Music News – Dec. 20, 2018

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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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Music News – Nov. 15, 2018……

Even if the concerts are over for this year, Whitewater Amphitheater is already announcing new shows for the 2019 season. Pop star Nya starts the season on March 31 with her Still Standing Tour. Up next is the annual Willie Nelson & Family shows, starting Friday April 12 and continuing through Sunday April 14. Newcomer Tyler Childers will open all three shows. On May 10, Lucas Nelson and his band Promise of the Real will open the first night of a two night stand for the Avett Brothers. Trombone Shorty will handle opening duties on May 11. Tickets for the three Willie Nelson shows will go on-sale tomorrow at 10am. Tickets for all the other concerts listed above are already for sale at WhiteWaterRocks.com.

 

Iron Maiden on Tour

Iron Maiden, certainly one of the best and most popular hard rock bands in the world, are continuing their Legacy of the Beast Tour with stops all across north and south America in 2019. Texas loves Iron Maiden and they are showing the love by playing three cities in our state. Tickets go on-sale tomorrow for the September 21 stop in Dallas, the September 22 show in Houston and last but not least, September 25 in San Antonio. In all of their years on the road, I don’t think they have ever skipped San Antonio. It was one of the first cities in America to embrace the band and this hasn’t gone un-noticed by the band. In addition to another leg of their tour, the band will re-release their entire album catalog in remastered digi-pack sleeves with exact recreations of the original album artwork. They will be issued in four album increments beginning Friday November 16 through June of 2019. Get your tickets at any Ticketmaster outlets or on-line at Ticketmaster.com.

 

Flatland Cavalry at Gruene Hall

Flatland Cavalry, the popular Americana band playing two nights at Gruene Hall this weekend, formed back in 2012 in Lubbock. Singer Cleto Cordero founded the group and recruited guitarist Reid Dillon, bassist Jonathan Saenz, drummer Jason Albers and violinist Laura Jane. They captured the public’s interest with their 2015 EP titled Come May. Their full length album Humble Folks came along in 2016 and put them at the top of the touring circuit in the Lone Star State. In 2017, Wesley Hall joined the band to replace violinist Laura Jane. They have a brand new CD, Homeland Insecurity, scheduled for release in January. They will surely be premiering some new tunes over the course of their two night stand at Gruene Hall on Friday and Saturday. Kaitlin Butts will open the first show and Charlie Shafter will open the Saturday night show. Get your tickets now at GrueneHall.com.

 

The Homebodies

There’s finally a band in town with a name I can truly identify with. They are The Homebodies and they are playing tonight at the Watering Hole Saloon at 8pm. The band consists of a three guitar army of Bruce Weldy, Ace Pepper and Grant Mazak. Handling the rhythm section is Mike Taylor on drums and Mel Nolte on bass. Like all great southern rock bands they have two girl singers, Jill Holechek and Tracy Mock, affectionately known as the Fabulous Homebabes. They play everything from the Allman Brothers to Aretha Franklin, so that means something for everyone. With my insane schedule, I’m finding that being a homebody sure gets more fun when you get older. However, if you stay at home too much you’ll miss good bands like this one. On every third Friday, which happens to be tomorrow, they play an early show at Riley’s Tavern at 6pm. That gives you plenty of time to get back home to the recliner in time to catch a new episode of Live PD. Keep up with the group by following their Facebook page at Facebook.com/The-Homebodies.

 

Local Music

Old man winter put a damper on outdoor music last weekend but hopefully this week things will warm up and we can get out to see some live music. Tonight go check out Shawn Hart’s show in the basement of the Phoenix Saloon. His guests will be Alli Mattice and Walt Wilkins. Prophets & Outlaws will be at Conway’s Dance Hall on Friday night. Zac Wilkerson will unleash his amazing vocals at River Road Icehouse on Saturday. Stop by the Grapevine in Gruene on Sunday at 1pm to catch Rodney Hayden then hop down to the Villa at Gruene to catch The Percolators at 4pm. Bret Graham’s regular shows at Gruene Hall on Monday nights are legendary, so check those out when you can. Aaron Stephens plays on Tuesday nights at the Black Whale Pub downtown. Last but not least, next Wednesday Wade Bowen will return to Gruene Hall for his annual pre-Thanksgiving show.

 

 

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

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

Fri – The Percolators – 6:30pm

Sat – Don Reilly – 6:30pm

 

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

Sat – Jeff Woolsey & Dance Hall Kings – 8pm

 

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

Tonight – Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra – 7pm

Fri – The Internet – 7pm

Sat – The Cadillac Three – 7pm

 

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

Sat – Logan Ryan Band – 8:30pm

Sun – Chris Edwards, Jonathan Garcia, Keith Hickle – 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 – Jefferson Starship – 7:30pm

 

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

Sat – Landon Bullard & Mostly Sober – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm

 

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

Fri – Prophets & Outlaws – 9pm

Wed – Jake Worthington – 9pm

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Bethaney Becker – 9:30am

 

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

Fri – Tex Porter Band – 7pm

Sat – Highway Hypnosis – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Huser Brother Band / Read Southall Band – 7pm

