – Larry Dial – 5pm / River Barons – 9pm

Sat – El Rocker – 9pm

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

Wed – Open Mic w/ Billy Roy – 8pm

 

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

Tonight – Jay Bleu – 8:30pm

Fri – Soul Sessions w/ Mustard – 8:30pm

Sat – Kerosene Drifters – 9:30pm

Sun – Buddy Vargas – 8:30pm

Mon – Tony Taylor – 8:30pm

Tue – Open Mic Night – 8:30pm

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

 

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

Fri – Roy Heinrich – 6pm / Urban Pioneers / Rock Bottom String Band – 9pm

Sat – Robert Kline & Austin A Team – 9pm

Wed – Juliet McConkey – 8pm

 

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

Fri – Deadeye – 6pm

Sat – Nightbird: Fleetwood Mac Tribute Band – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Casey Walther & Pete Anderson – 5:30pm

 

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

Fri – Texas Pink Floyd – 7pm

Sat – Ruben V – 7pm

Sun – Kevin Kosub & the Blacktears – 7pm

 

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

Fri – 3 Man Front – 9pm

Sat – Call for Band Info

 

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

Sat – Hipsonic – 8pm

 

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

Sat – The Vagabonds – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Jeremy Egg Band – 8pm

Fri – Painted Pony – 8pm

Sat – Monte Good & Honky Tonk Heroes – 9pm

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Music News – Dec. 27, 2018

Last week I listed all the New Year’s Eve shows so if you are planning on celebrating the end of 2018 out on the town, you might want to check with the venue first to be sure they aren’t sold-out or to reserve a spot for you and your friends. Most venues will have a cover charge because bands usually cost more to play on New Year’s Eve. Some venues will offer snacks and party favors during the night in addition to the live music. Since New Year’s Eve falls on a Monday night, venues will have to celebrate the new year before midnight to comply with TABC rules. Always party responsibly, be safe on the drive home and be sure to have a designated driver. I’m sure the taxi and Uber drivers will be very busy on Monday night. See the concert listing on this page for a full schedule of events for New Year’s Eve.

 

Top Albums from Texas Artists in 2018

Since December is the last month of the year, there’s hundreds of lists naming the best movies, TV shows, books and albums of the year. I love to read them all but rarely agree with their picks, especially when it comes to the best music released this year. There’s always more rap and pop music on their lists, while mine has more Texas artists and classic rock on it. Many Texas artists released strong albums this year, like Cody Jinks new CD Lifers, Solid Ground by Wade Bowen and Whiskey & Pride by Cory Morrow. Willie Nelson released My Way, his tribute to Frank Sinatra and his son Lukas issued a self-titled album with his band Promise of the Real. Three Texas gals all had hit albums in 2018. Of course I’m talking about Kelly Willis, Bri Bagwell and Kacey Musgraves. Golden Hour by Musgraves was named the Top album of 2018 by many publications, including Rolling Stone and Billboard Magazine. Super gal group Pistol Annies, made up of Miranda Lambert, Angaleena Presley and Ashley Monroe, released Interstate Gospel. It also appeared on many year-end best of lists and rightly so because it’s the best collection of songs they have written since forming in 2011. Of course, Miranda is a Texas gal, which makes Ashley and Angaleena honorary Texans.

 

More Top Albums Released in 2018

Though it may be hard to believe, good music can come from a state other than Texas. It’s no coincidence that Texas and Tennessee are the only two states in America that start with the letter T. Some of the best music in the world comes from these two states. This year Nashville gave us these fantastic albums: Chris Stapleton – From a Room Vol. 2; Jason Isbell – Nashville Sound; Tyler Childers – Purgatory; Will Hoge – My American Dream; Dan Auerbach – Waiting on a Song; Sam Morrow – Concrete & Mud; Brandi Carlile – By The Way I Forgive You; and Eric Church – Desperate Man. Church’s album has a Texas connection since Ray Wylie Hubbard helped him write the title song. A couple of veteran songwriters, John Prine and Bob Dylan, were back on the charts in 2018. Prine for Tree of Forgiveness, his first new album in twelve years. Dylan issued a 6-CD set containing all the outtakes from his classic 1975 album, Blood on the Tracks.

 

Musicians We Lost, Musicians That Are Retiring

We lost a few musicians this year, including the iconic Aretha Franklin and country superstar Roy Clark. We also said goodbye to Marty Balin, a founding member of Jefferson Airplane, Tony Joe White, songwriter of many hits like Polk Salad Annie and Ed King, guitarist for Lynyrd Skynyrd. King wrote the famous guitar intro for their smash hit Sweet Home Alabama. Several older musicians announced their retirement tours in 2018 including Bob Seger, Kiss, Elton John, Ozzy Osbourne, Joan Baez, Paul Simon and Lynyrd Skynyrd.

 

 

 

Last Chance for Local Live Music in 2018

There’s plenty of fantastic live music in the area to keep everyone entertained while we wait for the big night to arrive. Kevin Fowler is at Gruene Hall tonight with Los Texmaniacs opening the show. Fowler has a new single, Country Song to Sing, scheduled for a January release and chances are good he will premier it tonight. The Craze will take the stage on Friday night at 9pm at the Phoenix Saloon. Lonesome Dave Fisher will be at Riley’s Tavern on Saturday night and Dallas Burrow will be at Middleton Brewing on Sunday at 2pm. Skylar Hamilton will be at the Pour Haus stage at 8:30pm on Sunday night. Happy New Year!

