Music News – March 19, 2020

I began writing about music in May of 1976 for several publications in Texas. In 1982 I started writing a weekly music column for the Victoria Advocate. I think it was in June of 2000 that I started writing for our New Braunfels paper. In my four decades of covering music, I have never seen as many cancelled events as we have these past few weeks. While I totally understand the need to be safe and act responsibly, a lot of folks are panicking and hoarding supplies which just makes the situation that much worse. Normally I spend Sunday afternoons compiling the weekly concert calendar you see on this page. This week I had the feeling that it may all be for nothing as more and more shows were being cancelled, but I forged ahead anyway. Many venues vowed to remain open and not cancel anything while others made the tough decision to close before things got worse. By noon on Monday it became a free fall situation with more and more closures and cancellations being announced. Some venues gave definite timelines for when they planned to reopen, others left it open ended, choosing to see how things play out in the next few weeks. We are in uncharted territory here and it affects a lot of people. Musicians can’t play so they don’t get paid. The same with bar staff, sound and light guys, wait staff, cooks and hundreds of other service industry workers. So, before you head out to your favorite music venue, check their website, Facebook page or give them a call to see if there have been any changes to their schedule.


Cancellations Across The State

Things are changing so fast, almost on an hourly basis, that it is impossible to report all the cancellations. At press time, over 100 major concert tours have been cancelled or postponed. Twelve major music festivals have been cancelled completely and six others have been postponed. Television schedules have also been altered, including the American Music Awards as well as four additional award shows. Major movie premiers have been rescheduled as well as virtually every sporting event in the world. On Monday I received emails from six music venues in Austin and four in San Antonio, all delivering the same message: We are closed until further notice. As bands and their booking agents scramble to reschedule hundreds of cancelled shows, the bands are forced to go home and wait it out. Some acts are trying to stream live music from their homes, others are asking fans to buy their merchandise and some are trying to schedule small house concerts to try to pay their bills. Remember, musicians often play for free at our local benefits and fundraisers, so now it’s our turn to help them out if we can.


A Few New Shows Are Being Announced

The entire music industry is hoping things bounce back soon and continue to announce new shows coming to our area. One that has everyone excited is the Steve Earle and Marty Stuart show coming to Floores Country Store on Friday May 29. Steve Earle & the Dukes are touring to promote his new album, The Ghosts of West Virginia, due out on May 22. Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives are on tour supporting the release of his deluxe edition CD of The Pilgrim. Stuart will be back in Texas on June 13 opening for Steve Miller in Austin. If you happened to watch the Ken Burns documentary titled Country Music, you saw that Stuart played a huge roll in the 18 hour film. Marty and Steve are two of the last of the original acts signed by Tony Brown when he ran MCA Records back in the early 1980’s. Tony Brown was Elvis Presley’s keyboard player for over ten years and knew a thing or two about talented musicians. During his time at MCA he also signed a young Texan named Lyle Lovett and produced his first few albums. In another pure stroke of genius, Austin’s own James McMurtry will open this show. Tickets for this show are going fast so get yours now at




How Long Will This Last

It’s hard to predict what the outcome of this pandemic will be. No one knows how long it will last or how many people will contract the virus. It’s the fear of the unknown that drives normally sane people to act in impulsive ways. We buy hundreds of rolls of toilet paper for no real reason. We buy cases of water when our public water supply is perfectly safe. I’ve just never understood this hoarding thing. Sure, I’ve been known to buy extra bags of candy corn during Halloween but never more than I could eat in a week. I’m old enough to remember the coffee shortage in 1970 and I’ve lived through several gas shortages. Thankfully I don’t drink coffee and during the gas shortages I just bought gas when it was available and never filled up extra cans to store in my garage. I realize that in times like these when people have health concerns, the music industry may be the least of your worries. Hopefully this crisis will be short term and we can get back to our normal lives. We are tough here in Texas and we will get through this together. On the bright side of this, when it’s all over you’ll be able to toilet paper all your neighbors houses and have enough left over to last you for a year.





