Music News – Feb. 28, 2019

Texas Independence Day

Texas declared independence on March 2, 1836 and this week, we all get to help celebrate this very special day. Many venues around town will have concerts planned around this important day in Texas history. Listing them alphabetically is really the fairest way so we will start with The Lawless at Billy’s Ice on Saturday night. Johnny Bush & the Bandoleros will be at the Brauntex Theatre on Friday night. Cheatham Street Warehouse will have Mike Ryan on Saturday night. Floores Country Store will celebrate on Saturday with Matt Caldwell and Clay Hollis. Gruene Hall has a triple bill on Saturday with Walt Wilkins & Mystiqueros followed by Tanner Fenoglio and Jason Boland & Stragglers. Hill Country Revival play Happy Cow Bar & Grill on Saturday while Krause’s Café will welcome Alpen Musikanten to the pavilion stage. In fact, Krause’s has several great days of live music on their schedule that continues right on through to Fat Tuesday of next week. Luckenbach Dance Hall is the epicenter of Texas so they have the Dirty River Boys on their stage this Saturday. Riley’s Tavern has a special day planned for Saturday and the Sons of Johnny Cash will be on hand to help celebrate. Los #3 Dinners will be the band at Sam’s Burger Joint on Saturday for their annual celebration. On Saturday, the Zack Walther Band will return to their original home stage of Tavern in the Gruene. Last but certainly not least, the Watering Hole Saloon has the rocking country sounds of Dirty White Horse to help them out on Texas Independence Day.


Alex Meixner’s Fat Tuesday Show

Next week Alex Meixner will return to our city for his annual Fat Tuesday concert at the Brauntex Theatre. If my memory is correct, I think it is his 6th show on the beginning of Mardi Gras, which is French for Fat Tuesday. It represents the last night of eating rich, fatty foods before the ritual of fasting for the Lenten season. In our city, many bars and clubs will host special Fat Tuesday celebrations. It is one of the rare times we find a reason to party on a Tuesday night. Alex’s shows are always different from his normal crazy performances we see on outdoor stages. It gives him a chance to use his many musical talents plus play a variety of instruments. He always has special guests joining him onstage as well and this year is no exception. Alex revealed that Yesenia McNett and Tina Wilkins will be joining him and that Brett Cline will be playing in his band that night. He has a few other surprises planned too but you’ll just have to attend the show to find out what they are.


Carolyn Wonderland

Texas guitarist Carolyn Wonderland is at home in Austin recovering from hip replacement surgery, but will soon head overseas to start a two month European tour as the new guitar player for blues legend John Mayall. If you will recall, former guitarists in his band included Eric Clapton, Peter Green and Mick Taylor, so Carolyn is in good company. She is certainly one of my favorite guitarists and vocalists. If you aren’t familiar with her music, go online and purchase Miss Understood. It’s in my list of top 5 albums of all time. She recently completed her first album with Mayall titled Nobody Told Me. The record also includes special guests Alex Lifeson of Rush, Steve Van Zant from the E Street Band, Todd Rundgren and Joe Bonamassa. I once shared an elevator with John Mayall after a concert in Houston. I didn’t recognize him at the time, even when he asked me if I enjoyed the show, so I missed my chance to talk with a true music legend. If you are a blues fan, John’s new album will be a great addition to your collection.


Peter Frampton Retires

Speaking of guitar players, Peter Frampton is one of the best in the business. This England born guitar slinger started his first band; the Herd while still a teenager. At age 18 he helped fellow musician Steve Marriott form Humble Pie, a band that became a huge success all over the world. Their Live at the Fillmore album is listed as one of the top 10 live albums in rock music. Frampton left Humble Pie after the live album was released to pursue a solo career. After several unsuccessful studio albums, he released Frampton Comes Alive and the rest is history. It sold millions of copies and is now considered one of the best live albums ever recorded. It should be noted here that Frampton’s top two career albums were both recorded live. That means one thing; Frampton’s live shows are where he shines. A few days ago he released the news that he has been diagnosed with Inclusion Body Myositis, a rare condition that causes muscles to weaken. Since learning about this, he’s been recording new music as fast as possible and has at least 33 new songs completed. He will begin his final tour on June 18 in Tulsa and finish on October 12 in San Francisco. Two stops in Texas were announced, September 21 at The Woodlands and September 22 in Dallas. If you’re a Frampton fan, this will be your last chance to see him live in concert. Tickets are on-sale now at





