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Music News – Sept 19, 2019

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

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

Tonight – Donny Harris – 6:30pm

Fri – The Percolators – 6:30pm

Sat – Danny White – 6:30pm

Sun – Blues Like It Usta Wuz – 6:30pm

 

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

Sat – Jody Nix – 8pm

 

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

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

Sun – Paulina Rubio – 7pm

 

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

Sun – Tyler Cannon – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Matt Cline – 8:30pm

Fri – The Lawless – 9pm

Sat – Stewart Mann & Statesboro Revue – 9pm

Sun – Tony Taylor – 4pm

Wed – Logun Timberlake – 8:30pm

 

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

Fri – Nate Guthrie – 6pm

Sat – Emily Herring – 6pm

Sun – Big John Mills – 1pm

 

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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 9pm

 

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

Fri – Bandreu – 7pm

Sat – Jay Sims – 7pm

 

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

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

Fri – Dallas Burrow CD Release Party – 8pm

Tue – Chris Colston – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm

 

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

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

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Winslow & Schoeffler – 9:30pm

 

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

Sat – Oktoberfaust – 5pm

 

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

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

Sat – Tom O’Connor / Curtis Grimes – 7pm

 

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

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 6:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Phil Luna – 6pm

Fri – Bret Graham – 5pm

Sat – Sylvia Kirk – 2pm

Sun – Slim Bawb – 1pm

Mon – Bret Graham – 4pm

 

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

Sun – Troy Stone – Noon

Mon – Colton’s Kin – 4pm

 

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

Tonight – Ditch Crickets – 7pm

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

Sat – Smokehouse Guitar Army – 7pm

Sun – Poor J Brown – 2pm

 

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

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

Fri – Greyhound / Los Lobos – 8pm

Sat – Nathan Hamilton / Joe Ely Band – 9pm

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

Tue – Bo Porter & Friends – 6pm

Wed – The Georges – 6pm

 

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

Fri – Tyler Stephen McCollum – 8:30pm

Sat – Drugstore Gypsies – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Michael Milligan & Texiana Bluez – 7pm

Fri – The Craze – 8pm

Sat – The Oompahs – 7pm

Wed – Chris Rybak Band – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Melinda Brown – 5pm

Fri – The Merles – 8pm

Sat – Kin Faux & Ben McPeak – 8pm

Sun – ShAnnie – 5pm

 

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

Fri – Racoon Brothers – 7pm

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

Sun – Chuck Shaw – 3pm

Mon – Open Mic w/ Bill Middleton – 6pm

 

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

Sat – Derek Krueger – 7:30pm

Wed – Open Mic Night – 7:30pm

 

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

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

 

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

Tonight – Devin Baize – 5:30pm

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

Sat – Jorge Gallegos Band – 9pm

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

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

 

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

Tonight – Willie Heath Neal – 7pm

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

Sat – Jeremy Lynn Woodall & the Grinders – 9pm

Wed – Austin Mayze & Friends – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Mike Atkins & Cadillac Wax – 7pm

Fri – Wild Country – 8pm

Sat – Keeton Coffman – 8pm

 

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

Tonight – Logun Timberlake – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Danielle Nicole – 7:30pm

Fri – Saltwater Slide & KooDooKoo – 8pm

Sat – Del Castillo – 8pm

Wed – Jamie Lin Wilson & Adam Hood – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Open Mic Night – 7:30pm

Fri – No Chance Band – 9pm

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

Sun – Nate Guthrie – 4pm

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

 

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

Sun – Jeff Beck – 7:30pm

 

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

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

Fri – Bill Ayers – 7pm

Sat – School of Rock – 7pm

Wed – Slim Bawb – 7pm

 

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

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

Fri – 3 Man Front – 8pm

Sat – Call For Band Info

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Live Music Venue Guide for NB Magazine

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Zack Walther – NB Magazine Feature Story

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Music News – Sept. 12, 2019

The music community here in our city has always been a generous group. They are often the first to step up and donate their time and money to help one of their own. This Sunday the Phoenix Saloon is hosting a very special benefit concert to help local guitar player Junior Nash. For years he’s been playing around our town, often at happy hour gigs at 5pm then slipping across town to play a late night set with friends. Recently Nash was diagnosed with stage four cancer and needs our help in fighting this battle. The lineup of talent that has signed up to play on Sunday is very impressive. The music starts at 2pm and will feature performances by Cody Canada, Lucas Taylor, Reed Brothers, Jorge Gallegos, Manzy Lowry, Silvercloud, Brushy Creek Boys, Troy Stone, Alli Mattice Band, BJ Thibodeaux, Nate Guthrie, Shaker Hymns, Jade Marie Patek, Mike Ethan Messick, Jeff Willis, Michael Precise and Soul Sessions. Admission is free but donations are appreciated. There is also a GoFundMe account setup to accept online donations. Go to the GoFundMe.com homepage and search for Junior Nash. There will also be auction items so get there early to place your bids. If you need more information, go to ThePhoenixSaloon.com.

 

Lucas Taylor & Austin Gilliam Join Forces

With a name like Thunderchicken you have to be a tough band, just like Johnny Cash’s Boy Named Sue. All jokes aside, this exciting new group features local guitar slingers Lucas Taylor and Austin Gilliam in what is surely a guitar players dream come true. It makes perfect sense that the show is taking place on Friday the 13th, the night for wild and crazy events to take place. If you follow these two talented musicians, you know they both are in several different bands around town. Taylor hosts Sunday night jam sessions and fronts his band Highway Hypnosis. Gilliam has done time with Scott Wiggins, Matt King, Brandon Jenkins and recently Johnny Chops & the Razors. The music starts at 9pm for this free show at the Phoenix Saloon.

 

Local Live Series Announces Lineup

The Brauntex Theatre recently announced the lineup for the upcoming Local Live series. This popular series invites local bands to pay tribute to their favorite band or artist. Soul Sessions kick things off in October with their salute to the music of Motown. The music of Grand Funk Railroad will be highlighted in November when the super group Closer to Home takes the stage. Yesenia McNett will be the featured vocalist for this show. Stewart Mann & Statesboro Revue were the first band back in 2012 to perform in this series so it’s only fitting that they be included this year. You can catch their special tribute to Southern Rock in January. March will have the super talented Reed Brothers doing their tribute to ZZ Top. In April, Monte Good and the Honky Tonk Heroes will salute the Bakersfield Sound, which includes the music of Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, Dwight Yoakam and more California country music stars.

 

Midnight River Choir & Damn Quails Coming to Town

Not every venue in town books major touring acts; many fill their live music schedule with local acts. So when these venues do book a bigger name act they can use your support to buy tickets and go to the show. This week please think about seeing the Damn Quails at Villa at Gruene and Midnight River Choir at the Happy Cow. Up first is the Happy Cow located on FM 1102 and their big show on Saturday night. Shaker Hymns will open for Midnight River Choir and tickets are available at HappyCowTexas.com. On Sunday the music kicks off at 2pm at Villa At Gruene with Rio Tripiano and Logun Timberlake opening for the Damn Quails. Get information about this cool Sunday Funday concert at VillaAtGruene.com.

 

 

 

Keeping Track of Live Music

One of the questions I get asked the most by music fans is how is the best way to keep up with all the live music in our area? The short answer is to check out the concert calendar in our Thursday paper. However, this listing only works if the local venues keep their schedules up to date and easy to find. The easy to find part is the key. Nothing is more frustrating than to go to a venue website and find that their live music calendar hasn’t been updated in several weeks or even months. Often times a website will direct you to their Facebook page and that page hasn’t been updated either. So all we can do is try to find the information and list it on our concert page. If it’s wrong on their website it will be wrong in our concert listing. There isn’t enough time to verify every single listing we print so it’s always best to call the venue if you need more information or to confirm that your favorite artist will be playing at the posted time. Remember that posted times usually indicate the time that doors open, not the actual time the music will start. Most acts normally start an hour after doors open but each venue is different, so always double check before purchasing tickets.