 

 

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

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

Fri – The Toadies – 7pm

Sat – Chris D’Elia – 6pm

 

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

Fri – Popgun – 8:30pm

Mon – Billy’s Ice NYE Party – 8:30pm

 

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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 8pm

 

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

Mon – David Prado Band – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm

 

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

Mon – Shane Smith & the Saints – 9pm

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Steve Tschoepe – 9:30am

 

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

Fri – Nate Guthrie – 7pm

Sat – Highway Hypnosis – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Small Town Habit / Josh Ward – 7pm

Sat – Kolby Cooper / Shotgun Rider – 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 – Dan McCoy – Noon / Troy Stone – 4pm

Fri – Dan McCoy – Noon / Rodney Hayden – 4pm

Sat – Rodney Hayden – Noon / Brian & Paul – 4pm

Sun – Joey McGee – Noon / Johnny Cheole – 4pm

Mon – Dan McCoy – 1pm

Tue – Johnny Cheole – 2pm

 

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

Tonight – Adam Johnson Band – 1pm / Los Texmaniacs / Kevin Fowler – 7pm

Fri – Billy Bacon & Forbidden Pigs – 1pm / Jarrod Birmingham / Roger Creager – 7pm

Sat – Flat Top Jones – 1pm / Austin Meade / Stoney LaRue – 8pm

Sun – Slim Bawb – Noon / Brian Pounds Band – 4pm

Mon – Aaron Stephens – 1pm / Jamie Lin Wilson / American Aquarium – 7pm

Tue – Guy Forsyth – Noon / Walt Wilkins & the Mystiqueros – 4pm

Wed – Dustin Welch, Halleyanna & Daniel Driver – 6pm

 

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

Fri – Shaker Hymns – 8pm

Sat – The Lawless / Teague Brothers – 8pm

 

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

Tonight – Jen & Ted Frumkin – 5pm

Fri – Peter Tory – 4pm / T Roy Miller – 7pm

Sat – Jaime Wyatt / Charlie Crockett – 8pm

Sun – Dan West – 1pm / ShAnnie – 5pm

Mon – Jake McLain – 5pm / Almost Patsy Cline Band – 8pm

Tue – Hayden Whittington – 5pm

 

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

Fri – Hayden Jones – 7pm

Sat – Grateful Dead Tribute – 3pm

Sun – Dallas Burrow – 2pm

Mon – NYE Party w/ Long Tooth – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Sly Foot Family – 5:30pm

Fri – Junior Nash – 5pm / The Craze – 9pm

Sat – The Georges – 9pm

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

Mon – Tom Petty Tribute w/ Highway Hypnosis – 8pm

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

 

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

Tonight – Chris Saucedo – 8:30pm

Sat – Sean Berry – 9:30pm

Sun – Skylar Hamilton – 8:30pm

Mon – Natalie Rose – 8:30pm

Tue – Open Mic Night – 8:30pm

Wed – Josh Holden – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Austin Meade – 8pm

Fri – Jason Eady – 9pm

Sat – The Jonathans – 6pm / Lonesome Dave Fisher – 9pm

Sun – Open Mic Night & Blues Jam – 4pm

Mon – Dr. G & the Mudcats – 9pm

Tue – Troy Stone – 8pm

Wed – Manzy Lowry – 9pm

 

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

Mon – Austin Gilliam / Midnight River Choir / Copper Chief – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – John Baumann & Dalton Domino – 7pm

Fri – Blackbird Sing / Dirty River Boys – 7pm

Sat – Passing Strangers – 7pm

Sun – Costello Roquero – 7pm

Mon – Mothership: A Led Zeppelin Tribute – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Jordan Minor & Bottom Dollar Band – 9pm

Fri – Zack Walther Band – 9pm

Sat – Clever Name Band – 9pm

Sun – 3 Piece & A Biscuit – 9pm

Mon – Statesboro Revue – 9pm

 

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

Fri – Call For Band Info – 8pm

Sat – Kinky Wires w/ Myles Smith – 8pm

Sun – Call For Band Info – 4pm

 

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

Fri – Phil Luna – 8pm

Sat – The Henderson’s – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Meyer Anderson Band – 8pm

Fri – 3 Chord Rodeo – 8pm

Sat – Dirty White Horse – 9pm

Mon – Knotty Grove – 8pm

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Music News – Dec. 20, 2018

Sometimes all it takes is one hit song to jump start your career. Take Americana artist William Clark Green for example. For years he struggled to get a break in the Texas music scene. Traveling for days crammed in a van with a bunch of musicians, Green played any venue that had electricity. It took him six years to get his degree from Texas Tech because he was trying to get his career started. He recorded his first album, Dangerous Man, in 2008 while still a student. A second album, Misunderstood, followed in 2010. Neither made a dent in the charts but things changed in 2012 with his third release, Rose Queen. The first single, It’s About Time, was his first Top Ten song on the Texas charts. The second single, She Likes The Beatles, I Like The Stones, was his first national Number One Hit. Green was able to continue his hit streak with Ringling Road in 2015 and recently with Herbert Island, released this past August. He also contributed a song to the Kent Finlay tribute album and in 2016, released the 2-CD hit album, Live at Gruene Hall. He returns this weekend to the historic dancehall for shows on Friday and Saturday night. Shea Abshier will open the show on Friday and Grant Gilbert will handle Saturday night. At press time, tickets for both shows were still available at GrueneHall.com.

 

Robert Earl Keen Christmas Show

Robert Earl Keen has written many hit songs but one of his most popular is the holiday tune Merry Christmas From The Family. It only takes Keen about four minutes to describe how the holidays are for a lot of families in America. I certainly can identify a few of my relatives in the lyrics of the song. Though she’s nothing like the woman in the song, I actually have an aunt named Mary Nell. After the song became such a fan favorite, Keen started doing Christmas shows centered around the song’s lyrics. He continues the tradition tonight at the Aztec Theatre in San Antonio. If you’ve never attended a show at the Aztec, you are in for a treat. It’s a grand old theatre with all the charm you would expect. Most of the lower section is standing room only but the balcony level offers great seats with unobstructed views of the stage. There’s plenty of bars and restrooms to accommodate its 1400 person capacity. Most of the reserved seats are sold out but some general admission tickets are still available. See TheAztecTheatre.com for more info including a list of all upcoming shows.

 

Local Music Choices

We are just a few days away from Christmas and many live music venues in town will close for the holidays. You’ll notice the concert calendar is a bit slim this week but there’s still plenty of live music to check out with the relatives. Starting tonight you will want to check out Tom Gillam & his band the Kosmic Messengers at Gruene Hall. It’s a free show and he’ll be celebrating his wife Caroline’s birthday. Friday you will need to catch Kori Free & the Groove Hounds at Krause’s Café. It’s Kori’s last show of the year in between her schedule at A&M. On Saturday afternoon catch Adam Johnson at Grapevine in Gruene at 2pm then finish out the night at Riley’s Tavern with Beth Lee & the Breakups. On Sunday you can check out Shawn Hart at Phoenix Saloon for his first afternoon gig there at 3pm. The Clever Name Band can end your Sunday Funday at Tavern in the Gruene at 9pm.

