Music News – Dec. 5, 2019

Wassailfest takes place tonight in our beautiful downtown and it’s one of the most popular holiday events in our city. Tonight there’s a special treat in store for you Wassailer’s and its name is Wade Bowen. That’s right, our own Wade Bowen will perform a holiday themed concert at 8:30pm on the Shiner Beer stage located by Muck & Fuss at the corner of San Antonio and Market Street. Proceeds from a concession stand operated by the New Braunfels Downtown Association near the stage will be donated to the non-profit organizations who lost their fundraising booths in the Marktplatz fire at Wurstfest. If you can’t make it to the concert, you can stream it on Wade’s Facebook page. Viewers will have the option to make donations directly to the Bowen Family Foundation for distribution to these charities. Bowen just released a Christmas album entitled Twelve Twenty-Five and can’t wait to perform these songs for his hometown crowd. “I love living in New Braunfels,” Wade stated in a press release announcing the concert, “and have enjoyed many years of attending Wurstfest and love what it does for our community. I was heartbroken watching the recent fire destroy the building that housed so much good.” This is the first of what I bet will be many benefits for these non-profit organizations so please make plans to go see Wade play songs from his new Christmas album. Spend some money at the concession bar and help support some very worthy groups, it’s what we do in our hometown.

 

Willie Nelson is on the Road to New Braunfels

If you saw the CMA Awards a few weeks ago you may have noticed that Willie Nelson seemed to have some breathing problems while singing a duet with fellow Texan Kacey Musgraves. In the days following his performance, social media ran wild with rumors that Willie was in poor health and would be retiring soon. In typical Willie fashion, he simply got back on his bus and went back on the road. Reports poured in from fans at his shows that followed the CMA’s and those reports were good. Willie was fine he just had a bad night, he’s 86 years old so give the guy a break. How many men this age can still play 200 shows a year and release at least two albums a year? I only know of one and that’s Willie Nelson. So, on Friday morning at 10am you can purchase tickets to see Willie at his annual shows at Whitewater Amphitheater. The two shows will take place on April 17 and 18 and Texas boy Pat Green will open both shows. You can get your tickets online at Whitewaterrocks.com.

 

Shane Smith & the Saints survive a major bus fire

Shane Smith & the Saints are one of the most popular new bands on the Americana scene. They are making fans all across America and these fans are extremely passionate about the band. So, on November 21, those fans were shocked to hear about a terrible bus fire that almost sidelined their favorite band. The band is based out of Austin but their tour manager, Corey Dement, lives here in our city. As soon as I heard about the bus fire, I called Corey and instantly got his voice mail. When I finally got ahold of him I learned that he’d lost his phone, plus his wallet, wedding ring, laptop and clothes in the fire. A few days later I was able to get the story about the incident and what happened next. They were about 10 miles north of Coleman, Texas on their way to a show at Cooks Garage in Lubbock. There is still no answer to the cause of the fire. The back-lounge area filled up with smoke very quickly and once everyone realized what was happening, they barely had time to pull over and get off the bus. They ran off the bus with just the clothes on their back, most were shoeless, some shirtless. The bus, their gear, all their instruments, all their merchandise and all personal items were lost in the fire. Since they were not near a city, only the local volunteer fire department could respond, which took about 30 minutes to arrive. Fans and random strangers stopped and offered clothes, water and any help they could offer. The sheriff deputies gave them a ride to Coleman and they were able to borrow an RV so they could get to Lubbock. The opening band lent them their instruments and they were able to play their show. The same situation happened in Oklahoma City and Wichita so they could at least finish that leg of the tour. When they got back to Austin, a locksmith had to make them all new car keys so they could drive home. In the aftermath, they are all still in shock about the fire but are determined to press on. They have several shows this month including one at the Rustic in San Antonio, then it’s off to Steamboat for the Musicfest. If you want to help out this resilient young band, go to one of their shows, buy a CD or a t-shirt and show your support. They could use your help.

 

It’s Christmas Time in New Braunfels

Now that December is officially here, several venues are hosting Christmas shows to help get us in the mood for Santa’s visit. The most popular is Bruce Robison and wife Kelly Willis annual Christmas show at Gruene Hall. You can get tickets to this Saturday night show at GrueneHall.com. On Friday night, the world-famous Tommy Dorsey Orchestra will perform their big band Christmas concert at the Brauntex Theatre. On Sunday afternoon, Grace Church will host their annual free Keep Christ in Christmas concert at the Brauntex as well. You can find more info at Brauntex.org. Devils Backbone Tavern has the legendary Kinky Friedman on Friday night and Terri Hendrix, Robyn Ludwick & Susan Gibson Holiday Show on Saturday night. Check out their amazing lineup of shows at DevilsBackboneTavern.com. Gruene Grove is hosting a Christmas Spectacular on Saturday night at 7pm. Check out more info at GrueneGrove.com. Last but not least, Tavern in the Gruene will have Popgun playing at their Saturday night Christmas party. You can find all their concert listings at TavernintheGruene.com.

 

 

 

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

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

Fri – The Percolators – 6:30pm

Sat – Danny White – 6:30pm

 

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

Fri – Gary Cain – 8:30pm

Sat – Clever Name Band – 9pm

 

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

Fri – Richie Allbright – 6pm

Sat – Manzy Lowry – 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)

Fri – Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Christmas Show – 7:30pm

Sun – Grace Church – Keep Christ in Christmas – 5pm

 

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

Sat – Parker McCollum / Koe Wetzel – 5pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm

 

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

Fri – Kinky Friedman – 9pm

Sat – Terri Hendrix, Robyn Ludwick & Susan Gibson Holiday Show – 9pm

Sun – Shelley King Band – 1pm

Tue – Garrett Bryan – 7pm

 

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

Sun – Good Time Polka & Waltz Club w/ Travelers Orchestra – 3pm

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Steve Tschoepe – 9:30am

 

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

Fri – Chad Boyd – 7pm

Sat – Marcus Morales – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Damon Curtis / Sam Riggs – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Bart Crow Band – 7pm

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 6:30pm

 

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

Fri – Bret Graham – 4pm

Sat – Sylvia Kirk – 3pm

 

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

Tonight – Justin Langston – 7pm

Fri – Landon Bullard – 7pm

Sat – Gruene Grove Christmas Spectacular – 7pm

Sun – Grant Ewing – 2pm

 

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

Tonight – Wynonna & Big Noise Rockin Roots Christmas – 7pm

Fri – Joshua Ray Walker / Chris Knight – 7pm

Sat – Bo Phillips Trio – 1pm / Bruce & Kelly’s Holiday Shindig – 8pm

Sun – Bret Graham – Noon / Hot Club of Cowtown – 4pm

Mon – Bret Graham – 6pm

Tue – Tony Taylor, Lucas Taylor & Austin Gilliam – 6pm

Wed – Nick Garcia Power Trio – 6pm

 

