Music News – Jan. 23, 2020

The Marc in San Marcos has two big shows this weekend starting tonight with the duo of Josh Abbott and William Clark Green. These two Texas singer songwriters have both established successful solo careers and recently formed a supergroup called The Panhandlers. It consists of Green, Abbott and Cleto Cordero of Flatland Cavalry plus solo artist John Baumann. They plan on releasing their first album on March 6 on Bruce Robison’s Next Waltz label. For the Friday night show it will be just Green and Abbott in a stripped-down unplugged setting. On Friday there’s a sold-out show by Cody Jinks, one of the most popular new singer songwriters on the scene. Jinks got his start fronting the heavy metal band Unchecked Aggression which lasted from 1998 to 2003. After the band broke up, Jinks took a year off from music. When he started playing music again, he revisited traditional country music that he grew up listening to. Within a few years he was selling out large venues and seeing his name in all the major music magazines. Last October he released two albums, After The Fire and The Wanting, a feat not common in the music business. Jinks normally performs at venues much larger than The Marc so Friday nights show will offer fans a chance to see him in a more intimate space. This venue has a long history of live music. I used to attend concerts when it was called Gordo’s, then it changed to Texas Music Theatre and now it’s called The Marc. The Texas Music Scene TV show often films their live concert footage at this San Marcos venue. For a full list of all their upcoming shows, check out their website at


Brooks & Dunn On The Road Again

When Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn went to Nashville in the early 80’s, it was to start solo careers. They had never met and had no desire to form a duo act. After years of struggling and going broke, they were introduced by Tim DuBois, head of Arista Records. Once they joined forces, they became one of the most successful duos in country music history. After a 20-year run that saw them rise to superstar status and win every award they were nominated for, the duo decided to retire. It was on good terms, they just needed to take a break from each other. Both released solo albums, but neither sold a fraction of their duo albums. Ronnie Dunn did many solo tours, even stopping here at Whitewater Amphitheater a few years back. He also wrote a few songs with our own Ray Wylie Hubbard, one of which was recorded by the red rocker Sammy Hagar. In 2014 they regrouped to do a residency in Las Vegas with their pal Reba McEntire. Ronnie just released a cool CD of cover songs that were his favorites growing up in Coleman, Texas. Just last week the dynamic duo announced they were returning to the road for an 18 city Rebooted 2020 Tour. There are two Texas stops, one on June 5 in Dallas and June 6 at the Cynthia Woods Pavilion in The Woodlands. Tickets are on sale now at


It’s Rodeo Time in Texas

February is just a few weeks away and that means rodeo time in San Antonio. This year’s rodeo kicks off on February 6 with Cody Johnson and winds down on February 22 with KC & the Sunshine Band. They have an incredible lineup of acts this year including Sammy Hagar, Dustin Lynch, Aaron Watson, Jon Pardi, Chris Young, Colter Wall, ZZ Top, Keith Urban, Dierks Bentley, Midland, Brad Paisley, Whiskey Myers and many more. Tickets are available at The Houston rodeo starts a month later and has many of the same acts as San Antonio, like Cody Johnson, Midland, Dierks Bentley and Brad Paisley. They also have Willie Nelson, Maren Morris, Gwen Steffani and Chris Stapleton. Their website is


Mollie B and Zack Walther Play Krause’s Cafe

Krause’s Café has a great double bill of talent on tap starting tonight with polka queen Mollie B and her band, Squeezebox. They’ve played the Krause’s stage before so come out tonight and welcome them back. Things get started about 6:30pm but get there early to enjoy some tasty food and cold beverages. Not only did Zack Walther release one of the best albums of 2019, he’s playing his songs all around the state and at several venues right here in our city. On Friday he and the band will be at Krause’s Café in one of their first full band shows since the albums release last September. Hopefully Mother Nature will cooperate and bless us with some nice weather. On Saturday, Zack and Matt Briggs will do their duo show that’s a salute to the music of the 90’s at Downtown Social. Next Wednesday they will be doing their Walther Wednesdays at Freiheit Country Store. All three of these shows are different so there’s no reason not to catch them all. You can find his complete list of shows at You can also purchase a copy of his album, The Westerner on his webpage.





