Music News – March 14, 2019

SXSW Blues

This week, if you happen to be anywhere near Austin, you will notice the city and the traffic are much more crowded that normal, if that’s actually possible. The reason for the crowds? It’s South By Southwest week, that’s why. Known by it’s shortened name of SXSW, it has become one of the largest music conferences in the world and it takes place every March in our state capital. Back in July 1986 some folks in New York City at the New Music Seminar had an idea to expand their east coast event down south to warmer climate. They contacted Austin Chronicle staff writer Roland Swenson and explained their idea. When plans fell through, Roland recruited Louis Black, the Chronicle’s editor, Nick Barbaro, the publisher and booking agent Louis Meyers and started their own music conference. Black came up with the title South By Southwest as a play on the name of the Alfred Hitchcock film North By Northwest. The first SXSW Music Conference was held in March of 1987 and 150 people were expected to attend. However, 700 people attended and I happened to be one of them. The idea behind the festival was brilliant. Invite music writers, radio station programmers, record label executives and booking agents to Austin so they can see live performances by as many unsigned bands as you can convince to come play for them. The first few years were pure magic. The crowds were small and bands were hungry to be discovered. Parking was free and plentiful, restaurants weren’t crowded and lines to get into clubs to see the bands were non-existent. Then things began to change. Venues started booking big name acts that didn’t need the exposure and fans started going to these shows rather than checking out the bands that really needed the help. Once this started, in my opinion, things went downhill fast. Before long, you couldn’t find a place to park; restaurants were filled to capacity and forget about getting into any venue to see live music. I toughed it out every year until 2012 when I finally just couldn’t take the crowds any longer. In short, it just wasn’t fun anymore. When music stops being fun, that’s when I lose interest. SXSW continues to thrive and occasionally an artist will get signed to a record or management deal, but in my opinion, the festival lost sight of its original mission.


William Clark Green to record live album

William Clark Green has a very special show planned for next Tuesday night at Cheatham Street Warehouse in San Marcos. He and his band will be recording a live album at the historic venue. He recorded his first live CD at Gruene Hall a few years ago so this would be the natural progression, capturing his live show in another famous Texas honky-tonk. This time, the band will be performing in an acoustic format, much like MTV’s famous unplugged series. The show was limited to 100 seats and it’s sold-out so hopefully you already have your tickets. There’s no official word on when the live acoustic album will be released, but if you sign up for his email blasts at, you’ll be one of the first to know.


St Patty Day Fun

Even though our city has deep roots to Germany, we still celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in a major way. On Sunday March 17, venues all over town have special shows planned to salute the Irish among us. There’s a massive pub crawl starting at Krause’s Café at 5pm and ending at Callahan’s Pub at 10pm. Billy’s Ice will feature Tom Gillam and the Kosmic Messengers at 8:30pm on Sunday night. The Honky Tonk Saints will be at Krause’s Café at 5pm and Lucas Taylor will be at Phoenix Saloon on Sunday night at 7:30pm. The Pour Haus will kick off their St. Patty’s Day Party at 3pm with a parking lot party featuring the Clever Name Band, Scott Wiggins, Mark Monaco and Colby Keeling. The green beer will be flowing so remember to party responsibly and always have a designated driver.


Walt Wilkins Festival

Every year Walt & Tina Wilkins host a very cool event in Fredericksburg called WaltStock & Barrel Texas Wine and Music Festival. This year the dates are May 15 to 18 at Jellystone Park in Fredericksburg. They just announced the full lineup of artists and it includes Chris Berardo, Matt Hillyer, Zac Wilkerson, Bob Livingston, Drew Kennedy, Josh Grider, Susan Gibson, Terri Hendrix, Lloyd Maines, South Austin Moonlighters and of course Walt Wilkins & The Mystiqueros. Get your tickets now at When Walt and Tina host a festival, it’s a class act from top to bottom so get your tickets now before it sells out.