 

 

 

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

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

Tonight – Tony Taylor – 6:30pm

Fri – Shane Bartell – 6:30pm

Sat – Don Reilly – 6:30pm

Sun – JJ Garrett – 6:30pm

 

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

Sun – New Year’s Day / In This Moment – 5:30pm

Tue – Lord Huron – 6:30pm

 

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

Sat – Natalie Rose – 9pm

Sun – Mark Jungers & Whistlin Mules – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Rio Tripiano – 8:30pm

Fri – Jay Bleu / Gunner Fore – 9:30pm

Sat – Chubby Knuckle Choir – 9pm

Sun – Austin James & Ryan Snipes – 4pm

Tue – JJ Garrett – 8:30pm

Wed – Logun Timberlake – 8:30pm

 

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

Fri – Monte Good – 6pm

Sat – Sophia Johnson – 6pm

Sun – Manzy Lowry – 1pm

 

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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 9pm

 

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

Tonight – Zack Walther – Tribute to George Strait – 7:30pm

Fri – Crystal Gayle – 7:30pm

 

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

Fri – Ruben V – 7pm

Sat – Larry Dial – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Nichols Jamerson – 8pm

Fri – Grady Spencer & the Work – 8pm

Sat – Scott H. Biram – 8pm

Tue – Andy Alexander – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm

 

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

Fri – Rich O’Toole – 8pm

 

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

Fri – Sarah Gayle Meech – 9pm

Sat – David Lee – 1pm / Walt Wilkins Trio – 9pm

Sun – Floyd Domino & His All Stars – 1pm

Tue – Earl Poole Ball – 7pm

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Anthony Wright – 9:30am

 

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

Fri – Con Crema – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Judson Cole Band / Copper Chief – 7pm

Sat – Jake Worthington / Sunny Sweeney – 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 Kirk – 5pm

Sat – Bret Graham – 2pm

Sun – Phil Luna – 1pm

 

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

 

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

Tonight – Amber Lucille – 7pm

Fri – Juston Langston – 3pm / JJ Garrett Band – 7pm

Sat – Stray Dog & the Wolves – 7pm

Sun – Shawn Hess – 2pm

 

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

Tonight – Slim Bawb & Fabulous Stumpgrinders – 6pm

Fri – Bobby Mack Band – 7pm

Sat – Beat Boot Revival – 1pm / Wynn Williams / Shane Smith & the Saints – 8pm

Sun – Slim Bawb – 12:30pm / Mike Zito – 5pm

Mon – Bret Graham – 6pm

Tue – Bo Porter & Friends – 6pm

Wed – Nick Garcia Trio – 6pm

 

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

Fri – Roadside Libby – 8:30pm

Sat – Shaker Hymns / Midnight River Choir – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Slim Bawb – 7pm

Sat – The Oompahs – 3pm

 

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

Tonight – Melinda Brown – 5pm

Fri – Jen & Ted Frumkin – 4pm / Brutherz – 8pm

Sat – Martin & McClain / Adam Hood – 8pm

Sun – Hot Texas Swing Band – 1pm / ShAnnie – 5pm

 

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

Fri – Chris Meacham Band – 7pm

Sat – RDO Trio – 7pm

Sun – Bluegrass Sunday w/ Gerry Burns – 3pm

Mon – Open Mic w/ Bill Middleton – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Tyler Hadlock & Lucas Taylor – 6:30pm

Fri – Hunter Road Trio – 7pm

Sat – Shawn Hart – 7pm

Wed – Open Mic Night – 7:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Paul Handelman – 5:30pm

Fri – Larry Dial – 5pm / Thunderchicken – 9pm

Sat – 3 Man Front – 9pm

Sun – Junior Nash Benefit – 2pm

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

 

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

Tonight – Juliet McConkey / Keith Kallina – 7pm

Fri – Mark Jungers – 6pm / Gal Holiday & Honky Tonk Revue – 9pm

Sat – Sonny & the Starfires – 9pm

Sun – Beaumonts Gospel Supper – Noon

Wed – Mike Ethan Messick – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Shane Kelley – 8pm

Sat – Ain’t Wastin’ Time – Allman Brothers Tribute – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Aaron Stephens – 7:30pm

Fri – Poppa Chubby – 8pm

Sat – Dan Gonzalez Band / Kyle Moon & the Misled – 8pm

Sun – Joel Hofmann Band – 7:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Open Mic Night – 7:30pm

Fri – Band of Bandits – 9pm

Sat – Lane Belanger – 2pm / Pop Gun – 9:30pm

Sun – Austin Layne – 2pm

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

 

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

Sat – Clever Name Band – 7pm

Sun – Rio Tripiano & Logun Timberlake / The Damn Quails – 2pm

Wed – Fast Movin Trio – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Whiskey 2 Step – 8pm

Fri – Chris Max Band – 8:30pm

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Music News – Sept. 5, 2019

Sunday brings the 2nd Annual Lennon-Aid Block Party back to Krause’s Café starting at 1pm and going until about 9pm. Lennon-Aid is the non-profit organization that Marci and Zack Walther started after their 6-month old daughter Lennon passed away from AML, Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Only about 10 in a million children are diagnosed with this rare type of Leukemia. This event is family friendly with a lot of activities for kiddos, plenty of food choices and a day full of live music. This year’s headliner will be Texas boy Radney Foster. Also scheduled to perform are Texas Renegade, Hector Ward & the Big Time, Statesboro Revue, Reed Brothers, Jamie Lin Wilson and of course Zack Walther. Tickets are just $30 in advance and $40 at the door.

 

Rodney Crowell Returns to Gruene Hall

Speaking of Zack Walther, he has a brand new album coming out in October and he will certainly be playing some tunes from the new release when he opens for Rodney Crowell at Gruene Hall on Saturday night. Rodney has a new album as well, appropriately titled Texas, which is only fitting since he was born in Houston. He’s joined on the new album by Willie Nelson, Billy Gibbons, Randy Rogers, Vince Gill, Ronnie Dunn, Ringo Starr, Lyle Lovett and Steve Earle. It’s a statement of how much Rodney is respected by his peers in the music business.

 

Roy Head & Augie Meyers Play Riley’s Tavern

Riley’s Tavern has two of the most iconic artists in Texas music booked for Friday night. Roy Head and Augie Meyers are scheduled to play at 9pm on the Riley’s stage. Head was born in Three Rivers and grew up in San Marcos where he formed Roy Head & the Traits. In the mid-60’s they released the smash hit Treat Her Right, which catapulted them to fame. Head, now 78 years old, has over 50 years in the music business and remains one of the most dynamic live performers in the business. Though not as well known as Elvis or James Brown, he’s often compared to them. His son, Sundance Head, has followed in his footsteps and was a season winner of The Voice in 2016. Roy’s music is finding new fans since Quentin Tarantino used Treat Her Right in his new movie, Once Upon A Time in Hollywood. Augie Meyers was born in San Antonio in 1940 and along with Doug Sahm was a founding member of the Sir Douglas Quintet and the Texas Tornados. The Quintet scored a huge hit with She’s About A Mover in 1964 and they often toured with Roy Head and his band. Pairing these two legendary musicians together makes perfect sense and will make for a historic night of music. Get your tickets now at RileysTavern.com.