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

Fri – Jeff Jacobs Band – 9pm

Sat – Chris Max Band – 8:30pm

 

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

Fri – Anthony Wright Band – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – ShAnnie – 5pm

Fri – Bob Livingston Trio – 7pm

Sat – Tessy Lou & Shotgun Stars / Gary P. Nunn – 8pm

Sun – Jimmy Davis – 1pm / Jake Martin – 5pm

 

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

Fri – Ruben V – 7pm

Sat – Racoon Brothers – 7pm

Sun – Chris Lancaster – 3pm

 

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

Sun – Terri Hendrix & Lloyd Maines – 4pm

 

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

Fri – Tim Williams – 7pm

Wed – Uncle Wes – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Matt Moeller (Sky Bar) – 8pm

Sat – Soul Ethos (Lounge) – 6pm / Ryan & Cox (Sky Bar) – 9pm

 

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

Tonight – Jesse Stratton Band – 8:30pm

Fri – River Tramps – 5pm / Culture Jam – 9pm

Sat – Ryan Quest – 9pm

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

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

 

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

Tonight – Richie Allbright – 7pm

Fri – The Jonathans – 6pm / Dallas Moore – 9pm

Sat – The Merles – 6pm / Bri Bagwell – 9pm

Wed – Nate Guthrie – 7pm

 

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

Sat – Chad Cooke Band – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Johnny Kiser – 6pm

 

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

Fri – Ruby Jane – 9:30pm

Sat – Jessee Lee – 4pm / Motel Radio – 7pm

Sun – Natalie Rose – 10am / Cooper Greenburg – 4pm

Mon – Ruben V – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Old 97’s – 7pm

Fri – Jon Randall / Jack Ingram – 8pm

Sat – Tribute to the Cure – 8pm

Sun – Sammy Johnson – 7pm

 

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

Fri – 3 Man Front – 9pm

Sat – Christmas Party w/ Popgun – 9:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Drew Moreland – 8pm

Fri – Meyer Anderson Band – 8pm

Sat – County Line Band – 9pm

Tue – Songwriter Night w/ Jay Bleu – 8:30pm

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Music News – Nov. 28, 2019

Music News – Nov. 28, 2019

 

Most live venues will be closed tonight so they can spend Thanksgiving with their families but on Friday, it’s full speed ahead for live music. It’s one of the busiest shopping days of the year but it’s also one of the busiest concert days as well. Most families are full of turkey and dressing and ready to get out and burn off a few of the extra pounds from a huge meal. Going alphabetically, let’s start downtown at the Brauntex Theatre. They will be hosting a great show by Reckless Kelly, one of the best Americana bands in America. They’ve been touring heavy to promote their latest album, a live version of Bulletproof, their hit album from 2008. Recorded a decade ago, the album launched the Austin based band into the top of the Americana charts. “We knew we wanted to do something special to acknowledge the 10-year anniversary,” explained chief songwriter and singer Willy Braun. “so, we started performing the album in its entirety and recorded each show. We picked the best versions of each song and released a live version of the album.” The tracks were recorded in July and August during their northwest tour in 2018 and they added a version of California Blues, the old Jimmie Rodgers classic, to give fans a nice bonus track. A few weeks ago, Willy posted some exciting news on their Facebook page announcing two new albums containing twenty new songs coming in May. The show at the Brauntex will be a rare theatre appearance for the group but you can always count on them for high energy live shows. Their friend Mason Lively will open the show. Tickets are still available at Brauntex.org and doors will open at 6:30pm.

 

Willis Alan Ramsey comes to Devil’s Backbone Tavern

Husband and wife team Amy LeVere and Will Sexton will perform at the historic Devils Backbone Tavern on Friday night. Amy is touring in support of her latest album, Painting Blue, which was produced by Sexton. Performing together they provide the perfect mix of folk, rock and country music. On Saturday the Tavern features the elusive Willis Alan Ramsey in concert. Back in 1972, Ramsey released his self-titled debut album to wide spread critical acclaim. It contained eleven songs, all written by Ramsey and released on Leon Russell’s Shelter Record label. It was 47 years ago and he still hasn’t released another album. When fans ask him when he plans on recording a second album, he often remarks “What’s wrong with the first one?” He’s written some new songs and performs them in concert but has yet to record any of them. Songs from the 1972 album have been recorded by Waylon Jennings, America, Jimmy Buffett and Jerry Jeff Walker, just to name a few. In 1991 he met and married Alison Rogers and together they wrote the Lyle Lovett hit ‘That’s Right, You’re Not From Texas.’ He rarely performs live shows so don’t miss this chance to see a true Texas songwriting legend. Tickets are available online at DevilsBackboneTavern.com.

 

Gruene Hall brings Cory Morrow and Cody Canada

Gruene Hall has a fantastic lineup on tap for this holiday weekend starting with Cory Morrow on Friday and Cody Canada on Saturday. Morrow is still touring in support of his Whiskey & Pride album, easily one of the best in his catalog. It contains twelve previously unrecorded songs including the fan favorite ‘Always and Forever,’ a track often performed live but never officially recorded. Vocalist Jamie Lin Wilson helps out on backing vocals for this studio version. Morrow also includes two cover songs, his take on Rodney Crowell’s Funny Feeling and Jerry Jeff Walker’s Hill Country Rain. Now happily married and a father, Morrow is focused more on family and his craft. He’s playing and singing better than ever so don’t miss this true Americana pioneer in concert. Cody Canada brings his band the Departed to the historic hall on Saturday and will have his son’s band Waves handling the opening band duties. Cody first came to Texas fronting his red dirt rock band Cross Canadian Ragweed and proceeded to set the Texas music scene on fire. CCR played their final show on October 24, 2010 at Joe’s Bar in Chicago. Soon afterwards, he formed the Departed with Jeremy Plato, Steve Littleton and Seth James. These days they are back to being a power trio and the music still sounds great. Get your tickets for these two shows and many more at GrueneHall.com.