Sat – Lisa Morales / Bob Schneider – 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 – Rodney Hayden – 5pm

Fri – Phil Luna – 4pm

Sat – Rodney Hayden – Noon / Bret Graham – 4pm

Sun – Rodney Hayden – 1pm

 

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

Sun – Dan McCoy – Noon

 

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

Tonight – Austin Meade Band – 6pm

Fri – Kaitlin Butts / Flatland Cavalry – 7pm

Sat – Bo Phillips – 1pm / Charlie Shafter / Flatland Cavalry – 8pm

Sun – Bob Livingston – Noon / Barbara Nesbitt Band – 4pm

Mon – Bret Graham – 6pm

Tue – Two Tons of Steel – 7:30pm

Wed – Randall King / Wade Bowen – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Wyzer – 8pm

Sat – Squeezbox Bandits / Tejas Brothers – 8pm

 

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

Fri – Comal Community Band – 7:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Jen & Ted Frumkin – 5pm

Fri – Powell Brothers / Stoney LaRue – 8pm

Sat – Adam Carroll / Hayes Carll & Jack Ingram – 8pm

Sun – Chris Saucedo Band – 1pm

Wed – Dale Watson – 8pm

 

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

Sat – Longtooth – 3pm / Adam Johnson – 7pm

Sun – Bluegrass Sunday – 3pm

Mon – Open Mic Night – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Junior Nash – 5pm / Shawn Hart & Guests – 7:30pm

Fri – Ethan Hanson – 5:30pm / Finite Fidelity – 9pm

Sat – Jeff Warren Johnson – 9pm

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

Wed – Open Mic with Billy Roy – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Brent Michael Wood – 8:30pm

Fri – MC & the Mystic – 8:30pm

Sat – Dirty White Horse – 9:30pm

Sun – Steven Adams – 8:30pm

Mon – Tony Taylor – 8:30pm

Tue – Open Mic Night – 8:30pm

Wed – Doug Garrett & Friends – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Bo Brumble – 8pm

Fri – The Homebodies – 6pm / Audrey Malone – 9pm

Sat – Whey Jennings – 9pm

Mon – Open Mic Night – 7pm

Tue – Troy Stone Band – 8pm

Wed – Nate Guthrie – 8pm

 

River House (1617 New Braunfels Ave, 830-608-0690)

Sun – Supper & A Song w/ Jim Lauderdale – 5:30pm

 

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

Fri – Chris Shiflett / Paul Cauthen – 6pm

Sat – Zac Wilkerson – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Logun Timberlake – 5:30pm

 

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

Fri – Chris J. Norwood – 9:30pm

Sat – Radio Romance – 9:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Max & Heather Stalling – 7pm

Fri – Skyrocket – 8pm

Sat – Shawn Pittman & Jason Moeller – 8pm

Sun – Sam Morrow – 8pm

Mon – Two Tons of Steel – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Funkland – 9pm

Sat – Tom Gillam & Kosmic Messenger – 9pm

Sun – 3 Piece & a Biscuit – 9pm

Wed – Statesboro Revue – 9pm

 

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

Fri – Broken Duckfeet – 8pm

Sun – The Percolators – 4pm

Wed – Fast Movin Trio – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Bob & Derek – 8pm

Sat – The Hendersons – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – The Homebodies – 8pm

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Music News – Nov. 8, 2018

Traditional country artists often get their start in Texas, even if they happen to be born in another state, like maybe Oklahoma. Newcomer Jon Wolfe started out in Tulsa then moved to Miami, Oklahoma where he was introduced to country music by his stepfather. Singing in church and in local bands gave him his confidence to write songs and learn to play guitar. With a career in oil trading, he moved to Chicago but ended up in Houston with fellow singer songwriter Hayes Carll as a roommate. One night Jon attended a concert by the country group Alabama and got to hang out on their bus after the show. Songwriter John Rich was also on the bus and sang a duet with Jon. That’s all it took, he was hooked on the idea of making a living in the music business. With five albums under his Texas belt, the latest being 2017’s Any Night In Texas, he’s selling out venues all across the southern states. Following in the footsteps of artists like Jerry Jeff Walker, Pat Green, Jack Ingram and William Clark Green, Wolfe will be recording a live album this weekend at Gruene Hall. He will record the Friday and Saturday shows and most likely pick the best performances from both nights. Dalton Domino will open the show on Friday, John Evans will handle those duties on Saturday. Tickets for both nights are still available at GrueneHall.com.

 

Billy Gibbons Plays Solo Show

Born William Frederick Gibbons in Houston in 1949 into a musical family, Billy found himself surrounded by music literally at birth. His parents sent him to New York to study under the great Tito Puente and later he was enrolled in the prestigious Warner Brothers Art School in Hollywood. He formed his first band, Moving Sidewalks, at the age of 18 and opened many shows for Jimi Hendrix. Before his death, Hendrix taught Billy some famous guitar licks and gave him one of his prized Fender Stratocasters. In 1969 Gibbons recruited Dusty Hill and Frank Beard for his new band, ZZ Top. Next year will mark their 50th year together with the same three guys. While Top is on hiatus, Billy squeezed in his second solo album, The Big Bad Blues. It’s a tasty collection of some of his favorite blues classic plus a few originals written just for the project. Gibbons is doing a few concerts to support the album and makes a rare solo stop in San Antonio on Sunday at the Aztec Theatre. In addition to the songs from his latest solo release, he’s doing a few ZZ Top tunes like Just Got Paid, Sharp Dressed Man and of course, La Grange. He also tackles the Led Zeppelin rocker Whole Lotta Love, which should be interesting to hear. Get tickets at TheAztecTheatre.com before this show sells out.

