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Music News – April 25, 2019

When you think of Texas music, several iconic names always come to mind, like Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Buddy Holly. Obviously these are legendary names but there are many young Texas artists that are on the path to becoming just as important to our Texas music scene. Pat Green, Cory Morrow and Wade Bowen are joining forces at Whitewater Amphitheater on August 17 for a one night only Texas Throwdown. Tickets will go on-sale tomorrow morning at 10am at Whitewaterrocks.com. Pat Green has built his career by playing everywhere for years and by investing money into other venues, like The Rustic, a restaurant and live music venue with locations in Dallas, Houston and San Antonio. Cory Morrow, who got his start along side his pal Pat, has taken a slightly different path but has been equally successful. He’s hosting his first festival, Go Wheels Up, in San Marcos on May 3-5. I’ll cover more info on it in next week’s column but he has a huge list of performers including Dale Watson, Radney Foster and rocker Bret Michaels. Wade Bowen’s latest album, Solid Ground, was a huge success when it was released last year. He also hosts his own Bowen Music Fest each summer in his hometown of Waco. He and his wife Shelby just opened a cool ice cream and cookie shop in Gruene called Pokey O’s, so he’s been a super busy guy as well. Putting these three Texas acts together was a stroke of genius and the show will sell out, so get your tickets tomorrow when they go on-sale.

 

Randy Rogers Street Party

Randy Rogers is another Texas artist that’s well on the way to being included in the legend category. He’s also branching out with business ventures as well, like purchasing the historic Cheatham Street Warehouse in San Marcos where he got his start. He makes a point of returning to the stage at Cheatham Street several times a year but this Saturday he’s hosting a street party to release his brand new album titled Hellbent. Randy is inviting Shane Smith & the Saints, Read Southall and Grant Gilbert to help him celebrate. The first single, Crazy People, is already in heavy rotation on Americana stations across the country, including our very own KNBT 92.1 FM. Rogers will close down the street in front of Cheatham Street for his first outdoor party and it looks like Mother Nature is going to bless the day with beautiful weather. Tickets are just $30 for the event or $90 if you want the VIP experience which includes a private concert with Randy inside Cheatham Street Warehouse. Get your tickets now at RandyRogersBand.com.

 

The Spazmatics Come Downtown

Inspired by the 1980’s movie Revenge of the Nerds, the Spazmatics were formed back in 1983 in Thousand Oaks, California. The members of the original group were Kevin Stigwood, his brother Curtis, along with Sidney Baderman and Rusty Woosmeir. Years later, businessman Jamie Brown of Perfect World Entertainment and his partner Roger Sause reformed the band and came up with the idea of having several franchise bands scattered across America. Today there are Spazmatics in many US cities including Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Cleveland, Dallas, Austin, San Francisco, Tampa, Seattle and San Antonio, just to name a few. Tonight they make their debut appearance at Krause’s Café pavilion and will be playing two shows, one at 4pm and another at 8pm. Tickets have been on-sale for awhile online so if you are interested in going to either show, call Krause’s Café at 830- 625-2807.

 

Sammy Hagar Releases Final Album

Sammy Hagar, former lead singer for the 70’s supergroup Montrose and later Van Halen, plus a huge solo star fronting his own band, is currently on what may be his final tour. He performed a rare show at this year’s San Antonio Rodeo and will be at Moody Theatre in Austin next Tuesday night, April 30. Hagar is one of the busiest musicians in the world, plus he owns a string of restaurants, his own tequila and rum business plus the original Cabo Wabo Cantina in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. He has his solo career with his band The Waboritas, he has a supergroup called Chickenfoot plus he fronts a rock band called The Circle featuring Michael Anthony, Vic Johnson and Jason Bonham. He’s currently touring with The Circle and will release what he claims will be his final album on May 10. Titled Space Between, Hagar has stated in several interviews that this will most likely be his final album of new material. With 37 albums under his belt, he’s covered all his bases and explored every inch of the classic rock format. He kicked off the tour a few nights ago in Reno, Nevada and played 19 songs, covering every phase of his career. Follow his many pursuits and adventures at RedRocker.com.

 

 

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

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

Tonight – Caleb Haynes – 6:30pm

Fri – JJ Garrett Band – 6:30pm

Sat – The Percolators – 6:30pm

 

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

Sun – Robin Trower – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Chris Max Band – 7pm

Fri – Dave Fenley – 8:30pm

Sat – Nautical Nation – 9pm

Sun – Tom Gillam – 6pm

Wed – Logun Timberlake – 8:30pm

 

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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 8pm

Wed – Reed Brothers – 9pm

 

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

Fri – Alan Pursell – 6pm

Sat – Gypsy Drifters – 6pm

 

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

Sat – Randy Rogers Band Street Party – 5pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm

 

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

Sat – Dance & Polka Club w/ Red Ravens – 7pm

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Anthony Wright – 9:30am

 

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

Tonight – Lucas Taylor – 6pm

Fri – Nate Guthrie – 7pm

Sat – Tex Porter Band – 7pm

 

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

Fri – The Georges – 7pm

Sat – Jake Ward / Gary Allan – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Blackhawk – 7pm

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 6:30pm

 

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

Fri – Sylvia Kirk – 5pm

Sat – Bob Appeal – 1pm / Johnny McGowan – 5pm

Sun – Rodney Hayden – 1pm / Dan McCoy – 5pm

 

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

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

Sun – Dan McCoy – Noon

 

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

Tonight – Tom Gillam & Kosmic Messenger – 6pm

Fri – Reverie Lane / Tanya Tucker – 7pm

Sat – Flat Top Jones – 1pm / Vincent Neil Emerson / Chris Knight – 8pm

Sun – Slim Bawb – 12:30pm / Garrett LeBeau Band – 5pm

Mon – Rodney Hayden Band – 6pm

Tue – Michael Fracasso, Betty Soo & Bonnie Whitmore – 6pm

Wed – The Georges – 6pm

 

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

Fri – Final Assembly/ Devil’s Dance / So What – Metallica Tribute – 8:30pm

 

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

Sat – Matt Kersh – 6pm

Sun – Bob Gonzalez – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – The Spazmatics – 4pm & 8pm

Fri – Peterson Brothers – 7pm

Sat – Open Mic – 12:30pm

Wed – Terry Cavanagh – 6pm

 

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

Sun – Jonny Burke – 4pm

 

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

Tonight – Peter Tory – 5pm

Fri – Charlie Kelley – 4pm

Sat – Clayton Gardener – 1pm / Kem Watts – 5pm

Sun – Jesse Stratton Band – 1pm / Dan West – 5pm

 