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

Fri – JJ Garrett Duo – 6:30pm


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

Fri – Queensryche – 7pm

Sat – Tribute to Rush & Queen – 6:30pm


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

Tonight – Lady & the Tramps – 8:30pm

Fri – Tyler McCollum – 9pm

Sat – Matt Cline – 9pm


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

Sat – The Merles – 6pm

Sun – Emily Nenni – 1pm


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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 9pm


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

Fri – Chris Colston / Kolby Cooper – 8pm

Sat – Ty Dillon – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm


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

Tonight – Open Mic Night – 8pm

Sat – Kasey Thornton Band – 8:30pm


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

Sat – Whitey Johnson & Gary Nicholson – 1pm

Sun – Erik Hokkanen Trio – 1pm

Tue – Floyd Domino – 7pm


Downtown Social Club (386 W. San Antonio, 830-214-6650)

Sat – Zack Walther & Matthew Briggs – 8:30pm


Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Steve Tschoepe – 9:30am


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

Fri – Chris Lancaster – 7pm


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

Fri – Jeff Crosby & Refugees / Reckless Kelly – 7pm

Sat – Chris Colston / Kolby Cooper – 7pm


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

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 6:30pm


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

Sat – Jamie Krueger – 7pm

Sun – JJ Garrett Duo – 2pm


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

Tonight – Bill Small Band – 6pm

Fri – Carrie Rodriguez / Patty Griffin – 7pm

Sat – Flat Top Jones – 1pm / Carrie Rodriguez / Patty Griffin – 8pm

Sun – Linda Gail Lewis – 12:30pm / School of Rock – 4pm

Mon – Bret Graham – 6pm

Wed – The Georges – 6pm


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

Fri – Highway Hypnosis – 8:30pm


The Hideaway (Formerly Conway’s) (262 W. Jahn St. 830-620-5376)

Fri – Anthony Wright – 9pm

Sat – Popgun – 9pm


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

Tonight – Mollie B & Squeezebox – 6:30pm

Fri – Zack Walther Band – 7pm

Wed – All Mixed Up – 6pm


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

Tonight – Jake McLain – 5pm

Fri – Hayden Whittington – 1pm / Bob Livingston – 7pm

Sat – Adam Carroll, Radney Foster & Jack Ingram – 8pm

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


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

Fri – Wimberley Way – 7pm

Sat – Grateful Dead Tribute w/ Gerry Burns – 2pm

Sun – Oliver White – 3pm

Mon – Open Mic w/ Tom Taylor – 6pm


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

Sun – Ryan Waguespack – 10:30am

Wed – Monte Good – 5:30pm



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

Tonight – Devin Baize – 5:30pm

Fri – Junior Nash – 5pm / Natalie Rose Band – 9pm

Sat – Chris Max Band – 9pm

Sun – All Mixed Up – 3pm / Lucas Taylor Sunday Songfest – 7pm

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


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

Tonight – Robert Demel Band – 8:30pm

Fri – 3 Man Front – 8:30pm

Sat – Natalie Rose Band – 9:30pm

Sun – The Vagabonds – 8:30pm

Mon – Tony Taylor & Friends – 8:30pm

Tue – Open Mic Night – 8:30pm

Wed – Hipsonic – 8:30pm


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

Tonight – Lena Elizabeth – 6pm / Dallas Moore – 8pm

Fri – Roy Heinrich – 9pm

Sat – Texas T & the Shinerunners – 9pm

Sun – Blues Jam – 4pm

Wed – Austin Mayse & Friends – 7pm


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

Tonight – Logun Timberlake – 6pm


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

Tonight – Alaniz – Alanis Morissette Tribute – 7pm

Fri – Sour Bridges / Wood & Wire – 8pm

Sat – Tribute to Pat Benatar & Talking Heads – 8pm

Sun – Nova Lux / Local Silver – 4pm


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

Fri – The Vagabonds – 9pm

Sat – Dirty White Horse – 9:30pm

Sun – Los Tejanos de San Antonio – 4pm


The Marc (120 E San Antonio St, San Marcos 512-757-5443)

Tonight – Josh Abbott & William Clark Green – 7pm

Fri – Alex Williams / Cody Jinks – 7pm


Tobin Center (100 Auditorium, 210-223-8624)

Tue – Trey Anastasio Band – 7:30pm


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

Tonight – Taylor Long & Duke Sebesta – 7pm

Fri – Ryan Snipes Band – 7pm

Sat – Devin Blaize & Guests – 7pm

Sun – Myles Smith – 3pm

Wed – Aaron Stephens – 7pm


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

Tonight – Aaron Kantor – 8pm

Fri – Monte Good & Honky Tonk Heroes – 8:30pm

Sat – Roadside Libby – 9pm

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

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