Music News – Aug. 22, 2019

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


SA Rodeo Announces Some Acts

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


Springsteen Stays Busy With Movie and Album

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


Willie Ready To Return To The Stage

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


Lots of Choices For Local Live Music

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





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

Tonight – JJ Garrett Duo – 6:30pm

Fri – Don Reilly – 6:30pm

Sat – The Percolators – 6:30pm


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

Fri – George Clinton & Parliament – 6pm

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


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

Sat – Ruben V – 9:30pm

Sun – Ron Knuth & Baja Boys – 6pm


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

Tonight – Marcy Grace – 8:30pm

Fri – BJ Thibideaux – 8:30pm

Sat – Billy Ayers – 9pm

Wed – Logun Timberlake – 8:30pm


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

Fri – Bougees – 6pm

Sat – Nick Dittmeir & the Sawdusters – 6pm

Sun – Adam Johnson – 1pm


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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 9pm


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

Fri – Austin Forrest – 7pm

Sat – Monte Good – 7pm


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

Tonight – Wynn Williams / Stoney LaRue – 8pm

Fri – Christian Sparks / The Cover Letter – 8pm

Sat – Peace Pipe Prophets – 8pm

Tue – Chris Colston – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm


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

Fri – Austin Gilliam – 7pm

Sat – BJ Thibideaux – 8pm


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

Sun – James McMurtry – 6pm

Tue – Floyd Domino & Redd Volkaert – 7pm


Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Monte Good – 9:30am


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

Fri – Con Crema – 7pm

Sat – Matt Kirk – 7pm


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

Fri – Triston Marez / Logan Samford – 7pm

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


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

Fri – Ray Wylie Hubbard – 7pm

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 7pm


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

Fri – Sylvia Kirk – 5pm

Sat – Dirty River Dixie Band – 2pm

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


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

Sat – Clifton Jansky – 7pm


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

Tonight – Joey Fender – 7pm

Fri – Smokehouse Guitar Army – 7pm

Sat – Sean Garrison – 7pm

Sun – Brian Hays – 2pm


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

Tonight – Powell Brothers – 7pm

Fri – Lisa Morales / Los Lonely Boys – 7pm

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

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

Mon – Joey McGee Band – 7pm

Tue – Bo Porter & Friends – 7pm

Wed – The Georges – 7pm


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

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

Sat – AC & the Bad Billy’s – 8:30pm


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

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

Wed – Das Ist Lustig – 6pm


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

Sun – Mike McClure – 5pm


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

Tonight – Theresa Britt – 5pm

Fri – The Merles / Dale Watson – 8pm

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

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


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

Fri – Matt Polansky Band – 7pm

Sat – Stray Dawg & the Wolves – 7pm

Sun – Bluegrass w/ Gerry Burns – 3pm

Mon – Open Mic w/ Bill Middleton – 6pm


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

Tonight – Nef Hernandez – 7pm

Wed – Open Mic Night – 7:30pm


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

Tonight – Ryan Quiet – 5:30pm

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

Sat – Chris Max Band – 9pm

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

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


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

Tonight – Jade Marie Patek – 8:30pm

Fri – Roadside Libby – 8:30pm

Sat – Jay Eric – 9:30pm

Sun – Brian Milson – 3pm

Mon – Tony Taylor – 8:30pm

Tue – Open Mic Night – 8:30pm

Wed – Clever Name Band – 8:30pm


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

Tonight – Nate Rodriguez – 7pm

Fri – Urban Pioneers – 9pm

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

Sun – Blues Jam – 4pm

Wed – Austin Mayse & Friends – 7pm


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

Fri – The Motts – 7pm

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


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

Tonight – Paul Eldredge – 6pm


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

Tonight – Stop Light Observations – 8:30pm

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

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

Sun – Jade Marie – 4pm

Mon – Marcy Grace – 8:30pm

Tue – Christine Su – 8:30pm


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

Tonight – The Aristocrats – 7pm

Fri – Mobley – 8pm

Sat – Pretenders & Pat Benatar Tribute Bands – 8pm

Sun – Ken Slavin – 5pm


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

Tonight – Open Mic Night – 7:30pm

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

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

Sun – Larry Dial – 2pm

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


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

Tonight – Wes Nickson & Jake Bush – 7pm

Fri – Call For Info

Sat – Call For Info

Sun – Morgan Ashley – 4pm

Wed – Tyler McCollum & Damon Curtis – 7pm


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

Tonight – Meyer Anderson Band – 8pm

Fri – Wyzer – 8pm

Sat – Knotty Grove – 9pm

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

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

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