Music News – May 16, 2019

23rd Annual Americana Jam

It’s Jam time this Sunday when the 23rd Annual Americana Jam returns to Gruene Hall for a full day of fantastic music. The jam has come a long way in 23 years. In the early days the lineup consisted of mainly local musicians that offered to perform for free to benefit a variety of local charities. As time progressed, the acts got bigger and it attracted major touring artists like Robert Earl Keen, Jim Lauderdale and Marty Stuart, just to name a few. I’ve been attending every year since 1998 and have many great memories of the fantastic musicians I’ve seen there. The 2006 Jam is still one of my favorites when Marty Stuart, Hayes Carll, Joe Ely, Buddy Miller and Robert Earl Keen all performed. This year the fun kicks off with Willy and Cody Braun at 1pm followed by Terri Hendrix & Lloyd Maines at 1:40pm. The day of music continues with an acoustic set by Randy Rogers then a band performance by newcomer John Baumann. Darrell Scott’s set begins about 3:30pm, then Walt Wilkins full band and an acoustic set by Cody Canada. Jam veteran Ray Wylie Hubbard is scheduled for 5:35pm then an acoustic set by Robert Earl Keen. Local guys Drew Kennedy and Josh Grider will do a duo set with a reunited Groobees on tap for a 7:50pm start time. Morning DJ Tom Gillam and his ace band Kosmic Messenger will crank things up with their 8:35pm set and Seth James will keep the rock music flowing when his band follows Gillam. Jamie Lin Wilson will have her band onstage for her 9:50pm set and local Americana singer Wade Bowen will close out the long day with his full band performance at 10:30pm. This year the Jam proceeds will benefit the Crisis Center of Comal County and the Sally M. Kingsbury Sarcoma Research Foundation. For a full schedule of events and to purchase tickets, go to


Woodstock Music Festival Turns 50 Yrs Old

Back in 1969, four upstate New York entrepreneurs Michael Lang, Joel Rosenman, John Roberts and Artie Kornfeld decided to create a music festival and invite all the biggest bands of the decade to perform. When no act would agree, they signed Creedence Clearwater Revival for a guaranteed $10,000 fee. Once Creedence agreed, others followed including Arlo Guthrie, Joan Baez, Santana, Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, The Who, Jefferson Airplane, The Band, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and Jimi Hendrix. Over 32 acts eventually performed at the three day festival held August 15, 16 and 17. Other acts, like Bob Dylan, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and The Doors were invited but chose not to perform. Permits for the original site were refused but they finally persuaded dairy farmer Max Yasgur to let them use his 600 acre farm near Bethel, NY. Now, 50 years later original organizer Michael Lang wants to do it again. He has signed John Fogerty, Robert Plant, Santana, Dead & Company, Sturgill Simpson, Leon Bridges, Gary Clark Jr., Halsey, Jay Z and Miley Cyrus plus many more to perform. At press time there were still problems obtaining the necessary permits and tickets still aren’t on sale. Time will tell if Woodstock 50 will actually take place. In other Woodstock news, a 38-CD, 432 song box set is scheduled for release on August 2 for the hefty price tag of $800. The majority of the music recorded during the festival has never been officially released. Los Angeles producer Andy Zak discovered dozens of boxes of unmarked tapes in a Warner Brothers vault in 2005. He took them to the studio where he was able to confirm they were the long lost master tapes from the 1969 festival. After 50 years, it will be nice to finally hear some of the missing performances.


The Phoenix Saloon Features Rock Show

Local concert promoter Eddy Luna is bringing another tribute show to the downtown Phoenix Saloon this Saturday night. This time he has two bands, Virgin Killers doing a tribute to the Scorpions and Sad Wings doing their tribute to Judas Priest. Both of these Texas based bands are known for their uncanny knack of performing the songs exactly like the original bands. These tribute shows always sell-out so act now if you want to go. There’s a few tickets left so get the contact information at

Jessi Colter Plans New Album

Jessi Colter was married to Waylon Jennings during his wild Outlaw years and managed to raise their only son, Shooter and release some of the biggest country hits of the mid-70’s. She was the sole female singer on the 1976 hit album, Wanted The Outlaws, which was the first country music album to sell a million copies and be certified Platinum. When Waylon passed away in 2002, Jessi retired from the music business and has only performed a few shows since. However, she just announced that she has a new album in the works and she picked Margo Price to produce it. Price is the reigning queen of traditional country singers that seem to be taking over where Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette left off. Colter told Rolling Stone Magazine that the new music sounds fresh and exciting and is very different from her previous style. The album is expected to be released later this summer and there’s talk of a major tour to take place soon after the album is released.