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

Tonight – Shane Bartell – 6:30pm

Fri – Traveling Trees – 6:30pm

Sat – Bru’s Tunes – 6:30pm


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

Sat – Jake Penrod & His Million $$ Cowboys – 8pm


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

Sat – T Pain – 7pm

Sun – U2 & Thin Lizzy Tributes – 6pm

Tue – Switchfoot – 6:30pm


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

Tonight – Matt Kersh Band – 8:30pm

Fri – Ryan Ross – 8:30pm

Sat – LC Rocks – 8:30pm

Sun – Tom Gillam – 8:30pm


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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 8pm


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

Tonight – Frankenstein The Play – 7:30pm


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

Fri – Fallon Franklin – 6pm

Sat – Tyler Cannon – 6pm


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

Fri – Brother Roscoe – 7pm

Sat – Colby Keeling – 7pm

Tue – Charlie Stout / William Clark Green – 7pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm


Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Anthony Wright – 9:30am


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

Fri – Highway Hypnosis – 7pm

Sat – Marcus Morales – 7pm


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

Fri – Flaco Jimenez 80th Birthday Bash – 7pm

Sat – Shotgun Rider / Easton Corbin – 7pm


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

Fri – Gary Glenn & 20X Band – 7:30pm

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 6:30pm


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

Fri – Sylvia Kirk – 5pm

Sat – Bob Appel – 3pm

Sun – Johnny McGowan – 3pm


Gristmill River Grill (1287 Gruene Road, 830-625-0684) Tonight – Coltin’s Kin – 5:30pm

Fri – Dan McCoy – 12:30pm / Dan McCoy – 6pm

Sat – Coltin’s Kin – 6pm


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

Tonight – Johnny & the Blalocks – 1pm / Eddy Smith & the 507 – 6pm

Fri – Billy Bacon & Forbidden Pigs – Noon / Jarrod Birmingham / Roger Creager – 7pm

Sat – Murali Coryell & Ernie Durawa – 1pm / Prophets & Outlaws / Roger Creager – 8pm

Sun – Beat Boot Revival – 12:30pm / Dawn & Hawkes Family Band – 5pm

Mon – Bret Graham – 6pm

Tue – Dan McCoy – 1pm / Two Tons of Steel – 7:30pm

Wed – Rodney Hayden – 1pm / The Georges – 6pm


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

Fri – Jordan Minor & Bottom $ Band – 8:30pm

Sat – Preachers of Hell County – 8:30pm


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

Tonight – Mollie B & Squeezebox – 7pm

Fri – Pine Coats – 8pm

Sat – Texas State Opera Theatre – 7pm

Sun – Honky Tonk Saints – 5pm

Wed – Off The Grid Band – 7pm


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

Tonight – Bo Porter – 5pm

Fri – Charlie Kelley – 4pm / The Merles – 8pm

Sat – Mud Dauber Chili Cook-Off – Noon

Sun – Folk Family Revival – 1pm


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

Fri – Longtooth – 7pm

Sat – Tracy Weimberg & Friends – 2pm / The Humdingers – 7pm

Sun – Adam Johnson Band – 2pm

Mon – Open Mic w/ Bill Middleton – 6pm


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

Tonight – Ethan Hanson – 5:30pm

Fri – Larry Dial – 5pm / Brother & the Hayes/ Ryan Quiet & It’s Whatever – 9pm

Sat – Jeff Warren Johnston Band – 9pm

Sun – Jorge Gallegos – 3:30pm / Lucas Taylor – 7:30pm

Wed – Open Mic w/ Billy Roy – 8:30pm


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

Tonight – Mark Monaco Duo – 8:30pm

Fri – Clever Name Band – 8:30pm

Sat – Dirty White Horse – 9:30pm

Sun – St Patrick’s Day Party – 3pm

Mon – Tony Taylor – 8:30pm

Tue – Open Mic Night – 8:30pm

Wed – Chad Boyd – 8:30pm


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

Tonight – Sissy Brown – 8pm

Fri – The Homebodies – 6pm / Andrea Marie & the Magnolia Band – 9pm

Sat – Jolie & the Jakelopes – 9pm

Wed – Mike Ethan Messick – 9pm


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

Tonight – Slim Bawb & the Fabulous Stumpgrinders – 5pm

Fri – Tristen Marez / Randall King – 6pm

Sat – The Motts – 7pm


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

Tonight – Logun Timberlake – 5:30pm


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

Tonight – Johnny Chops / Black Lillies – 7pm

Fri – Sawyer Fredericks – 8pm

Sat – Byron Juane – 7pm

Wed – Carolina Story – 7pm


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

Sat – Dave Jorgenson – 9pm


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

Tonight – Susan Hickman – 7pm

Fri – Chris Hollacheck – 8pm

Sat – Kinky Wires w/ Myles Smith – 8pm

Wed – Fast Movin Trio – 7pm


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

Tonight – Greg Grant – 7pm

Fri – Mustard – 8pm

Sat – The Vagabonds – 8:30pm


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

Tonight – Rex McNiel Band – 8pm

Fri – Wyzer – 8pm

Sat – Chad Anderson Band – 9pm

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