 

Last Minute Christmas Gifts

If you procrastinate like I do and wait until the last minute to buy your Christmas gifts, here’s a few more last minute stocking stuffers you can get for the music fan in your family. Though few people actually buy CD’s anymore, I’m still old fashioned enough to actually want to own a copy rather than try to find it on a cloud somewhere. Willie Nelson’s tribute to Frank Sinatra, My Way, is a true treasure. Frank is Willie’s favorite singer and he does a great job covering his songs. I wasn’t an Eric Church fan until I heard that Ray Wylie Hubbard co-wrote the title track to his new Desperate Man album. It’s definitely worth a listen. Love her or hate her, you have to admit she can sing. I’m talking about Barbra Streisand and her new album simply titled The Wall. If you saw the fantastic movie remake of A Star is Born, you will want to own a copy of the soundtrack. Willie’s son Lucas plays a huge part in writing and producing many of the songs on the album. Kenny Chesney’s new Songs for the Saints is a tribute to the resilience of the people living on the Caribbean Islands that sustained so much damage from hurricanes this year. Many new artists released groundbreaking albums, like Colter Wall, Donovan Woods, Devin Dawson and Dillon Carmichael. If you haven’t heard of these folks yet, you will very soon. Kacey Musgraves latest CD Golden Hours has won countless awards and was voted Number One Country / Americana album of the year by Rolling Stone Magazine. Hopefully you will all have a very Merry Christmas.

 

 

 

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

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

Tonight – Robert Earl Keen – Cosmic Cowboy Christmas – 7pm

 

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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 8pm

 

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

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm

 

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

Fri – Michael Salgado – 9pm

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Monte Good – 9:30am

 

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

Fri – Tyler Stuckey – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Los Texmaniacs w/ Flaco Jimenez – 7pm

Sat – Jake Ward / Mike Ryan – 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 – Bret Graham – 5pm

Fri – Rodney Hayden – 4pm

Sat – Adam Johnson – 2pm

Sun – Joey McGee – 1pm

 

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

Tonight – Tom Gillam & Kosmic Messenger – 6pm

Fri – Shea Abshier / William Clark Green – 7pm

Sat – Bo Phillips – 1pm / Grant Gilbert / William Clark Green – 8pm

Sun – Billy Bacon & Forbidden Pigs – Noon / Kirk Family Christmas – 4pm

Wed – George Ensle & Friends – 1pm / Chris Colston / Casey Donahew – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Skylar Hamilton Band – 8pm

Sat – JJ Garrett Band – 8pm

 

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

Tonight – Two Dudes & A Diva – 7pm

Fri – Kori Free & the Groovehounds – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Jen & Ted Frumkin – 5pm

Fri – Peter Tory – 4pm / T-Roy Miller – 7pm

Sat – Sarah Gayle Meech / Gary P. Nunn – 8pm

Sun – Dan West – 1pm / ShAnnie – 5pm

 

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

Fri – The Humdingers – 7pm

Sat – Michael James – 2pm / Nate Guthrie – 7pm

Sun – Jim Colangelo – 3pm

 

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

Tonight – Ethan Hanson – 5:30pm

Fri – Larry Dial – 5pm

Sat – Lon-Duk-Don – 9pm

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

Wed – Open Mic w/ Billy Roy – 8pm

 

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

Tonight – Brent Michael Wood – 8:30pm

Fri – Clever Name Band – 8:30pm

Sat – Natalie Rose – 8:30pm

Sun – JJ Villarreal – 8:30pm

Tue – Austin Gilliam – 8:30pm

Wed – Trey Rose – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – BJ Thibideaux – 8pm

Fri – The Homebodies – 7pm

Sat – Beth Lee & the Breakups – 9pm

Wed – Juliet McConkey – 8pm

 

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

Sat – The Motts – 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 – Johnny Chops / Jack Ingram – 7pm

Fri – Skyrocket – 7pm

Sat – Patricia Vonne / Del Castillo – 8pm

Sun – Guy Forsyth Christmas Show – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Gabe & Josh (3 Man Front) – 9pm

Fri – Damon Curtis – 9pm

Sat – Dave Jorgenson – 9pm

Sun – Clever Name Band – 9pm

 

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

Fri – IL Divo – 7pm

 

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

Fri – The Brew – 8pm

Sun – Brent Michael Wood – 4pm

Wed – Bo Brumble & Garrett Man – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Bob & Derek – 8pm

Sat – The Vagabonds – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Shades of Country – 8pm

Fri – Tom Petty Tribute Show – 9pm

Sat – Rick Reyna Band – 9pm

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Music News – Dec. 13, 2018

As December comes to an end, it will mark the final days of the year 2018. This year, New Years Eve will fall on a Monday night. If you plan on spending the evening at a local venue, you may want to firm up those plans now before they sell out. Cheatham Street Warehouse has the David Prado Band on tap to help ring in the New Year. Over at Conway’s Dance Hall you can welcome 2019 with Shane Smith & the Saints. Jamie Lin Wilson and American Aquarium will ring in the New Year at Gruene Hall. Down the road in Luckenbach you can dance away 2018 with the Almost Patsy Cline Band. The Phoenix Saloon will host a rocking Tom Petty tribute with Highway Hypnosis. The Pour Haus has Natalie Rose on schedule for December 31. River Road Icehouse has a great show featuring Copper Chief on tap for their end of year bash. Stewart Mann & Statesboro Revue will host their 2nd Annual New Year’s Eve party at Tavern in the Gruene. Last but not least, Knotty Grove will be blasting out classic rock at the Watering Hole Saloon for their New Year’s Eve show.