 

Veteran’s Day Benefit at Krause’s Cafe

On Sunday in honor of Veterans Day and all of those that have proudly served our country, there will be a very cool Benefit For The Brave at Krause’s Café. Things get started at 3pm and will last until 9pm. Advance tickets are just $25 and $30 at the door or you can purchase a VIP table for $350 if any are still available. All proceeds from this event will go to the New Braunfels Community Fund c/o the Canada/Kelly Veteran’s Fund. Cody and Shannon Canada host this benefit every year to honor their friend, the late Ben H. Dorcy III. There will be an all-star song swap with Cody Canada, Kevin Galloway, Jonathan Tyler, Dalton Domino and a very special surprise guest. For more info and to purchase tickets, go to KrausesCafe.com.

 

Blues Legend Miss Lavelle White at Riley’s Tavern

Riley’s Tavern will feature blues legend Miss Lavelle White on Saturday night at 9pm. White was born Lillia Lavell White in 1929 in Amite City, Louisiana to a family of sharecroppers. By age 12 she was writing poetry and when her family moved to Houston three years later, she started singing in local clubs accompanied by guitarist Clarence Hollimon. With the help of record label owner Don Robey she recorded fourteen songs and started releasing them as 45 rpm singles between 1958 and 1964. She lived in Chicago for a while and performed with Junior Wells and Buddy Guy. She returned to Houston in 1986 then moved again to Austin where she still lives. Antone’s Records finally released her first album in 1994, thirty six years after it was recorded. At 89 years young, she still performs concerts on a regular basis and is a true living legend. For info about Miss Lavelle’s show on Saturday and many more, see RileysTavern.com.

 

 

 

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

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

Fri – Right on Red – 6:30pm

Sat – Bru’s Tunes – 6:30pm

 

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

Fri – Blues Traveler – 7pm

Sat – Good Charlotte – 6pm

Sun – Billy Gibbons – 7pm

 

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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 8pm

 

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

Fri – Jeff Inman Band – 7pm

Sat – Bill Pekar Band – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Kody West – 8pm

Sat – Kolby Cooper / Shotgun Rider – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Monte Goode – 9:30am

 

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

Fri – Hops Und Schnapps – 7pm

Sat – Hops Und Schnapps – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Chris Shiflett / Dale Watson – 7pm

Sat – Jaime Wyatt / Shane Smith & the Saints – 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 – Rusty Martin – 4pm

Sat – Bret Graham – 2pm

Sun – Joey McGee & Tim Elliot – 1pm

 

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

 

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

Tonight – Bill Small Band – 6pm

Fri – Dalton Domino / Jon Wolfe – 7pm

Sat – Bill Hearne Trio – 1pm / John Evans Band / Jon Wolfe – 8pm

Sun – Bret Graham – 12:30pm / The Rifters – 4pm

Mon – Bret Graham – 6pm

Tue – Josh Grider & David Lee – 6pm

Wed – The Georges – 6pm

 

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

Fri – Jordan Minor & Bottom Dollar Band – 8pm

Sat – Canaan Bryce Band – 8pm

 

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

Fri – The Oompahs – 7pm

Sun – Benefit For The Brave w/ Cody Canada & Guests – 5pm

 

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

Tonight – Jen & Ted Frumkin – 5pm

Fri – Bill Lewis Combo – 4pm / Chris Saucedo – 8pm

Sat – Summer Dean / Max Stallings – 8pm

Sun – Kathy Bauer & Michael Broussard – 5pm

 

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

Fri – Marvin Bottera & Friends – 7pm

Sat – Don Reilly – 7pm

Sun – Chauncey Crandall – 3pm

 

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

Tonight – Junior Nash – 5pm / Shawn Hart & Guests – 7:30pm

Fri – Larry Dial – 5pm / Fort Defiance / Blackbird Sing – 9pm

Sat – Fort Defiance / Jesse Stratton Band – 9pm

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

Wed – Open Mic w/ Billy Roy – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Myles Smith – 8:30pm

Fri – Natalie Rose – 8:30pm

Sat – The Strayhearts – 9:30pm

Sun – Art Haus Music – 8pm

Mon – Cody Coggins – 8:30pm

Tue – Open Mic Night – 8:30pm

Wed – Chuck Shaw – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Mark Stuart & Sean Devine – 8pm

Fri – Mark Jungers – 6pm / Brian Duarte – 9pm

Sat – Miss Lavelle White – 9pm

Mon – Open Mic & Songwriters Night – 7pm

 

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

Sat – School of Rock – 4pm

 

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

Tonight – Radney Foster – 7pm (Sold Out)

Fri – The Nightowls – 9pm

Sat – Nightbird: Fleetwood Mac Tribute – 8pm

 

