Music News – March 7, 2019

Bob Seger Comes to Texas

Detroit rocker Bob Seger released his hit single Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man in 1968 and it seemed that his music career was off to a good start. However, things don’t always work out as planned. It would take him another seven years to get a song on the charts and by then he was having his doubts about the music business. After all he’d been in several bands already, including The Decibels, The Town Criers, Doug Brown & the Omens, The Last Herd and Bob Seger System. In 1975 he released Live Bullet, a two album set recorded at Detroit’s famous Cobo Hall. It started selling regionally and before long it caught on across America. He had the good sense to rename his touring band as the Silver Bullet Band just before Live Bullet was pressed. I was a senior in high school when I heard his live version of Turn the Page on my car radio. I knew then that we had a new superstar in the making. Seger had been waiting for his luck to change for many years and was smart enough to have his 1976 Night Moves album already recorded and ready for release. It catapulted him to superstardom virtually overnight. Years of playing to tiny crowds in dumpy venues were over. His life was now private jets, limos and sold-out arenas in every city. Under the shrewd tactics of his manager Punch Andrews, Seger socked away his millions and by the mid-90’s had basically retired. His new music output has been sporadic, usually about six years between albums. After postponing his retirement tour last year to undergo emergency back surgery, he’s resumed the trek this year and will be in Austin tonight with Texas’ own Sunny Sweeney opening the show. He has two more Texas shows, one on Saturday in Dallas then a May 2 appearance at the Woodlands. On June 6 he will start a final four night stand in his hometown of Detroit before calling it quits for good. I often wonder who’s going to take their place when all these great musicians retire or pass away.

 

New Shows Announced for Spring & Summer

Once again old man winter surprised us all with another blast of artic air that put a major damper on all outdoor live shows. I realize our cold weather pales compared to what they are going through in the northern states, but hey this is Texas, we don’t do well when it gets below 80 degrees. So, with the promise of warmer weather in our future, these new shows were just announced to get you in the mood for spring and summer. Gruene Hall just added Lee Ann Womack, Aaron Lewis, Melissa Etheridge, Boz Skaggs, Charley Crockett, Marshall Tucker Band and Three Dog Night to their schedule. Get your tickets now to these shows and more at GrueneHall.com. Whitewater Amphitheater has Maren Morris, Midland, Slightly Stoopid, Sublime, Whiskey Myers and Shakey Graves on their concert calendar. Tickets for Whiskey Myers show on August 10 go on-sale tomorrow at 10am on their whitewaterrocks.com website.

 

Paying Tribute to Jerry Jeff & Guy Clark

The Local Live series continues tonight at the Brauntex Theatre with Austin’s Grouchy Like Riley paying a special tribute to the music Jerry Jeff Walker and Guy Clark. Members of this band have had the honor of playing with both of these Texas legends. Clark and Walker have a massive catalog of hit songs so it will be interesting to see what songs they have picked for their set. After Clark passed away and Jerry Jeff slowing down from live shows, this is your chance to enjoy all this fantastic music one more time. Tickets are still available at Brauntex.org.

 

Shawn Hart Continues His Modern Day Jesters Shows

Local singer songwriter Shawn Hart recently released his debut CD titled Real World. Like everything he does, it was a true labor of love. Hart is also still doing his weekly Modern Day Jesters showcase every Tuesday night at 7:30pm at Tavern in the Gruene. Each week Shawn welcomes two guests to join him onstage to talk about their music and perform a few songs. The shows are broadcast over his website, ShawnHartMusic.com for fans unable to attend in person. He started the show on August 2 of 2018 in the basement of the Phoenix Saloon but eventually moved it to the Tavern. The shows are very entertaining and are a one of a kind experience for music fans. He has an amazing work ethic and keeps his schedule full with shows all over town and central Texas. Tonight he’s at Phoenix Saloon at 5:30pm for a Happy Hour set. Stop by, have a cold drink, give him a listen and pick up a copy of his CD. You’ll be glad you did.

