Music News – July 25, 2019

You can get your weekend started tonight with some amazing live music at Freiheit Country Store with the triple bill of Nate Rodriguez, K Phillips and the Reed Brothers. Nate is an excellent singer songwriter who just happens to be the drummer for the Reed Brothers. He’s from Victoria, Texas which just so happens to be my old stomping grounds. He’s been playing drums since his teenage years but learned guitar and started singing so he could play solo gigs when he had time off from his drumming duties. K Phillips is a Texas boy that grew up on his grandparent’s cattle ranch. His mom was a radio DJ and named him after her favorite Texan, Kris Kristofferson. His latest album, Dirty Wonder, was released in 2017 to wide spread critical acclaim. The Reed Brothers, Kyle and Keegan, have been playing music together since their childhood days. Like many musicians, they started playing parties, garages, basically anywhere with electricity. Their latest album is Heartstrings so be sure to pick up your copy tonight at the show. Come back Friday night for Gabe Garcia and Americana rising artist Sam Riggs. The Elvis Project comes to Freiheit on Saturday night. This big band covers Elvis’ music from the 70’s, without the jumpsuits. Of course there’s always Walther Wednesday’s at Freiheit featuring Zack Walther and Matt Briggs along with their friends and special guests. Check out all the cool things to do there at


Zack Walther Stays Busy

Speaking of Zack Walther and Walther Wednesday’s, they got their start at Tavern in the Gruene, then moved to Gruene Hall. They were at the Villa in Gruene for a while and now reside at Freiheit. It’s the perfect solution for breaking up the week and helping you survive hump day. Every time I think of hump day I’m reminded of the Geico commercial with the camel. Anyway, Zack is one of our best local musicians with a voice from heaven. Bret Graham was the first musician I met when I moved here from Victoria in the mid-90’s. Zack was the second musician I met and for a few years he lived across the street from me. When I heard his song Spinning Away on KNBT I instantly called the station and asked who the singer was. I finally tracked him down, now days it’s called stalking, at the old batting cages on Gruene Road. He was working part time there and we talked for a bit and I left with a copy of his Live at Tavern in the Gruene CD. We’ve been friends ever since. Zack returns to Tavern in the Gruene on Friday night for a full band show. He’s also opening for Rodney Crowell at Gruene Hall on September 7 and on September 12 he will do a tribute to George Strait at the Brauntex Theatre. Bret Graham will join Zack for that show along with members of Strait’s Ace in the Hole Band. Zack and Matt are always writing and recording so I’m sure they have new music coming soon. Keep up with Zack at


Hip Hop and Reggae Comes to Whitewater

Whitewater Amphitheater continues to host sold-out shows which keep it in the Top 20 most popular venues in America. This Saturday night they are featuring a full night of reggae and hip hop music by three bands, Tribal Seeds, Matisyahu and Slightly Stoopid. Formed in San Diego in 2005 by brothers Steven and Tony Ray Jacobo, Tribal Seeds started as a two piece reggae band that has now grown to include 6 members. Their latest EP is called Roots Party and it was released in 2017. They are currently recording a full length album to be issued later this year. Matthew Paul Miller was born in West Chester, Pennsylvania to a strict Jewish family. Matthew became a fan of reggae and hip hop music at an early age and was soon performing all across the Midwest. He began using his Hebrew name of Matisyahu and recorded his best selling Live at Stubbs album at the famous Austin BBQ & Concert venue. He is a huge fan of the jam band Phish and his music is heavily influenced by them. Slightly Stoopid were formed in San Diego in early 1994 by best friends Miles Doughty and Kyle McDonald. They started off as a punk and heavy metal band but as they grew older and became better musicians, they drifted more to the rock, blues and reggae format. When they were trying to come up with a catchy name for the band, things didn’t go exactly as planned. They were describing their music as slightly this and slightly that when one of the members blurted out “that’s just slightly stupid.” They changed the spelling a bit and a very unique band name was born. Doors open early for this show, about 5:30pm and the music by special guest Hirie starts at 6:30pm.


David Crosby comes to Netflix

Netflix just released an amazing documentary on folk rock singer David Crosby titled Remember My Name, produced by Cameron Crowe. It covers Crosby’s entire career from his time with the Byrds, a brief stint with Buffalo Springfield, several decades with the supergroup Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and finally back to a solo artist. Crosby’s latest album, Sky Trails, finds him firmly planted in his folk music roots. At 75 years old, Crosby is still touring heavily and his singing is a strong as ever. This guy has survived a long drug addiction, a kidney transplant, time in Huntsville prison and thousands of days on tour across the globe. I’m currently reading a new book by author David Browne titled Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young: The Wild, Definitive Saga of Rock’s Greatest Supergroup. If only half of Crosby’s adventures are true, this guy is lucky to be alive.





