Music News – Dec. 26, 2019

As this year winds down, it’s time to take a look back at all the cool music events that happened in the past twelve months. Obviously, the Garth Brooks show at Gruene Hall tops the list as the biggest single music event of the year. Gruene Hall was hand-picked by Garth to be included on his seven city Dive Bar tour. He had played at Gruene Hall back on October 28, 1989 and felt like it was time to return to the world-famous venue. He had his crew setup huge screens on the street and in the front parking lot so fans that weren’t able to win tickets could still enjoy the experience. Tickets inside the hall were available through radio station giveaways only. Admission was tough, the only reason I was allowed inside was because of the relationship I had built with his publicist Nancy Seltzer starting back in 1987. I had covered Garth’s career since the beginning and he still used the same team that helped him get his start back then. Nancy gave me one ticket so I could cover the show for our paper but no photographs were allowed. The photo we ran a few days after the show came directly from his personal photographer and captured the excitement from the stage. It was a night for the history books and one that our city won’t soon forget.


Concerts of 2019 and 2020

While we are talking about Gruene Hall, they brought a massive list of talented acts to our city this year, including Wynonna Judd, The Mavericks, Tanya Tucker, Billy Bob Thornton, 3 Dog Night, Melissa Etheridge, Boz Skaggs, Aaron Lewis and Leanne Rimes, just to name a few. In 2020, Gruene Hall has another stellar lineup of talent already on the books with favorites like Leanne Rimes and Shane Smith & the Saints returning. Just down the road on FM 306, Whitewater Amphitheatre had an incredible year with shows by Willie Nelson, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Avett Brothers, Cody Johnson, Maren Morris and Koe Wetzel. They have quickly become a major tour stop for touring acts looking to play in central Texas. Next year they already have Willie Nelson, Cody Johnson and Koe Wetzel returning, plus I expect some major new show announcements to be made very soon. The Brauntex Theatre did a record number of concerts in 2019, with over forty shows in their 2019 season. Next year that number is expected to get close to fifty, giving their season ticket holders a wide variety of options to choose from. Other area venues stayed very busy all year with several new places offering live music as well. This further proves that our city has become just as well known for its live music as it is for water activities, our quality of life here and its German heritage.


Stars We Lost This Year

We lost a lot of musicians this year and I used the list from Billboard Magazine to compile them all. There’s far too many to list here but some of the more well-known stars we lost were Daryl Drago, one half of the pop group Captain & Tennille, R & B singer James Ingram, Peter Tork of the Monkees, guitarist Dick Dale, country singer Earl Thomas Conley, Doris Day, Dr. John, Eddie Money, Ric Ocasek, singer for the Cars and Leon Rausch, singer for Bob Wills Texas Playboys.


Who’s on Tour in 2020

Looking ahead to next year on the national music scene, several major tours will be coming through our state. As expected, the hard rock band Motley Crue decided to come out of retirement and embark on a massive stadium tour with guests Def Leppard, Poison and Joan Jett. The tour will kick off in San Antonio on June 21 at the Alamodome, then on July 14 they will be in Arlington and July 15 in Houston. Bruce Springsteen is saying that he will tour in 2020 with the E Street Band and release an album with them. According to Pollstar Magazine, here’s just a small sample of artists that will be touring next year: The Eagles, Metallica, Elton John, Aerosmith, Kiss, Rod Stewart, Guns ‘N Roses, Lady Gaga, Paul McCartney, Taylor Swift, Billy Joel, Sting, Eric Clapton, Madonna, Jimmy Buffett and The Who. As you can see, 2020 promises to be another busy year in the music business. I look forward to keeping you up to date on all of it. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.






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

Fri – The Percolators – 6:30pm

Sat – Asa Keese – 6:30pm


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

Fri – Brian Milson – 9pm

Sat – Shine Runners – 9pm

Tue – New Year’s Eve Party w/ DJ Kevin Clark – 8:30pm


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

Fri – James Moritz – 6pm

Sat – Adam Johnson – 6pm


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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 9pm


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

Tue – New Year’s Eve w/ David Beck’s Tejano Weekend – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm


