Music News – July 4, 2019

For over 45 years Willie Nelson has held his 4th of July picnic in the Lone Star State and once again he’s in Austin today hosting the annual event. The original picnic was held in Dripping Springs in 1972 and wasn’t called a picnic at the time, it was considered a reunion concert. Basically a country version of Woodstock but rather than the 200,000 expected fans, only about 40,000 actually attended. I attended the 1976 picnic held on a private ranch near Gonzales. It was a pretty rough crowd and Willie was sued by several people, including the ranch owner and the ambulance company. Artists like Ray Wylie Hubbard, Billy Joe Shaver and Asleep at the Wheel have appeared at almost every picnic. In 2015 the event was moved to Austin’s 360 Amphitheatre and has been held there ever since. If you are attending today’s picnic, you can see these acts: Luke Combs, Alison Krauss, Nathaniel Rateliff, Steve Earle, Hayes Carll, Johnny Bush, Ray Wylie Hubbard and many more. Nelson also just released a brand new album titled Ride Me Back Home, so if you attend the picnic today, be sure to pick up a copy. Tickets can still be purchased at


Nathaniel Rateliff Comes To Whitewater

Speaking of Nathaniel Rateliff, he’ll be playing right here in our city on Saturday night at Whitewater Amphitheater with Los Coast and Rob Baird opening. Rateliff was born in St. Louis, Missouri to a musical family. He learned to play drums at seven years old and soon joined his family’s gospel band. His father was killed in a tragic car wreck when Nathaniel was just thirteen. He was very involved in his church and moved to Denver to do missionary work. For the next ten years he would work in a plastic factory, a trucking depot and as a gardener before deciding that music was where his heart was. He formed his first band called Born in the Flood in early 2007 and released a now rare and out of print album. By 2011 he was performing solo and released three albums under his name. Finally he formed the Night Sweats and their 2015 album caught the attention of Jimmy Fallon. After a blistering live set on Fallon’s late night TV show, Rateliff and his band were in demand virtually everywhere in America. Two hard years of non-stop touring honed the group into a well oiled machine. They released a live CD recorded at Colorado’s famous Red Rocks Amphitheater to satisfy his fans begging for new music. This gave the band some breathing room to relax and take their time recording Tearing at the Seams which was out by late 2018. They are still road warriors and average about 150 live shows each year, mainly at festivals and amphitheaters. If you are a fan of good solid classic rock with a hint of R&B thrown in for good measure, this is the show for you. Tickets can be purchased now at


Chords of Grace From Garden Ridge

Out in Luckenbach they know how to celebrate Independence Day in style. Each year they throw a 4th of July bash that has food, fun, a car show and live music. The Egg Men, a Beatles tribute band from Austin, will be performing along with a young band from Garden Ridge called Chords of Grace. This family bluegrass band are garnering a lot of attention and have been recognized as emerging artists at the upcoming 45th Annual Bluegrass & Traditional Music Festival in Red River, New Mexico next month. On Sunday they will be showcasing their talent in Pearl, Texas at their 1st Saturday Jam & Stage show. Before playing the Luckenbach Festival they will perform at the opening ceremonies in Garden Ridge for their annual 4th of July celebration. For more information about this exciting new group, check out their website at


Rock the Bahn Starts Saturday

Naturally we love our water activities here in our city and we love our live music. Starting this Saturday, Schlitterbahn will have live music by the lagoon starting at 2pm. It’s a cool new music series called Rock the Bahn and will feature the classic rock music of Knotty Grove this Saturday. Gold’s Gym is sponsoring this series and it will run through August 10. Young musicians from New Braunfels School of Rock will open the show at noon and Knotty Grove will take the stage at noon. The series is free with your paid entrance to Schlitterbahn.