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

Fri – Blank Floyd & Arley Blankenship – 7pm

Sat – Gerry Burns – 2:30pm / Ruben V – 7pm

Sun – The 230 Big Band – 2pm / Hayden Jones – 4pm

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

 

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

Tonight – Ethan Hanson – 5:30pm

Fri – Larry Dial – 5pm / Billy Kiesel – 9pm

Sat – Highway Hypnosis – 9pm

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

Wed – Open Mic w/ Billy Roy – 8pm

 

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

Tonight – Jay Bleu – 8:30pm

Fri – Ben Kadlecek – 8:30pm

Sat – Mark Monaco & the Strayhearts – 9:30pm

Sun – Megan Ashley – 3pm / The Vagabonds – 8:30pm

Mon – Buddy Vargas – 8:30pm

Tue – Open Mic Night – 8:30pm

Wed – Josh Holden – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Dallas Moore – 8pm

Fri – Shelley King – 6pm / Landon Bullard – 9pm

Sat – Candler Wilkinson Quartet – 9pm

Sun – Blues Jam w/ Ace – 4pm

Wed – Manzy Lowry & Tyler Cannon – 9pm

 

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

Tonight – Country & a Fiddle – 7pm

Fri – Tribute to Willie Nelson – 7pm

Sat – Austin Meade / Ian Moore – 7pm

Sun – Tyler McCollum – 1pm

 

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

Tonight – Code 2 & the Extinguishers – 5:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Tomorrows Bad Seeds – 8pm

Fri – Scott H. Biram – 8pm

Sun – Joel Guzman – 5pm

 

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

Fri – Damon Curtis – 9pm

Sat – Zack Walther 90’s Night – 9pm

Sun – Nate Rodriguez – 2pm

 

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

Tue – The Piano Guys – 7:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Amber Middleton & Bo – 7pm

Fri – The Brew – 8pm

Sun – Brent Michael Wood – 4pm

 

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

Tonight – Brett Cline – 6:30pm

Fri – BJ Thibodeaux – 8pm

Sat – Two Rivers Revival – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Texas Rimshots – 8pm

Fri – Knotty Grove – 8pm

Sat – 3 Man Front – 9pm

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Music News – April 18, 2019

Hal Ketchum Retires

Hal Ketchum has been a fixture on the Texas music scene for several decades now so it was sad to hear the news today that he is retiring from touring due to the onset of Alzheimers. Born Hal Michael Ketchum in Greenwich, New York, he moved to Austin in 1981. He was playing music at an early age and while in Austin he discovered Gruene Hall. Hal’s first wife was a school counselor and they eventually settled here in New Braunfels. Hal worked as a handy man and did a lot of work at Gruene Hall. He often played solo sets at the historic hall before breaking into the Nashville scene with his second album, Past The Point of Rescue. Many hits followed and Hal toured the world building up a solid career. Complications from a form of Multiple Sclerosis caused him to slow things down and move back to Texas in 2008. He married his current wife Andrea and they settled in the hill country near Wimberley. Hal’s latest album, I’m A Troubadour, was released in 2014 and was produced by the late Jimmy LaFave. I remember Jimmy calling me one night to talk about the album. He was so proud of the new songs Hal had written and thought they were some of his best ever. I caught many of Hal’s concerts over the past several years and he always gave 100%. According to online reports he played his final live show in October at Gruene Hall, the place where his career started. It’s a fitting end to a fantastic career for an amazing singer songwriter. According to Andrea’s Facebook post informing his fans about his condition, Hal plans to take it easy and enjoy being with his family.

 

Melissa Etheridge & Boz Scaggs Coming to Gruene Hall

Speaking of Gruene Hall, they have two huge shows scheduled for next week starting Tuesday with the return of Melissa Etheridge. She played the hall last year to a sold-out crowd and almost immediately booked a return performance. Last week she released her 15th studio album, The Medicine Show, and it’s a strong collection of new songs. One thing you notice as soon as the title track starts is this album is a rocker. She earned that reputation back in 1989 when she was just starting out. I saw her at the 20,000 seat Summit Arena in Houston back in 1994 and it was one of the loudest rock shows I’ve ever seen. Her last album, 2016’s Memphis Rock & Soul, paid tribute to the R&B sounds that came out of Memphis back in the 60’s. The new CD puts Etheridge right back in the rock format of her early days. On Wednesday, blues man Boz Scaggs returns to Gruene Hall in what has now become an annual event. His latest album, Out of the Blues, was released in July of last year and is his 19th studio album. It’s the final release in a trilogy of albums that pay tribute to his favorite blues legends. Austin guitar slingers Charlie Sexton and Doyle Bramhall II provide the tasty guitar licks while bass legend Willie Meeks keeps things running on time. These two shows are sold-out so hopefully you already have your tickets. If not, buy both of these new albums and create your own concert at home.

 

New Bruce Springsteen Book Out Now

Though he’s not touring this year, Bruce Springsteen is still in the headlines thanks to a new book just published by Brian Hiatt. This high quality coffee table type book clocks in at 290 pages packed full of rare photos and stories spanning Bruce’s entire career beginning with his first album in 1973. Titled The Stories Behind The Songs, it’s the most comprehensive book ever written that dissects every song Bruce has ever written, which number in the hundreds. What’s interesting about the book is Brian had direct access to many key members of Springsteen’s closest collaborators, from producers, friends and members of the famous E Street Band. It’s essential reading for any Springsteen fan so get your copy today.

 

 

 

Maren Morris Brings World Tour to Town

If you happened to watch the Academy of Country Music Awards broadcast live from Las Vegas last Sunday, you probably noticed there were only three actual country performances on the show. Only George Strait, Reba McEntire and Chris Stapleton performed country songs, everything else was rap or pop music. One of the performers that night was Maren Morris, who was nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year but lost to fellow Texan Kacey Musgraves. Born in Arlington, this Texas gal got her first guitar at 12 years old and fell in love with music. Her first independent album, Walk On, was released in 2005 and she followed with two more self-released albums over the next few years. Her major label debut, Hero, came out in 2016 and contained the hit single My Church. Leaning more to the pop format than country, Morris just released her latest hit album, Girl, and is in the middle of a massive world tour taking her all over the globe. She makes a Texas stop this Saturday at Whitewater Amphitheater with special guest Rae Lynn opening the show. Get your tickets now at Whitewaterrocks.com.

