Music News – Aug. 8, 2019

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


Whiskey Myers and Flatland Cavalry Play Whitewater

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


The Presley Project Comes to Town

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


Lineup for the Gruene Music & Wine Fest Announced

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





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

Tonight – JJ Garrett Duo – 6:30pm

Fri – Jordan Sleed – 6:30pm

Sat – Danny White – 6:30pm


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

Tonight – 808 Day w/ Camp Lo – 7pm

Fri – Bone Thugs N Harmony – 8pm


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

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

Sun – Chris Cuevas Project – 6pm


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

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

Fri – 3 Man Front – 8:30pm

Sat – Law By The Gun – 9pm

Sun – Me & Paul – 4pm

Wed – Logun Timberlake – 8:30pm


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

Fri – Monte Good – 6pm

Sat – Gus Samuelson – 6pm

Sun – Big John Mills – 1pm


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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 8pm


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

Fri – Texas Hill Country Outlaws – 7pm

Sat – Bob Schneider – 7pm


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

Sat – 11th Annual Johnnie Jam – 3pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm


Devils Backbone Tavern (4041 FM 32, Fischer)

Sun – Jonny Burke & Friends – 1pm

Tue – Floyd Domino & Erik Hokkanen – 7pm


Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Shawn Hart – 9:30am


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

Fri – Chris Lancaster – 7pm

Sat – Marcus Morales – 7pm


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

Fri – Jason James / Max Stalling – 7pm

Sat – Skylar Hamilton / Reed Brothers – 7pm


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

Fri – Gary Glenn – 8pm

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 7pm


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

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


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

Sat – Dan McCoy – Noon


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

Tonight – Sonny Wolf – 7pm

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

Sat – Stray Dog & the Wolves – 7pm

Sun – Blues Jam – 2pm


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

Tonight – Jeremy Nail Band – 7pm

Fri – Rod Melancon / Hayes Carll – 7pm

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

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

Mon – Johnny McGowan’s Rugged Gents – 7pm

Tue – Two Tons of Steel – 8:30pm

Wed – The Georges – 7pm


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

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


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

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

Sat – Auf Geht’s – 8pm

Wed – San Antonio Dutchmen – 7pm


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

Fri – County Line – 7pm

Sat – County Line – 7pm


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

Sun – Bo Brumble – 6pm


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

Tonight – Theresa Britt – 5pm

Fri – Hot Texas Swing Band – 8pm

Sat – Kathy Bauer Band – 8pm

Sun – Bo Porter – 1pm / ShAnnie – 5pm


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

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

Sat – Tracy Weinberg – 7pm

Sun – Frank Iarossi – 3pm

Mon – Open Mic w/ Bill Middleton – 6pm


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

Tonight – Nef Hernandez – 7pm

Fri – Jess & Dave – 7pm

Wed – Open Mic Night – 7:30pm


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

Tonight – Ryan Quiet – 5:30pm

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

Sat – Knotty Grove – 9pm

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

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


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

Tonight – Juliet McConkey – 7pm

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

Sat – Miss Lavelle White – 9pm

Wed – Britton Pyeatt – 7pm


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

Tonight – Slim Bawb & Fabulous Stumpgrinders – 6pm

Fri – Midnight River Choir – 7pm

Sat – Chad Cooke Band – 8pm


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

Tonight – Call For Band Info


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

Fri – Kylie Rae Harris – 9:30pm

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

Sun – Bonnie Lang – 4pm


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

Tonight – Ian Moore Band – 7pm

Fri – Skyrocket – 8pm

Sat – Nightbird – Fleetwood Mac Tribute – 8pm


Schlitterbahn (Lagoon Area Inside the Park)

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


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

Tonight – Open Mic Night – 7:30pm

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

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

Sun – Buddy Vargas – 2pm

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


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

Sat – Blues Beatles – 7:30pm


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

Tonight – Isaac Jacobs & Court Nance – 7pm

Fri – Bill Ayers – 7pm

Sat – Anthony Wright Band – 7pm

Sun – Brian Milson – 4pm

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


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

Tonight – Monte Good & Honky Tonk Heroes – 8pm

Fri – Hill Country Revival – 8pm

Sat – Chad Anderson Band – 9pm

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

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

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