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

Wed – Scott Stapp – 7pm


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

Tonight – Anthony Wright – 8:30pm

Fri – Hill Country Revival – 8:30pm

Sat – Nautical Nation – 8:30pm

Sun – Tony Taylor – 4pm

Wed – Logun Timberlake – 8:30pm


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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 8pm


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

Fri – Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers – 7:30pm


Brookshire Brothers (18275 FM 306, Canyon Lake 830-935-3130)

Fri – Gene Reeves – 7pm

Sat – Bandreu – 7pm


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

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm


Conway’s Dancehall  (262 W. Jahn St.  830-620-5376)

Sun – Tyler Cannon – 3pm


Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Anthony Wright – 9:30am


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

Tonight – Con Crema – 6pm

Fri – Chad Boyd – 7pm


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

Fri – Two Tons of Steel – 7pm

Sat – Small Town Habit – 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)

Tonight – Johnny McGowan – 3pm

Fri – Bret Graham – 5pm

Sat – Sylvia Kirk – 2pm / Bret Graham – 6pm

Sun – Robert Irwin – 2pm


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

Tonight – Rob Roy Parnell – 1pm / Bobby Mack Band – 7pm

Fri – Nate Kipp / Max Stalling – 7pm

Sat – Barbara Nesbitt Band – 1pm / Vincent Emmerson / Shinyribs – 8pm

Sun – Jeff Plankenhorn – 12:30pm / South Austin Moonlighters – 5pm

Mon – Grouchy Like Riley – 7pm

Tue – Two Tons of Steel – 7:30pm

Wed – Hot Texas Swing Band – 7pm


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

Fri – Teague Brothers Band – 8:30pm

Sat – AC & Bad Billys – 8:30pm


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

Fri – Jeffrey Ryan Vaughn – 5pm / The Georges – 8pm

Sun – Johnny Chops & the Razors – 4pm

Tue – Dirty River Dixie Band – 7pm

Wed – The Oompahs – 6pm


L & L Dance Hall (11699 River Rd, 830-964 – 3455)

Fri – County Line – 7pm

Sat – Rick Reyna Band – 7pm


Lonestar Float House (7430 River Road, 830-907-3866)

Sun – John Evans Band – 7pm


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

Tonight – 4th of July Celebration – 1pm

Fri – Kevin Fowler & Roger Creager – 8pm

Sat – Powell Brothers / Cory Morrow & Pat Green – 8pm

Sun – Walt Wilkins & Friends – 1pm


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

Fri – Nate Guthrie – 2pm / Bandreu – 7pm

Sat – Aurazora – 2pm

Sun – Jim Mayer – 3pm

Mon – Open Mic w/ Bill Middleton – 6pm


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

Fri – Hunter Road Trio – 7:30pm

Sat – Clifton Deleon – 7:30pm


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

Tonight – Shawn Hart – 5:30pm

Fri – Larry Dial – 5pm / Ebrolution – 9pm

Sat – 3 Man Front – 9pm

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

Wed – Open Mic w/ Billy Roy – 8:30pm


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

Fri – The Jonathans – 7pm

Sat – Billy Dee – 9pm


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

Tonight – Brice Daniels Band – 8pm

Fri – Grant Gilbert/ Riley Green / Josh Abbott Band – 6pm

Sat – Grant Gilbert/ Riley Green / Josh Abbott Band – 6pm


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

Tonight – Tyler Cannon – 6pm


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

Fri – Passing Strangers – 8pm

Sat – Los #3 Dinners – 8pm


Schlitterbahn (Schlitterbahn Water Park, Lagoon Area)

Sat – School of Rock/ Knotty Grove – Noon


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

Fri – 3 Man Front – 9pm

Sat – J Edwards – 4pm / Scott Wiggins Band – 8:30pm

Sun – Darren Morrison – 2pm

Tue – Shawn Hart – 7:30pm


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

Fri – Beau Daniels Band – 8pm

Sat – Marc Haymann – 8:30pm


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

Fri – Chris Max Band – 8pm


Whitewater Amphitheater (11860 FM 306, 830-964-3800)

Fri – Fitz & the Tantrums / Young the Giant – 7pm

Sat – Los Coast / Rob Baird / Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats – 8pm

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