 

 

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

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

Tonight – Shane Bartell – 6:30pm

Fri – Traveling Trees – 6:30pm

Sat – The Percolators – 6:30pm

 

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

Sat – Billy Mata & Texas Tradition – 8pm

 

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

Tonight – Fat Cactus – 8:30pm

Fri – Jim Byrom – 8:30pm

Sat – 3 Man Front – 9:30pm

Sun – Tony Taylor & Geoff Hill – 2pm / Tom Gillam – 5pm

Wed – Logun Timberlake –

 

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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 8pm

Wed – Anthony Wright – 9pm

 

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

Fri – Sarah Sweeney – 6pm

 

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

Sat – Cody Bryan Band – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Don Reilly – 9:30am

 

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

Tonight – Lucas Taylor – 6pm

Fri – Chris Lancaster – 7pm

Sat – Highway Hypnosis – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Wynn Williams / Josh Ward – 7pm

Sat – Blackbird Sing / Bri Bagwell – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Gary Glenn & 20X Band – 9pm

 

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

Tonight – Ryan Waguspak – 5pm

Fri – Bret Graham – 5pm

Sat – Sylvia Kirk – 1pm / Dan McCoy – 5pm

Sun – Phil Luna – 1pm / Johnny McGowan – 5pm

 

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

Sat – Dan McCoy – 12:30pm / Colton’s Kin – 6pm

Sun – Troy Stone – Noon

 

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

Tonight – Aaron Einhouse – 6pm

Fri – Austin Meade / Stoney LaRue – 8pm

Sat – Bo Phillips – 1pm / Joshua Ray Walker / Wade Bowen – 9pm

Sun – Beat Boot Revival – Noon / Miss Lavelle White – 3pm / Malford Milligan – 5:30pm

Mon – Grouchy Like Riley – 6pm

Tue – Melissa Etheridge – 7pm

Wed – Garrett LeBeau / Boz Scaggs – 7pm

 

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

Fri – RAGE – 8:30pm

Sat – Shaker Hymns / Statesboro Revue – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Mario Vera – 6:30pm

Fri – Code 2 – 6:30pm

Sat – Anthony Wright – 6:30pm

 

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

Fri – Pete & Sean Williams – 8pm

Sat – Open Mic – 12:30pm

Wed – The Oompahs – 6pm

 

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

Sun – John Evans – 4pm

 

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

Tonight – Peter Tory – 5pm

Fri – Charlie Kelley – 4pm / Hot Texas Swing Band – 8pm

Sat – Kem Watts – 5pm / Vincent Neil Emerson/ Micky & the Motorcars – 8pm

Sun – Dan West – 5pm

 

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

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

Sat – Michael James Band – 7pm

Sun – Bluegrass Sunday w/ Gerry Burns – 3pm

Mon – Open Mic Night – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Ryan Quiet – 5:30pm

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

Sat – Natalie Rose Band – 9pm

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

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

 

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

Tonight – Brent Michael Wood – 8:30pm

Fri – Court Nance – 8:30pm

Sat – Dirty White Horse – 9:30pm

Sun – Jess Lee – 3pm / Anthony Wright – 8:30pm

Mon – Tony Taylor – 8:30pm

Tue – Open Mic Night – 8:30pm

Wed – Paul Eldridge – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Jackie Darlene – 8pm

Fri – The Homebodies – 6pm / Pat Byrne – 9pm

Sat – One Ton Country – 9pm

 

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

Tonight – Matt & Sylvia Kirk – 7pm

Fri – Carson McHone / Greyhounds – 6pm

Sat – Tribute to Stevie Nicks & Tom Petty – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Logun Timberlake – 5:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Zepparella – All Female Tribute to Led Zeppelin – 7pm

Fri – Monte Montgomery – 8pm

Sat – Elijah Zane – 8pm

 

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

Sat – Larry Dial – 2pm

 

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

Tonight – Larry Dial – 7pm

Wed – Kinky Wires – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Rich Bermea – 6pm

Fri – Bobby Schmueckle & Friends – 8pm

Sat – The Vagabonds – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Rick Reyna Band – 8pm

Fri – The Craze – 8pm

Sat – Kim Meeks & Her Bad Habits – 9pm

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

Sat – Rae Lynn / Maren Morris – 8pm

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Music News – April 11, 2019

Willie Nelson Returns To Whitewater

Whitewater Amphitheater kicks off their 2019 season this weekend with the iconic Willie Nelson. He’s been playing at the outdoor venue every April for several years now so it’s become an annual tradition. He will be there for two nights, Friday and Saturday, and newcomer Tyler Childers will open both nights. Nelson continues to tour and record at a pace for greater than most acts half his age. On July 4th he will once again headline his annual picnic, a trend started back in the early 70’s. Guests at this years picnic include Luke Combs, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Alison Krauss, Jamey Johnson, Steve Earle, Hayes Carll, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Billy Joe Shaver and Johnny Bush, just to name a few. As with anything Willie does, you never know who will show up unannounced to join in the fun. Tickets to all of his concerts can be purchased from WillieNelson.com.

 

Americana Jam Announces Lineup for 2019

The 23rd Annual Americana Jam will take place on Sunday May 19 at Gruene Hall. Last Friday afternoon they announced this year’s lineup and as always, it’s the cream of the Americana music crop. Scheduled to appear are Robert Earl Keen, Randy Rogers, Wade Bowen, Jack Ingram, Cody Canada, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Darrell Scott, Jamie Lin Wilson, Willy & Cody Braun, Seth James, Walt Wilkins, Drew Kennedy, Josh Grider and John Baumann plus more to be announced later. Tickets are $50 and proceeds will benefit The Crisis Center of Comal County and Sally M. Kingsbury Sarcoma Research Foundation. Tickets can be purchased at GrueneHall.com.

 

Terri Hendrix & Lloyd Maines Are a Perfect Music Match

When Terri Hendrix and Lloyd Maines joined forces years ago, it was a match made in heaven. Hendrix was a respected singer songwriter known for her independent do it yourself approach to her music. Lloyd Maines was one of the best musicians and producers in Texas. Put these two on-stage together and it’s pure magic. This week, in addition to being in the studio recording new music, Terri and Lloyd will make their debut performance at the Brauntex Theatre. Calling from the studio, Terri brought me up to date on all her recent projects. “We are recording a lot of new music,” explained Hendrix, “I can’t wait to play some of these songs live. Some of these new songs are hard to play and are more complex.” Terri also retold the story of how she and Lloyd joined forces. “It was around 1997 and I was starting to work on the Willory Farm album and a friend suggested I contact Lloyd about possibly producing it. So I sent him a tape of some songs and we met and discussed the album. From there, things happened very organically. We recorded the album, we started playing some shows together and everything evolved from that.” They make a great team, preferring to do everything themselves, from booking the shows, writing and recording the songs and handling the publishing duties plus the hundreds of other tasks it takes to maintain a career in the music business. Terri also started OYOU, which stands for Own Your Own Universe, a 501c3 non-profit that helps make the arts accessible to everyone. Come to her show on Friday to hear all your favorite tunes plus some new songs she’s been writing lately. Tickets are available now at Brauntex.org or at 830-627-0808.