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

Tonight – Tony Taylor – 6:30pm

Fri – Austin Gilliam – 6:30pm

Sat – MC & the Mystix – 6:30pm

Sun – The Percolators – 6:30pm


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

Sat – Tribute to Grunge Rock – 6:30pm


Baja BBQ (280 Marina, Canyon Lake 830-935-3122) Fri – Toman Brothers – 8:30pm

Sat – Ruben V – 9:30pm

Sun – Ron Knuth & the Baja Boys – 5pm


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

Tonight – Chris Max Band – 8:30pm

Fri – Jay Bleu – 9pm

Sat – Roadside Libby – 9pm

Wed – Logun Timberlake – 8:30pm


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

Sat – The Merle’s – 6pm

Sun – Nate Guthrie – 1pm


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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 8pm


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

Fri – Austin Forrest – 7pm

Sat – Jessee Lee – 7pm


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

Fri – Marcy Grace Band / Cody Sparks Band – 8pm

Sat – Cody Bryan Band – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm


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

Sat – Rich O’Toole / Brandon Rhyder – 10pm


Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Dan McCoy – 9:30am


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

Tonight – Con Crema – 6pm

Sat – Nate Guthrie – 7pm


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

Fri – Jerrod Niemann – 7pm

Sat – Los Texmaniacs / Siggno / Jon Wolfe – 6pm


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

Tonight – Nate Rodriguez/K Phillips/ Reed Brothers – 9pm

Fri – Gabe Garcia / Sam Riggs – 8:30pm

Sat – The Presley Project (Elvis cover band) – 8:30pm

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 6:30pm


Grapevine in Gruene  (1612 Hunter Rd  830-606-0093)

Fri – Dan McCoy – 5pm

Sat – Dixie River Dirt Band – 2pm / Sylvia Kirk – 6pm

Sun – Phil Luna – 1pm / Johnny McGowan – 5pm


Gristmill River Grill (1287 Gruene Road, 830-625-0684) Tonight – Dan McCoy – 6:30pm

Fri – Clifton Jansky – 7pm

Sat – Dan McCoy – Noon / Dan McCoy – 6:30pm

Sun – Sylvia Kirk – Noon / Dan McCoy – 6pm


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

Tonight – Deryl Dodd / Max Stalling / Roger Creager – 7pm

Fri – Broken Spokes / Roger Creager – 7pm

Sat – Flat Top Jones – 1pm / Chris Colton / Roger Creager – 8pm

Sun – Slim Bawb – 12:30pm / Guy Forsyth & Jeska Bailey – 5pm

Mon – Grouchy Like Riley – 7pm

Tue – Two Tons of Steel – 7:30pm

Wed – The Georges – 7pm


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

Fri – Wynn Williams – 8:30pm

Sat – Triston Marez – 8:30pm


Inferno’s Pizza (1198 Gruene Rd, 830-629-2077)

Tonight – Bob Gonzales – 6pm

Fri – Anthony Wright – 6pm

Sat – The Percolators – 6pm


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

Fri – Shawn Hart – 4pm / All Mixed Up – 8pm

Tue – Dirty River Dixie Band – 7pm

Wed – Rennie Guenther & Happy Travelers – 6pm


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

Fri – Rick Reyna Band – 8pm

Sat – Rex Allen McNiel – 8pm


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

Sun – Kristen Kelly – 5pm


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

Tonight – Bryan Maldonado – 5pm

Fri – Almost Patsy Cline Band – 8pm

Sat – Clayton Gardner – 1pm / Landon Bullard / Sunny Sweeney – 8pm

Sun – Squeezebox Bandits – 1pm / Kathy & Mike Broussard – 5pm


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

Fri – Cactus Flats Band – 7pm

Sat – Gerry Burns Tribute to Grateful Dead – 2pm

Sun – Chuck Shaw – 3pm

Mon – Open Mic w/ Bill Middleton – 6pm


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

Tonight – March Divide – 7pm

Fri – Blues Like It Usta Wuz – 7:30pm

Sat – Jess & Dave – 6pm

Wed – Open Mic Night – 7:30pm


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

Tonight – Paul Handelman – 5:30pm

Fri – Jr Nash – 5pm / Silvercloud – 9pm

Sat – Ryan Quiet / Jonathan Terrell – 9pm

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

Wed – Steven Vee – 1pm / Open Mic w/Billy Roy – 8:30pm


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

Tonight – Halleyanna & Dustin Welch – 7pm

Fri – Hunter Gruene – 6pm / Pat Byrne – 9pm

Sat – Bonnie Montgomery – 8pm

Sun – Blues Jam – 4pm

Wed – Austin Mayse & Friends – 7pm


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

Tonight – Country & A Fiddle – 7pm

Fri – Damon Curtis – 8pm

Sat – Braydon Zink – 7pm


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

Tonight – Paul Eldridge – 6:30pm


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

Tonight – Iceman Special – 7pm

Fri – Ruben V – 8pm

Sat – School of Rock All Stars – Noon / Shaws of Awe – 8pm

Sun – Rhonda Delaney Memorial Show – 3pm


Schlitterbahn (Lagoon Area in Schlitterbahn)

Sat – School of Rock – noon/ Two Tons of Steel – 2pm


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

Tonight – Open Mic Night – 7:30pm

Fri – Josh & Gabe – 4pm / Zack Walther Band – 9pm

Sat – Larry Dial – 2pm / Chilton Vance – 9pm

Sun – Nate Rodriguez – 2pm

Tue – Shawn Hart – 7:30pm


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

Tonight – Jeremy Parsons – 7pm

Fri – The Brew – 8pm

Sat – Brandon Smith – 3pm

Sun – Bo Brumble & Garrett Mann – 4pm

Wed – Rio Tripiano – 7pm


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

Tonight – Whiskey 2 Step – 8pm

Fri – Painted Pony – 8pm

Sat – Jeremy Egg Band – 9pm

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

Sat – Tribal Seeds / Matisyahu / Slightly Stoopid – 6:30pm

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