 

More Options for Black Friday Music

If you need to wash down the left-over turkey with some heavy metal, head over to the Phoenix Saloon on Saturday night for a tribute to Queensryche and Metallica. Advance tickets are available and some may be available at the door. Check out all your options at ThePhoenixSaloon.com. Over at Riley’s Tavern, the amazing Shelley King plays at 6pm on Friday night followed by Beat Root Revival at 9pm. Swing back by on Saturday night for Bonnie Montgomery and take a peek at RileysTavern.com for a complete list of all the upcoming shows. Tavern in the Gruene has two of my favorite bands scheduled for this weekend, Phil Luna & the Lunatics on Friday and Zack Walther Band on Saturday. TavernintheGruene.com is where you can find out who else is coming to this cool bar on Gruene Road. Last but certainly not least there’s Watering Hole Saloon who has Painted Pony on Friday and Dirty White Horse on Saturday. They have a lot of really good shows scheduled for the rest of the year and you can see them all at WateringHoleSaloon.com.

 

 

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

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

Fri – Don Reilly – 6:30pm

Sat – Bru’s Tunes – 6:30pm

 

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

Tue – Chevelle – 6:30pm

 

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

Fri – Marcy Grace – 9pm

Sat – 3 Man Front – 9pm

 

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

Fri – Nate Guthrie – 6pm

Sat – Wilkinson’s Quartet – 6pm

Sun – Emily Herring – 1pm

 

Black’s BBQ (510 Hull Street, San Marcos 512-878-0795)

Fri – Richie Allbright – 6pm

Sat – George Ensle – 6pm

Sun – Manzy Lowry – 1pm

 

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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 9pm

 

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

Fri – Mason Lively / Reckless Kelly – 7:30pm

Sun – Cody Canada’s Family Christmas – 6:30pm

Wed – Christmas Favorites with Rick Novak – 7:30pm

 

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

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm

 

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

Fri – Amy LeVere & Will Sexton – 9pm

Sat – Willis Alan Ramsey – 9pm

Sun – Drew Kennedy & Josh Grider – 1pm

Tue – Ephraim Owens – 7pm

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Dan McCoy – 9:30am

 

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

Fri – Doppler Project – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Read Southall Band / Ray Wylie Hubbard / Koe Wetzel – 7pm

Sat – Giovannie & Hired Guns – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Robert Irwin – 4pm

Sat – Sylvia Kirk – Noon / Slim Bawb – 4pm

 

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

Fri – Sean Garrison – 7pm

Sat – Jaime Krueger – 7pm

Sun – Grant Ewing – 2pm

 

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

Fri – Peterson Brothers – 1pm / Garrett Bryan/ Cory Morrow – 7pm

Sat – Flat Top Jones – 1pm / Waves / Cody Canada & the Departed – 8pm

Sun – Peterson Brothers – Noon / South Austin Moonlighters – 4pm

Mon – Bret Graham – 6pm

Wed – Elaina Kay / Wynonna & Big Noise Rockin Roots Christmas – 7pm

 

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

Fri – JJ Garrett Band – 8:30pm

Sat – Rock Bottom String Band – 9pm

 

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

Fri – Slim Bawb – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Almost Patsy Cline Band – 8pm

Sat – Clayton Gardner – 1pm / Jamie Lin Wilson & James Steinle – 8pm

Sun – Jimmie Davis – 1pm / Jake Martin – 5pm

 

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

Fri – Michael James Band – 2pm / Ruben V – 7pm

Sat – Gerry Burns Tribute to Grateful Dead – 2pm

 

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

Wed – Monte Good – 5:30pm

 

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

Fri – Jess & Dave – 6pm

 

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

Fri – Junior Nash – 5pm / Chris Max Band – 9pm

Sat – Tribute to Queensryche & Metallica – 9pm

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

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

 

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

Fri – Shelley King – 6pm / Beat Root Revival – 9pm

Sat – Bonnie Montgomery – 9pm

Wed – Manzy Lowry & Tyler Cannon – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Rich Bermea – 6pm

Sat – Chris Boss – 6pm

 

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

Fri – Slaid Cleaves – 7pm

Sat – Reed Brothers – 7pm

Sun – Dee White – 6pm

Wed – Ian Moore – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Phil Luna & the Lunatics – 9pm

Sat – Myles Smith – 4pm / Zack Walther Band – 9:30pm

 

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

Fri – Painted Pony – 8:30pm

Sat – Dirty White Horse – 9pm

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Music News – Nov. 21, 2019

Next week begins the holiday season and the music business is gearing up for a string of holiday themed shows and new music. During the next few weeks I’ll highlight some of the new Christmas music and shows in our area. Local singer Wade Bowen has a brand new Christmas CD titled Twelve Twenty Five that contains his favorite 13 holiday classics like Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Silent Night, White Christmas and If We Make It Through December. The cover art was painted by local New Braunfels artist Thom Ricks and depicts our beautiful downtown. Wade includes both of his sons as well as brother-in-law Cody Canada on the songs and the album was produced by his friend Sean McConnell. As luck would have it, Sean has two sold-out shows this weekend at Gruene Hall. Bowen will follow his buddy with his annual Turkey Day Eve Party next Wednesday at the hall. Shea Abshier and the Nighthowlers will open the show and tickets are available now at GrueneHall.com.

 

Canadian singer songwriter Corb Lund will be at Riley’s Tavern tonight at 8pm to promote his latest album, Cover Your Tracks. It’s an eight-song collection of some of his favorite tunes. The CD opens with These Boots are Made for Walking, a hit for Nancy Sinatra back in 1966. It also has Lund’s take on the Dr. Hook classic Cover of the Rolling Stone, which was written by Shel Silverstein. Shel wrote hundreds of hit songs including A Boy Named Sue for Johnny Cash. Corb has an interesting choice of songs to cover, like the Billy Joel hit It’s Still Rock & Roll to Me or the Willie Nelson standard Seven Spanish Angels. Up in Canada, Corb Lund is a major star, often playing huge hockey arena’s and outdoor festivals. Here in Texas he often plays smaller venues. I’ve seen him at Gruene Hall and at River Road Icehouse so his show tonight at Riley’s Tavern will be a great chance to catch a first-class touring band. Get your tickets now at RileysTavern.com.

 

Just six years ago, heavy metal band Motley Crue retired from touring and played their final show on December 31, 2015 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. To prove that they were quitting, the band signed a contract guaranteeing that they would never tour again. One year after the final performance they released a massive $175 box set containing a live CD/DVD set that documented the final show. On Monday the band posted a video on their website showing the contract spread out on a glass table. As the camera pans out, you see the table explode and then the entire room blows up. It was their way of saying they had changed their mind about retiring. The band is rumored to embark on a stadium tour next year with Def Leppard and Poison, though no one has actually confirmed this news. Motley Crue’s website talks about the band destroying the contract which will now allow them to tour again and a stadium tour next year makes the most sense. It would easily top the band’s $5 million per show fee they were paid on the retirement tour in 2014-15. While the older fans may think this was all just a well-orchestrated publicity stunt, which it obviously was, there’s a lot of younger fans that never saw the Crue in concert. They will gladly shell out the triple digit ticket prices the band will surely demand, especially if Def Leppard and Poison are on the tour. At press time there was no official confirmation of the tour but you can watch a cool video of a stack of papers being blown up. Once again it just proves that when a band announces they are retiring, it means they will continue touring for at least another decade or so.

