Music News – Aug. 29, 2019

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


Texas Pop Festival Turns 50

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


Reckless Kelly Are On The Road

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


George Strait & Cher Play Vegas

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


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

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





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

Tonight – JJ Garrett Duo – 6:30pm

Fri – Jordan Sleed – 6:30pm

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


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

Tonight – Molly Ringwalds – 7pm

Fri – AB Quintanilla Kumbia Kings – 7pm


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

Sat – Meyer Anderson Band – 9:30pm


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

Tonight – Chris Max Band – 8:30pm

Fri – 99 Rising – 9pm

Sat – Clockwork – 9pm


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

Tue – Aaron Stephens Band – 9pm


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

Fri – Lonestar Pickerz – 7pm

Sat – Bob Schneider – 7pm


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

Tonight – Ty Dillon / Casey Donahue – 8pm

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

Sat – GRC Live – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm


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

Fri – Tom Gillam – 8pm

Sat – 3 Man Front – 8pm


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

Sat – Hollin McCay Band – 1pm

Sun – Drew Kennedy & Friends – 1pm

Tue – Earl Poole Ball – 7pm


Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Ethan Hansen – 9:30am


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

Sat – Nate Guthrie – 7pm


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

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

Sat – Jesse Lee / Kin Faux – 7pm


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

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 7pm


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

Fri – Bret Graham – 5pm

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

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


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

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

Sat – Dan McCoy – 6:30pm

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

Mon – Dan McCoy – Noon


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

Tonight – The Homebodies – 7pm

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

Sat – Mandy Lowry – 7pm

Sun – Frenchie’s Blues Destroyer – 2pm


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

Tonight – Aaron Stephens Band – 7pm

Fri – Van Wilks Band – 7pm

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

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

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

Tue – Josh Grider & Drew Kennedy – 6pm

Wed – Mark Jungers Band – 6pm


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

Fri – LC Rocks – 8pm

Sat – The Revs – 8:30pm


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

Tonight – Lisa Crawford – 6pm

Fri – Don Riley – 6pm


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

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

Mon – Mollie B & Squeezebox – 8pm

Wed – All Mixed Up – 6pm


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

Sat – County Line – 7pm


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

Sun – John Evans – 5pm


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

Tonight – Theresa Britt – 5pm

Fri – Jack Ingram / Reckless Kelly – 8pm

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

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


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

Fri – Dallas Burrow – 7pm

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

Sun – Michael James Band – 2pm

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


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

Fri – Fast Movin Trio – 7:30pm

Sat – Derek Krueger – 7:30pm

Wed – Open Mic Night – 7:30pm


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

Tonight – Paul Handelman – 5:30pm

Fri – Tausha Jackson & Culture Jam – 9pm

Sat – Concrema / Dollface / Mexfats – 9pm

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

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


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

Tonight – Kinky Wires – 8:30pm

Fri – Scott Wiggins – 8:30pm

Sat – Shinerunners – 9:30pm

Tue – Open Mic Night – 9pm


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

Tonight – Tyler Stucky – 7pm

Fri – Amanda Jo Cevallos – 9pm

Sat – Annie Rost – 9pm

Wed – Tyler Cannon & Manzy Lowry – 7pm


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

Fri – Josh Grider / Bri Bagwell – 8pm

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


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

Tonight – Call For Band Info


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

Tonight – Remy Reilly – 8:30pm

Fri – Taylor Nicks & Friends – 9pm


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

Tonight – Matt The Electrician – 7pm

Fri – Shinyribs – 8pm

Sat – Reckless Kelly – 8pm


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

Tonight – Open Mic Night – 7:30pm

Fri – Keith Hickle – 9pm

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

Sun – Darrell Goldman – 2pm

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


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

Fri – Boz Skaggs – 7:30pm

Wed – Pat Benatar – 7:30pm


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

Tonight – Rio Tripiano – 7pm

Fri – The Brew – 8pm


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

Tonight – Rick Rice Band – 8pm

Fri – Kim Meeks & Her Bad Habits – 8pm

Sat – Aaron Kantor – 9pm

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

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

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

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