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

Sat – Jake Penrod – 1pm / Walt Wilkins – 9pm

Sun – Folk Family Revival – 1pm

Tue – New Year’s Eve w/ Floyd Domino & Earl Poole Ball – 7pm


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

Tue – Roaring 2020 New Year’s Eve Party – 8pm


Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Shawn Hart – 9:30am


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

Fri – Highway Hypnosis – 7pm

Sat – 3 Man Front – 6pm

Tue – New Year’s Eve Party (Faust Hotel) – 8pm


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

Fri – John Baumann / Wade Bowen – 7pm

Sat – Jon Stork / Clay Hollis – 7pm


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

Tue – New Year’s Eve Party w/ Gary Glenn – 8pm


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

Sun – Juliann Banks – Noon


Gristmill River Grill (1287 Gruene Road, 830-625-0684) Tonight – Colton’s Kin – Noon / Dan McCoy – 6pm

Fri – Troy Stone – Noon / Dan McCoy – 6pm

Sat – Colton’s Kin – Noon / Dan McCoy – 6pm

Sun – Dan McCoy – Noon


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

Fri – The Homebodies – 7pm

Sat – Jaime Krueger – 7pm

Sun – Grant Ewing – 2pm


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

Tonight – David Byboth – 1pm / Tom Gillam & Kosmic Messenger – 6pm

Fri – Holin McKay Band – 1pm / Cody Bryan / Roger Creager – 7pm

Sat – Flat Top Jones – 1pm / Grant Gilbert / William Clark Green – 8pm

Sun – Linda Gail Lewis – 1pm / Jonny Burke / William Clark Green – 7pm

Mon – Slim Bawb – 1pm / Giovannie & Hired Guns / Kody West – 7pm

Tue – Soul Sessions – 1pm / Vincent Neil Emerson / Charley Crockett – 7pm

Wed – Guy & Jeska Forsyth – Noon / Walt Wilkins & Mystiqueros – 4pm


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

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

Sat – Austin Gilliam – 8:30pm


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

Fri – Peterson Brothers – 7pm


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

Tonight – ShAnnie – 5pm

Fri – Hayden Whittington – 1pm / Bob Livingston Trio – 7pm

Sat – Peter Tory – 1pm / Josh Morningstar / Ward Davis – 8pm

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

Tue – New Year’s Eve w/ The Merle’s – 9pm


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

Fri – Danny Ray Harris Band – 7pm

Sat – Grateful Saturday w/ Gerry Burns – 2pm / Marvin Bottera & Broken Glass – 7pm

Sun – Nate Guthrie Duo – 3pm

Mon – New Year’s Eve Eve Party w/ Aurazora – 8pm


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

Sunday – Ryan Waguespack – 10:30am

Wed – Monte Good – 5:30pm


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

Wed – Tim Williams & Friends – 2pm


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

Tue – New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball – 8pm


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

Tonight – Larry Dial – 5pm

Fri – Junior Nash – 5pm / 3 Man Front – 9pm

Sat – Year End Party w/ The George’s – 9pm

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

Tue – New Year’s Eve w/ Uptown – 8pm

Wed – Open Mic w/ Billy Roy – 8:30pm


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

Tonight – Jay Bleu – 8:30pm

Fri – Court Nance & Garrett Mann – 8:30pm

Sat – Clever Name Band – 9:30pm

Sun – Bobby & Paul – 8:30pm

Mon – Tony Taylor & Friends – 8:30pm

Tue – Natalie Rose – 8:30pm


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

Tonight – Kayla Ray – 7pm

Fri – Shelley King – 6pm

Sat – Dallas Burrow Band – 9pm

Tue – New Year’s Eve w/ Joel Hofmann Band – 9pm

Wed – Manzy Lowry – 7pm


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

Tue – Lady & the Tramps / Midnight River Choir – 8pm


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

Tonight – Paul Elderidge – 6pm


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

Tonight – Cooper Greenberg – 8:30pm

Fri – Allan Hendrickson – 9:30pm

Sat – Chris Lopez – 4pm

Sun – Kathy McKenzie – 4pm

Tue – New Year’s Eve Party w/ DJ Tone – 8pm


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

Tonight – Satisfaction – Rolling Stones Tribute – 7pm

Fri – Skyrocket – 8pm

Sat – Aaron Stephens / Jackie Venson – 8pm

Sun – Shaun Martin – 7pm

Tue – New Year’s Eve w/ Nightbird – Fleetwood Mac Tribute – 8pm


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

Fri – Richard Watson – 5pm / Keith Hickle – 9pm

Sat – Chilton Vance – 9:30pm

Tue – New Year’s Eve w/ Popgun – 9pm


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

Fri – Jay Bleu Band – 8:30pm

Sat – Fast Moving Train – 9pm

Tue – New Year’s Eve w/ Knotty Grove – 8pm

This entry was posted in Columns, Music News. Bookmark the permalink. Both comments and trackbacks are currently closed.