 

New Album by George Strait

Last week George Strait finished playing his 19th concert at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. After retiring from the road in 2014, Strait has been performing six shows per year in Vegas. In 2019 he will continue this pattern with performances in February, August and December. These recent shows were his first since longtime drummer Mike Kennedy was killed in a car wreck on August 31. New drummer Lonnie Wilson was hired for these shows and has played with such stars as Brooks & Dunn, Tim McGraw and Carrie Underwood. Strait’s two hour set included old hits plus three new songs, including Codigo, his song about his favorite tequila, which he is part owner. The other new songs are Every Little Honky Tonk Bar and God & Country Music. Both will be on his new album, Honky Tonk Time Machine, set for release in 2019. George will play a rare Texas show at Dickies Arena in Ft. Worth on November 22. All 14,000 tickets for the show sold-out in just a few hours and now scalpers are asking over $2000 for even the bad seats. Strait will take part in a special tribute to Willie Nelson on January 12 in Nashville along with Lee Ann Womack, Lyle Lovett, Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill, John Mellencamp, Alison Kraus and Kris Kristofferson. He’s called King George for a reason, since he’s the only singer in the history of recorded music to have 60 Number 1 songs in his career, and he’s still releasing new music. Keep up with King George at GeorgeStrait.com.

 

Bruce Springsteen on Broadway

This weekend, Bruce Springsteen will end his long running Broadway show that debuted on October 3, 2017. It will close on Saturday December 15 after 236 performances. In a rare change of habit, Bruce kept the set list intact for all performances. On the nights that his wife Patti Scailfa was unable to join him, he would take out Tougher Than The Rest and Brilliant Disguise and replace them with Long Time Coming and Ghost of Tom Joad. Two shows were filmed back in July and will be streaming on Netflix starting Sunday. On Friday, a soundtrack recording of the show will be available on CBS Records.

 

Jay Bleu Debut CD

Jay Wimberley, or Jay Bleu, as he’s known around town, has just released his self-titled debut CD. He will be premiering songs from the album tomorrow night at Tavern in the Gruene at 9pm. The album was recorded at Cibolo Studios in San Antonio with engineers James Campbell and Grammy winner Chet Hymes. Jay invited Aris Pouncey to play bass, Landis Chisenhall on drums and he all vocals and guitars. All songs were written by Jay and cover blues, rock and touches of jazz. It’s a very tasteful collection of songs that will remind you of the best work by John Mayer and Steve Miller, both are big influences of Jay’s. For his live show at Tavern, Aris will join Jay on guitar, Landis will handle drums and Mark Greenberg will play bass. Fans of guitar based classic rock of the 1970’s will enjoy this album as much as I have. You can purchase copies of the new CD at Jay’s shows or at JayBleu.com.

 

Christmas at the Brauntex

Tonight and Friday night will wrap up the trio of shows in the Christmas at the Brauntex series. Last week featured the Grand Ol’ Christmas Show with Will Hearn and Blue Water Hiway. Tonight is Suzy Bogguss Swingin’ Little Christmas Show and Friday night will be Rick Novak’s Christmas Favorites. Bogguss will present a traditional country Christmas show performed in an acoustic setting. Novak’s show will feature jazz, classical and traditional Christmas favorites with special guests Vocal Libre, Texas State University Strutters and the Hill Country Youth Chorus. The complete series was sponsored by Riverstone Advisors and tickets are still available at Brauntex.org.

 

 

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

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

Fri – Shane Bartell – 6:30pm

Sat – Bru’s Tunes – 6:30pm

 

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

Fri – Ministry – 6pm

Sat – Lauren Daigle – 6:30pm

 

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

Fri – Tom Gillam & Kosmic Messenger – 9pm

Sun – 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 – Suzy Bogguss Christmas Show – 7:30pm

Fri – Rick Novak Christmas Show – 7:30pm

Sun – Cody Canada’s Family Christmas – 7:30pm

 

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

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm

 

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

Fri – Midnight River Choir / Restless Heart – 9pm

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Tony Taylor – 9:30am

 

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

Fri – Christian Kues – 7pm

Sat – Robert Cannon – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Charlie Shafter / Flatland Cavalry – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Jesse Stratton Band – 7pm

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Rodney Hayden – 4pm

Sat – Dan McCoy – 2pm

Sun – Rodney Hayden – 1pm

 

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

Tonight – Town Mountain / Tyler Childers – 7pm

Fri – Aaron Stephens – 7pm

Sat – John Arthur Martinez – 1pm / Houston Marchman – 8pm

Sun – Mark Jungers – Noon / The Mastersons / Steve Earle & the Dukes – 7pm

Mon – Bret Graham – 6pm

Tue – 2 Tons of Steel – 7:30pm

Wed – The Georges – 6pm

 

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

Fri – Slim Bawb & Fabulous Stumpgrinders – 8pm

Sat – Armadillo Road – 8pm

 

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

Tonight – Merry Tuba Christmas – 7:30pm

Fri – Yesenia McNett & the Groove Doctors – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Jen & Ted Frumkin – 5pm

Fri – T Roy Miller Christmas Show – 7pm

Sat – John Baumann & Vincent Neil Emerson – 8pm

Sun – Dan West & Woodie Eastman – 1pm / ShAnnie – 5pm

 

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

Fri – Arley Blankenship – 7pm

Sun – Bluegrass Sunday – 3pm

 

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

Tonight – Ethan Hanson – 5pm

Fri – Junior Nash – 5pm / Broseph – 9pm

Sat – Sonny Wolf – 9pm

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

Wed – Open Mic w/ Billy Roy – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Slim Bawb – 8:30pm

Fri – Strange Bacon – 8:30pm

Sat – Dirty White Horse – 9:30pm

Sun – The Vagabonds – 8:30pm

Mon – Tony Taylor – 8:30pm

Tue – Open Mic Night – 8:30pm

Wed – Jade Marie Patek – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Rio Tripiano – 8pm

Fri – Mark Jungers – 6pm / Pewee Moore – 9pm

Sat – Colton Turner – 9pm

Mon – Open Mic Night – 7pm

Tue – Troy Stone Band – 8pm

Wed – Mike Ethan Messick – 9pm

 

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

Tonight – Garrett Bryan / Chris Knight – 6pm

Sat – Jarrod Morris / Kody West – 7pm

 