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

Tonight – Dewberry Pickle Boys – 9pm

Fri – Silver Cloud – 9pm

Sat – Anthony Wright Band – 9pm

Sun – Clever Name Band – 9pm

 

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

Wed – Crystal Bowersox – 7:30pm

 

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

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Music News – Nov. 1, 2018

Wurstfest kicks off tomorrow for another 10 days of music, fun and chicken dances. There are five main music stages located in five different locations. First, the big stage is in Wursthalle, then there’s the Grosse Zelt (Big Tent), the Kleine Zelt (Little Tent), the Stelzenhaus and the Stelzenplatz. There’s a wide variety of groups scheduled to perform during the 10 day run of the festival. A quick glance at their band schedule reveals the Jodie Mikula Orchestra, Alpin Musikanten, Die Bayrischen Hiatamadlin, Terry Cavanagh & Alpine Express, Seven Dutchmen Orchestra, Squeezebox, Eurofest, Ennis Czech Boys, Cloverleaf Orchestra, Jimmy Sturr & his Orchestra and Alex Meixner, just to name a few. For a full schedule of all the live music on tap, to buy admission tickets or to purchase drink tickets, go to Wurstfest.com.

 

Alex Meixner New CD

Speaking of Alex Meixner, his new CD is out now and it’s appropriately called ‘Make Some Noise.’ The title fits him perfectly because making noise is what Alex is famous for. Whether it’s on the accordion or the trumpet, Alex is in constant movement on-stage during his high energy shows. Capturing that energy on tape is next to impossible but on the latest CD he gives it a shot. The album starts with his own Hey Diand’l, an instrumental he often uses to open his shows. Baby Say Maybe is the perfect pop polka singalong that will certainly be a crowd pleaser. Meixner has always mixed traditional German polkas with more modern tunes and does so here with Drei Zeifacher. Alex wrote or co-wrote nine of the albums fifteen songs, including the rocking instrumental Road Dawgz Polka, Vatavuk’s Diner Polka and the rocking title track. The first single and video for the album is our official theme song, There’s Only One S in New Braunfels. If you haven’t seen the video, check it out on his Facebook page. He tackles country on the fun Hoe Down track and proves he can write a love song with I Don’t Want To Say Goodbye. Just for laughs, he adds the Hormel Pepperoni Polka jingles as bonus tracks, which is a fun way to close out the album. Alex will always be a powerful entertainer, his insane energy can’t be captured on any format but a live stage, however, Make Some Noise is the perfect collection to listen to after attending one of his crazy shows at Wurstfest.

 

Local Live Series salutes AC/DC

The Local Live series continues tonight at the Brauntex Theatre with an AC/DC tribute by Riff Raff from San Antonio. It’s the first time any band has tackled the music of these classic rocks from Australia. AC/DC was founded by Malcolm and Angus Young in 1973 in Sydney, Australia. After releasing albums and touring for over 40 years, the future of AC/DC remains uncertain since Malcom passed away in 2017 and singer Brian Johnson was forced to retire due to severe hearing loss. Which makes tonight’s show even more special since the chance of seeing AC/DC in concert again is pretty slim. Riff Raff takes their name from an AC/DC song from the 1978 album titled Powerage. Members of the band include Kelley Ann McGonigal on vocals, Stan Martinez on lead guitar, Art Flores on drums, Roger Pena on rhythm guitar and Daryl Chadick on bass. They will be covering songs from the Bon Scott era plus the newer Bryan Johnson tunes. Doors open at 6:30pm, the show starts at 7:30pm and yes, ear plugs will be provided because AC/DC never played anything unplugged or mellow. See Brauntex.org for tickets and show info.

 

Asleep at the Wheel Dancehall Tour comes to Gruene Hall

Asleep at the Wheel are at Gruene Hall tonight for their annual Texas Dance Hall tour. All tickets are being sold at their website TexasDanceHallTour.com. In addition to the show tonight at Gruene Hall, they will play in Stonewall at the Albert Icehouse, in Hondo at Quihi Dancehall and in Blanco at Twin Sisters Dancehall. Ray Benson goes to great lengths to help preserve these iconic old dancehalls. Get your tickets now and support this great cause.

 

New Braunfels House Concert presents Folkfest Winners

New Braunfels House Concerts has another cool intimate show scheduled for this Sunday. It features the Kerrville New Folk Winners, which includes Sarah Morris, Rich Krueger, Helene Cronin, John Butler and Mac Leaphart. These winners were selected from a beginning field of 800 musicians, then again from a field of 32 finalists, so they are the absolute cream of the crop. Doors open at 4:30pm and music starts at 5pm. A potluck supper (yes, we say supper here in Texas) will be served during intermission. For tickets, contact Elaine Hayden at (210) 617-3765.