 

Downtown Groove Fest This Sunday

Three of the best bands in town will join forces this Sunday on the stage at the Phoenix Saloon for a special Downtown Groove Fest. The all-day event will feature 3 Man Front, Knotty Grove and Soul Sessions playing a variety of sets throughout the day. Things kick off at 2pm with 3 Man Front then Knotty Grove at 2:40pm followed by Soul Sessions at 3:20pm. As many of you know, Soul Sessions often use different singers and on Sunday you can hear Ange K, Curtis Lee and Robert Carter. After Soul Sessions complete their set, the lineup starts over again with another set by each band. This gives their fans a chance to see all three bands at different times regardless of what your schedule is on Sunday. There is a planned grand finale at the end of the day so be sure you are there for that. Tickets are just $6 in advance and $12 on Sunday. To purchase tickets, go to ThePhoenixSaloon.com and click on the event on the calendar page.

 

Top 5 Female Singers Coming to San Antonio

Five of the biggest female singers in America are coming to San Antonio for concerts at the AT&T Center. Starting May 6, country superstar Carrie Underwood will take the stage to prove why she’s the most successful American Idol winner of all time. Ariana Grande will be bringing her Sweetener World Tour to San Antonio on May 17. When Jennifer Lopez plays the AT&T Center on June 21 for her It’s My Party Tour, maybe she will bring new boyfriend Alex Rodriguez with her. Cher actually embarked on a retirement tour a few years ago, so when she plays the Alamo City on December 17 it will be called the Here We Go Again Tour. She will have Nile Rogers and Chic as her special guests. Last but not least, Celine Dion has halted her Las Vegas residency for a while to go on tour, bringing her Courage World Tour to San Antonio on January 30, 2020. Tickets to all of these concerts are on-sale now at Ticketmaster.com.

 

 

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

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

Tonight – Tony Taylor – 6:30pm

Fri – JJ Garrett Band – 6:30pm

Sat – Don Reilly – 6:30pm

 

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

Sat – Ca Va Bien / Troy Le Jeune Cajun Revue/ Don Fontenot – 11am

 

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

Fri – Morat – 7:30pm

Sat – Bidi Bidi – Selena Tribute – 7pm

Wed – Whitesnake – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Logun Timberlake – 8:30pm

Fri – Pop Gun – 8:30pm

Sat – Roadside Libby – 9:30pm

Sun – Tom Gillam – 5pm

 

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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 8pm

Wed – Manzy Lowry – 9pm

 

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

Tonight – Terri Clark, Pam Tillis & Suzy Bogguss – 7:30pm

Fri – Terri Hendrix & Lloyd Maines – 7:30pm

 

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

Fri – Reed & Lava – 6pm

Sat – Monte Good & Honky Tonk Heroes – 6pm

 

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

Fri – Wyatt Weaver Band – 8pm

Sat – Jake Ward – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Monte Good – 9:30am

 

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

Tonight – Lucas Taylor – 6pm

Fri – Nate Guthrie – 7pm

Sat – Matt Kirk Band – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Nick Lawrence – 7pm

Sat – Kody West / Cody Canada & Departed / Koe Wetzel – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Jason Boland – 7pm

Fri – Cooper Wade – 7pm

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 6:30pm

 

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

Fri – Colton’s Kin – 5pm

Sat – Robert Irwin – 1pm / Colton’s Kin – 5pm

Sun – John Arthur Martinez – 1pm

 

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

Sun – Colton’s Kin – Noon

 

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

Tonight – Reed Brothers – 6pm

Fri – Ben Danaher / Aaron Lewis – 7pm

Sat – Jeff Plankenhorn – 1pm / Clay Hollis / Kyle Park – 8pm

Sun – Bret Graham – 12:30pm / Bill Kirchen – 5pm

Mon – Rod Picott & Brock Zeman – 6pm

Tue – Nick Garcia & Adam Johnson – 6pm

Wed – The Georges – 6pm

 

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

Fri – Cactus Flats – 7:30pm

Sat – Slim Bawb & Fabulous Stumpgrinders – 3pm

 

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

Fri – The Craze – 8pm

Sat – Open Mic – 12:30pm

Wed – Off The Grid Polka Band – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Bo Porter – 5pm

Fri – Ryan Bingham’s Western Music Festival – 6pm

Sat – Ryan Bingham’s Western Music Festival – 1pm

Sun – Fort Defiance – 1pm / Dan West – 5pm

 

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

Fri – Silver & Gold – 7pm

Sat – John Inmon & Friends – 7pm

Sun – Bob Rose Duo – 3pm

Mon – Open Mic w/ Bill Middleton – 6pm

 

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

Sun – Moors & McCumber – 4:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Ethan Hanson – 5:30pm

Fri – Larry Dial – 5pm / Jorge Gallegos – 9pm

Sat – Caleb & Homegrown Tomatoes – 9pm

Sun – 3 Man Front / Soul Sessions / Knotty Grove – 2pm / Lucas Taylor – 8:30pm

Wed – Open Mic w/ Billy Roy – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Jay Bleu – 8:30pm

Fri – Scott Wiggins – 8:30pm

Sat – Natalie Rose – 9:30pm

Sun – Tony Taylor – 3pm / Brent Michael Wood – 7pm

Mon – Myles Smith – 8:30pm

Tue – Open Mic Night – 8:30pm

Wed – Cody Coggins – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Joel Hofmann & Mark Stuart – 7pm

Fri – Mark Jungers – 6pm / Scott H. Biram – 9pm

Sat – Beth Lee & the Breakups – 9pm

Wed – Mike Ethan Messick – 9pm

 

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

Tonight – Slim Bawb & Fabulous Stumpgrinders – 5pm

Sat – SA Woman – Tribute to the Doors – 7pm

Sun – Songwriter Showcase w/ Tyler McCollum – 2pm

 

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

Tonight – Pete Williams – 5:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Marfa Lights / Eddie Heinzelman – 7pm

