Music News – Feb. 13, 2020

Just five short years after they formed, the Rolling Stones were being billed as the Greatest Rock & Roll Band in the World. Not bad for a band that started after a chance meeting by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards at a train station in Dartford, England on October 17, 1961. Richards was already a guitar player trying to learn the blues records by Muddy Waters, Lightnin’ Hopkins and Chuck Berry. When he saw fellow classmate Jagger with an armload of Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters albums, a bond was started that is still in place today. They soon joined a band fronted by guitarist Brian Jones called Blues Incorporated. Once drummer Charlie Watts and bassist Bill Wyman came on board, the band was complete. Brian named the band Rollin’ Stone after a song recorded by Muddy Waters in 1950. They played their first official show as a band on July 12, 1962 at the Marquee Club in London. They later changed it to The Rolling Stones about a month later. Jones quit the band in 1969 and Wyman quit in 1993, they were replaced by Ronnie Wood and Darryl Jones respectively. They hired their first manager, Andrew Oldham, in May of 1963. Even though he was only 19 years old, Oldham had previously managed the Beatles so the Stones trusted him to make them stars too. Since the Beatles had the clean image of suits and ties on-stage, Oldham decided to change the Stones image to be the bad boys of rock. After 58 years as a band, the bad boy image has remained intact. If you’re curious about their crazy life, read Keith Richard’s autobiography, but be warned, it’s not for the faint of heart. Their past five tours were reported to be their final live performances, but here they are again, announcing another stadium tour. It starts May 8 in San Diego and wraps up on July 9 in Atlanta. Texas is the only state with two shows, one in Austin on May 24 and the other in Dallas on May 29. If you are planning on going to either show, go to their website and register for updates on ticket sales. Just click on the register tab next to the city you want to purchase tickets for. You will receive emails informing you when tickets go on-sale. Beware, tickets to see the Stones aren’t cheap.


Todd Snider Returns to Devil’s Backbone Tavern

Todd Snider is one of our most talented singer songwriters with a very rich history in our city. It was after seeing Jerry Jeff Walker at Gruene Hall that gave him the inspiration to become a performer and songwriter. His concerts are known for their long stories about his crazy life. One of my favorites is the story about Luckenbach and Devils Backbone Tavern. Snider had this burning ambition to play at Luckenbach Dance Hall and when he finally got the chance, it was a major milestone in his life. He headed to Luckenbach with his guitar and a carload of friends. Todd’s a great songwriter but not the best with directions. They got lost on the way and stopped in at Devil’s Backbone Tavern to ask directions. The owner at the time was a lady named Miss Versee. She offered Todd a regular gig and all the free beer they could drink if they would stay at her tavern and not go to Luckenbach. Todd’s a very spontaneous person and accepted her offer instantly. For the next six months he played a regular Sunday afternoon show at the tavern. He wrote a hilarious song about the experience called “The Ballad of Devil’s Backbone Tavern.” Go to and search for the live clip of him performing this song, Be sure you watch the one with the full story he tells before the song. This weekend, Todd is returning to Devil’s Backbone Tavern for three shows. He will play Friday, Saturday and Sunday and will bring his pal Jack Ingram with him. At press time, they still had a few tickets left for the Friday night show but the other two shows were sold-out. See for more info.


Big Sandy & His Fly Rite Boys Come to Riley’s Tavern

Big Sandy & His Fly Rite Boys are celebrating over 30 years as a band with a show this Saturday at Riley’s Tavern. Robert “Big Sandy” Williams started the band in his garage in 1988 in Anaheim, California. He wanted a band without boundaries, free to play rock & roll, rockabilly, soul, country and R & B without worrying about fitting into a certain category. With fourteen albums under their belts, the band is still going strong. Their current tour takes them across America through September. Their show at Riley’s Tavern on Saturday is one of only four stops in Texas so don’t miss this chance to catch one of the best roots rock bands in the country. Tickets are just $15 and can be purchased online at


Janet Jackson Announces New Album & Tour

Janet Jackson is a name we haven’t heard in the music world for a while. She caught everyone by surprise this week when she announced not only a new album but also an upcoming World Tour starting June 24 in Miami, Florida. Though she never achieved the massive success her brother Michael did, Jackson has held her own with platinum selling albums and sold-out tours.

The album and tour both share the Black Diamond name. No release date has been confirmed for the new album but the tour starts in June and ends in August before heading overseas this fall. Texas fans will have three chances to see Jackson in concert. She plays Dallas on August 3, Houston on August 5 and San Antonio on August 7. Go to to purchase tickets at any of these three cities.