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

Fri – The Mammoths – 9:30pm

Sat – Erika Wennestrom – 9:30pm

Sun – Danni & Kris – 4pm

 

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

Tonight – Adam & Chris Carroll – 7pm

Fri – Lisa Morales / Hayes Carll – 8pm

Sat – Eclipse: Journey Tribute – 8pm

 

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

Tonight – Dewberry Pickle Boys – 9pm

Fri – Jay Bleu – 9pm

Sat – Logan Timberlake – 9pm

Sun – 3 Piece & a Biscuit – 9pm

 

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

Mon – Brian Wilson Christmas Show – 7:30pm

 

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

Wed – Fast Movin Trio – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Gregory Grant (Jazz) – 7pm

Fri – Allie Mattice & Eric Langenhahn – 8pm

Sat – The Cedars – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Emmerson Biggins – 8pm

Fri – 3 Man Front – 8pm

Sat – Fools of the Trade – 9pm

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Music News – Dec. 6, 2018

Kent Finlay’s influence is still being felt today. As owner of Cheatham Street Warehouse in San Marcos, many young musicians sought him out for advice. One in particular was Randy Rogers, an up and coming singer songwriter that was a regular at his Wednesday songwriter nights. Fast forward several years and Rogers signs his first major record label contract on the bar at the historic venue. After Finlay passed away, Rogers purchased the place to help preserve its fabled legacy. On Sunday night, December 9, at Seekatz Opera House, Randy will perform an intimate acoustic night of songs and stories. Proceeds from this event will be donated to Texas State University for the Kent Finlay Endowment in the Center for Texas Music History. To purchase tickets, go to rrbtour.live/Seekatz. At press time there were a few tickets left for the pre-show meal at Krause’s Café. Doors at Seekatz Opera House will open at 8pm and the show will start at 8:30pm. Randy is a local guy who knows what it means to be a part of our city and to give back to our community. Don’t miss this chance to see him in a rare acoustic setting.

 

Holiday Gift Ideas

As the holidays are quickly approaching, getting that perfect gift for friends and family can be a real challenge. Music is the international language and everyone has someone in their family that would love a copy of a great new album or tickets to see their favorite artist. Well guess what, you are in luck. Many years ago, the folks in the music business discovered that if you release new music around the holidays, people will buy it. Imagine that, they really must be geniuses to have figured that out. If there’s a music lover on your gift list, here’s some new music they may like. Country fans will want to pick up Pistol Annies, the supergroup of Miranda Lambert, Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley, new album Interstate Gospel. Rosanne Cash has a new CD out now called She Remembers Everything. Jason Isbell has Live at the Ryman, Cody Jinks released his latest album titled Lifers and for those classic rockers in the bunch, Guns ‘N Roses released a special deluxe edition of the Appetite for Destruction. Book lovers that also enjoy music can get new autobiographies by Roger Daltry of The Who, Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden, Ian Gillan from Deep Purple, an updated biography from Tina Turner and an in-depth look at Eric Clapton appropriately titled Slowhand.

Concert Ticket Stocking Stuffers

Concert tickets always make good stocking stuffers and there are a lot of musicians hitting the road next year. Just today it was announced that Hootie and the Blowfish will reunite to promote the 25th anniversary of their 1994 Cracked Rear View album. They are currently writing songs for a new album to be released next spring. Tickets for the tour go on-sale tomorrow at all Ticketmaster locations and on-line at Ticketmaster.com. The 44 city tour will make three stops in Texas on June 13 in Austin, June 14 in Houston and June 15 in Dallas. Hard rockers Judas Priest will bring their Firepower Tour to Texas with two shows at Austin’s Moody Theater on May 28 and 29. Following on the heals of the recent Queen movie, Bohemian Rhapsody, the British rock band will hit the road with new singer Adam Lambert. They will be in Dallas on July 23 and Houston on July 24. Bob Seger will embark on his final tour in 2019 with a March 7 stop in Austin, March 9 in Dallas and will perform his last concert ever on May 2 at The Woodlands Pavilion. I always figured Seger would say goodbye where it all started for him, in his hometown of Detroit, MI.

 

Local Music Gift Ideas

Of course, there’s plenty of live music right here in our city to satisfy the cravings of just about any music fan. You can get tickets for Willie Nelson’s three night stand at Whitewater Amphitheater in April at Whitewaterrocks.com. Leann Rimes will be playing three nights at Gruene Hall in February. You can get special VIP tickets that include all three shows plus a Meet & Greet at GrueneHall.com. Travis Tritt is bringing his One Man, One Guitar acoustic show back to the Brauntex Theatre on February 17. Tickets go on-sale today at Brauntex.org. Floores Country Store has Turnpike Troubadours on March 23 so get tickets when they go on-sale tomorrow at LiveatFloores.com.

 

 

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

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

Fri – Don Reilly – 6:30pm

Sat – Hot Pickin’ 57’s – 6:30pm

 

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

Tue – New Year Day/ In This Moment / Halestorm – 6pm

 

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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 8pm

 

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

Fri – Grand Ol’ Christmas show – 7:30pm

Sun – Keep Christ in Christmas Concert – 5pm

 

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

Tonight – Shaker Hymns – 8pm

Fri – Jack Ingram – 8pm

Sat – Drugstore Gypsies – 8pm

Tue – Parker McCollum & Koe Wetzel – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm

 

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

Fri – Cameron Nelson – 9pm

 

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

Sun – Goodtime Polka Club Dance w/ The Travelers – 3pm

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Aaron Kantor – 9:30am

 

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

Fri – Chris Lancaster – 7pm

Sat – Nate Guthrie – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Ryan Bingham – 7pm

Fri – Cole Risner / Jason Boland & the Stragglers – 7pm

 

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

Sat – Back in Black: AC/DC Tribute – 7pm

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 6:30pm

 

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

Fri – Dan McCoy – 4pm

Sat – Bah Humbug – 1pm / Bret Graham – 3pm

Sun – Rodney Hayden – 1pm

 