Fri – Radney Foster & Darden Smith – 7pm

Sat – Jimmy Spacek / Albert Cummings – 7pm

Sun – Chris Duarte Blues Fest – 1pm

 

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

Sun – Indigo Girls – 7:30pm

Tue – Joan Baez – 7:30pm

 

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

Tonight – BJ Thibodeaux – 7pm

Fri – Bill Ayers – 7pm

Sun – Bo Brumble & Garrett Man – 4pm

Wed – Fast Movin Trio – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Gregory Grant – 7pm

Fri – Pete & Sean Williams – 8pm

Sat – Beau Daniels Band – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Monte Good & Honky Tonk Heroes – 8pm

Sat – LC Rocks – 9:30pm

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

Fri – Tyler Childers / Willie Nelson & Family – 8:30pm

Sat – Tyler Childers / Willie Nelson & Family – 8:30pm

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Music News – April 4, 2019

 

Paul Thorn Gets Unplugged

How many Americana singer songwriters can you name that have fought six rounds in the ring with boxer Roberto Duran? If you answered Paul Thorn, you are correct. Born in Wisconsin, Paul’s family moved to Tupelo, Mississippi when he was just an infant. He started playing music and writing songs while working in a Tupelo furniture factory. To supplement his income he started boxing, a craft he learned from an uncle. He boxed 14 professional fights in the middleweight class and left with a 10-3-1 record. One of his last fights was with then champion Roberto Duran and Thorn lasted six rounds before the referee stopped the fight. Paul was playing regular nightly gigs at Vanelli’s, a local pizza shop, when Wyatt Easterling heard him perform. He convinced Paul to come to Nashville and within a month he was signed to A&M Records and was opening for Sting. His first album, Hammer & Nail, was released in 1997. Not long after, he left A&M and has released thirteen albums, all self-produced and independently released. It was in 2010 when I first saw Paul in concert at a venue in Fredericksburg. To put it mildly, I was blown away. He was incredible, sang fantastic songs and told hilarious stories between tunes. He was touring that year to promote his Pimps & Preachers album and it is now one of my top ten favorite albums. The uncle that taught him how to box had also been a pimp when he was younger and Paul’s dad was a Pentecostal preacher, so the album is full of songs covering those two subjects. Tonight you can see for yourself just how talented Paul is when he performs an acoustic storyteller set at the Brauntex Theatre as part of their Unplugged series. His current album, Don’t Let The Devil Ride, will be on-sale at the show tonight so be sure to get a copy for your collection. Get tickets for tonight’s show at Brauntex.org or at 830-627-0808.

 

Motley Crue Movie Comes to Netflix

I remember when I read the Motley Crue autobiography titled The Dirt in 2002 and several thoughts came to mind when I finished it. First, it lived up to its claim of being an honest look at one of the wildest hard rock bands of all time. Second, I wondered how the band members could vividly recall thousands of tiny details from things they did on the road after consuming massive amounts of drugs and alcohol. There’s no doubt they were wild and crazy on tour, I just question their ability to accurately remember everything they did. When I heard they were filming a movie based on the book, I wondered how they would cover all the crazy details from the book. When Netflix released it last Friday, I watched it to see if it was any good. Overall, I thought it was a good story about the Hollywood band. There were many mistakes in the movie, mainly the actual dates in which certain things happened. Some mistakes are small, like one of the band members wearing a t-shirt from a festival that didn’t happen until many years later to much bigger mistakes like when they signed with Elektra Records. A few times in the film they look right at camera and talk directly to the viewer which adds a comedic element to the story. So, should you waste your time on this movie? Sure, it’s a fast paced easy watch and even though the acting is very amateurish, it is entertaining and gives a realistic look at what goes on backstage at a rock concert. Motley Crue retired from touring in 2015 and actually signed a contract saying they would never tour again. They were all advisors during the filming of the movie and even regrouped to record some new songs for the film’s soundtrack.

Tom Gillam Begins Sunday Shows at Billy’s Ice

Starting Sunday, Tom Gillam, local musician and DJ, will begin a residency at Billy’s Ice on Loop 337. Tom will play every Sunday in April and May and continue into June, depending on how long he wants to host the show. Starting at 5pm each Sunday afternoon, Gillam and his band the Kosmic Messengers, will welcome a variety of local guests for each weeks show. Tom also has brand new t-shirts for sale on his website, TomGillam.com, for just $20. I bet he will have CD’s and t-shirts at his gigs at Billy’s Ice so be sure to pick them up when you attend his shows. Be sure to like Tom’s Facebook page so you can keep track of who his weekly guests will be.

 

Rolling Stones Postpone Stadium Tour

Just a few weeks before embarking on the North American leg of their No Filter tour scheduled to start April 20 in Miami, the Rolling Stones have announced that the tour must be postponed. When the news first broke over the weekend, no details were given other than lead singer Mick Jagger needed to undergo medical treatment. Rumors ran rampant about what could be the problem with the 75 year old iconic lead singer. Finally Rolling Stone Magazine got the scoop and reported that he needed a heart valve replacement and that the surgery would take place tomorrow in New York. He is expected to make a full recovery and the tour is expected to resume this summer. So, if you purchased tickets to their April 28 show in Houston, hang on to them and wait for news about the new date. See RollingStones.com for more information on the tour and a brand new greatest hits compilation titled Honk.

 

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

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

Tonight – JJ Garrett – 6:30pm

Fri – Traveling Trees – 6:30pm

Sat – Bru’s Tunes – 6:30pm

 

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

Fri – Bricks in the Wall – Pink Floyd Tribute – 8pm

 

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

Tonight – Shad Blair – 8:30pm

Fri – David Vincent Band – 8:30pm

Sat – Jake Castillo Trio – 9:30pm

Sun – Tom Gillam – 5pm

Wed – Jamie Krueger – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Matt Hillyer – 6pm

 

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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 8pm

Wed – Bo Brumble & Garrett Mann – 9pm

 

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

Tonight – Paul Thorn – 7:30pm

 

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

Fri – Tony Barton – 6pm

Sat – Gene Reeves – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Kolby Cooper / Muscadine Bloodline – 8pm

Fri – Mason Lively – 8pm

Sat – Tennessee Jet – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Tony Taylor – 9:30am

 

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

Fri – Chad Boyd – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Muscadine Bloodline – 7pm

Sat – Liz Brasher / The Mavericks – 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 – 5pm

Sat – Sylvia Kirk – 3pm

 