 

If you happened to watch the CMA Awards last week, you saw many female vocalists featured in the opening number and throughout the show. Carrie Underwood’s normal hosting partner Brad Paisley stepped aside this year to allow Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton to join Carrie on-stage. Once again, I noticed that several female acts like Terri Clark, Tanya Tucker, Pam Tillis, Kathy Mattea and Janie Frickie have all performed in our city. In fact, Kathy Mattea is playing a show tonight at the Brauntex Theatre. As usual, there was the normal drama that seems to be the norm these days on award shows. First there was the social media posts complaining that there were very few actual country artists on the show. It’s a legitimate fact that most acts that performed were much more pop sounding than country. In another social media thread, many fans felt that Eric Church should have won the top prize of Entertainer of the Year instead of Garth Brooks. Their argument was that Church performed 59 concerts this year, mostly in stadiums. He had no opening act and played four hour concerts every night averaging over 32 songs a night. Garth performed 19 concerts, often with two opening acts and was averaging two hours and 24 songs per night. That’s the thing about award shows, no matter who wins there’s always someone that’s not happy. I’ve been watching the CMA’s for over 50 years and that’s the one thing that remains the same every year.

 

 

 

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

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

Tonight – Tony Taylor – 6:30pm

Fri – The Percolators – 6:30pm

Sat – The Percolators – 6:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra – 7pm3

 

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

Fri – Purple Room – 9pm

Sat – 21 Black – 9pm

Sun – Tony Taylor – 4pm

Wed – Roadside Libby – 8:30pm

 

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

Fri – Sophia Johnson – 6pm

Sat – Gus Samuelson – 6pm

Sun – Adam Johnson – 1pm

 

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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 9pm

 

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

Tonight – Kathy Mattea – 7:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Kody West – 8pm

Fri – Pecos & the Rooftop / Kolby Cooper – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm

 

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

Fri – Bob Schneider – 9pm

Sat – David Grissom Band – 1pm / Wood & Wire – 9pm

Sun – Erik Hokkanen Trio – pm

Tue – Johnny Nicholas & Emily Gimble – 7pm

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Ethan Hanson – 9:30am

 

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

Fri – Con Crema – 7pm

Sat – Highway Hypnosis – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Scott Wiggins Band / Jake Ward – 7pm

Sat – Gary P. Nunn – 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 – 5pm

Fri – Sylvia Kirk – 4pm

 

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

 

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

Tonight – Luke Williams – 7pm

Fri – Grey Gregson – 7pm

Sat – Robert Johnson – 7pm

Sun – Grant Ewing – 2pm

 

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

Tonight – Mitch Webb & the Swindles – 6pm

Fri – Keeton Coffman / Sean McConnell – 7pm

Sat – Jeff Plankenhorn Band – 1pm / Keeton Coffman / Sean McConnell – 8pm

Sun – Slim Bawb – Noon / Beat Boot Revival – 4pm

Mon – Bret Graham – 6pm

Tue – Two Tons of Steel – 7:30pm

Wed – Shea Abshier & Nighthowlers / Wade Bowen – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Highway Hypnosis – 8pm

Sat – Matt Castillo – 9pm

 

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

Fri – Aaron Stephens – 7pm

Wed – Terry Cavanagh – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Sam Watson – 5pm

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

Sat – Tristen Marez / Randall King – 8pm

Sun – Jake Martin – 5pm

 

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

Fri – Emily Herring – 7pm

Sun – Gerry Burns Bluegrass Sunday – 3pm

 

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

Tonight – Nef Hernandez – 6:30pm

Fri – Danny Ray Harris – 6:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Open Mic w/ Mustard – 7pm (Lounge)

Sat – Brett Cline Trio – 6pm (Lounge) / Bill Ayers – 8pm (Sky Bar)

Wed – Gunnar Latham – 8pm (Sky Bar)

 

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

Tonight – Devin Baize – 5:30pm

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

Sat – Caleb & Homegrown Tomatoes – 9pm

Sun – Devin Baize – 3pm / Lucas Taylor – 7pm

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

 

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

Tonight – Corb Lund – 8pm

Fri – Roy Heinrich & the Pickups – 6pm / The Derailers – 9pm

Sat – Teri & the Tagalongs – 9pm

Sun – Blues Jam – 4pm

Wed – Austin Mayze & Friends – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Robert Jericho – 6pm

Sat – Mick Gamboa – 6pm

 

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

Sat – Darren Brown Band – 8pm

 

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

Tonight – Tyler Cannon – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Peter Case – 7pm

Fri – Q – The Music of Queen – 8pm

Sat – Meg Williams / Keeshea Pratt Band – 7pm

Sun – Eric Tessmer – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Open Mic Night – 7:30pm

Fri – Clifton Vance – 9pm

Sat – Nate Guthrie – 4pm / No Chance Band – 9:30pm

Sun – Danny Ray Harris – 2pm

 

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

Tonight – Cactus Country – 8pm

Fri – The Homebodies – 8:30pm

Sat – LC Rocks – 9pm

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Music News – Nov. 14, 2019

Ryan Bingham is just one of the many singer songwriters that once called New Braunfels home. I remember him performing at open mic night at Saengerhalle and opening shows for his pal Joe Ely. He self-released his first two albums, Wishbone Saloon and Dead Horses and got Lone Star Music to distribute them from their store that was once located in Gruene. He signed a deal with Lost Highway Records in 2006 and moved to Los Angeles right before releasing Mescalito, his debut album on a major label. His second album, the critically acclaimed Roadhouse Sun, was released in 2009. In 2010, his song The Weary Kind was featured in the Jeff Bridges movie, Crazy Heart. Ryan and his band appeared in the movie as well. He won a Golden Globe, an Oscar and a Grammy for that song, making 2010 a very good year for the young singer. He also released his third album, Junky Star, that year and toured heavily to promote it. He kept the music flowing with Tomorrowland in 2012 and Fear & Saturday Night in 2015. His 2016 concert at Whitewater Amphitheater was filmed and recorded for a live album, DVD and was live streamed on Amazon. This past April he started the Western Music Festival on the outdoor stage in Luckenbach and also released a new album titled American Love Song. His acting roles increased as well, with a regular spot on Kevin Costner’s hit TV series Yellowstone. He is closing out a busy year with a quick weeklong tour of Texas starting tonight and Friday night at the Paramount Theatre in Austin, Saturday in Dallas, Sunday in Houston, next Tuesday at the Aztec Theatre in San Antonio and Wednesday in Alpine. The amazing Jamestown Revival will open the show. Tickets are available for all shows at Ticketmaster.com.