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

Tonight – Walt Wilkins & the Mystiqueros – 6pm

Fri – Adam Carroll / Todd Snider – 7pm

Sat – Lew Card – 1pm / Todd Snider – 8pm

Sun – Bret Graham – 12:30pm / Dawn & Hawkes Family Band – 4pm

Mon – Bret Graham – 6pm

Tue – Josh Grider & Friends – 6pm

Wed – Town Mountain / Tyler Childers – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – New Braunfels Steel Drum Band – 6pm

Fri – The Oompahs – 7pm

Sun – Intimate Evening w/ Randy Rogers (SeeKatz Opera House) – 8pm

 

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

Tonight – Jen & Ted Frumkin – 5pm

Fri – Christmas Special w/ T Roy Miller – 7pm

Sat – Kin Faux / Kevin Fowler – 8pm

Sun – Dan West – 1pm / ShAnnie – 5pm

 

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

Fri – Marvin Bottera & Friends – 7pm

Sun – Nate Guthrie – 3pm

 

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

Tonight – Uptown – 9pm

Fri – Larry Dial – 5pm / Soul Sessions w/ Mustard – 8:30pm

Sat – Chris Duarte – 9pm

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

Wed – Open Mic w/ Billy Roy – 8pm

 

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

Tonight – Hector Alvarado – 8:30pm

Fri – Denny Herrin Band – 8:30pm

Sat – Kerosene Drifters – 8:30pm

Sun – Art Haus Music – 7pm

Mon – Cody Coggins – 8:30pm

Tue – Open Mic Night – 8:30pm

Wed – Cody Garrett & Friends – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Skylar Hamilton – 8pm

Fri – Big John Mills – 6pm / Dallas Moore – 8pm

Sat – Teddy Long Band – 9pm

Mon – Open Mic Night – 7pm

Wed – Nate Guthrie – 8pm

 

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

Tonight – JD Wilkes / Scott H. Biram – 7pm

Fri – Joe Ely – 6pm

Sat – 3 Man Front / Panic Stricken – Widespread Panic Tribute – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Ryan Little Eagle – 5:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Israel Nash – 8:30pm

Fri – Cooper Greenberg – 9:30pm

Sat – Okey Dokey / The Weeks – 9:30pm

Sun – Anderson East – 7pm

Mon – Garrett Owen – 8:30pm

Tue – Eddie Saenz – 8:30pm

Wed – Clifton Jansky – 5:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Lew Card / Kevin Galloway – 7pm

Fri – Alejandro Escovedo – 7pm

Sat – Tribute to The Doors & Tool – 8pm

Mon – Dirty River Dixie Band – 7pm

Tue – Guitar Wars 30 – Shred The Halls – 6:30pm

Wed – Aztec w/ Joel Guzman & Sarah Fox – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Dewberry Pickle Boys – 9pm

Fri – 3 Man Front – 9pm

Sat – Knotty Grove – 9pm

Sun – Clever Name Band – 9pm

 

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

Wed – Myles Smith – 7pm

 

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

Fri – The Hendersons – 8pm

Sat – Luke LaGrange – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – County Line Band – 8pm

Fri – Mick Hernanadez & Texas Silverados – 8pm

Sat – Kim Meeks & Her Bad Habits – 9pm

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Music News – Nov. 29, 2018

Christmas is all about traditions and one of the longest running ones we have is the Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis Christmas show at Gruene Hall. I’m not sure exactly how many years they have been performing their holiday show at the Hall, but trust me, it’s been a long time. Bruce was raised in Bandera with his brother Charlie and they both became staples on the Texas music scene. In 1992 Bruce met fellow singer songwriter Kelly Willis and they were married in 1996. They have four children and make their home near Austin. For the most part they keep their careers separate but join forces on occasion, like the annual Holiday Shindig this Saturday. It will be one of the few times you can hear them sing their individual hits, many duets plus cool Christmas tunes like the classic Santa Baby. If you’ve never experienced their holiday show, get your tickets now at GrueneHall.com. James Steinle opens the show at 9pm followed by Bruce and Kelly starting at 10pm.

 

Christmas at the Brauntex

Another cool tradition in our city is Christmas at the Brauntex, which consists of three unique holiday themed shows. First up is the Grand Ol’ Christmas Show featuring Will Hearn and Blue Water Highway Band in an old fashioned radio broadcast type show. The two performances are on December 5 and 7, they take the night off for Wassailfest on December 6. Both shows are almost sold-out so get your tickets soon if you plan on going. It’s a fun family friendly show that everyone can enjoy. On December 13, country singer Suzy Bogguss will present an acoustic Swinging Little Christmas show. Suzy has a long and successful career in country music with over a dozen hit albums under her belt. The following night, December 14, local tenor Richard Novak will bring his Christmas Favorites show to the Brauntex stage. Joining Novak will be VocaLibre, the Texas State University Strutters and the Hill Country Youth Chorus. It will be a festive night of jazz, classical and traditional Christmas songs. Get tickets to these shows and more at Brauntex.org.

 

Rolling Stones to tour stadiums in 2019

Two massive stadium tours are set to kick off in the Spring of 2019 that will feature the biggest band in rock and roll and the biggest star in country music. The Rolling Stones last toured in 2015 on their Zip Code tour. They released their latest album ‘Blue & Lonesome’ in 2016 but didn’t perform any shows in America. The upcoming ‘No Filter’ tour will hit just thirteen cities in America, and Houston’s show on April 28 at NRG Stadium will be their only stop in Texas. They are reportedly working on a new album to coincide with the tour but no definite news about that has been confirmed. Tickets for the Houston show will go on-sale tomorrow at 10am at all Ticketmaster locations. The massive tour will take 72 truck loads of gear and a crew of 130 workers to make it happen. It will cost of over $200,000 a day to cover the expenses of the show plus another $5 million per show for the band, so expect some high ticket prices.

