Music News – Jan. 16, 2020

Neil Peart of Rock Band Rush Passes Away

His name may not be as well-known as drummers like Ringo Starr, Charlie Watts, Buddy Rich and Matt Briggs, but when Neil Peart passed away on January 7 at the age of 67, it sent shock waves through the music world. He had battled brain cancer for three years before he finally lost his battle with the terrible disease. Peart was born in Ontario, Canada in 1952 and quickly became fascinated with drums. When he was 18 he moved to London to further his career in the music business. After a disappointing year abroad, he returned home to Ontario and worked for his father selling tractor parts. He auditioned for the rock band Rush and officially joined the band on July 29, 1974. Original drummer John Rutsey had quit the band due to health problems from advanced diabetes. Peart had two weeks to learn their songs before they started their first tour of America. They played their first concert together on August 11, 1974 in Pittsburgh opening for Manfred Mann and Uriah Heep. Almost immediately fans and critics noticed the difference with Neil behind the kit. He brought the power needed for a rock band but with the finesse of a jazz drummer like his idol Buddy Rich. Peart was an avid reader and was a fan of writers like Ayn Rand and Mark Twain. His first album with Rush was Fly By Night and it contained the hit By-Tor and the Snow Dog, written by Neil. By the time they released 2112, their classic 4th album, Peart was firmly entrenched as the band’s primary lyricist. In 1981, they were at the top of their game and had two songs, Spirit of the Radio and Tom Sawyer, on all the rock radio playlists. In 1997 Neil’s daughter died in a car accident and a year later his wife Jacqueline died from cancer. He took a five-year hiatus from recording and touring, finally returning to work in 2001. He also met and married photographer Carrie Nuttall during this time. They had a daughter together in 2009 and Peart became a US citizen in 2010. Prior to his death, Rolling Stone Magazine ranked him as the 4th best drummer in rock history. Rush were finally inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013. The band had retired from performing about three years ago but thousands of hours of music remain that will ensure his legacy lives forever.


2020 Winter Bash at Watering Hole Saloon

If five hours of good classic rock and roll is your thing, then Saturday night at the Watering Hole Saloon is where you need to be. For the small price of $5 at the door, you get four local rock bands starting with Cadillac Drive at 8pm, I35 at 9pm, Max Band at 10pm followed by headliners 3 Man Front at 11pm. They are calling this night their 2020 Winter Bash and it’s a fitting title for the event. Our city is known for having marathon Americana festivals but rarely ones devoted to rock music. Check out this show plus many more at


13th Annual Blues Festival at Luckenbach

Luckenbach Dance Hall is another venue known as the home of outlaw country and Americana but once a year they host a cool blues festival. This Saturday marks the 13th Annual Blues Festival at the historic hall. It’s an all-day family style event starting at noon with Elijah Zane & the Peacemakers. Scheduled to appear at the blues fest are Zach Day, Dylan Bishop, Eagle Eye Williamson, Ben Beckendorf, Hot Attacks and Sue Foley. Headlining the festival is Joseph ‘Mojo’ Morganfield, the youngest son of blues legend Muddy Waters. Tickets are $30 person and kids 8 and under get in free. For a full schedule of the day, check out their website at


Statesboro Revue Return to the Local Live Series

Tonight is the third show in the Local Live series at the Brauntex Theatre. The monthly series features local artists paying tribute to the bands that inspired them at an early age. Tonight’s show is a very special one because it features Stewart Mann and his band, Statesboro Revue. They were the very first local band to perform in this series when it started back in October of 2012. They chose to pay tribute to the Allman Brothers since they took their band name from the song Statesboro Blues. It was a fantastic night of music and they set the bar very high for all the bands that followed in the series. For tonight’s show, they will pay tribute to southern rock, including hits by the Allman Brothers, Marshall Tucker Band, Creedence, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Mountain, Blackfoot, Little Feat and many more. Stewart is currently working on songs for a new album that will hopefully be released very soon. He’s one of our most talented singer songwriters so be sure to catch his show. Tickets are available at