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

Tonight – Walt Wilkins & the Mystiqueros – 6pm

Fri – Waylon Payne / LeeAnn Womack – 8pm

Sat – Jon Roniger Band – 1pm / Shelley King / Delbert McClinton – 8pm

Sun – Peterson Brothers – Noon / Teresa James – 2:40pm / Gary Nicholson – 6pm

Mon – Hollin McKay Band – 6pm

Tue – Stephen Doster & Tommy Elskes – 6pm

Wed – The Georges – 6pm

 

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

Fri – Hill Country Revival – 8pm

Sat – The Lawless / Midnight River Choir – 7pm

 

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

Fri – All Mixed Up – 8pm

Wed – Terry Cavanagh – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Bo Porter – 5pm

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

Sat – Judson Cole / Eskimo Brothers / Stoney LaRue – 8pm

Sun – Walt Wilkins, Matt Hillyer & Drew Kennedy – 1pm

 

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

Fri – Longtooth – 7pm

Sat – Bandreu – 7pm

Sun – Don Reilly – 2pm

Mon – Open Mic w/ Bill Middleton – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Ryan Quiet – 5:30pm

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

Sat – Erik & the Big Time Band – 9pm

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

Wed – Open Mic w/ Billy Roy – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Jade Marie Patek – 8:30pm

Fri – MC & the Mystics – 8:30pm

Sat – JJ Garrett Band – 9:30pm

Sun – The Vagabonds – 8:30pm

Tue – Open Mic Night – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Barnyard Stompers – 8pm

Fri – The Jonathans – 6pm

Sat – Jean Pierre & the Zydeco Angels – 4pm

Tue – Troy Stone Band – 8pm

Wed – Juliet McConkey – 8pm

 

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

Tonight – Fat Cactus (Eric Middleton & Court Nance) – 5pm

Fri – Jack Ingram – 6pm

Sat – Clay Hollis Band – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Zack Walther – 5:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Flow Tribe – 7pm

Fri – Ruben V – 8pm

Sat – Nightbird – Stevie Nicks Tribute – 8pm

Sun – Kyle Cook & Paul McDonald – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Knotty Grove – 9pm

 

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

Sun – Lucinda Williams – 7:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Bo Brumble & Garrett Man – 7pm

Fri – Austin Gilliam – 7pm

Sat – Alli Mattice Band – 3pm / Hipsonic – 7pm

Sun – Paul Eldridge – 4pm

Wed – Brian Milson – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Evan McPherson – 6pm

Fri – The Vagabonds – 8pm

Sat – The Henderson’s – 8:30pm

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Music News – March 28, 2019

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

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

Tonight – Caleb Hynes – 6:30pm

Fri – Dan White – 6:30pm

Sat – Bru’s Tunes – 6:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Ella Mai – 7pm

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

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

 

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

Tonight – Colton O’Neill – 8:30pm

Fri – Jamie Talbert – 8:30pm

Sat – Nautical Nation – 9pm

Sun – Tony Taylor & Geoff Hill – 3pm

Wed – Logun Timberlake – 8:30pm

 

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

Sat – The Merles

 

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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 8pm

 

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

Fri – Larry Dial – 6pm

Sat – Billy Snipes – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Bart Crow – 8pm

Fri – Wood Street Band – 8pm

Sat – Ben Kadlecek/ Wynn Williams – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Dan McCoy – 9:30am

 

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

Fri – Nate Guthrie – 7pm

Sat – Derek Krueger – 7pm

 

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

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

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

 

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

Fri – Austin Meade – 7pm

Sat – Gary Glenn & 20X Band – 7pm

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 6:30pm

 

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

Fri – Ryan Waguspak – 5pm

Sat – Robert Irwin – 3pm

 

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

 

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

Tonight – Powell Brothers – 6pm

Fri – Kylie Rae Harris / Zane Williams – 7pm

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

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

Mon – Marshall Hood Band – 6pm

Tue – Josh Grider & Friends – 6pm

Wed – Shawn O’Neill – 6pm

 

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

Sat – AC & Bad Billy’s – 8:30pm

 

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

Fri – Zack Walther Band – 8pm

Sat – Hipsonic – 8pm

Sun – Ruben V – 3pm

Wed – San Antonio Dutchmen – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Bo Porter – 5pm

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

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

 

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

Tonight – Aurazora – 7pm

Fri – Gerry Burns – 2pm

Sat – Lyn Cody & Jim Colangelo – 3pm

Mon – Open Mic w/ Bill Middleton – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Ryan Quiet – 5:30pm

Fri – Larry Dial – 5pm / Uptown – 9pm

Sat – Jesse Stratton Band – 9pm

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

Wed – Open Mic w/ Billy Roy – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – The Craze – 8:30pm

Fri – Chris Saucedo Band – 8:30pm

Sat – Mark Odom Band – 9:30pm

Sun – Myles Smith – 8:30pm

Mon – BMW Jam – 8:30pm

Tue – Open Mic Night – 8:30pm

Wed – Josh Holden – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Ryan Kennedy Band – 8pm

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

Sat – Rosie Flores – 9pm

Sun – Blues Jam – 4pm

Wed – Manzy Lowry & Tyler Cannon – 9pm

 

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

Tonight – Tyler Cannon – 5:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Tuatha Dea – 7pm

Fri – Nate Rodriguez / Reed Brothers – 8pm

Sat – Saltwater Slide & Josh Pearson – 8pm

Sun – Billy Idol Tribute – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Jordan Minor & Bottom Dollar Band – 9pm

 

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

Tonight – Sam Byers & Big Valley Band – 7pm

Fri – The Brew – 8pm

Sat – Clever Name Band – 8pm

Sun – Bo Brumble & Garrett Mann – 4pm

 

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

Tonight – Gregory Grant – 7pm

Fri – BJ Thibodeaux – 8:30pm

Sat – Two Rivers Revival – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Meyer Anderson Band – 8pm

Fri – The Homebodies – 8pm

Sat – Clint Taft & Buck Wild Band – 9pm

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Music News – March 21, 2019

VIVA Jerry Jeff

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

 

New album from Todd Snider

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

 

Surf Guitar King Dick Dale Passes Away

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

 

The Rock Vault Brings Classic Rock to Town

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

 

Jannie Taylor Benefit on Sunday

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

 

 

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

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

Fri – JJ Garrett Band – 6:30pm

Sat – Right on Red – 6:30pm

 

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

Fri – Queensryche – 7pm

Sat – Nothing More – 5:30pm

Sun – Amos Lee – 6:30pm

 

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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 8pm

 