 

Ray Anthony Comes to Palace Theatre

The Palace Theatre in Seguin will host an oldies rock show on December 14 featuring Sting Ray Anthony on guitar and vocals. Joining Anthony will the all-female group, Shake, Rattle & Roll. Anthony is most known for his superb tribute to 50’s rock star Richie Valens. He performed his Valens tribute show all around the world before joining the award-winning live tribute show Legends in Concert. Anthony’s tribute to Valens won the approval of Bob Keane, owner of Del-Fi Records, and the original produce of Richie Valens records. “It’s amazing what happens to the audience when I sing Richie Valens songs,” explains Anthony. “They get excited and want to dance right out of their seats.” The house band for the night will be Spinout, one of the best tribute bands in the business. Doors will open at 4pm for this special show and reservations can be made by calling 832-312-0074.

 

Comal Country Music Show Celebrates Anniversary

Next Tuesday, November 19, marks the Comal Country Music Show’s 22nd Anniversary. Each month the show is produced by Chuck Woods and features great country music by many talented local musicians. Special guests at next weeks show includes David Lewis, Tori Vourganas, Bob Appel and Terry Lyne Moore. As always, profits from each show will go to our local Meals on Wheels. Each month the show takes place at the Columbus Club Hall located at 111 Landa Street. Admission is just $7 at the door and the shows are sponsored by Knights of Columbus.

 

Black Crowes Reunite for Tour

Sibling rivalry dates back to the beginning of time and some of the biggest feuds reside in the music business. Back in the 50’s, the Everly Brothers fought constantly. In the 60’s, Ray and Dave Davies formed the British rock band the Kinks and were famous for their fights, often on-stage. Dennis, Carl and Brian Wilson formed the Beach Boys and fought so often it’s a wonder they were able to record any songs at all. Though Ann and Nancy Wilson aren’t related to the Beach Boys brothers, their arguments have caused many breakups in their band, Heart. When the Black Crowes were formed in the mid-80’s, brothers Chris and Rich Robinson wanted to bring guitar driven rock music back to help us forget the disco era. Their debut album, Shake Your Money Maker, was released in February 1990 and quickly shot to the top of the charts. Over the course of the next several years, they released eight albums and toured constantly. Internal tensions lead to regular fighting among the brothers and by 2013 they split for what many fans feared would be the final time. However, time and money can change your mind and since their first album turns 30 years old next year, they are reuniting for an anniversary tour. Texas fans are in luck because they will start the tour in Austin on June 17 at the Austin 360 Amphitheatre. They will stop in Dallas on June 19 and at the Woodlands north of Houston on June 20. For this tour they have enlisted new band members in an effort to keep this reunion drama free and fresh. The 46 city tour will end on September 19 in Los Angeles. Tickets are on-sale now at Ticketmaster.com.

 

Tribute to Grand Funk Railroad

Tonight is the second Local Live concert of the season at the Brauntex Theatre featuring our own Yesenia McNett and Bill Stephens, doing a tribute to Grand Funk Railroad. They formed a new band just for this show and called it Closer To Home, which was a huge hit song for Grand Funk. Joining them tonight is William Caisse, Billy Staggs and Rob Fedson. Grand Funk Railroad formed in Flint, Michigan in 1969 with Mark Farner on guitar, Don Brewer on drums and Mel Schacher on bass, They took their name from a popular local rail line, Grand Trunk Western Railroad. They had a long list of hits including I’m Your Captain (Closer to Home), We’re An American Band, The Loco-Motion, Walk Like A Man and Some Kind of Wonderful. Tickets are available at Brauntex.org or by phone at 830-627-0808.

 

 

 

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

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

Tonight – Danny Harris – 6::30pm

Fri – Don Reilly – 6:30pm

Sat – Danny Ray Harris & Backroads Band – 6:30pm

 

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

Sat – Rocky Hill Band – 8pm

 

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

Tonight – Octane Accelerator Tour – 5pm

Fri – Simple Plan – 5:30pm

Sat – R&B Only – 8:30pm

Tue – Jamestown Revival / Ryan Bingham – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – The Turbos – 8:30pm

Fri – Tyler McCollum / Dave Fenley – 9pm

Sat – Clockwork – 9pm

Wed – Logun Timberlake – 8:30pm

 

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

Fri – Dough Strahan & the Good Neighbors – 6pm

Sun – Monte Good – 1pm

 

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

Tue – Aaron Stephens Band – 9pm

 

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

Tonight – Closer To Home – Tribute to Grand Funk Railroad – 7:30pm

Fri – Firefall – 7:30pm

 

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

Fri – Anthony Wright Band – 6pm

Sat – Read & Lava – 6pm

 

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

Fri – The Lawless / Shea Abshier & the Nighthowlers – 8pm

Sat – Peace Pipe Prophets – 8pm

Sun – Matt Kersh / Calamity Janes – Noon

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm

 

Columbus Club Hall (111 Landa Street 541-490-2216))

Tue – Comal Country Music Show – 6pm

 

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

Fri – Bruce Robison – 9pm

Sat – Hector Ward & the Big Time – 1pm

Sun – Toni Price & Friends – 1pm

Tue – Floyd Domino & Redd Volkaert – 7pm

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Shawn Hart – 9:30am

 

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

Tonight – Nate Guthrie – 6pm

Fri – Marcus Morales – 7pm

Sat – Tony Taylor – 7pm

 

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

Fri – The Georges – 7pm

Sat – Mason Lively / Mike Ryan – 7pm

 

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

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 6:30pm

 

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

Fri – Bob Appeal – 4pm

Sat – Sylvia Kirk – Noon / Colton’s Kin – 4pm

Sun – Robert Irwin – 1pm

 

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

Sun – Dan McCoy – Noon

 

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

Fri – Canvas People – 7pm

Sat – Smokehouse Guitar Army – 7pm

Sun – Poor J Brown – 2pm

 

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

Tonight – Tom Gillam & Kosmic Messengers – 6pm

Fri – Jay Gonzalez / Drive By Truckers – 7pm

Sat – Juliann Banks Band – 1pm / Jay Gonzalez / Drive By Truckers – 8pm

Sun – Hacienda Brothers Reunion – Noon / Andrea Magee Band – 4pm

Mon – Bret Graham – 6pm

Tue – Austin Meade, Johnny Chops, Justin Cole – 6pm

Wed – The Georges – 6pm

 