 

Garth Brooks will also tour in 2019

Country superstar Garth Brooks will also strike out on a stadium tour in 2019, visiting cities all across America. According to his website, the first date is March 9 in St. Louis, MO. In typical Garth fashion, he only has four dates listed on his site. The best way to keep up with the entire tour is to subscribe to his email blasts. As each new city is announced, fans will get an email with dates and ticket info so they can be ready to buy them the minute they go on-sale. He did a dry run, or maybe we should say wet run, on October 20 at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, IN. It was the first concert ever performed in the legendary stadium. On the night of the show, it was 35 degrees with a light rain falling. The show started 30 minutes late due to windy conditions. A film crew was on hand from CBS to capture the concert for a December 2 TV special. Garth performed sixteen songs for the film crew, often stopping and restarting songs so the cameramen could get a good shot. After ending with his traditional ballad The Dance, Garth played seven more songs for the fans that braved the brutal weather. It started snowing just as he finished his last song. Sign up for email notifications at GarthBrooks.com.

 

Local Live Music to check out

If you’re tired of turkey and have seen a bit too much of the relatives, hit the town tonight for some live music. Swing by Rudy’s BBQ tonight at 5:30pm for a free show by Caleb Haynes. On Friday night you can catch The Craze at Krause’s Café at 8pm. On Saturday night take the short drive down River Road for Curtis Grimes at River Road Icehouse. Sunday Funday is meant for the Peterson Brothers at Gruene Hall at noon and 3 Piece & a Biscuit at Tavern in the Gruene at 9pm. Bret Graham owns Monday nights in our town with his incredible shows at Gruene Hall. Why this guy isn’t playing stadiums is one of life’s greatest mysteries. Aaron Stephens still holds court on Tuesday nights at the Black Whale Pub and Billy Roy of The Mismatch hosts a neat open mic night on Wednesday at Phoenix Saloon.

 

 

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

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

Fri – Jordan Sleed – 6:30pm

 

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

Fri – Scotty McCreery – 7pm

Sat – Daughtry – 7pm

 

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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 8pm

 

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

Wed – The Grand Ol’ Christmas Show – 7:30pm

 

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

Fri – Dalton Domino – 8pm

Sat – Junkyard Dawgs – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm

 

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

Fri – Shea Abshier – 9pm

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Don Reilly – 9:30am

 

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

Fri – Nick Garcia – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Mike Ethan Messick / Ray Wylie Hubbard – 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 – Sylvia & Matt Kirk – 4pm

Sat – Sylvia Kirk – 2pm

Sun – Bah Humbug – 1pm

 

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

Tonight – Chris Ruest Trio – 6pm

Fri – Amy Helm / Wood Brothers – 7pm

Sat – Grouchy Like Riley – 1pm / Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis Holiday Shindig – 8pm

Sun – Peterson Brothers – Noon

Mon – Bret Graham – 6pm

Tue – Dallas Moore & Bo Porter – 6pm

Wed – The Georges – 6pm

 

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

Fri – Cottonwood Crows – 8pm

Sat – Law By The Gun – 8pm

 

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

Fri – The Craze – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Bill Lewis Combo – 4pm / Emily Herring – 8pm

Sat – Christmas Bazaar – 1pm

Sun – Dan West – 1pm/ ShAnnie – 5pm

 

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

Fri – Silver & Gold – 7pm

Sat – Chuck Shaw – 7pm

Sun – John Cavender – 3pm

 

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

Sun – Terri Hendrix & Lloyd Maines – 4pm

 

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

Tonight – Junior Nash – 5pm

Fri – Zach Carney Band / Hunter Road Trio – 9pm

Sat – Caleb & the Hometown Tomatoes – 9pm

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

Wed – Open Mic Night w/ Billy Roy – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Hipsonic – 8:30pm

Fri – Band of Bandits – 8:30pm

Tue – Open Mic Night – 9pm

 

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

Fri – Joel Hofmann Band – 9pm

Sat – The Beaumonts – 9pm

Mon – Open Mic Night – 7pm

Tue – Troy Stone Band – 8pm

Wed – Manzy Lowry & Tyler Cannon – 9pm

 

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

Fri – Metalachi – 8pm

Sat – Isaac Jacob / Curtis Grimes – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Caleb Haynes – 5:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Croy & the Boys – 8:30pm

Fri – Chuck Ligon – 9:30pm

 

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

Fri – Joe Ely – 7pm

Sat – Tom Gillam / Micky & the Motorcars – 8pm

Sun – Ramblin’ Jack Elliott – 7pm

Wed – Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Jordan Minor & Bottom Dollar Band – 9pm

Fri – Led Zeppelin Tribute – 9pm

Sun – 3 Piece & A Biscuit – 9pm

 

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

Sat – Carolyn Wonderland, Marcia Ball, Shelley King – 7:30pm

Mon – Wynton Marsalis – 7:30pm

 

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

Fri – Spicy Loops – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Two Rivers Revival – 8pm

Sat – Beau Daniels Band – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Meyer Anderson Band – 9pm

Fri – Texas Two Lane – 8pm

Sat – Chad Anderson Band – 9pm

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Music News – Nov. 22, 2018

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. We get four days off from work, there’s good food, football and you don’t have to fight the crowds to go buy a bunch of gifts, unless you want to of course. It’s the time of year to say thanks for all we have. We live in the greatest country, state and city in the world. When it comes to live music, most venues are closed today as they should be. Friday is back to normal with many fantastic choices to keep those visiting relatives happy and envious about what a cool city you live in. Austin is called the live music capital of the world but when was the last time you attended a concert there? Was there a lot of traffic, did you pay for parking and were there huge crowds of people to deal with? Fortunately we don’t have those issues here, at least not yet. Our city is growing and some of those things are on the horizon here, but until then, get out this weekend and check out our amazing live music scene. Enjoy it while you still can.

 

Los Texmaniacs at Krause’s Cafe

Los Texmaniacs are a Grammy Award winning conjunto band from San Antonio. Max Baca, master of the bajo sexto, was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico and formed a band that included younger brother Jimmy. He was persuaded to move to San Antonio by Flaco Jimenez to play in his band. After a while Max grew tired of being in someone else’s band and decided to form Los Texmaniacs with Josh Baca on accordion, Noel Hernandez on bass and Lorenzo Martinez on drums. By the time they released their fourth album, Borders Y Bailes in 2009, they won a Grammy and achieved critical acclaim, setting the path for a long career. Tomorrow night at Krause’s Café they will be performing a rare free concert in our city at 8pm, so make plans now to check them out.