 

 

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

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

Fri – The Percolators – 6:30pm

Sat – Don Reilly – 6:30pm

 

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

Sun – Ja Rule/ Ashanti – 7pm

 

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

Sat – Anthony Wright 3 – 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 – Riff Raff – Tribute to AC/DC – 7:30pm

 

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

Fri – Monte Good Duo – 7pm

Sat – Dallas McKinley & Mark Sebby – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Grant Gilbert – 8pm

Sat – Shaker Hymns / Chris Colston / Muscadine Bloodline / Koe Wetzel – 5pm

Tue – Mason Lively – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm

 

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

Fri – Wade Hayes – 9pm

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Ethan Hanson – 9:30am

 

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

Fri – Chad Boyd – 7pm

Sat – Tyler Stuckey – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Gio Vannie & the Hired Guns / Kody West – 7pm

Sat – Dwight Yoakam – 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 – Bret Graham – 4pm

Sat – Sylvia Kirk – 2pm

Sun – Dan McCoy – 1pm

 

Gristmill River Grill (1287 Gruene Road, 830-625-0684) Tonight – Dan McCoy – 5:30pm

Sat – Dan McCoy – Noon

 

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

Tonight – Asleep at the Wheel – 6pm

Fri – Michael Guerra & Nights Calling / The Mavericks – 7pm

Sat – Big Gus & Swampadelic – 1pm / Sylvia Kirk – 2pm / The Mavericks – 7pm

Sun – Hot Club of Cowtown – Noon / The Mavericks – 7pm

Mon – Bret Graham – 6pm

Tue – Mark Jungers, Adam Carroll & Nathan Hamilton – 6pm

Wed – The Georges – 6pm

 

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

Fri – Copper Chief – 8pm

 

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

Tonight – The Oompah’s – 7pm

Fri – The Oompah’s – 7pm

Sat – The Oompah’s – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Jen & Fred Frumkin – 5pm

Fri – Wagon Aces – 8pm

Sat – Tommy Luke – 1pm

Sun – Walt Wilkins Song Swap – 1pm

 

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

Sun – Kerrville New Folk Winners – 5pm

 

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

Tonight – Junior Nash – 5pm / Shawn Hart & Guests – 7:30pm

Fri – Ethan Hanson – 5:30pm / Snake River Redemption / Ryan Ross Band – 9pm

Sat – River Barons – 9pm

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

Wed – Open Mic w/ Billy Roy – 8:30pm

 

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

Fri – The Jonathans – 6pm / The Flametrick Subs – 9pm

Sat – Ben Morris CD Release – 7pm / John Evans Band – 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 – Max Stalling – 6pm

Sat – Randy Rogers & Wade Bowen – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Logun Timberlake – 5:30pm

 

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

Fri – Jake Ward / Hudson Moore – 8pm

Sat – The Gunslingers / Monte Montgomery – 8pm

Wed – Paul Cauthen – 6:30pm

 

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

Fri – 3 Man Front – 9pm

Sat – Jay Bleu – 9pm

Sun – 3 Piece & A Biscuit – 9pm

 

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

Fri – Kansas – 7:30pm

 

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

Sun – Soul Sessions – 4pm

 

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

Fri – Beau Daniels – 8pm

 

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

Tonight – Shades of Country – 8pm

Sat – Clint Taft & the Buck Wild Band – 9pm

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Music News – Oct. 25, 2018

Though he makes his home in Alabama, singer songwriter Adam Hood is considered an honorary Texas artist because of his regular trips to the Lone Star State. Adam was seen on many of our local stages, often performing for free at area benefit concerts and co-writing songs with our local musicians. Before he lost his life to cancer, New Braunfels resident Allan Goodman was the bass player in Adam’s band. He’s currently on tour to promote his new album Somewhere In Between released independently on his Southern Songs label. I spoke with Adam on a rare day off at his Alabama home. “I love playing in Texas,” he explained. “I have a good fanbase there plus a lot of my friends live there. I love playing the dancehalls and honky-tonks in Texas. One of the reasons we cut the songs on my new album live in the studio was so we could recreate it on stages like those in Texas. We recorded the album in just two days and basically every song was cut in one take.” In addition to touring as often as possible, Adam is also a fulltime songwriter. His tunes have been recorded by Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Eli Young Band, Brent Cobb, LeeAnne Womack and Anderson East just to name a few. You can catch Adam live on-stage at Billy’s Ice on Friday night and at Sam’s Burger Joint in San Antonio on Sunday night.

 

Speaking of the Eli Young Band, they are at Gruene Hall tonight and Friday with Ross Ellis opening both shows. It’s good to see the guys back in our area, it’s been a few years since they’ve played our city. They are still touring to promote their latest album, Footprints and just last month they released a new single called ‘Love Ain’t.’ I highly recommend you going to their website and watching the video for the song. It’s a tearjerker true story about a disabled vet whose girlfriend stuck by him after he lost both arms and legs in battle. The band formed in 2002 while students at University of North Texas in Denton. Mike Eli and James Young started playing acoustic gigs at local bars under the name of Eli & Young. When bassist Jon Jones and drummer Chris Thompson joined, they became the Eli Young Band. By their third album, Jet Black and Jealous, which spawned the hit single Always The Love Song, the band was on their way. It’s been exciting to watch the band gain such nationwide success since I knew them back during their days of playing open mic nights and tiny bars. It was amusing to see an episode on CMT about the half million dollar tour bus they had specially built. I called them to congratulate their good fortune, but a few months later I called to see if they were OK after CNN ran a story about the new bus catching fire and burning to the ground. It’s been a roller coaster ride for the band but these days they are closer than ever and still making great music. Friday night’s show is sold out but at press time, you could still get tickets for tonight’s show at GrueneHall.com.