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

Fri – Slim Bawb & the Fabulous Stumpgrinders – 8:30pm

Sat – Hunter Road Trio – 9pm

 

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

Tonight – Michael Milligan & Texiana Blues – 7pm

Fri – All Mixed Up – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Sam Watson – 5pm

Fri – Jan & Ted Frumkin – 4pm / Bonnie Lang – 8pm

Sat – The Hot Attacks – 1pm / Ben Stafford Rogers & the Texans – 8pm

Sun – Jimmy Lee Jones – 1pm / Jake Martin – 5pm

 

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

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

Sat – Tracy Weinberg – 2pm / Ash, Pope, Inmon & Burns – 7pm

Sun – Gerry Burns Bluegrass Show – 3pm

 

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

Fri – Nate Guthrie – 6:30pm

Sat – Clifton DeLeon – 6:30pm

 

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

Sat – Elvis Tribute by Travis Hudson – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Greg Grant – 6pm (Lounge) / Jess & Dave – 8pm (Sky Bar)

Sat – Soul Ethos – 6:30pm (Lounge) / Duke Ryan – 8pm (Sky Bar)

 

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

Tonight – Paul Handelman – 5:30pm

Fri – Jr Nash – 5pm / Soul Sessions w/ Courtney Santana – 8:30pm

Sat – 3 Man Front – 9pm

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

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

 

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

Tonight – Juliet McConkey – 7pm

Fri – The Homebodies – 6pm / Scott H Biram – 9pm

Sat – Summer Dean – 9pm

Wed – Mike Ethan Messick – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Wayne Wilson – 6pm

Sat – Nef Hernandez – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Zack Walther – 6pm

 

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

Fri – Augie Meyers – 7pm

Sat – Skyrocket – 8pm

 

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

Tonight – Open Mic Night – 7:30pm

Fri – Austin Gilliam – 9pm

Sat – Popgun – 9:30pm

Sun – Tyler Cannon – 4pm

 

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

Tonight – Tedeschi Trucks Band – 7:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Cactus Country – 8pm

Fri – Chris Max Band – 8:30pm

Sat – Meyer Anderson Band – 9pm

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Music News – Nov. 7, 2019

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Music News – Oct 31, 2019

MusicFest at Steamboat, Colorado is just around the corner and many Texas acts are gearing up for the trip. The five-day music festival starts on January 5 and features a huge list of Americana and Country artists. The festival was the brainchild of founder John Dickson and he’s been at it for over 30 years. Three decades will give you time to learn how to host a festival and few do it better than Dickson. It features over 200 hours of live music stretched across five days of skiing, snowboarding and dozens of other fun things to do. The list of performers is way to long to include here but it includes a range of talent from Aaron Watson to Reckless Kelly to Wade Bowen. It also features newcomers like Chris Colston and Kaitlin Butts as well as legendary country acts like Lorrie Morgan and Johnny Rodriguez. Each year the folks at MusicFest selects one artist to pay tribute to. Past honorees include Guy Clark, Joe Ely, Robert Earl Keen and Rodney Crowell. This year’s pick is New Braunfels resident Cody Canada and the music of his former band, Cross Canadian Ragweed. Many of the acts at Steamboat will perform their favorite Ragweed song during a special tribute show that will be recorded for a live CD release later in 2020. You can find more information at their website TheMusicFest.com.

 

Halloween Party Time Tonight

Halloween is a fun time in our city and several venues are joining in on the festivities. Going alphabetically down the list we can start at Adobe Verde. Tonight they are hosting a cool Halloween party starting about 6:30pm. Over at Billy’s Ice they are featuring live music by Clockwork for their Halloween party. The Craze will be rocking out tonight at Krause’s Café at 8pm. Riley’s Tavern is having their Halloween Bash tonight and cash prizes will be given to best costume. Tommy Alverson will be providing the live music at 8pm. Though its not actually a music event, the Wurst-A-Ween Pub Crawl will kick off tonight at the Faust Hotel & Brew Pub at 5:30pm and will make stops at Krause’s Café, the Phoenix Saloon and finish up at the Pour Haus at 10:15pm.

 

George Strait Continues Good Deeds

Just being the King of Country Music is a full-time job but George Strait has added two more duties on his To Do List. On November 25 he will perform a benefit concert for the island of Abaco in the Bahamas at the Moody Theatre in Austin. Last month, Hurricane Dorian, a Category 5 storm, hit the island and remained stationary for almost 24 hours. The damage was catastrophic and left thousands of citizens without food, water, electricity and housing. Ticket’s for Strait’s concert sold-out in minutes which isn’t surprising since it’s one of the smallest venues he’s played in several decades. His normal artist fee is well over $1,000,000 per night so this is a major donation on his part. The Abaco Relief program was started by the Discovery Land Company Foundation, an organization that assists in helping children all over world. Closer to home, Strait is helping raise money for the 100 Club in San Antonio in honor of National First Responders Day. The 100 Club, a non-profit organization founded in 1973, that helps area police, firefighters and other first responders. Strait’s latest album, Honky Tonk Time Machine, contains the hit single titled The Weight of the Badge. Strait wrote the song with his son Bubba and friend Dean Dillon about the life of a police officer shot in the line of duty.

 

Miranda Lambert Plans Her Wildcard Tour

Miranda Lambert has always been a rebel and risk taker in country music and continues that attitude with her latest album, Wildcard, scheduled for release tomorrow. She just announced the Wildcard 2020 tour featuring a variety of opening acts that includes our very own Randy Rogers Band. The album contains fourteen songs, all written by Lambert and fellow songwriters Lori McKenna, Brent Cobb, Ashley Monroe and Jack Ingram. To help promote the album she has released videos for four songs, Locomotive, Way to Pretty For Prison, Tequila Does and It All Comes Out in the Wash. The tour kicks off on January 16 in Tupelo, Mississippi and winds down on May in Ottawa, Canada. Texas cowboy Cody Johnson will open most shows but Randy Rogers and Parker McCollum will handle opening act duties in Kansas City, Tulsa and Dallas. At press time, the only Texas date is on February 8 in Dallas. It’s hard to imagine that Lambert will only play one show in her home state so I’ll keep a watch on her website in case another show is announced. Tickets to all shows are on-sale now at Ticketmaster.com.