 

Richie Allbright Plays Black’s BBQ

The story has been told a thousand times about a young singer songwriter that moves to Nashville to make it to the big time and become a huge country music star. George Strait and Garth Brooks both went to Nashville early in their careers and didn’t make it. It was on their second try at Music City that they finally made their mark. Richie Allbright grew up in Mathis, Texas and followed his dream to Nashville in 1994 at 22 years old. He played gigs, wrote songs and got caught up in the Nashville machine. Desperate to get control of his life, he came home to Texas. By 2002 he was ready to try it again, this time with a new batch of songs. Unfortunately Nashville still wasn’t ready for the pure country music Richie had to offer but his home state of Texas was. He returned to Texas, released his album and started playing live shows. Kickin’ Down The Doors was released in 2012 and exposed his new fans to what country music was meant to sound like. In 2015 he traveled to Los Angeles to team up with Ted Russell Kamp to record Poets, Prophets, Heroes & Friends. It was to be a milestone in Richie’s career and gathering widespread acclaim among critics and fans. His latest batch of songs are from the Back to Nashville EP where he delivers traditional country music once again. You can hear Richie on Friday night here in town at Black’s BBQ at 6pm. Stop in for great Texas BBQ and some of the best true country music in the state. Be sure to pick up your copy of his CD’s to show your support of working musicians.

 

New Albums Just Released

These days most folks get their music from streaming services like Spotify or Pandora. Some choose to download it from iTunes or other such sites. I’m still old school and like to have an actual CD od album in my hand. I like to read the liner notes, the lyrics and see who played on it. Many new albums have been released just in the past few weeks by such artists as Rodney Crowell, Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill, Midland, Mike & the Moonpies, Jesse Dayton, Tyler Childers, Delbert McClinton, Tracy Lawrence, Seth James, Koe Wetzel and Joshua Ray Walker, just to name a few. If you are a fan of any of these artists, please support them by purchasing their music.

 

 

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

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

Tonight – Robert Earl Keen – 7pm

Fri – Q – The Music of Queen – 6:30pm

 

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

Sat – Dallas Burrow – 9pm

Sun – Bo Porter – 6pm

 

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

Fri – Hill Country Revival – 8:30pm

Sat – Roadside Libby – 9pm

Wed – Logun Timberlake – 8:30pm

 

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

Fri – Richie Allbright – 6pm

Sat – Gus Samuelson – 6pm

 

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

Tue – Aaron Stephens Band – 9pm

 

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

Fri – Michael Shane & Drew Moreland – 7pm

Sat – Texas Duet – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Shaker Hymns – 8pm

Fri – Blevins / Mason Lively – 8pm

Sat – Colby Keeling – 8pm

Tue – Chris Colston – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm

 

The Hideout (Formerly Conways)  (262 W. Jahn St.  830-620-5376)

Fri – Nate Rodriguez – 8pm

 

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

Sat – Tessy Lou & Shotgun Stars – 8pm

Sun – Lost Wagers – 1pm

Tue – Earl Poole Ball – 7pm

 

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 – Marcus Morales – 8pm

 

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

Fri – Dylan Wheeler / Read Southall Band – 7pm

Sat – Big Cedar Fever / Billy Matta & Texas Tradition – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Gary Glenn – 8pm

Sat – Journey Tribute Band – 7pm

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Bret Graham – 5pm

Sat – Sylvia Kirk – 2pm

Sun – Robert Irwin – 1pm

 

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

 

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

Tonight – Sonny Wolf – 7pm

Fri – Justin Langston – 3pm

Sat – Kasey Thornton Band – 7pm

Sun – Gruene Grove Blues Jam – 2pm

 

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

Tonight – Chris Ruest Band – 6pm

Fri – Ezra Charles – 7pm

Sat – Pat Byrne Band – 1pm / Zack Walther / Rodney Crowell – 7pm

Sun – Bret Graham – 12:30pm / Johnny Nicholas – 5:30pm

Mon – Bret Graham – 6pm

Tue – Bo Porter & Friends – 6pm

Wed – The Georges – 6pm

 

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

Fri – RAGE – 8:30pm

 

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

Fri – Ruben V – 8pm

Sat – The Oomphs – 3pm

Sun – Lennon Aid – 1pm

Wed – Der Klein Steins – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Melinda Brown – 5pm

Fri – Hayden Whittington – 1pm / Jen & Ted Frumkin – 4pm / Wagon Aces – 8pm

Sat – Weldon Henson – 1pm / Bradley Banning / Jon Wolfe – 8pm

Sun – Thomas R. Riley – 1pm / ShAnnie – 5pm

 

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

Fri – AuraZora – 7pm

Sat – Amber Lucille Band – 7pm

Sun – Braydon Zink – 3pm

Mon – Open Mic w/ Bill Middleton – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Nef Hernandez – 7pm

Fri – Danny Harris & Backroad Band – 7:30pm

Sat – Jess & Dave – 7pm

Wed – Open Mic Night – 7:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Shawn Hart – 5:30pm

Fri – Jr Nash – 5pm / Nuclear Nation – 9pm

Sat – Punk Pop Fest w/ Two Truths and 5 more bands – 8pm

Sun – School of Rock – 4pm / Lucas Taylor – 7pm

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

 

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

Tonight – Emilio Arsuaga – 7pm

Fri – The Jonathans – 6pm / Augie Meyers & Roy Head – 9pm

Sat – Heather Victorino – 9pm

Wed – Chad Boyd – 7pm

 

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

Sat – Fake It To The Limit – Eagles Tribute Band – 9pm

 

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

Tonight – Kylie Frey – 8:30pm

Fri – Rick Cavender Band – 9:30pm

Sat – The Artisanals – 9:30pm

Sun – Trey Rose – 4pm

Mon – Daniel Thomas Phipps – 8:30pm

Tue – Landon Bullard – 8:30pm

Wed – Chris Lopez – 5:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Ruben V – 7pm

Fri – The Fixx – 8pm

Sat – Rassing Strangers – 8pm

 

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

Tonight – Open Mic Night – 7:30pm

Fri – Mandy Rowden – 4pm / 3 Man Front – 9pm

Sat – Keith Hickle – 9:30pm

Sun – Tyler Cannon – 2pm

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

 

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

Tonight – Logun Timberlake – 7pm

Fri – Aaron Stephens – 7pm

Sat – Austin Gilliam – 7pm

Sun – Alli Mattice – 3pm

Wed – Damian Curtis – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Shades of Country – 8pm

Fri – The Craze – 8pm

Sat – Rick Reyna Band – 9pm

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Music News – Aug. 29, 2019

Garth Brooks is coming back to Gruene Hall. The secret is out and now everyone knows he will play the legendary hall on Monday night September 23rd. As you may have learned, you can’t buy tickets to this show, you must win them by listing to radio stations. The San Antonio country station Y100 is giving listeners a chance to win by listening everyday starting at 7am. They will play a Garth song every hour and take the first 8 callers to qualify you to win tickets. Check out their website at Y100fm.com for more details. Texas 46 Radio here in town has tickets to give away so check out the details at Texas46Radio.com. I checked the websites of several other radio stations but couldn’t find any others giving away tickets. Garth first played Gruene Hall back in the late 80’s when his first album was released. His show this time is based around a cool marketing plan that coincides with the release of his new song called Dive Bar. He is currently on a massive stadium tour that has him and the band playing huge football stadiums across America. After his weekend shows, while the crews are tearing down the gear to load up and move to the next town, Garth and his band stay an extra day and play a small venue on Monday night. So far he’s played Joe’s Bar in Chicago and Buck Owen’s Crystal Palace in Bakersfield, California. Gruene Hall will be the third small venue he will play on this tour. It’s not common for him to announce the date and venue this far in advance so I’m not sure why his team chose to do things different this time. At press time his website didn’t list any Texas stadiums on his tour schedule but surely some will be announced soon. Garth is a master at marketing his music so I suggest you sign up for his email blasts at GarthBrooks.com.