 

Having a career as an Elvis impersonator was never in his plans growing up near Houston, but shortly after he graduated high school, Donny Edwards had a change of heart. He had always been a fan of Presley’s, but didn’t think he would ever be more than that. At an early age people told him how much he looked like Elvis and when he attended Elvis week in Memphis, he was told he also sounded like the king. After doing some research on Elvis tribute artists, Donny decided to give it a try. Before long he had risen to the top of the ranks as one of the most sought after Elvis tribute acts in the country. He left his Texas home, headed to Las Vegas and never looked back. Today he performs all over the globe from Australia to England to Japan and everywhere in between. He is known for performing a truly authentic tribute to the King of Rock & Roll. Get your tickets now at Brauntex.org for Donny Edwards and his band Fever live in concert on Friday night at 7pm.

 

It looks like Mother Nature is giving us a brief break in the rainy weather so let’s get out this weekend and see some live music. Tonight at Cheatham Street Warehouse in San Marcos, owner Randy Rogers will be performing with pal Tom O’Connor opening. Friday night at Krause’s Café you have Kori Free & the Groovehounds at 8pm. Kori’s home from college for the weekend so don’t miss your chance to see her shred a guitar. On Saturday night, don’t miss Jeff Plankenhorn at Riley’s Tavern. Jeff is a fantastic entertainer and an amazing guitarist, he’s the real deal so be sure to catch his show at 9pm. Though it will require a short road trip to San Antonio, on Sunday the Peterson Brothers are opening for Gary Clark Jr. at the Aztec Theatre. This is a sure fire killer double bill not to be missed.

 

 

 

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

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

Tonight – Tony Taylor – 6:30pm

Fri – Traveling Trees – 6:30pm

Sat – Right on Red – 6:30pm

 

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

Fri – Gary Clark Jr. – 7pm

Sat – Jessie & Joy – 7pm

Sun – Peterson Brothers / Gary Clark Jr. – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Adam Hood – 8:30pm

 

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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 8pm

 

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

Fri – Donny Edwards – Tribute to Elvis – 7:30pm

 

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

Fri – Lonestar Pickerz – 7pm

Sat – Slim Bawb & Fabulous Stumpgrinders – 7pm

 

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

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

Fri – The Organics / Whiskey Ignition – 8pm

Sat – Garrett Simon Band – 8pm

Tue – Jimmy Davis / Black Lillies – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm

 

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

Fri – Andy Griggs – 9pm

Sat – Erick Willis – 9pm

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Frank Painter – 9:30am

 

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

Fri – Blackboot Family Band – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Renee Blair / Wild Feathers / Billy Currington – 7pm

Sat – Dirty River Boys / Muscadine Bloodline / Koe Wetzel – 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 – Colton’s Kin – 5pm

Sat – Adam Johnson – Noon / Bret Graham – 4pm

Sun – Johnny & Blalocks – 1pm

 

Gristmill River Grill (1287 Gruene Road, 830-625-0684) Tonight – Dan McCoy – 5:30pm

Sat – Sylvia Kirk – Noon / Dan McCoy – 6pm

Sun – Dan McCoy – Noon

 

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

Tonight – Ross Ellis / Eli Young Band – 7pm

Fri – Ross Ellis / Eli Young Band – 7pm

Sat – Flat Top Jones – 1pm / Christian Sparks / Bob Schneider – 8pm

Sun – Slim Bawb – 12:30pm / Murali Coryell & Ernie Durawa – 5pm

Mon – Bret Graham – 6pm

Tue – Bo Porter – 6pm

Wed – Tom Gillam & Guests – 6pm

 

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

Fri – AC & the Bad Billy’s – 8pm

Sat – Rabb & Killa Hoggz / Final Assembly / Disorderly Konduct – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Keen Country – 6pm

Sat – The Perculators – 6pm

Sun – Lee Winwright – 6pm

 

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

Fri – Kori Free & the Groovehounds – 8pm

Wed – Comal Community Band – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Bo Porter – 5pm

Fri – Bill Lewis Combo – 4pm / Almost Patsy Cline Band – 8pm

Sat – Strayhearts – 1pm / Thomas Michael Riley – 8pm

Sun – Kathy Bauer & Mike Broussard – 5pm

 

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

Fri – Longtooth – 6pm

Sun – Tracy Weinberg – 3pm

 

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

Tonight – Ethan Hanson – 5:30pm / Shawn Hart & Guests – 7:30pm

Fri – Junior Nash – 5pm / DJ Maverick – 9pm

Sat – RAGE – 9pm

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

 

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

Tonight – Jade Marie Patek – 8:30pm

Fri – JJ Garrett Band – 8:30pm

Sat – Silvercloud – 9:30pm

Sun – Chuck Shaw – 8:30pm

Mon – Tony Taylor – 8:30pm

Tue – Open Mic Night – 8:30pm

Wed – Myles Smith & Brent Michael Wood – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Bo Brumble – 8pm