 

 

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

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

Tonight – Halloween Party – 6pm

Fri – Blues Like It Usta Wuz – 6pm

Sat – Ryan Baker – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Fobia – 7pm

Fri – El Show en Vivo de Bely y Beto – 6pm

Sat – Sabrina Claudio – 7:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Halloween Bash w/ Clockwork – 8:30pm

Fri – Luca Jagneaux – 9pm

Sat – Jamie Talbert & Band of Demons – 9pm

Sun – School of Rock – 4pm

Wed – Logun Timberlake – 8:30pm

 

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

Fri – Manzy Lowry & Tommy Alverson – 6pm

Sat – Richie Allbright – 6pm

Sun – Bill Hearne – 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 – Fallon Franklin – 6pm

Sat – Tony Taylor – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Logan Samford & Triston Marez – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm

 

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

Sun – Jason Custer – 6pm

 

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

Sat – Tessy Lou & Shotgun Stars – 1pm / Jeff Plankenhorn & Michael O’Connor – 9pm

Sun – Drew Kennedy & Friends – 1pm

Tue – Garrett Bryan – 7pm

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Sandpaper Tree – 9:30am

 

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

Fri – Chad Boyd – 7pm

Sat – Blackboot Family Band / Highway Hypnosis – 6pm

 

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

Fri – Chris Colston / Kody West – 7pm

Sat – Humor For Heroes – 5pm

 

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

Tonight – Kevin Daniel / Johnny Chops – 7pm

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Bret Graham – 4pm

Sat – Sylvia Kirk – 2pm

 

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

Sat – Dan McCoy – Noon

 

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

Fri – Landon Bullard – 7pm

Sat – Sean Garrison – 7pm

Sun – Grant Ewing – 2pm

 

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

Tonight – Lucas Jack – 6pm

Fri – Jarrod Morris / Jason Boland & the Stragglers – 8pm

Sat – Bill Hearne Trio – 1pm / Tyler Stuckey/ Dirty River Boys – 8pm

Sun – Powell Brothers – Noon / Dawn & Hawkes Family Band – 5pm

Mon – Bret Graham – 6pm

Wed – The Georges – 6pm

 

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

Fri – Canaan Bryce – 8:30pm

Sat – RAGE – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – The Craze – 8pm

Fri – The Oompahs – 7pm

Sat – The Oompahs – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Sam Watson – 5pm

Fri – Wagon Aces – 8pm

Sat – David Touchton – 1pm / Garrett Bryan/ Kody West – 8pm

Sun – Jake Martin – 5pm

 

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

Fri – Sunrise Kings – 7pm

Sat – The Ramblewoods – 7pm

Sun – Chuck Shaw – 3pm

Mon – Open Mic w/ Bill Middleton – 6pm

 

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

Fri – Nate Guthrie – 6:30pm

Sat – Colton’s Kin – 6:30pm

 

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

Sun – Kerrville New Folk Winners – 4:30pm

 

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

Sat – Soul Ethos (Lounge) – 6:30pm / Gunnar Lathan (Sky Bar) – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Steven Vee – Noon / Paul Handelmann – 5:30pm

Fri – Junior Nash – 5pm / Texas T & Shine Runners – 9pm

Sat – Concrema / Paul Handelmann Band – 9pm

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

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

 

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

Tonight – Tommy Alverson – 8pm

Fri – The Jonathans – 6pm / Earl Poole Ball – 9pm

Sat – Andrea Marie & Magnolia Band – 4pm

Wed – Manzy Lowry & Tyler Cannon – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Rich Bermea – 6pm

Sat – Wayne Wilson – 6pm

 

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

Sat – Ian Moore – 8pm

 

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

Tonight – Code 2 – 6pm

 

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

Fri – Third Eye – Tribute to Perfect Circle – 8pm

Sat – John Baumann – 8pm

 

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

Fri – 3 Man Front – 9pm

Sat – Slim Bawb & Fabulous Stumpgrinders – 9:30pm

Sun – Tony Taylor – 2pm

 

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

Fri – San Antonio Symphony plays the Beatles – 7:30pm

Wed – Snoop Dogg – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Rick Rice Band – 8pm

Fri – Cadillac Drive – 8pm

Sat – Rick Reyna Band – 9pm

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Music News – Oct. 24, 2019

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Asleep at the Wheel – Keeping The Swing Alive

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

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

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

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Music News – Oct 17, 2019

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

 

Still More Tribute Shows to Choose From

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

 

The Ultimate Tribute to Jimi Hendrix

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

 

The Eagles Check In To Hotel California

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

 

 

 

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

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

Tonight – JJ Garrett Duo – 6:30pm

Fri – The Percolators – 6:30pm

Sat – Don Reilly – 6:30pm

Sun – JJ Garrett – 2pm

 

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

Sat – Oktoberfest – Noon

 

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

Tonight – UFO – 7pm

Fri – Blue October – 7pm

Sat – Yung Gravy – 8pm

Sun – Amon Amarth – 6pm

Wed – Sebastian Bach – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Marcy Grace – 8:30pm

Fri – Sundae Drivers – 8:30pm

Sat – Motley Crue Tribute / Kiss Tribute – 9pm

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

Wed – Logun Timberlake – 8:30pm

 

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

Sat – Monte Good – 6pm

Sun – Gus Samuelson – 6pm

 

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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 9pm

 

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

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

Fri – Donny Edwards – Tribute to Elvis – 7pm

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

 

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

Fri – David & Jess Lee – 7pm

Sat – Fallon Franklin – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Huser Brother Band – 8pm

Fri – Ryan Ross Band – 8pm

Sat – David Prado Band – 8pm

Tue – Chris Colston – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm

 

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

Sat – David Touchton Band – 8:30pm

Sun – Houston Keen – 6pm

 

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

Fri – Two Tons of Steel – 9pm

Sat – Hollin McKay Band – 1pm

Sun – Toni Price & Friends – 1pm

Tue – Emily Gimble – 7pm

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Anthony Wright – 9:30am

 

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

Fri – Con Crema – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Garrett T Capps / Charley Crockett – 7pm

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

 

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

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

Fri – Tom Petty Tribute Band – 7pm

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Colton’s Kin – 5pm

Fri – Bret Graham – 5pm

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

Sun – Phil Luna – 1pm

 

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

Sun – Dan McCoy – Noon

Wed – Dan McCoy – 5:30pm

 

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

Fri – Jaimie Krueger – 7pm

Sat – Smokehouse Guitar Army – 7pm

Sun – Poor J Brown – 2pm

 

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

Tonight – Christian Sparks & Beatnik Bandits – 6pm

Fri – Paul Eason / Zane Williams – 7pm

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

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

Mon – Bret Graham – 6pm

Tue – Bo Porter & Friends – 6pm

Wed – Barbara Nesbitt Trio – 6pm

 

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

Fri – Shaker Hymns / Statesboro Revue – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Caleb Haynes – 6pm

Sat – The Percolators – 6pm

Sun – Mike Kropp – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Michael Milligan & Texiana Blues – 7pm