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

Fri – JJ Garrett Duo – 6:30pm


Anhalt Hall (2390 Anhalt Rd, Spring Branch  830-438-2873)

Sat – Jim Byron – 8pm


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

Sat – Ultimate 80’s Party w/ Tiffany – 8pm


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

Tonight – Rio Tripeano – 8:30pm

Fri – 3 Man Front – 9pm

Sat – Bill Ayers Band – 9pm

Sun – Funder For Down Under Benefit – 4pm


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

Sat – Gus Samuelson – 6pm


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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 9pm


Brauntex Theatre (290 W. San Antonio, 830-627-0808)

Fri – Marty Stuart & Connie Smith – 7:30pm


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

Fri – Drew Fish Band – 8pm

Sat – Clete Braley & the Mood / Kasey Thornton Band – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm


Dam Red Barn (16520 S. Access Rd, Canyon Lake  830-964-3276)

Fri – Valentine’s Day Masquerade Party – 7:30pm

Sat – Shades of Blue – 8:30pm


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

Fri – Jack Ingram & Todd Snider – 8pm

Sat – Jack Ingram & Todd Snider – 8pm

Sun – Jack Ingram & Todd Snider – 8pm

Tue – Johnny Nicholas – 7pm


Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Anthony Wright – 9:30am


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

Fri – Nate Guthrie – 7pm

Sat – Chris Lancaster – 7pm


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

Fri – Hill Country Revival / Tim Montana – 7pm

Sat – Isaac Jacob Band / Sundance Head – 7pm


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

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 6:30pm


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

Fri – Colton’s Kin – 4pm

Sat – Sylvia Kirk – Noon / Bret Graham – 4pm


Gristmill River Grill (1287 Gruene Road, 830-625-0684) Tonight – Colton’s Kin – 5:30pm

Fri – Dan McCoy – 5:30pm

Sat – Dan McCoy – 12:30pm / Colton’s Kin – 6pm

Sun – Dan McCoy – Noon


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

Tonight – Grant Ewing – 7pm

Fri – Nick Garcia – 7pm

Sat – Stray Dog & the Wolves – 7pm

Sun – Sophia Johnson Duo – 2pm


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

Tonight – David Lee & the Jose Armadillo Roadshow – 6pm

Fri – LeAnn Rimes – 7pm

Sat – Beat Root Revival – 1pm / LeAnn Rimes – 8pm

Sun – Pat Byrne Band – Noon / Barbara Nesbitt Band – 4pm

Mon – Bret Graham – 6pm

Wed – The Georges – 6pm


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

Fri – Slim Bawb & the Fabulous Stumpgrinders – 2pm


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

Fri – The Craze – 7pm

Wed – Terry Cavanagh & Alpine Express – 6pm


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

Tonight – Brent Ryan – 5pm

Fri – Charlie Day – 5pm / Weldon Henson / Dale Watson – 8pm

Sat – Charlie Day – 5pm / Kin Faux / Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis – 8pm

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


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

Fri – Frank Iarossi – 7pm

Sat – Chris Meacham Duo – 5pm

Sun – Gerry Burns Bluegrass Sunday – 3pm

Mon – Open Mic w/ Tom Taylor – 6pm


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

Tonight – Little Jewford – 5pm / Brett Cline – 8pm

Fri – Little Jewford – 4:30pm / 3 Swings & a Miss – 6pm

Sat – Little Jewford – 5pm / Brett Cline – 8pm

Wed – Little Jewford – 6pm


NB House Concerts (250 Timber Wild, 210-617-3765)

Sun – Susan Werner – 4:30pm


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

Sun – Ryan Waguespack – 10:30am

Wed – Monte Good – 5:30pm


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

Fri – Broken Duckfeet – 7pm


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

Sat – Soul Ethos – 7:30pm


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

Tonight – Frank Painter – 5:30pm

Fri – Larry Dial – 5pm / Jorge Gallegos Valentine Special – 9pm

Sat – Caleb & the Homegrown Tomatoes – 9pm

Sun – Shawn Hart – 3pm / Lucas Taylor – 3:30pm

Wed – Steven Vee – Noon / Open Mic w/ Billy Roy – 8pm


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

Tonight – Andrae Blissett – 8:30pm

Fri – Chris Sauceda Band – 8:30pm

Sat – Dirty White Horse – 9:30pm

Sun – Derek & Bobby – 8:30pm

Mon – Devin Baize – 8:30pm

Tue – Open Mic Night – 8:30pm

Wed – Damon Curtis – 8:30pm


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

Tonight – Mary Charlotte Young – 7pm

Fri – Mark Jungers – 6pm / The Hightones – 9pm

Sat – Big Sandy & His Fly Rite Boys – 9pm

Sun – Beaumonts Gospel Sunday – 4pm

Wed – Mike Ethan Messick – 7pm


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

Sat – Saturday Night Five – 8pm


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

Tonight – James Balderas – 6pm


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

Tonight – Crystal Bowersox – 7pm

Fri – Depeche Mode Tribute – 8pm

Sat – Seth Walker – 8pm

Sun – Peterson Brothers – 6pm


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

Fri – Elton Wetz – 5pm / Chilton Vance – 9pm

Sat – Los Tejanos de San Antonio – 6pm / Slim Bawb & Fabulous Stumpgrinders – 9:30pm


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

Tonight – Chad Boyd – 7pm

Sat – Nate Rodriguez Band – 7pm

Sun – Josh Holden – 3pm

Wed – Fast Movin Trio – 7pm


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

Tonight – Rick Reyna Band – 8pm

Fri – County Line Band – 8:30pm

Sat – Wyzer – 9pm

Tue – Songwriter Night w/ Jay Bleu – 8:30pm

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