 

Texas Pop Festival Turns 50

Woodstock has been in the news lately for celebrating their 50th anniversary, but there’s another huge music festival in Texas also turning 50, the Texas International Pop Festival. It took place at the Dallas International Motor Speedway on the Labor Day weekend, just two weeks after the famous Woodstock Festival. It featured performances by Led Zeppelin, Janis Joplin, Canned Heat, Santana and Chicago, just to name a few. This year, the festival will take place in Lewisville, Texas and the performers will be John Mayall, Edgar Winter, Jonathan Tyler, The Box Tops, Grand Funk Railroad, Chicago and ZZ Top. Tickets are on-sale now at Ticketmaster.com.

 

Reckless Kelly Are On The Road

Americana rockers Reckless Kelly are touring hard to promote their new CD, Bulletproof Live. To celebrate the 10 year anniversary of Bulletproof, their hit album from 2008, the group decided to perform the entire album in concert and record it. This very cool idea can be heard on the new live CD and at their concerts. They are serious road warriors and will be everywhere between now and Christmas. Tomorrow night they share a stage with Jack Ingram in the famous town of Luckenbach and on Saturday you can catch them at Sam’s Burger Joint in San Antonio. If you prefer to see them closer to home, get tickets now for their November 29 show at the Brauntex Theatre with special guest Mason Lively opening the show.

 

George Strait & Cher Play Vegas

I think it’s safe to say that George Strait and Cher only have a few things in common. Both were born in the month of May and both have been in the music business for over 40 years. At 67, Strait has scaled back on his touring and chooses to only play about six or eight shows each year, usually at the T Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Cher is 73 and has also cut back on her live shows and also performs at the Park Theatre in Vegas. She has embarked on more than one retirement tour and will be in San Antonio on December 17 at the AT&T Center. This past weekend I had the opportunity to see them both in Vegas and was very impressed with their shows. George’s sold-out Friday night concert included 28 songs spread out over an almost two hour show. His stage was in the center of the arena with microphones placed on each corner. He sang two songs at each one before moving to the next. This gave fans the best possible view of their favorite cowboy singer. George isn’t a big talker, he prefers to just stand still and sing one hit song after another. He stopped the show mid-point to allow General Leroy Sisko to come onstage and give away a house to a deserving wounded warrior. The next night Cher took the stage at Park Theatre to a sold-out house and performed 15 songs that touched on each era of her career. Her show started thirty minutes late and I blame that on the outrageous costume she was wearing for the opening song, Woman’s World. She proceeded to change outfits every two songs and at one point told a 20 minute story about the night she turned 40. She ended the tale with the remark. “How many 73 year old grandmothers do you know doing this tonight?” Her show was full of lights, dancers and costumes. George used no lights, no costume changes and rarely spoke. Both were fantastic in their own unique way, with two totally different performers still loving what they do and doing it very well.

 

Molly B Returns to Krause’s Café to Help Bring Summer to an End

Since its Labor Day weekend, the official end of summer is here. With a 3 day holiday comes a long list of live music to enjoy. Tonight I recommend Aaron Stephens at Gruene Hall. It’s a free show that starts at 7pm. On Friday night you should catch Tom Gillam at Conway’s. Tom has some cool new music to play for you. Bob Schneider will be playing Saturday night at Brookshire Brothers in Canyon Lake. They will also be cooking up some tasty BBQ so bring your appetite. Drew Kennedy will be jamming with friends on Sunday at Devil’s Backbone Tavern. If you are in the mood for some great polka music you are in luck because Mollie B & Squeezebox are returning to the Krause’s Café stage on Monday September 2. The doors open at 6pm and the show kicks off at 8pm. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Shawn Hart hosts his Modern Day Jesters show every Tuesday at Tavern in the Gruene. On Wednesday, check out Steven Vee’s 1pm set at the Phoenix Saloon then come back at 8:30pm for Open Mic Night featuring Billy Roy from the band Mismatch.

 

 

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

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

Tonight – JJ Garrett Duo – 6:30pm

Fri – Jordan Sleed – 6:30pm

Sat – Matt Polansky & Fabulous Trainwrecks – 6:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Molly Ringwalds – 7pm

Fri – AB Quintanilla Kumbia Kings – 7pm

 

Baja BBQ (280 Marina, Canyon Lake 830-935-3122) Fri – Jesse Stratton Band – 8:30pm

Sat – Meyer Anderson Band – 9:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Chris Max Band – 8:30pm

Fri – 99 Rising – 9pm

Sat – Clockwork – 9pm

 

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

Tue – Aaron Stephens Band – 9pm

 

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

Fri – Lonestar Pickerz – 7pm

Sat – Bob Schneider – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Ty Dillon / Casey Donahue – 8pm

Fri – Dallas Burrow / Wyatt Weaver / Landon Bullard – 8pm

Sat – GRC Live – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm

 

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

Fri – Tom Gillam – 8pm

Sat – 3 Man Front – 8pm

 

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

Sat – Hollin McCay Band – 1pm

Sun – Drew Kennedy & Friends – 1pm

Tue – Earl Poole Ball – 7pm

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Ethan Hansen – 9:30am

 

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

Sat – Nate Guthrie – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Giovannie & Hired Guns / Chris Knight – 7pm

Sat – Jesse Lee / Kin Faux – 7pm

 

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

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Bret Graham – 5pm

Sat – Sylvia Kirk – 2pm / Robert Irwin – 6pm

Sun – Johnny McGowan – 1pm / Joey McGee – 5pm

 

Gristmill River Grill (1287 Gruene Road, 830-625-0684)

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

Sat – Dan McCoy – 6:30pm

Sun – Troy Stone – Noon / Dan McCoy – 6:30pm

Mon – Dan McCoy – Noon

 

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

Tonight – The Homebodies – 7pm

Fri – Ethan Hanson – 3pm / Canvas People – 7pm

Sat – Mandy Lowry – 7pm

Sun – Frenchie’s Blues Destroyer – 2pm

 

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

Tonight – Aaron Stephens Band – 7pm

Fri – Van Wilks Band – 7pm

Sat – Flat Top Jones – 1pm / David Beck / Jack Ingram – 8pm

Sun – Gary Nicholson – 2pm / Giovannie & Hired Guns / Jack Ingram – 7pm

Mon – Lucas Jagneaux Band – 1pm / Bret Graham – 6pm

Tue – Josh Grider & Drew Kennedy – 6pm

Wed – Mark Jungers Band – 6pm

 

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

Fri – LC Rocks – 8pm

Sat – The Revs – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Lisa Crawford – 6pm

Fri – Don Riley – 6pm

 

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

Fri – Kenny Smith – 4pm / Bolzen Beer Band – 7pm

Mon – Mollie B & Squeezebox – 8pm

Wed – All Mixed Up – 6pm

 

L & L Dance Hall (11699 River Rd, 830-964 – 3455)

Sat – County Line – 7pm

 

Lonestar Float House (7430 River Road, 830-907-3866)

Sun – John Evans – 5pm

 

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

Tonight – Theresa Britt – 5pm

Fri – Jack Ingram / Reckless Kelly – 8pm

Sat – Clayton Gardner – 1pm / Dan West – 8pm

Sun – Walt Wilkins & Friends – 1pm / ShAnnie – 5pm

 

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

Fri – Dallas Burrow – 7pm

Sat – Grateful Dead Tribute w/ Gerry Burns – 2pm

Sun – Michael James Band – 2pm

Mon – Open Mic Night w/Bill Middleton – 6pm

 

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

Fri – Fast Movin Trio – 7:30pm

Sat – Derek Krueger – 7:30pm

Wed – Open Mic Night – 7:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Paul Handelman – 5:30pm

