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


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 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 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 Gruene Grove is hosting a Christmas Spectacular on Saturday night at 7pm. Check out more info at 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






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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