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

Tonight – Josh Holden – 6:30pm

Fri – Travelin Trees – 6:30pm

Sat – Bru’s Tunes – 6:30pm

Sun – Little Oddz & Enzz – 6:30pm


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

Sat – Jeff Woolsey & the Dance Hall Kings – 8pm


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

Tonight – Art Alexakis – Songs & Stories of Everclear – 7pm

Fri – Back in Black – AC/DC Tribute – 7pm

Sat – I Prevail – The Trauma Tour – 6:30pm


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

Sat – Mark Jungers & the Whistlin Mules – 9pm

Sun – Bear Grammar Band – 5pm


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

Tonight – Daniel Thomas Phipps – 8:30pm

Fri – Skylar Hamilton – 8:30pm

Sat – Three Beards – 4pm / The Lawless – 9:30pm

Tue – JJ Garrett – 8:30pm

Wed – Logun Timberlake – 8:30pm


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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 8pm

Wed – Lucas Taylor – 9pm


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

Fri – Fallon Franklin – 6pm

Sat – Mario Vela – 6pm


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

Fri – Chuck Shaw – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm


Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Jeff Vaughn – 9:30am


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

Tonight – BDP Jazz – 6pm


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

Fri – Elizabeth Cook / Todd Snider – 7pm

Sat – Kaitlin Butts / Jason Boland / Flatland Cavalry – 7pm


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

Fri – Gary Glenn – 8:30pm

Wed – Zack Walther – 6:30pm


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

Tonight – Sylvia Kirk – 5pm

Fri – Bret Graham – 5pm

Sat – Sylvia Kirk – 1pm / John Arthur Martinez – 5pm

Sun – Bob Appel – 1pm / Robert Irwin – 5pm


Gristmill River Grill (1287 Gruene Road, 830-625-0684) Fri – Dan McCoy – 12:30pm

Sat – Colton’s Kin – 6pm

Sun – Dan McCoy – Noon


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

Tonight – Prophets & Outlaws / Marshall Tucker Band – 8pm

Fri – Garrett Capps / Robert Ellis – 7pm

Sat – Bo Phillips – 1pm / Marfa Lights / Three Dog Night – 8pm

Sun – Americana Music Jam – Noon

Mon – Noel McKay Trio – 6pm

Tue – Nathan Hamilton & Curtis McMurtry – 6pm

Wed – Hot Texas Swing Band – 6pm


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

Fri – Troy Stone & the Spent Shells – 8pm

Sat – Teague Brothers – 8pm


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

Fri – Tony Taylor – 4pm / Jay Bleu – 8pm

Wed – Terry Cavanagh – 6pm


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

Tonight – Peter Tory – 5pm

Fri – Hayden Whittington – 1pm / Wade Bowen – 9pm

Sat – Chris Saucedo – 11am / Nick Lawrence Band – 7pm

Sun – Hot Attacks – 1pm / Dan West – 5pm


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

Fri – Longtooth – 7pm

Sat – Tracy Weinberg – 2pm / Racoon Brothers – 7pm

Sun – Bluegrass Sunday w/ Gerry Burns – 3pm

Mon – Open Mic w/ Bill Middleton & Kenny Penny – 6pm


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

Tonight – March Divide – 7pm

Fri – Clifton Deleon – 8pm

Sat – Nef Hernandez – 8pm


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

Tonight – Jason Uher – 5:30pm

Fri – Junior Nash – 5pm / Soul Sessions w/ Terrell Shahid – 8:30pm

Sat – Tribute to Scorpions & Judas Priest – 8pm

Sun – Shawn Hart – 3pm / Lucas Taylor – 7pm

Wed – Open Mic w/ Billy Roy – 8pm


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

Tonight – Brent Michael Wood – 8:30pm

Fri – 3 Man Front – 8:30pm

Sat – Dirty White Horse – 9:30pm

Sun – Tony Taylor – 3pm

Tue – Open Mic Night – 8:30pm

Wed – Chris Saucedo – 8:30pm


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

Tonight – HalleyAnna Finlay & Dustin Welch – 7pm

Fri – The Homebodies – 7pm

Sat – Jason Allen – 9pm

Wed – Juliet McConkey – 7pm


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

Tonight – Matt & Sylvia Kirk – 7pm

Fri – Shotgun Rider – 6pm

Sun – Tyler McCollum – 2pm


The Rustic (17619 La Cantera Pkwy, Ste 204, San Antonio, 210-245-7500)

Tonight – The Vegabonds – 8:30pm

Fri – Dillon Carmichael – 9:30pm

Sat – Peter The 3rd – 4pm / Thomas Csorbal – 8:30pm

Sun – Cooper Greenburg – 4pm

Mon – Daniel Thomas Phipps – 8:30pm

Tue – Natalie Rose – 8:30pm


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

Tonight – Tribute to Nirvana – 7pm

Fri – Cory Morrow – 8pm

Sat – Tribute to The Cure – 8pm


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

Fri – Pop Gun – 9pm

Sat – Larry Dial – 2pm / Logun Timberlake – 9pm

Sun – Cody Coggins – 2pm

Tue – Shawn Hart & Guests – 7:30pm

Wed – Jazz Jam w/ Brett Cline – 8pm


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

Tonight – Brian Milson – 7pm

Fri – Kinky Wire w/ Myles Smith – 7pm

Wed – Rio Tripiano – 7pm


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

Tonight – Gregory Grant – 6:30pm

Fri – Beau Daniels Band – 8pm

Sat – The Vagabonds – 8:30pm


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

Tonight – Jeremy Egg Band – 8pm

Fri – Tom Wilson & Triple Nickle Band – 8pm

Sat – Rick Reyna Band – 9pm

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

Fri – Shane Smith & the Saints / Dwight Yoakam – 7pm

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