 

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

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

Tonight – Led Zeppelin Tribute – 7pm

Fri – Gin Blossoms – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Clever Name Band – 8:30pm

Sat – Tom Gillam & Kosmic Messenger – 9pm

 

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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 8pm

 

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

Tonight – Grouchy Like Riley Tribute to Jerry Jeff & Guy Clark – 7:30pm

 

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

Fri – Dallas McKinley & Michael Shane – 6pm

Sat – Mick Gamboa – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Natalie Rose / Jesse Stratton – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm

 

Eagles Dance Hall (257 E. South St., 830-660-0437)

Sun – Goodtime Polka Club w/ Barefoot Becky Orch & Ivanhoe Dutchmen – 3pm

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Tony Taylor – 9:30am

 

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

Fri – Nate Guthrie – 7pm

Sat – Dallas Burrow – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Tejas Brothers – 7pm

Sat – David Beck / James McMurtry – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Clay Hollis / Mario Flores & Soda Creek Band – 7pm

Sat – Already Gone – Eagles Tribute Band – 7pm

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 6:30pm

 

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

Sat – Bret Graham – 3pm

Sun – Phil Luna – 3pm

 

Gristmill River Grill (1287 Gruene Road, 830-625-0684) Sat – Dan McCoy – 12:30pm / Coltin’s Kin – 6pm

Sun – Dan McCoy – Noon / Clifton Jansky – 5:30pm

Tue – Dan McCoy – 5:30pm

Wed – Dan McCoy – 5:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Troy Stone & the Spent Shells – 6pm

Fri – The Sadies / Kurt Vile & the Violators – 7pm

Sat – Pat Byrne Band – 1pm / Dustin Sonnier / Josh Ward – 8pm

Sun – Bret Graham – Noon / Aaron Stephens Band – 4pm

Mon – Adam Johnson – 1pm / Bret Graham – 6pm

Tue – Phil Luna – 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 – Shaker Hymns – 8:30pm

Sat – Slim Bawb & the Fabulous Stumpgrinders – 2pm

 

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

Fri – Soul Sessions – 7pm

Wed – The Oompahs – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Bo Porter – 5pm

Fri – Charlie Kelley – 4pm / Brutherz – 8pm

Sat – Kem Watts – 5pm / Bonnie Lang – 8pm

Sun – Hot Attacks – 1pm

 

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

Fri – Blank Floyd & Arley Blankenship – 7pm

Sat – Nate Guthrie – 3pm

Sun – Nick Garcia – 3pm

 

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

Tonight – Shawn Hart – 5:30pm

Fri – Jr Nash – 5pm / Fort Defiance – 9pm

Sat – Knotty Grove – 9pm

Sun – Ethan Hanson – 3pm / Lucas Taylor – 7pm

Wed – Open Mic w/ Billy Roy – 8pm

 

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

Tonight – Silver Cloud – 8:30pm

Fri – Band of Bandits – 8:30pm

Sat – Logun Timberlake – 9:30pm

Sun – Chris Saucedo – 8:30pm

Mon – Doug Garrett & Friends – 8:30pm

Tue – Open Mic Night – 8:30pm

Wed – Cody Coggins – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Shad Blair & Sachie Hart – 8pm

Fri – Mark Jungers – 6pm / Teri Joyce & the Tagalongs – 9pm

Sat – Heather Victorino – 9pm

Tue – Troy Stone Band – 8pm

Wed – Juliet McConkey – 8pm

 

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

Fri – Kolby Cooper / Read Southall – 6pm

Sat – Brice Daniels Band – 8pm

 

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

Tonight – Jacob Pena – 5:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Aztek w/ Joel & Sara Guzman – 7pm

Fri – Joe Ely – 7pm

Sat – Kimberley Dunn – 8pm

Sun – Private Island – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Dewberry Pickle Boys – 9pm

Fri – Jay Bleu – 9pm

Sat – Silver Cloud – 9pm

Tue – Modern Day Jesters w/ Shawn Hart – 7:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Gene Reeves – 7pm

Fri – Brian Milson – 8pm

Sun – Austin Gilliam – 4pm

Wed – Bo Brumble & Garrett Mann – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Brett Cline – 7:30pm

Fri – Pete & Sean Williams – 8pm

Sat – Beau Daniels Band – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Jeremy Egg Band – 8pm

Fri – Painted Pony – 8pm

Sat – Aaron Kantor – 9pm

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