Fri – Tausha Jackson & Culture Jam – 9pm

Sat – Concrema / Dollface / Mexfats – 9pm

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

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

 

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

Tonight – Kinky Wires – 8:30pm

Fri – Scott Wiggins – 8:30pm

Sat – Shinerunners – 9:30pm

Tue – Open Mic Night – 9pm

 

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

Tonight – Tyler Stucky – 7pm

Fri – Amanda Jo Cevallos – 9pm

Sat – Annie Rost – 9pm

Wed – Tyler Cannon & Manzy Lowry – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Josh Grider / Bri Bagwell – 8pm

Sat – Landon Bullard / Matt Moeller / Copper Chief – 9pm

 

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

Tonight – Call For Band Info

 

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

Tonight – Remy Reilly – 8:30pm

Fri – Taylor Nicks & Friends – 9pm

 

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

Tonight – Matt The Electrician – 7pm

Fri – Shinyribs – 8pm

Sat – Reckless Kelly – 8pm

 

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

Tonight – Open Mic Night – 7:30pm

Fri – Keith Hickle – 9pm

Sat – Phil Luna & the Lunatics – 9:30pm

Sun – Darrell Goldman – 2pm

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

 

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

Fri – Boz Skaggs – 7:30pm

Wed – Pat Benatar – 7:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Rio Tripiano – 7pm

Fri – The Brew – 8pm

 

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

Tonight – Rick Rice Band – 8pm

Fri – Kim Meeks & Her Bad Habits – 8pm

Sat – Aaron Kantor – 9pm

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

Sat – White Denim / The Revivalists – 8:30pm

Sun – Parker McCollum / Randy Rogers Band – 8:30pm

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Music News – Aug. 22, 2019

Americana and Red Dirt music is easily the most popular genre in our area. One of the most influential musicians of this format is Mike McClure. He is a master singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer. His first band, Great Divide, inspired hundreds of young musicians. As a producer, he’s handled albums by Turnpike Troubadours, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Damn Quails, Stoney LaRue and Whiskey Myers, just to name a few. As a solo artist, Mike has recorded ten albums, with 50 Billion in 2011 being his latest release. You can catch Mike in a rare solo acoustic setting on Sunday at the Lonestar Floathouse at 5pm. You will want to arrive early because Mike always draws a big crowd when he performs in our area.

 

SA Rodeo Announces Some Acts

The San Antonio Rodeo has already announced a few of the entertainers for next year’s rodeo. Normally it’s a little later in the year before they start releasing names but evidently some acts are willing to confirm early. So far, Sammy Hagar will be there on Friday February 7, Chris Young on February 10 and Keith Urban on February 15. The San Antonio Rodeo starts on February 6 and runs through the 23rd. Tickets for these three shows are on-sale now at Ticketmaster.com.

 

Springsteen Stays Busy With Movie and Album

Bruce Springsteen has been in the music news a lot lately, first with the release of his new album Western Stars and now the release of the movie Blinded By The Light. The movie follows a young Pakistan boy named Javed Manzoor whose family fled their home to live in Luton, England. The year is 1987 and Javed is struggling to fit in at school. He dreams of becoming a writer but his father has other ideas for his career path. A friend gives Javed two tapes by Bruce Springsteen and it changes his life forever. The film follows his life through high school into college while trying to convince his father to let him pursue writing. The tension between Javed and his father is what draws him to Springsteen’s lyrics. It’s common knowledge that Bruce and his father had a strained relationship and was the subject of many of his songs. Javed eventually becomes a writer and talks to Bruce many times over the next decade. He has attended over 100 Springsteen concerts and his memoir inspired the new movie. The book, titled Greetings From Bury Park, told his story from Pakistan to England and finally to America. I highly recommend the book and movie, even if you aren’t a Bruce fan. The soundtrack album includes many of Springsteen’s hit songs including several rare unreleased versions that Bruce gave them permission to use. There’s even an ultra-rare song called I’ll Stand By You that Bruce wrote for the first Harry Potter movie but it wasn’t used. The producers felt it just didn’t fit the overall theme of that film. After seeing this new movie and hearing the song during the end credits, I can’t imagine a better fit for it.

 

Willie Ready To Return To The Stage

A few weeks ago Texas icon Willie Nelson had to cancel some shows due to breathing problems and his fans immediately assumed the worst. After a trip to his doctor, he was able to announce the tour will resume on September 6 in New Hampshire. The dates he had to cancel were his co-headlining concerts with Alison Krauss. At 86 years old, Nelson still plays over 100 shows per year and releases at least two albums each year. I don’t know of any other act, rock or country that keeps up this grueling of a pace. He’s suffered breathing problems before which he blames on the years he smoked 5 packs of cigarettes a day. Though he quit cigarettes many years ago, he still smokes marijuana and has his own brand for sale in states where it’s legal. In October of 2015 he had an experimental stem cell procedure to help his lung capacity and it did seem to help. Nelson plans to be back on the road in September in time for his annual Farm Aid concert on September 21 in East Troy, WI plus several shows in Texas in November. Keep up with Willie and Family at WillieNelson.com.

 

Lots of Choices For Local Live Music

Though the weather has been very hot, even by Texas standards, it hasn’t seemed to hurt our local live music scene at all. A quick look at the concert calendar reveals these local shows you may want to check out. Tonight at Cheatham Street Warehouse you can see the Red Dirt guy himself, Stoney LaRue. On Friday you should head over to Freiheit Country Store for Ray Wylie Hubbard. Go hear Monte Good at 9:30am Saturday morning at the Farmer’s Market downtown then slip over to the Grapevine in Gruene for a 2pm set by the Dirty River Dixie Band. Later that night, head out to Whitewater Amphitheater for Caroline Rose, Shakey Graves & Dr. Dog. I suggest the Devils Backbone Tavern on Sunday for James McMurtry at 6pm. On Monday, check out the Joey McGee Band at 7pm at Gruene Hall. On Tuesday nights you can start early with Shawn Hart’s Modern Day Jesters show at Tavern in the Gruene at 7:30pm then head downtown for Aaron Stephen’s 9pm set at the Black Whale Pub. Wednesday’s belong to Zack Walther at Freiheit Country Store but if you are in a polka mood, go check out Das Ist Lustig at 6pm at Krause’s Café. The name means ‘that’s fun’ and consists of Ross and Valina, veteran polka players from Houston.

 

 

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

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

Tonight – JJ Garrett Duo – 6:30pm

Fri – Don Reilly – 6:30pm

Sat – The Percolators – 6:30pm

 

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

Fri – George Clinton & Parliament – 6pm

Tue – Trapt/ Saliva / Puddle of Mudd – 5:30pm

 

Baja BBQ (280 Marina, Canyon Lake 830-935-3122) Fri – Jimmy Spacek Band – 8:30pm

Sat – Ruben V – 9:30pm

Sun – Ron Knuth & Baja Boys – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Marcy Grace – 8:30pm

Fri – BJ Thibideaux – 8:30pm

Sat – Billy Ayers – 9pm

Wed – Logun Timberlake – 8:30pm

 

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

Fri – Bougees – 6pm

Sat – Nick Dittmeir & the Sawdusters – 6pm

Sun – Adam Johnson – 1pm

 

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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 9pm

 

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

Fri – Austin Forrest – 7pm

Sat – Monte Good – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Wynn Williams / Stoney LaRue – 8pm

Fri – Christian Sparks / The Cover Letter – 8pm

Sat – Peace Pipe Prophets – 8pm

Tue – Chris Colston – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm

 

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

Fri – Austin Gilliam – 7pm

Sat – BJ Thibideaux – 8pm

 

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

Sun – James McMurtry – 6pm

Tue – Floyd Domino & Redd Volkaert – 7pm

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Monte Good – 9:30am

 