Fri – Rochelle & the Sidewinders – 9pm

Sat – Jeff Plankenhorn – 9pm

Sun – Blues Jam – 4pm

Mon – Open Mic Night – 7pm

Tue – Juliet McConkey – 8pm

 

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

Fri – Aaron McDonnell – 8pm

Sat – Tom Gillam & Kosmic Messenger – 8pm

 

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

Tonight – Casey Walther & Wes Creech – 5:30pm

 

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

Fri – Elaina Kay – 8pm

Sat – Cooper Greenberg – 4pm / Chuck Ligon – 9:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Jon Dee Graham – 7:30pm

Fri – Mighty Orq / Ruben V – 8pm

Sat – Rhett Miller (acoustic) – 8pm

Sun – Jenny Tolman / Adam Hood – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Jordan Minor & the Bottom Dollar Band – 9pm

Fri – Call For Band Info

Sat – Stone Wheels – 9pm

Sun – Clever Name Band – 9pm

 

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

Fri – Call For Band Info

Sat – Call For Band Info

Sun – Tony Taylor & Friends – 4pm

Wed – Halloween Party – 6:30pm

 

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

Fri – Alli Mattice & Eric Langenhahn – 8pm

Sat – The Vagabonds – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Meyer Anderson Band – 8pm

Fri – Knotty Grove – 8pm

Sat – Painted Pony – 9pm

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Music News – Oct. 18, 2018

After an incredible season of first rate concerts, Whitewater Amphitheater will host their final show of the year on Saturday night. It’s a triple bill featuring newcomer Lauren Alaina, plus Dustin Lynch and Cole Swindell on what’s called the Reason to Drink Another Tour. Cole is on the road to promote his latest album All Of It. Lynch recently became the newest member of the Grand Ol’ Opry and is touring to promote his Good Girl album. Lauren was the runner up on the 10th season of American Idol and is currently supporting her Road Less Travelled album. All three artists have been touring all summer on one of the most popular treks of the year. It’s a fitting way for Whitewater to end their season. This year they hosted sold out concerts by Willie Nelson, Randy Rogers, Josh Abbott, Leon Bridges, Whiskey Myers, Billy Currington, Cody Jinks, Kaleo, Cody Johnson and John Fogerty. I can’t wait for what they have lined up for next year. See Whitewaterrocks.com for tickets to Saturday night’s show.

 

Tribute Shows at Brauntex Theatre

After taking a break for the summer, the Local Live series returns tonight to the Brauntex Theatre with Jay Bleu paying tribute to the music of John Mayer. This local band includes lead singer and guitarist Jay Wimberley, plus Andrae Blissett on drums, Mark Greenberg on bass, Dan Holmes on keys, Aris Pouncey on guitar and special guest Alli Mattice Ramsey on vocals. They have 17 songs in the set list including full band, acoustic and trio sets, just like Mayer did on his recent tour. A few cool changes have been made to the Local Live series this year. Now all seats are reserved instead of the general admission method used in the past. Ticket prices to these shows have been raised slightly to cover the extra administrative costs of reserved seats. Now you can grab a bite to eat and not have to worry about getting there an hour early to save your seat. Come back on Saturday night when local promoter Eddie Luna brings his Rocktober Fest to the Brauntex stage with KISS Alike and Def Leggend. They will be doing tributes to KISS and Def Leppard respectively. Both bands are extremely good at performing and recreating the look and music of both bands. Get tickets now at Brauntex.org.

 

Oktoberfest at Anhalt Hall

Saturday brings Oktoberfest to the historic Anhalt Hall, with the festivities starting at noon. Music during the day will be provided by Rennie Guenther & the Happy Travelers, followed by the Ennis Czech Boys Polka Band and ending with Justin Trevino when he takes the stage at 7pm. Admission is just $7 if you come before 3pm and $15 after that. A delicious meal of pot roast and sausage will be available for $10. Anhalt Hall didn’t host many events this summer because the weather was so hot but they are back in action now. See AnhaltHall.com for more info on Oktoberfest plus the upcoming events.

 

Dave Fenley Returns

If you missed Dave Fenley’s sold-out show at Billy’s Ice last week, you can catch him on Friday night when he opens for Tracy Byrd at Conway’s Dancehall. Fenley is a Lufkin boy and made the rounds in our area for a few years before moving to Nashville. Once he landed in Music City he quickly secured opening spots for Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley and Dwight Yoakam, just to name a few. He appeared on America’s Got Talent and is currently on The Voice where he was picked to be on Blake Shelton’s team. With a powerful voice and a big personality, Fenley is a crowd favorite on any stage he occupies. When he’s not on the road or on TV, Dave spends his time in Nashville writing songs. You can keep up with his career at DaveFenley.com.

 

Gruene Hall

Gruene Hall has a triple shot of talent this weekend, starting tonight with Dennis Quaid & the Sharks. Quaid is one of a handful of actors that can actually pull off a second career as a musician. He and his band specialize in a fun mix of blues, rock and country and they love playing at the hall. The Reed Brothers will open the show so get there early so you can enjoy their set as well. Friday night brings Shooter Jennings back to town for his CD release party for his new album titled Shooter. On Saturday, bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs brings his band, Kentucky Thunder back to Gruene Hall. Randy Collier & Grassland will open so it will be a full night of bluegrass music. Get tickets to all these shows and more at GrueneHall.com.