Fri – Yesenia McNett & the Groove Doctors – 8pm

Wed – San Antonio Dutchmen – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Sam Watson – 5pm

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

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

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

 

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

Fri – David Byboth Trio – 7pm

Sat – The Wilkinson Quartet – 7pm

Sun – Gerry Burns – 3pm

Mon – Open Mic w/ Bill Middleton – 6pm

 

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

Fri – Fast Movin Trio – 7:30pm

Sat – Little Odds & Ends – 6:30pm

Wed – Open Mic Night – 6pm

 

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

Wed – Uncle Wess – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Shawn Hart – 7pm (Sky Bar)

Fri – Chad Anderson – 8pm (Sky Bar)

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

 

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

Tonight – Paul Handelman – 5:30pm

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

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

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

 

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

Tonight – Dallas Moore – 7pm

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

Sat – Jean Pierre & Zydeco Angels – 9pm

Sun – The Beaumonts – Noon

 

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

Fri – Wayne Wilson – 6pm

Sat – Rich Bermea – 6pm

 

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

Sat – Wild County – 9pm

 

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

Tonight – Tyler Cannon – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Chuck Ligon – 8:30pm

Fri – The Weeks – 7:30pm

Sat – Damon Curtis – 9:30pm

Sun – Cooper Greenberg – 4pm

 

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

Tonight – Steve Forbert – 7pm

Fri – Brownout – 9pm

Sat – Shandon Sahm – 8pm

Sun – Shawn Phillips – 6pm

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

 

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

Tonight – Open Mic Night – 7:30pm

Fri – Scott Wiggins Band – 9pm

Sat – File 13 – 9pm

Sun – Tony Taylor – 2pm

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

 

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

Tonight – Ruthie Foster – 7:30pm

Tue – Experience Hendrix – 7:30pm

 

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

Fri – Austin Gilliam Band – 7pm

Sat – Logun Timberlake – 7pm

Sun – Brent Michael Wood – 3pm

Wed – Slim Bawb – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Shades of Country – 8pm

Fri – 3 Man Front – 8pm

Sat – 3 Chord Rodeo – 9pm

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Music News – Oct. 10, 2019

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

 

New CD and Local Show by Micky & the Motorcars

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

 

Pop Star Howard Jones Makes a Stop in Town

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

 

Fall Weather Brings Many Live Music Choices

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

 

 

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

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

Tonight – Tony Taylor – 6:30pm

Fri – Jeff Willis – 6:30pm

Sat – Bru’s Tunes – 6:30pm

Sun – Little Oddz & Ends – 6:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Zach Talbert – 8:30pm

Fri – Clever Name Band – 9pm

Sat – Chris Max Band – 9pm

Sun – Hill Country Revival – 9pm

Tue – JJ Garrett – 8:30pm

Wed – Logun Timberlake – 8:30pm

 

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

Fri – Richie Albright – 6pm

Sat – Big John Mills – 6pm

 

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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 9pm

 

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

Sat – Dailey & Vincent – 7:30pm

 

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

Fri – Monte Good Duo – 7pm

Sat – Jack Motley & Friends – 7pm

 

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

Sat – Brother Roscoe – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm

 

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

Sat – MC & the Mystyx – 8:30pm

Sun – Joey Kipfer – 6pm

 

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

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

Sun – Casper Rawls – 1pm

Tue – Floyd Domino – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Micky & the Motorcars – 8pm

 

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

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

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Monte Good – 9:30am

 

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

Tonight – Nate Guthrie – 6pm

Fri – Marcus Morales – 6pm

Sat – Highway Hypnosis – 6pm

 

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

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

Sat – Lainey Wilson / Jon Pardi – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Jon Wolfe – 7pm

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 7pm

 

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

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

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

Sat – Gruene Music & Wine Fest – Noon

Sun – Gruene Music & Wine Fest – 1pm

 

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

Sun – Zach Nytomt – Noon

 

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

Tonight – Call For Band Info

Fri – Silo Road – 7pm

Sat – Stray Dawg & the Wolves – 7pm

Sun – Gruene Grove Blues Jam – 2pm

 

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

Tonight – Lauren Lucas / Bacon Brothers – 7pm

Fri – Tanya Tucker – 5:30pm & 9pm

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

Sun – Gruene Music & Wine Fest – 1pm

Mon – Bret Graham – 6pm

Tue – Josh Grider & Drew Kennedy – 6pm

Wed – The Georges – 6pm

 

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

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

Sat – Will Carter Band – 8:30pm

 

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

Fri – Blues Like It Usta Wuz – 6pm

Sat – Tex Porter Band – 6pm

Sun – Mike Kropp – 6pm

 

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

Fri – Slim Bawb – 7pm

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

 

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

Tonight – Sam Watson – 5pm

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

Sat – Jon Stork / Josh Ward – 8pm

Sun – Jake Martin – 5pm

 

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

Fri – Michael James Band – 7pm

Sat – Dallas Burrow – 7pm

Sun – Chris Lancaster – 3pm

Wed – Open Mic Night – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Nef Hernandez – 6:30pm

Fri – Fast Movin Train – 7:30pm

Sat – Derek Krueger – 6:30pm

Wed – Open Mic Night – 6pm

 

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

Wed – Monte Good – 5:30pm

 

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

Fri – Broken Duckfeet – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Josh Holden – Sky Bar – 8pm

Fri – Gunnar Latham – Sky Bar – 8pm

Sat – Soul Ethos – Lounge – 6:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Devin Baize – 5:30pm

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

Sat – Knotty Grove – 9pm

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

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

 

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

Tonight – Juliet McConkey / Jamie Lin Wilson – 7pm

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

Sat – Heather Victorino – 9pm

Wed – Mike Ethen Messick – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Rich Bermea – 6pm

Sat – Robert Jericho – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Wyatt Weaver Band – 6pm

Sun – Believing For Bryleigh Concert – 1pm

 

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

Tonight – Second Hand Cowboys – 6pm

 

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

Fri – Skyrocket – 8pm

Sat – Blue Water Highway – 8pm

Sun – Vinyl Radio – 6:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Open Mic Night – 7:30pm

Fri – Chilton Vance – 9pm

Sat – Devin Baize – 9:30pm

Sun – Nate Guthrie – 4pm

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

Wed – Matt Polansky – 4pm

 

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

Sat – Fab Four – 7:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Anthony Wright Band – 7pm

Fri – Brian Wilson Band – 7pm

Sat – Call For Band Info

Sun – Myles Smith – 3pm

Wed – Fast Movin Trio – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Danny Ray Harris – 8pm

Fri – Hill Country Revival – 8pm

Sat – Monte Good & Honky Tonk Heroes – 9pm

 

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

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