Music News – Jan. 10, 2019

Now that 2019 is here and everyone is back at work, local venues are quickly filling up their spring and summer schedules. New shows are being added all over town on a daily basis. It’s a good idea to subscribe to each venue’s email list or follow their Facebook page so you can be notified as soon as upcoming shows are announced. Looking ahead at upcoming concerts, we will start with our biggest venue, Whitewater Amphitheatre. Their calendar is filling up quickly with shows by Willie Nelson, Avett Brothers, Dwight Yoakam and Cody Johnson. At press time they just added Turnpike Troubadours and Robert Earl Keen to the calendar and tickets go on-sale at 10am Friday morning. River Road Icehouse has Corb Lund, Joe Ely, John Baumann, Brandon Rhyder and Sean McConnell. Gruene Hall has Amanda Shires, Colter Wall, Dale Watson, LeAnn Rimes and Kurt Vile, just to name a few. Krause Café has a special Valentine’s Day dinner and show by Kinky Friedman. The Brauntex Theatre has Yesenia McNett, Marty Stuart, Connie Smith, Storm Large, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Bruce Robison, Paul Thorn and Ruthie Foster. As you can see, 2019 is starting out to be another busy year for live music. As I often say, we are truly blessed to live in a city that has so much entertainment to offer.


Gruene Hall

Speaking of live music, Gruene Hall has a full schedule this weekend starting tonight with piano player Lucas Jack, coming to town all the way from St. Louis, MO. Lucas comes to Texas about twice a year and makes the rounds at several area venues. Micky & the Motorcars headline a show on Saturday night with Dustin Schaefer opening. The South Austin Moonlighters play the 4pm slot on Sunday. If you’re not familiar with this band, you should be, they are fantastic. Of course Bret Graham’s regular Monday night shows are legendary, always playing to a packed house. The Georges are another talented local band that do a lot of Wednesday night shows at the hall. Check out their full schedule at


Phoenix Saloon

The Phoenix Saloon has two exciting nights of music on tap this weekend starting Friday night with Hunter Road Trio. They bring a mix of southern and classic rock to the stage with a healthy mix of blues and Americana thrown in for good measure. Saturday night features Ebrolution, a collaboration of Jorge Gallegos and Dave Perez from Broseph plus Haydin Vitera for a night of tasteful tunes and exciting rock & roll. There’s no cover charge either night so check them out if you happen to be downtown. There are many more shows listed on their website at so check them out.


Concert Ticket Prices on the Rise

As we all know, concert ticket prices are continuing to rise each year. Artists no longer make any money on selling CD’s and streaming services like Pandora and Spotify play mere pennies to the artist to play their music. So their primary source of income is now their live concerts. Pollstar Magazine, the industry bible of live concerts, just released their year-end tour reports. The top tour of 2018 was Ed Sheeran, who played 94 shows in 53 cities and grossed $4,860,482. Coming in at number two was Taylor Swift’s $345 million gross followed by Beyonce & Jay Z grossing $254 million. Rock band U2 earned $736 million on their 360 Live tour but it took them two years to reach that amount. Pollstar Magazine was started by rock star Jon Bon Jovi’s grandfather many years ago and reports the money earned by live concerts all across America. They have their finger on the pulse of the live concert industry and predict that rising concert ticket prices are here to stay. While it’s very convenient to get our music on our electronic devices at a low cost, we fans still pay the price when we go see our favorite artist in concert.



Weekly Concert Calendar

Each week we try to list the schedules from as many live music venues as possible. It’s a very time consuming process to compile the list each week and we use the venue websites or Facebook pages to get the information. So we can only be as accurate as the information they post online. There’s no charge for this weekly listing and hopefully it’s helpful to the fans plus the venues. Obviously, we can’t list every venue and many venues don’t keep their sites up to date, so it is a weekly challenge. If you would like your schedule listed here, send me an email, I’ll be happy to include it for you.







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

Fri – T Pain – 7pm

Sat – Eclipse & Motherhood: Tributes to Journey & Led Zeppelin – 7pm


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

Sat – Ryan Ross Band – 7pm


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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 7pm


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

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm


Eagles Dance Hall (257 E. South St., 830-660-0437)

Sun – Good Time Polka & Waltz w/ Litt’l Fisherman Orchestra – 3pm


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 – Nate Guthrie – 7pm


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

Fri – Josh Grider / Bart Crow – 7pm

Sat – Erick Willis / Austin Meade – 7pm


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

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 6:30pm


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

Tonight – Lucas Jack – 6pm

Fri – Barbara Nesbitt Band – 7pm

Sat – Pat Byrne Band – 1pm / Dustin Schaefer / Micky & the Motorcars – 8pm

Sun – Toy Hearts – Noon / South Austin Moonlighters – 4pm

Mon – Bret Graham – 6pm

Tue – Dallas Moore & David Lee – 6pm

Wed – The Georges – 6pm


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

Sat – BJ Thibodeaux & Backwater Blvd – 8pm


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

Tonight – Stephen K. Morris – 5pm

Fri – Peter Tory – 4pm / Jimmy L. Jones & A Creep at the Steel – 7pm

Sat – David Harris – 1pm / Aaron McDonnell / Roger Creager – 8pm

Sun – Dan West – 1pm / TC Miller – 5pm


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

Fri – Gerry Burns – 7pm

Sat – Arley Blankenship – 7pm

Sun – Chuck Shaw – 3pm

Mon – Open Mic Night – 6pm


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

Tonight – Ethan Hanson – 5:30pm

Fri – Junior Nash – 5pm / Hunter Road Trio – 9pm

Sat – Ebrolution – 9pm

Sun – Ethan Hanson – 3pm / Lucas Taylor – 7pm

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


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

Tonight – Silver Cloud – 8:30pm

Fri – Colby Keeling – 8:30pm

Sat – 3 Man Front – 9:30pm

Sun – The Vagabonds – 8:30pm

Mon – Paul Eldridge – 8:30pm

Tue – Open Mic Night – 8:30pm

Wed – Doug Garrett & Friends – 8:30pm


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

Tonight – Mark Stuart – 8pm

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

Sat – Coby Weir – 9pm

Tue – Troy Stone Band – 8pm

Wed – Mike Ethan Messick – 9pm


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

Fri – Aaron McDonnell – 6pm


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

Tonight – Tyler Cannon – 5:30pm


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

Sat – Peyton Stilling – 9:30pm

Wed – James Keith – 8:30pm


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

Tonight – Jittery Jack & Friends – 7pm

Fri – Ryan Scott Travis / Rob Baird – 7pm

Sat – Reed Brothers / Blue Water Highway – 7pm

Wed – Lucas Jack – 7pm


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

Tonight – Dewberry Pickle Boys – 9pm

Fri – Nate Rodriguez – 9pm

Sat – Anthony Wright Band – 9pm

Sun – Clever Name Band – 9pm


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

Sun – Bo Brumble & Garrett Mann – 4pm

Wed – Fast Movin Trio – 7pm


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

Fri – Luke LaGrange – 8pm

Sat – Bobby & Derek – 8:30pm


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

Tonight – Broken Arrow – 8pm

Fri – Brandon Michael – 8pm

Sat – LC Rocks – 9pm

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