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

Fri – Con Crema – 7pm

Sat – Matt Kirk – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Triston Marez / Logan Samford – 7pm

Sat – George Chambers / Augie Meyer – 7:30pm

 

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

Fri – Ray Wylie Hubbard – 7pm

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Sylvia Kirk – 5pm

Sat – Dirty River Dixie Band – 2pm

Sun – Johnny McGowan – 1pm / John Arthur Martinez – 5pm

 

Gristmill River Grill (1287 Gruene Road, 830-625-0684) Fri – Colton’s Kin – 7pm

Sat – Clifton Jansky – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Joey Fender – 7pm

Fri – Smokehouse Guitar Army – 7pm

Sat – Sean Garrison – 7pm

Sun – Brian Hays – 2pm

 

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

Tonight – Powell Brothers – 7pm

Fri – Lisa Morales / Los Lonely Boys – 7pm

Sat – Bo Phillips Band – 1pm / Grady Spencer / Kody West – 8pm

Sun – Slim Bawb – 12:30pm / Houston Marchman – 5pm

Mon – Joey McGee Band – 7pm

Tue – Bo Porter & Friends – 7pm

Wed – The Georges – 7pm

 

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

Fri – JJ Garrett Band / Adam Hood – 8:30pm

Sat – AC & the Bad Billy’s – 8:30pm

 

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

Fri – Tony Taylor – 4pm / Chubby Knuckle Choir – 8pm

Wed – Das Ist Lustig – 6pm

 

Lonestar Float House (7430 River Road, 830-907-3866)

Sun – Mike McClure – 5pm

 

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

Tonight – Theresa Britt – 5pm

Fri – The Merles / Dale Watson – 8pm

Sat – The Hot Attacks / Mike & the Moonpies – 8pm

Sun – Brent Ryan – 1pm / ShAnnie – 5pm

 

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

Fri – Matt Polansky Band – 7pm

Sat – Stray Dawg & the Wolves – 7pm

Sun – Bluegrass w/ Gerry Burns – 3pm

Mon – Open Mic w/ Bill Middleton – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Nef Hernandez – 7pm

Wed – Open Mic Night – 7:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Ryan Quiet – 5:30pm

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

Sat – Chris Max Band – 9pm

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

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

 

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

Tonight – Jade Marie Patek – 8:30pm

Fri – Roadside Libby – 8:30pm

Sat – Jay Eric – 9:30pm

Sun – Brian Milson – 3pm

Mon – Tony Taylor – 8:30pm

Tue – Open Mic Night – 8:30pm

Wed – Clever Name Band – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Nate Rodriguez – 7pm

Fri – Urban Pioneers – 9pm

Sat – The Merles – 6pm / Jason Eady – 9pm

Sun – Blues Jam – 4pm

Wed – Austin Mayse & Friends – 7pm

 

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

Fri – The Motts – 7pm

Sat – Dusty Neuman / Isaac Jacob Band / Jody Booth – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Paul Eldredge – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Stop Light Observations – 8:30pm

Fri – Little Lies – Fleetwood Mac Tribute – 9:30pm

Sat – Bonnie Lang – 4pm / Abbi Walker – 9:30pm

Sun – Jade Marie – 4pm

Mon – Marcy Grace – 8:30pm

Tue – Christine Su – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – The Aristocrats – 7pm

Fri – Mobley – 8pm

Sat – Pretenders & Pat Benatar Tribute Bands – 8pm

Sun – Ken Slavin – 5pm

 

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

Tonight – Open Mic Night – 7:30pm

Fri – Josh & Gabe – 4pm / Dirty White Horse – 9pm

Sat – Andy, Cole & Orly – 2pm / File 13 – 9pm

Sun – Larry Dial – 2pm

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

 

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

Tonight – Wes Nickson & Jake Bush – 7pm

Fri – Call For Info

Sat – Call For Info

Sun – Morgan Ashley – 4pm

Wed – Tyler McCollum & Damon Curtis – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Meyer Anderson Band – 8pm

Fri – Wyzer – 8pm

Sat – Knotty Grove – 9pm

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

Sat – Caroline Rose/ Shakey Graves & Dr. Dog – 7pm

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Music News – Aug. 15, 2019

When it comes to Texas music, it doesn’t get much better than the trio of Wade Bowen, Cory Morrow and Pat Green. Whitewater Amphitheater has booked these three staples of the Texas music scene for what will surely be a sold-out show. All three have music to promote, namely Green with his latest single Drinkin’ Days moving up the charts. Wade has his classic Solid Ground album still doing well and the same goes for Cory’s Whiskey & Pride CD. You will hear all their hits at this show plus some cool collaborations will definitely take place. If you are planning on going, get your tickets now at WhiteWaterRocks.com. At press time they still had some available.

William Clark Green’s Float Fest

We all know how much Texas music and tubing the river go together so kudos to William Clark Green for starting a festival combining the two. On Saturday be brings his annual Toobin & Boozing Float Fest back to River Road Icehouse. Joining William are the Wyatt Weaver Band, Kaitlin Butts and Read Southall Band. There are several variations of tickets to purchase including VIP tickets, tubing and concert combos or just concert tickets. Get all the information at RiverRoadIcehouse.com.

 

Ray Wylie Hubbard Plays Luckenbach

The legendary Luckenbach Dance Hall will be rocking this Saturday night with Dalton Domino and headliner Ray Wylie Hubbard. According to Ray’s Facebook page, his new album is almost ready. He’s been posting bits and pieces of info about the new release so hopefully we will have it soon. In addition to a heavy tour schedule, Ray still finds time to post funny yet informative notes from the road. Tomorrow the A&M University Press will release a new book devoted to Ray’s song lyrics titled The Songwriting Legacy of Ray Wylie Hubbard. Eight 30 Records will release The Messenger: Tribute to Ray Wylie Hubbard, featuring the best in Texas music singing one of Ray’s songs. Ray Benson tackles Easy Money Down in Texas while Ray’s pal Jonathan Tyler does I Wanna Rock & Roll. Other artists include James McMurtry, Radney Foster, Walt Wilkins, Slaid Cleaves, Band of Heathens, Bobby Bare and Shinyribs, just to name a few.

 

The Day Elvis Died

Tomorrow will mark 42 years after the death of Elvis Presley, who ironically died at 42 years old.

I remember exactly where I was when I heard the news. All day long they played his music on radio stations all across the world. Elvis was the first huge rock star to come along and he paved the way for thousands of others to follow. When the Beatles came to America in 1964 they started the British Invasion and slowly forced Elvis off his throne. If you’ve seen the new movie titled Yesterday, you can agree on the massive impact their music had on the world. In the movie, the story is based on a world where the Beatles never existed. The young singer in the movie proceeds to write and record all their hit songs as his own. It’s a great idea for a movie because it asks the question, what if there were no Beatles or maybe no Elvis? How much of an impact would that have on our music today? How many bands did Elvis or the Beatles inspire? Surely the number is in the thousands. It’s a very witty movie and just hearing all those fantastic songs the Beatles recorded is worth the price of admission.

 

Woodstock Turns 50

Another major musical event took place on this day back in 1969. It was the massive 3-day Woodstock Music Festival held at Max Yasur’s dairy farm near Bethel, New York. Promoters estimated 50,000 people would attend but over 400,000 turned out, forcing promoters to make it a free concert since they stormed the gates and walked over the fences. Creedence Clearwater Revival was the first band signed to play Woodstock for a fee of $10,000. Once Creedence signed on, other bands followed suit. A total of thirty two acts performed at Woodstock, many performing in the early morning hours since the schedule was impossible to follow. Bands like Creedence were supposed to start at 9pm on the 2nd night but didn’t take the stage until 3am. When the live album was released, the cover captured a shot of a young couple covered in mud and wrapped in blanket. That couple, Nick & Bobbi Ercoline, are still married today and have fond memories of the 3 days spent in the mud in upstate New York. A massive box set will be released that includes the audio tracks of every act that performed at Woodstock. The 50th Anniversary concert planned for this weekend has been cancelled because the proper permits weren’t obtained by the promoters. A smaller Woodstock Festival celebration will be held at the original site.