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

Tonight – Storm Large – 7:30pm

Fri – Bruce Robison – 7:30pm

 

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

Fri – Bandreu – 6pm

Sat – Ray Wylie Hubbard – 6pm

 

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

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Don Reilly – 9:30am

 

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

Fri – Blackboot Family Band – 7pm

Sat – Tex Porter Band – 7pm

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

Fri – Matt & the Herdsmen – 7pm

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

 

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

Fri – The Craze – 7:30pm

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

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 6:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Dirty River Dixie Band – 5pm

Fri – Coltin’s Kin – 5pm

Sat – Johnny McGowan – 3pm

 

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

Sun – Dan McCoy – Noon

 

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

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

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

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

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

Mon – Bret Graham – 6pm

Tue – Jed Zimmerman & Jimmy Davis – 6pm

Wed – The Georges – 6pm

 

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

Sat – Squeezebox Bandits & Crawfish Boil – 2pm

 

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

Fri – Michael Alanis – 8pm

Wed – Chris Rybak Band – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Bo Porter – 5pm

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

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

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

 

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

Fri – Marvin Bottera & Broken Glass – 7pm

Sat – Desperado Rose Band – 7pm

Sun – Gerry Burns Bluegrass Sunday – 3pm

Mon – Open Mic w/ Bill Middleton – 6pm

 

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

Sun – Nobody’s Girl – 4pm

 

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

Tonight – Ken Raba – 5pm

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

Sat – The Craze – 9pm

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

Wed – Open Mic w/ Billy Roy – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Brent Michael Wood – 8:30pm

Fri – 3 Man Front – 8:30pm

Sat – Shaker Hymns – 9:30pm

Sun – Jackson Parten – 8:30pm

Mon – Matt Kirk – 8:30pm

Tue – Open Mic Night – 8:30pm

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

 

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

Tonight – Magic Girl & Colton French – 7pm

Fri – Hill Country Revival – 9pm

Sat – The Revs – 9pm

Tue – Troy Stone Band – 8pm

Wed – Nate Guthrie – 8pm

 

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

Fri – Alli Mattice Band – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Matt & Sylvia Kirk – 6pm

Fri – Drew Cooper / Cameron Nelson – 6pm

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

 

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

Tonight – Paul Eldridge – 5:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Jaime Wyatt / Shooter Jennings – 7pm

Fri – Skyrocket – 8pm

Sat – The Undercovers / The Iron Maidens – 8pm

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

 

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

Fri – Logan Timberlake – 9pm

Sat – Dirty White Horse – 9pm

 

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

Tonight – Passing Through Tour – 7pm

Fri – Bill Ayres – 8pm

Sat – Call For Band Info

Sun – Brent Michael Wood – 4pm

Wed – Myles Smith – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Rich Bermea – 7pm

Fri – Bobby & Paul – 8pm

Sat – Mark Heyman – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Rick Reyna Band – 8pm

Fri – Painted Pony – 8pm

Sat – Knotty Grove – 9pm

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Music News – March 14, 2019

SXSW Blues

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

 

William Clark Green to record live album

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

 

St Patty Day Fun

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

 

Walt Wilkins Festival

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

 

 

 

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

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

Tonight – Shane Bartell – 6:30pm

Fri – Traveling Trees – 6:30pm

Sat – Bru’s Tunes – 6:30pm

 

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

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

 

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

Sat – T Pain – 7pm

Sun – U2 & Thin Lizzy Tributes – 6pm

Tue – Switchfoot – 6:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Matt Kersh Band – 8:30pm

Fri – Ryan Ross – 8:30pm

Sat – LC Rocks – 8:30pm

Sun – Tom Gillam – 8:30pm

 

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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 8pm

 

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

Tonight – Frankenstein The Play – 7:30pm

 

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

Fri – Fallon Franklin – 6pm

Sat – Tyler Cannon – 6pm

 

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

Fri – Brother Roscoe – 7pm

Sat – Colby Keeling – 7pm

Tue – Charlie Stout / William Clark Green – 7pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Anthony Wright – 9:30am

 

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

Fri – Highway Hypnosis – 7pm

Sat – Marcus Morales – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Flaco Jimenez 80th Birthday Bash – 7pm

Sat – Shotgun Rider / Easton Corbin – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Gary Glenn & 20X Band – 7:30pm

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 6:30pm

 

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

Fri – Sylvia Kirk – 5pm

Sat – Bob Appel – 3pm

Sun – Johnny McGowan – 3pm

 

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

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

Sat – Coltin’s Kin – 6pm

 

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

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

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

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

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

Mon – Bret Graham – 6pm

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

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

 

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

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

Sat – Preachers of Hell County – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Mollie B & Squeezebox – 7pm

Fri – Pine Coats – 8pm

Sat – Texas State Opera Theatre – 7pm

Sun – Honky Tonk Saints – 5pm

Wed – Off The Grid Band – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Bo Porter – 5pm

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

Sat – Mud Dauber Chili Cook-Off – Noon

Sun – Folk Family Revival – 1pm

 

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

Fri – Longtooth – 7pm

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

Sun – Adam Johnson Band – 2pm

Mon – Open Mic w/ Bill Middleton – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Ethan Hanson – 5:30pm

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

Sat – Jeff Warren Johnston Band – 9pm

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

Wed – Open Mic w/ Billy Roy – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Mark Monaco Duo – 8:30pm

Fri – Clever Name Band – 8:30pm

Sat – Dirty White Horse – 9:30pm

Sun – St Patrick’s Day Party – 3pm

Mon – Tony Taylor – 8:30pm

Tue – Open Mic Night – 8:30pm

Wed – Chad Boyd – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Sissy Brown – 8pm

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

Sat – Jolie & the Jakelopes – 9pm

Wed – Mike Ethan Messick – 9pm

 

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

Tonight – Slim Bawb & the Fabulous Stumpgrinders – 5pm

Fri – Tristen Marez / Randall King – 6pm

Sat – The Motts – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Logun Timberlake – 5:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Johnny Chops / Black Lillies – 7pm

Fri – Sawyer Fredericks – 8pm

Sat – Byron Juane – 7pm

Wed – Carolina Story – 7pm

 

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

Sat – Dave Jorgenson – 9pm

 

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

Tonight – Susan Hickman – 7pm

Fri – Chris Hollacheck – 8pm

Sat – Kinky Wires w/ Myles Smith – 8pm

Wed – Fast Movin Trio – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Greg Grant – 7pm

Fri – Mustard – 8pm

Sat – The Vagabonds – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Rex McNiel Band – 8pm