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

Tonight – Band of Horses – 7pm

Wed – Buckethead – 7pm


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

Sat – The Lawless – 8:30pm


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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 8pm


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

Tonight – Bee Gee’s Gold – 7:30pm

Fri – Johnny Bush & the Bandoleros – 7:30pm

Tue – Fat Tuesday w/ Alex Meixner – 7:30pm


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

Tonight – Cale & the 45’s / Austin Meade – 8pm

Fri – Landon Bullard / Drew Fish Band – 8pm

Sat – Mike Ryan – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm


Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Shawn Hart – 9:30am


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

Fri – Chad Boyd – 7pm

Sat – Anniversary Party w/ Alli Mattice plus more – 1pm

Sun – Highway Hypnosis – 2pm


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

Fri – Small Town Habit / Micky & the Motorcars – 7pm

Sat – Matt Caldwell / Clay Hollis – 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 – Coltin’s Kin – 4pm

Sat – Bryan Maldonado – Noon / Bret Graham – 3:30pm


Gristmill River Grill (1287 Gruene Road, 830-625-0684) Sat – Clifton Jansky – 5:30pm


Gruene Grove (1263 Gruene Road 830-765-0300)

Sat – Armadillo Road – 7pm

Sun – Blues at the Grove – 2pm


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

Tonight – Reed Brothers – 6pm

Fri – Ghost of Paul Revere / Trampled by Turtles – 7pm

Sat – Walt Wilkins & Mystiqueros – 1pm / Tanner Fenoglio / Jason Boland & Stragglers – 8pm

Sun – Joey McGee Band – 4pm

Mon – Bret Graham – 6pm

Tue – Call For Band Info

Wed – Call For Band Info


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

Fri – Wyzer – 8:30pm

Sat – Hill Country Revival – 9pm


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

Tonight – Auf Gehts – 7pm

Fri – Dirty River Dixie Band – 7pm

Sat – Alpen Musikanten – 7pm

Tue – Honky Tonk Saints – 6pm

Wed – Alpine Express – 7pm


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

Tonight – Stephen K. Morris – 5pm

Fri – Charlie Kelley – 4pm / Wagon Aces – 8pm

Sat – Ken Watts – 5pm / Dirty River Boys – 8pm

Sun – Walt Wilkins & Friends – 1pm


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

Fri – Michael James Band -7pm

Sat – Tracy Weinberg – 7pm

Sun – Don Reilly – 2pm

Mon – Open Mic w/ Bill Middleton & Kenny Penny – 6pm


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

Tonight – Garrett Douglas – 6pm

Fri – Larry Dial – 5pm

Sat – 3 Man Front / 333 – Tribute to Pantera – 8pm

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

Wed – Open Mic Night w/ Billy Roy – 8pm


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

Tonight – Brent Michael Wood – 8:30pm

Fri – Soul Sessions – 8:30pm

Sat – Kerosene Drifters – 9:30pm

Sun – JJ Villareal – 8:30pm

Mon – BMW Jam – 8:30pm

Tue – Open Mic Night – 8:30pm

Wed – Josh Holden – 8:30pm


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

Tonight – Shad Blair & Friends – 8pm

Fri – The Jonathans – 6pm / Organics w/ Hognose – 9pm

Sat – Sons of Johnny Cash – 9pm

Wed – Manzy Lowry – 9pm


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

Fri – Brandon Rhyder – 6pm

Sat – Chris Colston – 7pm


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

Tonight – The Fritz – 8:30pm

Sat – Jonathan Tyler – 9:30pm

Tue – Tomar & the FC’s – 5pm


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

Tonight – Brandy Zdan / Quaker City Night Hawks – 7pm

Fri – Passing Strangers – 8pm

Sat – Los #3 Dinners – 8pm

Sun – Knox Hamilton – 7pm


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

Tonight – Jordan Minor & Bottom Dollar Band – 9pm

Fri – 3 Man Front – 9pm

Sat – Zack Walther Band – 9pm


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

Tonight – Susan Hickman – 7pm


Vino En Verde  (2351 Gruene Lake Dr.  830-620-4404)

Tonight – Brett Cline – 7pm

Fri – The Vagabonds – 8pm


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

Tonight – Meyer Anderson Band – 8pm

Fri – Chris Max Band – 8pm

Sat – Dirty White Horse – 9pm

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