 

 

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

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

Tonight – Tony Taylor – 6:30pm

Fri – JJ Garrett – 6:30pm

Sat – Bru’s Tunes – 6:30pm

Sun – The Percolators – 6:30pm

 

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

Sat – Weezhur – Tribute to Weezer – 7pm

 

Baja BBQ (280 Marina, Canyon Lake 830-935-3122) Fri – Tessy Lou & Shotgun Stars – 8:30pm

Sat – Toman Brothers – 9:30pm

Sun – Slim Bawb & Fabulous Stumpgrinders – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Brian Milson – 8:30pm

Fri – Highway Hypnosis – 9pm

Sat – LC Rocks – 9pm

Tue – JJ Garrett – 8:30pm

Wed – Logun Timberlake – 8:30pm

 

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

Fri – David Touchton – 6pm

Sat – Roadside Libby – 6pm

Sun – Nate Guthrie – 1pm

 

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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 9pm

 

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

Sat – Pink Floyd Laser Light Show – 7:30pm

 

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

Fri – Bill & Damon Duo – 7pm

Sat – Tex Porter Band – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Jacob Bryant – 8pm

Sat – David Prado Band – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm

 

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

Sat – Folk Family Revival – 1pm

Sun – Toni Price & Friends – 1pm

Tue – Floyd Domino – 7pm

 

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

Sat – Good Time Polka Club w/ Czechaholics – 7pm

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Anthony Wright Band – 9:30am

 

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

Tonight – Nate Guthrie – 6pm

Sat – Tyler Stuckey – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Ben Danaher / Aaron Lewis – 7pm

Sat – Jake Penrod – 7pm

 

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

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Ryan Waguespack – 6pm

Fri – Bret Graham – 5pm

Sat – Sylvia Kirk – 2pm / Bret Graham – 6pm

Sun – Johnny McGowan – 1pm / Robert Irwin – 5pm

 

Gristmill River Grill (1287 Gruene Road, 830-625-0684) Fri – Clifton Jansky – 7pm

Sat – Colton’s Kin – Noon

 

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

Tonight – Bill Kirchen & Too Much Fun – 7pm

Fri – Ian Noe / Jamestown Revival – 7pm

Sat – Dallas Moore Band – 1pm / 40 Acre Mule / Micky & the Motorcars – 8pm

Sun – Beat Boot Revival – 12:30pm / Tom Gillam & Kosmic Messenger – 5pm

Mon – Christian Sparks & Beatnik Bandits – 7pm

Tue – Two Tons of Steel – 7:30pm

Wed – Mitch Webb & the Swindles – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Michael Milligan & Texiana Bluez – 7pm

Fri – Jay Bleu – 4pm / All Mixed Up – 8pm

Sat – The Oompah’s – 7pm

Wed – Off The Grid Polka Band – 7pm

 

L & L Dance Hall (11699 River Rd, 830-964 – 3455)

Fri – County Line – 7pm

Sat – Keen Country – 7pm

 

Lonestar Float House (7430 River Road, 830-907-3866)

Sun – Zack Walther – 5pm

 

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

Tonight – Theresa Britt – 5pm

Fri – Hayden Whittington – 1pm / Bonnie Lang – 8pm

Sat – Bo Porter Trio – 1pm / Dalton Domino / Ray Wylie Hubbard – 8pm

Sun – Chris Saucedo – 1pm / ShAnnie – 5pm

 

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

Fri – Blank Floyd – 7pm

Sat – Nate Guthrie – 2pm / Humdingers – 7pm

Sun – Chuck Shaw – 3pm

Mon – Open Mic w/ Bill Middleton – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Hunter Road Trio – 6:30pm

Wed – Open Mic Night – 7:30pm

 

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

Fri – Larry Dial – 5:30pm / Soul Sessions w/ Robert Carter – 9pm

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

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

 

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

Fri – Chris Saucedo Band – 8:30pm

Sat – Dirty White Horse – 9:30pm

Sun – The Vagabonds – Noon / Tony Taylor – 3pm

Mon – Larry Martin Sweeney – 8:30pm

Tue – Open Mic Night – 8:30pm

Wed – Lady & the Tramps – 8:30pm

 

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

Fri – The Homebodies – 6pm

Sat – Heather Victorino – 9pm

Sun – Beaumont’s Gospel Supper – Noon

Wed – Mike Ethan Messick – 7pm

 

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

Sat – William Clark Green Float Trip – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Call For Band Info

 

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

Fri – Elaina Kay – 9:30pm

Sat – Jessee Lee – 4pm / Sir Woman – 9:30pm

Sun – Kathy McKenzie – 4pm

Mon – Marcy Grace – 8:30pm

Tue – Harper Grace – 8:30pm

Wed – Erica Michelle – 5:30pm

 

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

Fri – Scott H. Biram – 8pm

Sat – Terri Hendrix & Lloyd Maines – 7pm

Sun – Chris Taylor – 6pm

Wed – Jamie Lin Wilson & Dalton Domino – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Open Mic Night – 7:30pm

Fri – Backwater Blvd – 9pm

Sat – Matt Kersh – 2pm / Comal Caterwaulers – 5:30pm / Britt Ballenger Band – 9pm

Sun – Tyler Cannon – 2pm

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

 

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

Sat – Clever Name Band – 7pm

Sun – Jackie Darlene & Zack Pack – 3pm

Wed – Fast Movin Trio – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Rick Reyna Band – 8pm

Fri – 3 Man Front – 8pm

Sat – I35 / Looks That Kill – Motley Crue Tribute – 9pm

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

Sat – Cory Morrow / Wade Bowen / Pat Green – 7pm

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Music News – Aug. 8, 2019

As I write this column, the news of the El Paso and Dayton shootings are on every channel. I must admit it’s tough concentrating on live music in our city while watching cell phone videos of the chaos playing on TV. I know something must be done but I honestly don’t have the answer. Hopefully those far wiser than me will come up with a solution. A few days ago I ran into my retired buddy Doug Toney. He’s thoroughly enjoying his retirement and asked if I’d made it out to Devils Backbone Tavern since the new owners took over. Though I haven’t made it out there yet, I did read the great story by Richard Skanse in Lone Star Music Magazine. He documented the steps that singer Robyn Ludwick and her husband John went through to purchase the historic venue. Robyn personally convinced owner Jerry Kubena, the grandson of Evelyn Kubena, to sell her the property even though he had several offers on the table. Evelyn owned the tavern in the 1940’s, buying it from the original owners that built it in 1937. A small stone structure is still standing and dates back to the 1890’s when it was a blacksmith shop. With help from her friend Abbey Road and a fourth silent partner, the new owners took over in late 2018. Fast forward to now and they have added more parking, opened up the old dancehall and got a full liquor license in case patrons want more than just beer and wine. These days, you never know who may drop by to play in addition to the acts they have booked. I’ve added their schedule to the concert calendar so make plans soon for the short road trip out on Ranch Road 32 or check them out at DevilsBackboneTavern.com. Once you log in to their website, be sure to listen to “The Ballad of Devil’s Backbone Tavern” by Todd Snider and check out their cool t-shirts.