 

Cody Johnson & Friends at Helotes

A few months back, Cody Johnson was scheduled to play a huge show at the Helotes Fairgrounds but Mother Nature had other plans and decided she should bless us with several inches of rain. The show was postponed until tomorrow and it looks like there’s no rain in the forecast. Joining Cody for this massive night of music will be Shotgun Rider, Jon Wolfe and David Lee Murphy. Just in case you’ve been living off the grid for the past few years and haven’t heard of Cody Johnson, it’s time you did. He seems to be following in the footsteps of George Strait as a country singer that is also a true cowboy. He’s not some fake poser that dresses in boots and a hat when he performs, he’s the real deal. He’s still an independent artist that handles all aspects of his career with no help from a major record label. The fact that he can sell out the Houston Rodeo at the huge RPG Stadium is a testament to his popularity. Floores Country Store is handling the tickets for this event and you can get them online now at LiveatFloores.com.

 

Pat Green at Gruene Hall

While we are talking about independent Texas artists, Pat Green was someone who blazed the trail for many aspiring singer songwriters. He gained massive success with no help from any powerful labels or managers. Texas artists, going all the way back to Bob Wills, Buddy Holly and Willie Nelson have always been very independent in the way they handled their careers. Green tried his hand at going to Nashville and had some moderate success but soon realized that the grass was definitely greener in Texas. He started his career playing bars and dancehalls around the state and on Saturday night her returns to Gruene Hall for two shows in one night. The first one will start about 7pm and will be an acoustic set full of stories and songs. A full band show will take place later, around 10pm. At press time, tickets were still available for both shows at GrueneHall.com.

 

Joel Hofmann Releases Live at Riley’s CD

Joel Hofmann, owner of Riley’s Tavern, is also a musician and fronts his own band. In addition to playing regular gigs at Riley’s, they also play around the area. Hofmann just released a new CD titled Joel Hofmann & Friends: Live at Riley’s. In a recent press release, Joel explained that the album was recorded live at Riley’s and then they did a few overdubs at the studio. Many special guests like Johnny Bush, Dallas Moore, Bill Kirchen, Shelley King, Tessy Lou Williams, Tommy Alverson and Mike Ethan Messick join Hofmann on the album. The eleven songs offer a wide variety of styles, from traditional country to outlaw country, and everything in between. His duet with Dallas Moore on ‘Ain’t No Good Chain Gang’ will bring back memories of the version Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings cut years ago. It’s very cool to hear Johnny Bush join in on ‘Don’t Be Ashamed of Your Age.’ There’s a CD release party scheduled for November 30 at Riley’s Tavern at 9pm and it’s a free show. Put it on your calendar now so you can attend and pick up a copy of the new CD.

 

 

 

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

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

Fri – Jordan Sleed – 6:30pm

Sat – Dan White – 6:30pm

 

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

Sat – Brian Volante Band – 9pm

 

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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 8pm

 

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

Tue – Mason Lively – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm

 

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

Fri – Bart Crow – 9pm

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Steve Tscheope – 9:30am

 

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

Fri – Nate Guthrie – 7pm

Sat – Groovius Ceasar – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Cody Johnson & Friends (Helotes Fairgrounds) – 5pm

Sat – Dalton Domino / William Clark Green – 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 – Dan McCoy – Noon / Rusty Martin – 4pm

Sat – Sylvia & Matt Kirk – Noon / Adam Johnson – 4pm

Sun – Dan McCoy – 1pm

 

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

 

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

Tonight – Closed For Thanksgiving

Fri – Peterson Brothers – Noon / Charley Crockett – 7pm

Sat – Pat Green (acoustic) – 6pm / Pat Green (Full Band) – 10pm

Sun – Slim Bawb – Noon / Guy Forsyth – 4pm

Mon – Bret Graham – 6pm

Tue – Austin Meade Song Swap – 6pm

Wed – Billy Bacon & Forbidden Pigs – 6pm

 

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

Fri – Jeff Jacobs Band – 8:30pm

Sat – Skyler Hamilton Band – 8:30pm

 

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

Fri – Los Texmaniacs – 8pm

 

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

Tonight – Closed For Thanksgiving

Fri – Bill Lewis Combo – 4pm / Jeremy Steding – 8pm

Sat – Oliver Penn / Shinyribs – 8pm

Sun – Kathy Bauer & Michael Broussard – 5pm

 

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

Tonight – Closed For Thanksgiving

Fri – Michael James Band – 7pm

Sat – Grateful Dead Tribute w/ Gerry Burns – 3pm / Nick Garcia – 7pm

Sun – Jim Mayer – 3pm

Mon – Open Mic Night – 6pm

 

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

Fri – Larry Dial – 5pm

Sat – Natalie Rose 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)

Fri – 3 Man Front – 8:30pm

Sat – Scott Wiggins Band – 8:30pm

Sun – The Vagabonds – 8:30pm

Mon – Dennis Jay – 8:30pm

Tue – Open Mic Night – 8:30pm

Wed – Jade Marie Patek – 8:30

 

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

Fri – Grouchy Like Riley – 9pm

Sat – The Revs – 9pm

Sun – Blues Jam – 4pm

Mon – Open Mic Night – 7pm

Tue – Buffalo Rogers – 8pm

Wed – Tony Taylor – 8pm

 

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

Fri – Shane Watson / Brice Daniels Band – 7pm

Sat – Forty Thieves / Dirty River Boys – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Allen Hendrickson – 9:30pm

Sat – Blue Apollo – 4pm

Sun – Steve Curd – 4pm

 

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

Fri – Slaid Cleaves – 7:30pm

Sat – Foreign Arm / Black Pumas – 8pm

Wed – Dave Alvin & Jimmie Dale Gilmore – 7pm

 

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

Sat – Dave Jorgenson Band – 9pm

Sun – Clever Name Band – 9pm

 

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

Fri – Kinky Wires – 8pm

Sat – Hipsonic – 8pm

Sun – Bo Brumble & Garrett Mann – 4pm

Wed – Myles Smith – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Pete Williams – 8pm

Sat – The Vagabonds – 8pm

 

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

Fri – Anthony Wright Band – 8pm

Sat – County Line Band – 9pm

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