Fri – Wyzer – 8pm

Sat – Chad Anderson Band – 9pm

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Music News – March 7, 2019

Bob Seger Comes to Texas

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

 

New Shows Announced for Spring & Summer

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

 

Paying Tribute to Jerry Jeff & Guy Clark

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

 

Shawn Hart Continues His Modern Day Jesters Shows

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

 

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

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

Tonight – Led Zeppelin Tribute – 7pm

Fri – Gin Blossoms – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Clever Name Band – 8:30pm

Sat – Tom Gillam & Kosmic Messenger – 9pm

 

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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 8pm

 

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

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

 

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

Fri – Dallas McKinley & Michael Shane – 6pm

Sat – Mick Gamboa – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Natalie Rose / Jesse Stratton – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm

 

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

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

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Tony Taylor – 9:30am

 

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

Fri – Nate Guthrie – 7pm

Sat – Dallas Burrow – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Tejas Brothers – 7pm

Sat – David Beck / James McMurtry – 7pm

 

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

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

Sat – Already Gone – Eagles Tribute Band – 7pm

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 6:30pm

 

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

Sat – Bret Graham – 3pm

Sun – Phil Luna – 3pm

 

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

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

Tue – Dan McCoy – 5:30pm

Wed – Dan McCoy – 5:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Troy Stone & the Spent Shells – 6pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Fri – Shaker Hymns – 8:30pm

Sat – Slim Bawb & the Fabulous Stumpgrinders – 2pm

 

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

Fri – Soul Sessions – 7pm

Wed – The Oompahs – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Bo Porter – 5pm

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

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

Sun – Hot Attacks – 1pm

 

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

Fri – Blank Floyd & Arley Blankenship – 7pm

Sat – Nate Guthrie – 3pm

Sun – Nick Garcia – 3pm

 

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

Tonight – Shawn Hart – 5:30pm

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

Sat – Knotty Grove – 9pm

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

Wed – Open Mic w/ Billy Roy – 8pm

 

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

Tonight – Silver Cloud – 8:30pm

Fri – Band of Bandits – 8:30pm

Sat – Logun Timberlake – 9:30pm

Sun – Chris Saucedo – 8:30pm

Mon – Doug Garrett & Friends – 8:30pm

Tue – Open Mic Night – 8:30pm

Wed – Cody Coggins – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Shad Blair & Sachie Hart – 8pm

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

Sat – Heather Victorino – 9pm

Tue – Troy Stone Band – 8pm

Wed – Juliet McConkey – 8pm

 

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

Fri – Kolby Cooper / Read Southall – 6pm

Sat – Brice Daniels Band – 8pm

 

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

Tonight – Jacob Pena – 5:30pm

 

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

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

Fri – Joe Ely – 7pm

Sat – Kimberley Dunn – 8pm

Sun – Private Island – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Dewberry Pickle Boys – 9pm

Fri – Jay Bleu – 9pm

Sat – Silver Cloud – 9pm

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

 

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

Tonight – Gene Reeves – 7pm

Fri – Brian Milson – 8pm

Sun – Austin Gilliam – 4pm

Wed – Bo Brumble & Garrett Mann – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Brett Cline – 7:30pm

Fri – Pete & Sean Williams – 8pm

Sat – Beau Daniels Band – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Jeremy Egg Band – 8pm

Fri – Painted Pony – 8pm

Sat – Aaron Kantor – 9pm

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Music News – Feb. 28, 2019

Texas Independence Day

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

 

Alex Meixner’s Fat Tuesday Show

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

 

Carolyn Wonderland

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

 

Peter Frampton Retires

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

 

 

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

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

Tonight – Band of Horses – 7pm

Wed – Buckethead – 7pm

 

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

Sat – The Lawless – 8:30pm

 

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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 8pm

 

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

Tonight – Bee Gee’s Gold – 7:30pm

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

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

 

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

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

Fri – Landon Bullard / Drew Fish Band – 8pm

Sat – Mike Ryan – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Shawn Hart – 9:30am

 

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

Fri – Chad Boyd – 7pm

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

Sun – Highway Hypnosis – 2pm

 

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

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

Sat – Matt Caldwell / Clay Hollis – 7pm

 

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

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 6:30pm

 

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

Fri – Coltin’s Kin – 4pm

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

 

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

 

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

Sat – Armadillo Road – 7pm

Sun – Blues at the Grove – 2pm

 

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

Tonight – Reed Brothers – 6pm

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

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

Sun – Joey McGee Band – 4pm

Mon – Bret Graham – 6pm

Tue – Call For Band Info

Wed – Call For Band Info

 

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

Fri – Wyzer – 8:30pm

Sat – Hill Country Revival – 9pm

 

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

Tonight – Auf Gehts – 7pm

Fri – Dirty River Dixie Band – 7pm

Sat – Alpen Musikanten – 7pm

Tue – Honky Tonk Saints – 6pm

Wed – Alpine Express – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Stephen K. Morris – 5pm

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

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

Sun – Walt Wilkins & Friends – 1pm

 

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

Fri – Michael James Band -7pm

Sat – Tracy Weinberg – 7pm

Sun – Don Reilly – 2pm

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

 

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

Tonight – Garrett Douglas – 6pm

Fri – Larry Dial – 5pm

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

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

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

 

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

Tonight – Brent Michael Wood – 8:30pm

Fri – Soul Sessions – 8:30pm

Sat – Kerosene Drifters – 9:30pm

Sun – JJ Villareal – 8:30pm

Mon – BMW Jam – 8:30pm

Tue – Open Mic Night – 8:30pm

Wed – Josh Holden – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Shad Blair & Friends – 8pm

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

Sat – Sons of Johnny Cash – 9pm

Wed – Manzy Lowry – 9pm

 

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

Fri – Brandon Rhyder – 6pm

Sat – Chris Colston – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – The Fritz – 8:30pm

Sat – Jonathan Tyler – 9:30pm

Tue – Tomar & the FC’s – 5pm

 

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

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

Fri – Passing Strangers – 8pm

Sat – Los #3 Dinners – 8pm

Sun – Knox Hamilton – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Jordan Minor & Bottom Dollar Band – 9pm

Fri – 3 Man Front – 9pm

Sat – Zack Walther Band – 9pm

 

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

Tonight – Susan Hickman – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Brett Cline – 7pm

Fri – The Vagabonds – 8pm

 

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

Tonight – Meyer Anderson Band – 8pm

Fri – Chris Max Band – 8pm

Sat – Dirty White Horse – 9pm

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