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

Sat – Blues Like It Usta Wuz – 6:30pm


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

Sat – Mario Flores & Soda Creek Band – 8pm


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

Sat – Eclipse – A Tribute to Journey – 7pm


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

Fri – Purple Room – 9pm

Sat – Bill Ayers Band – 9pm

Sun – School of Rock – 4pm


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

Fri – HalleyAnna & Dustin Welch – 6pm

Sat – Gus Samuelson – 6pm

Sun – Big John Mills -1pm


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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 9pm


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

Tonight – Stewart Mann & Statesboro Revue – Tribute to Southern Rock – 7:30pm

Fri – Oak Ridge Boys – 7:30pm


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

Fri – Scott H. Biram – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm


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

Tonight – Open Mic w/ Austin Mead – 7:30pm


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

Sat – The Jerrell’s – 1pm / Rosie Flores – 9pm

Sun – Conjuntos Los Pinky’s – 1pm

Tue – Earle Poole Ball – 7pm


Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Ethan Hanson – 9:30am


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

Fri – Tony Taylor – 7pm

Sat – Marcus Morales – 7pm


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

Tonight – Bri Bagwell / Micky & the Motorcars – 7pm

Sat – Grady Spencer / Josh Weathers – 7pm


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

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 6:30pm


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

Fri – Solo Road – 7pm

Sat – Stray Dawg & the Wolves – 7pm

Sun – David McD Bluegrass Special – 2pm


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

Tonight – Tom Gillam & Kosmic Messenger – 6pm

Fri – Van Wilks Band – 7pm

Sat – Casper Rawls Band – 1pm / Leftover Salmon/ Jason Boland & the Stragglers – 7:30pm

Sun – Tish Hinojosa & Friends – Noon / Antsy McClain – 4:30pm

Mon – Bret Graham – 6pm

Tue – Doster & Elskes – 6pm

Wed – Adam Johnson Band – 6pm


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

Fri – Landon Bullard & Mostly Sober – 8:30pm

Sat – Silvercloud – 8:30pm


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

Tonight – ShAnnie – 5pm

Fri – Bob Livingston Trio – 7pm

Sat – 13th Annual Blues Festival – Noon

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


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

Fri – Beth & the Back Road Boys – 7pm

Sun – John Cavender – 3pm

Mon – Open Mic w/ Tom Taylor – 6pm


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

Sun – Flyin’ A’s & Mala – 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 – Uncle Wes – 7pm


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

Tonight – Corey Killough – 5:30pm

Fri – Larry Dial – 5pm / Soul Sessions w/ Robert Carter – 9pm

Sat – Paul Handelman Band – 9pm

Sun – Shawn Hart – 3pm / Lucas Taylor – 7pm

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


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

Tonight – Mark Monaco – 8:30pm

Fri – Zach Nytomt Band – 8:30pm

Sat – Dirty White Horse – 9:30pm

Sun – Garrett Mann & Bo Brumble – 8:30pm

Mon – Bobby & Paul – 8:30pm

Tue – Open Mic Night – 8:30pm

Wed – Andrae Blissett – 8:30pm


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

Tonight – Juliet McConkey – 7pm

Fri – The Homebodies – 6pm / Chris Cuevas Project – 9pm

Sat – Jean Pierre & Zydeco Angels – 9pm

Sun – Beaumont’s Gospel Supper – Noon

Wed – Nate Guthrie – 7pm


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

Tonight – Tyler Cannon – 6pm


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

Tonight – Gabe Garcia – 8:30pm

Fri – The Mammoths – 9:30pm

Sat – Kathy McKenzie – 4pm

Sun – Allan Hendrickson – 10am / Mike Alanis – 4pm

Mon – Aaron Stephens – 10am / Adam Johnson – 8:30pm


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

Tonight – Justin Townes Earle – 7pm

Fri – Skyrocket – 8pm

Sat – Monte Montgomery – 8pm


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

Fri – David Silva Band – 9pm

Sat – Slim Bawb & the Fabulous Stumpgrinders – 9:30pm


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

Tonight – Jonny Burke – 7pm

Fri – The Shinerunners – 7pm

Sat – Kinky Wires – 7pm

Sun – Tony Taylor & Geoff Hill – 3pm

Wed – Damon Curtis – 7pm


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

Tonight – Good Ole Boys – 8pm

Fri – Courtney Santana & the Vibes – 8:30pm

Sat – Cadillac Drive / I35 / Max Band / 3 Man Front – 8pm

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

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