 

A Star Is Born

Speaking of actors that can sing, I highly recommend the new version of A Star is Born with Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga. Cooper took guitar and singing lessons for a year before filming began. Willie Nelson’s son Lucas plays his band leader in the movie and helped Cooper write many songs on the soundtrack. Cooper says he patterned many of his mannerisms after Lucas and took guitar lessons from him as well. The soundtrack to the new hit movie is currently perched at the top of the charts and the movie is generating talk of Oscar nominees for the two leading actors. It’s the third remake of the original 1937 movie, with a remakes done in 1954, 1976 and now in 2018.

 

 

 

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

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

Tonight – Dan White – 6:30pm

Fri – Logan Ryan Duo – 6:30pm

Sat – Bru’s Tunes – 6:30pm

 

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

Sat – Oktoberfest w/ Justin Trevino – Noon

 

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

Sun – Blue October – 7:30pm

 

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 – Jay Bleu Tribute to John Mayer – 7:30pm

Sat – Rocktoberfest – Kiss and Def Leppard Tribute – 7:30pm

 

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

Fri – Monte Good – 7pm

Sat – Kim & Her Bad Habits – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Powell Brothers / Parker McCollum – 8pm

Fri – Blevins – 8pm

Sat – David Prado Band – 8pm

Tue – Mason Lively – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm

 

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

Fri – Dave Fenley / Tracy Byrd – 9pm

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Don Reilly – 9:30am

 

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

Fri – Nate Guthrie – 7pm

Sat – Logun Timberlake – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Mike Ryan / Randy Rogers Band – 7pm

Sat – Powell Brothers / Gary P. Nunn – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Glen Templeton Band – 7pm

Fri – The Georges – 7pm

Sat – Already Gone – Eagles Tribute – 7pm

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 6:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Bret Graham – 5pm

Fri – Colton’s Kin – 5pm

Sat – Phil Luna – Noon / Sylvia Kirk – 4pm

Sun – Slim Bawb – 1pm

 

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

Wed – Dan McCoy – 5:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Reed Brothers / Dennis Quaid & the Sharks – 7pm

Fri – Shooter Jennings – 7pm

Sat – Dandy Collier / Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder – 8pm

Sun – Dawn & Hawkes Family Band – 12:30pm / Danny Brooks – 5pm

Mon – Bret Graham – 6pm

Tue – Josh Grider & John Baumann – 6pm

Wed – The Georges – 6pm

 

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

Fri – Knucklemino / Riff Raff – 7pm

Sat – Madison Rodges / Brandon Zink – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Anthony Wright Band – 6pm

Sat – Mario Vera – 6pm

Sun – Mike Kropp – 6pm

 

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

Fri – Aaron Kantor – 8pm

Sat – Village Brass Band – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Bo Porter – 5pm

Fri – Harvest Classic – 11am

Sat – Harvest Classic – 8am

Sun – Chris Sauceda Band – 1pm / Kathy Bauer & Michael Broussard – 5pm

 

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

Fri – Gerry Burns – Grateful Dead Tribute – 6pm

Sat – Lupus Foundation Benefit – 2pm

Sun – Gerry Burns Bluegrass Show – 3pm

Mon – Open Mic Night – 6pm

 

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

Wed – Monte Good – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Ethan Hanson – 5:30pm / Shawn Hart & Guests – 7:30pm

Fri – Larry Dial – 6pm / Ebrolution – 9pm

Sat – Highway Hypnosis – 9pm

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

Wed – Open Mic w/ Billy Roy (Mismatch) – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Brent Michael Wood – 8:30pm

Fri – Chris Saucedo Band – 8:30pm

Sat – Dirty White Horse – 9:30pm

Sun – The Vagabonds – 8:30pm

Mon – Paul Handelman – 8:30pm

Tue – Open Mic Night – 8:30pm

Wed – Chris Saucedo – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Dallas Moore – 8pm

Fri – The Homebodies – 6pm / The Broken Spokes – 9pm

Sat – Wyatt Weaver Band – 9pm

Mon – Open Mic Night – 7pm

Tue – Troy Stones Band – 8pm

 

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

Tonight – Isaac Jacob/ Mike & Moonpies – 7pm

Fri – Josh Grider – 8pm

 

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

Tonight – Zack Walther & Matt Briggs – 5:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Joey Harkum – 7pm

Fri – Grant Gilbert / Cody Canada & the Departed – 8pm

Sat – The Brevet / Melodime – 8pm

 

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

Wed – The B52’s – 7:30pm

 

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

Fri – Brazen Alter Band – 8pm

Sat – Kevin Taylor – 8pm

Wed – Call For Band Info

 

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

Fri – Robert Cannon – 8pm

Sat – The Henderson’s – 8:30pm

 

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

Sat – J. Abram Band – 9pm

Whitewater Amphitheater (11860 FM 306, 830-964-3800)

Sat – Lauren Alaina / Dustin Lynch / Cole Swindell – 6:30pm

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