 

Whiskey Myers and Flatland Cavalry Play Whitewater

Two of my favorite bands will by the river and under the stars at Whitewater Amphitheater this Saturday night. Flatland Cavalry will be opening for the mighty Whiskey Myers for what will surely be a high energy night of music. Growing up in the 70’s made me a big fan of Lynyrd Skynyrd and Whiskey Myers are the heirs to their southern rock throne. Flatland Cavalry formed in Midland, Texas in 2012 when college roommates Cleto Cordero and Jason Albers started playing together before moving to Lubbock in 2014. At first they thought of calling their band Cleto & the Texas Cavalry but people are always mispronouncing Cleto’s name so he instantly thought of Flatland since the band formed on the flatlands of Lubbock. With Cleto handling guitar and vocals and Jason taking over the drums, they added Laura Jane on fiddle, Reid Dillion lead guitar and Jonathan Saenz on bass. When Laura decided to leave the band, she was replaced with fiddle player Wesley Hall. Their latest album, Homeland Insecurity, was released in January and they’ve been touring hard ever since. Just one glance at their tour schedule makes me want to go sit in my recliner and rest. Like the old saying goes, make hay while you are young because once you get older you don’t want to leave the barn. This show will sell out so get your tickets now at Whitewaterrocks.com.

 

The Presley Project Comes to Town

Tomorrow I am finally able to collect my Social Security so hopefully it hasn’t gone broke just yet. Making it to 62 years old is a big surprise because I honestly didn’t think I’d live this long. Since I was born in the 50’s, Elvis was just starting out and was popular with all the young music lovers. I was born with dark black hair so the nurses at the hospital told my mom I looked like Elvis. Obviously I didn’t, they were just saying that to be nice to a young mother, but when I got older I did become a big fan of Elvis. That’s why I plan on checking out the Presley Project tomorrow night at the Phoenix Saloon. This isn’t an Elvis impersonation, it’s a big 10 piece band of musicians performing Elvis songs that he recorded in the 70’s, mainly during the jumpsuit era. According to their website, this Austin band concentrates on his music from the Vegas years. They promise no cheesy costumes, just a full night of his biggest hits. It’s a free show and the music starts at 9pm.

 

Lineup for the Gruene Music & Wine Fest Announced

The lineup for the 33rd Annual Gruene Music & Wine Fest has been announced and tickets are on-sale now at GrueneMusicandWineFest.org. The festival kicks off on Thursday October 10 and runs until Sunday October 13. The Bacon Brothers start things off on Thursday night with music beginning at 8pm. Tanya Tucker will perform a special acoustic set on Friday afternoon and the a full band set later that night. On Saturday night you can enjoy the music of the Casey Donahew Band beginning at 9pm. The festival will close out the fun on Sunday with all day events including live music inside Gruene Hall, select food trucks and a craft beer tasting.

 

 

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

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

Tonight – JJ Garrett Duo – 6:30pm

Fri – Jordan Sleed – 6:30pm

Sat – Danny White – 6:30pm

 

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

Tonight – 808 Day w/ Camp Lo – 7pm

Fri – Bone Thugs N Harmony – 8pm

 

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

Sat – BJ Thibodeaux & Blackwater Blvd – 9:30pm

Sun – Chris Cuevas Project – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Bob Driver & Jade Marie Patek – 8:30pm

Fri – 3 Man Front – 8:30pm

Sat – Law By The Gun – 9pm

Sun – Me & Paul – 4pm

Wed – Logun Timberlake – 8:30pm

 

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

Fri – Monte Good – 6pm

Sat – Gus Samuelson – 6pm

Sun – Big John Mills – 1pm

 

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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 8pm

 

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

Fri – Texas Hill Country Outlaws – 7pm

Sat – Bob Schneider – 7pm

 

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

Sat – 11th Annual Johnnie Jam – 3pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm

 

Devils Backbone Tavern (4041 FM 32, Fischer)

Sun – Jonny Burke & Friends – 1pm

Tue – Floyd Domino & Erik Hokkanen – 7pm

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Shawn Hart – 9:30am

 

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

Fri – Chris Lancaster – 7pm

Sat – Marcus Morales – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Jason James / Max Stalling – 7pm

Sat – Skylar Hamilton / Reed Brothers – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Gary Glenn – 8pm

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 7pm

 

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

Sat – Dixie River Dirt Band – 2pm / Robert Irwin – 6pm

 

Gristmill River Grill (1287 Gruene Road, 830-625-0684) Fri – Dan McCoy – 7pm

Sat – Dan McCoy – Noon

 

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

Tonight – Sonny Wolf – 7pm

Fri – Ethan Hanson – 3pm / Broken Arrow – 7pm

Sat – Stray Dog & the Wolves – 7pm

Sun – Blues Jam – 2pm

 

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

Tonight – Jeremy Nail Band – 7pm

Fri – Rod Melancon / Hayes Carll – 7pm

Sat – Andrea McGee & Band – 1pm / Rod Melancon / Hayes Carll – 8pm

Sun – Bret Graham – 12:30pm / Casper Rawls Band – 5pm

Mon – Johnny McGowan’s Rugged Gents – 7pm

Tue – Two Tons of Steel – 8:30pm

Wed – The Georges – 7pm

 

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

Sat – Crued & Tattooed – Tribute to Motley Crue – 9pm

 

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

Fri – Shawn Hart – 4pm / Anthony Wright Band – 8pm

Sat – Auf Geht’s – 8pm

Wed – San Antonio Dutchmen – 7pm

 

L & L Dance Hall (11699 River Rd, 830-964 – 3455)

Fri – County Line – 7pm

Sat – County Line – 7pm

 

Lonestar Float House (7430 River Road, 830-907-3866)

Sun – Bo Brumble – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Theresa Britt – 5pm

Fri – Hot Texas Swing Band – 8pm

Sat – Kathy Bauer Band – 8pm

Sun – Bo Porter – 1pm / ShAnnie – 5pm

 

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

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

Sat – Tracy Weinberg – 7pm

Sun – Frank Iarossi – 3pm

Mon – Open Mic w/ Bill Middleton – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Nef Hernandez – 7pm

Fri – Jess & Dave – 7pm

Wed – Open Mic Night – 7:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Ryan Quiet – 5:30pm

Fri – Junior Nash – 5pm / The Presley Project – 9pm

Sat – Knotty Grove – 9pm

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

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

 

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

Tonight – Juliet McConkey – 7pm

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

Sat – Miss Lavelle White – 9pm

Wed – Britton Pyeatt – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Slim Bawb & Fabulous Stumpgrinders – 6pm

Fri – Midnight River Choir – 7pm

Sat – Chad Cooke Band – 8pm

 

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

Tonight – Call For Band Info

 

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

Fri – Kylie Rae Harris – 9:30pm

Sat – Remy Reilly – 4pm / Carson Mchome – 9:30pm

Sun – Bonnie Lang – 4pm

 

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

Tonight – Ian Moore Band – 7pm

Fri – Skyrocket – 8pm

Sat – Nightbird – Fleetwood Mac Tribute – 8pm

 

Schlitterbahn (Lagoon Area Inside the Park)

Sat – School of Rock / Henry & the Invisibles – Noon

 

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

Tonight – Open Mic Night – 7:30pm

Fri – Dusty Neuman – 5pm / PopGun – 9pm

Sat – Matt Kersh – 5pm / Jay Bleu – 9pm

Sun – Buddy Vargas – 2pm

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

 

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

Sat – Blues Beatles – 7:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Isaac Jacobs & Court Nance – 7pm

Fri – Bill Ayers – 7pm

Sat – Anthony Wright Band – 7pm

Sun – Brian Milson – 4pm

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

 

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

Tonight – Monte Good & Honky Tonk Heroes – 8pm

Fri – Hill Country Revival – 8pm

Sat – Chad Anderson Band – 9pm

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

Sat – Bones Owens / Flatland Cavalry / Whiskey Myers – 7pm

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