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

Tonight – JJ Garrett Duo – 6:30pm

Fri – Blues Like It Usta Wuz – 6:30pm

Sat – Bru’s Tunes – 6:30pm

Sun – Danny Harris – 6:30pm


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

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


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

Tue – Brittany Howard – 7pm


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

Tonight – The Cole Trains – 8:30pm

Fri – The MGD’s – 9pm

Sat – Bill Ayers – 9pm

Sun – School of Rock – 4pm


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

Sat – Gus Samuelson – 6pm


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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 9pm


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

Fri – All Mixed Up – 7pm

Sat – Larry Dial – 7pm


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

Tonight – Chris Roberts – 7pm

Fri – Sun Valley Station – 7pm

Sat – Peace Pipe Prophets – 7pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm


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

Sat – David Touchton Band – 8:30pm


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

Fri – Folk Family Revival – 9pm

Sat – Hollin McKay Band – 1pm

Sun – Eliza Gilkinson – 7pm

Tue – Emily Gimble – 7pm


Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Ethan Hanson – 9:30am


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

Sat – Con Crema – 7:30pm


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

Fri – Small Town Habit / Chad Cooke Band – 7pm


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

Sun – Logun Timberlake – 3pm

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 6pm


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

Tonight – Bret Graham – 5pm

Fri – Bret Graham – 5pm

Sat – Dirty River Dixie Band – 1pm / Julieann Banks – 5pm

Sun – Phil Luna – Noon


Gristmill River Grill (1287 Gruene Road, 830-625-0684) Tonight – Bo Porter – 12:30pm / Clifton Jansky – 5:30pm

Fri – Bo Porter – 12:30pm / Colton’s Kin – 6pm

Sat – Bo Porter – 12:30pm

Sun – Richie Albright – Noon


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

Tonight – Luke Williams – 7pm

Fri – Stray Dog & the Wolves – 7pm

Sat – Robert Johnson – 7pm

Sun – Poor J Brown – 2pm


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

Mon – Bret Graham – 6pm

Tue – Bo Porter & Friends – 6pm

Wed – The Georges – 6pm


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

Fri – R.A.G.E. – 8:30pm

Sat – Slim Bawb & the Fabulous Stumpgrinders – 3pm


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

Fri – The Georges – 7pm

Sat – Chardon Polka Band – 6pm

Sun – Chardon Polka Band – 5pm

Wed – Off The Grid Polka Band – 6pm


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

Tonight – Brent Ryan Band – 5pm / The Merles – 7pm

Fri – Butch Morgan – 4pm / Brutherz – 8pm

Sat – 9th Annual Mud Dauber Festival – Noon / The Strayhearts – 8pm

Sun – Jesse Stratton Band – 1pm / Jake Martin – 5pm


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

Sat – Marvin Bottera – 5pm

Sun – Braydon Zink – 3pm

Mon – Open Mic Night w/ Tom Taylor – 6pm


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

Tonight – Little Jewford – 5pm / Brett Cline – 8pm

Fri – Little Jewford – 5pm

Sat – Little Jewford – 5pm / Brett Cline – 9pm


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)

Sat – Code 2 – 7pm


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

Tonight – Tony Taylor & Geoffrey Hill – Noon

Fri – Junior Nash – 5pm

Sat – Digital Hair – 9pm

Sun – Lucas Taylor – 7pm

Wed – Steven Vee – Noon / Open Mic w/ Billy Roy – 9pm


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

Tonight – Rock Bottom String Band – 7pm

Fri – The Homebodies – 7pm

Sat – Chris Cuevas Project – 9pm

Sun – Mike Ethan Messick – 4pm / Ted Russell Kamp – 7pm

Mon – Tejon Street Corner Tubes – 8pm

Wed – Austin Mayze & Friends – 7pm


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

Sat – Metal Shop – 9pm


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

Tonight – Zack Walther – 6pm


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

Tonight – Ruben V – 6pm

Fri – Micky & the Motorcars – 8pm

Sat – Skyrocket – 8pm

Sun – Love Coma – Noon

Wed – Fred Eaglesmith – 7pm


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

Fri – The Percolators – 9pm

Sat – File 13 – 9:30pm


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

Tonight – Josh Holden Duo – 7pm

Sun – Josh Holden / Brent Michael Wood – 2pm

Wed – Lady & The Tramp – 7pm


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

Tonight – Cactus Country – 8pm

Fri – 3 Man Front – 8:30pm

Sat – Texas KISS Destroyer – 9pm

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

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