Music News – May 30, 2019

Twenty four years ago, Texas rockabilly band Two Tons of Steel started playing every Tuesday night at the historic Gruene Hall. Tuesday nights were usually a slow night at the hall, and the band didn’t normally play on that night. Front man Kevin Geil, once a photographer for the San Antonio Express news, has led his band all over the world for over two decades with no sign of slowing down anytime soon. First called the Dead Crickets, they changed their name to Two Tons of Steel to avoid any conflicts with Buddy Holly’s old band, The Crickets. Geil used his ’56 Cadillac as inspiration, since the car weighed about two tons. Kevin is the only remaining original member, but he constantly surrounds himself with ace musicians. The current lineup includes drummer Rich Alcorta, bassist Jake Marchese and guitarists Will Owen Gage. To hear them play you would think they have been together since the beginning. Next Tuesday they start their 24th year of Two Ton Tuesdays at Gruene Hall which runs June 4 to August 20. Tickets are just $7 at the door and the band hits the stage about 8:30pm.


Rolling Stones Reschedule Tour

The Rolling Stones have rescheduled their 2019 tour after singer Mick Jagger was forced to have heart valve surgery back in April. All of their 2019 tour dates had to be rescheduled including their first ever appearance at the New Orleans Jazz Festival. Now that Jagger has recovered from the surgery, the rescheduled dates have been announced. There’s only one Texas show, set for July 27 at NRG Stadium in Houston. In an attempt to make up the cancelled Jazz Fest show, they announced a July 14 show at the Superdome in New Orleans. Tickets are on-sale now at


Metalachi Comes to Billy’s Ice

Metalachi, billed as the first and only heavy metal mariachi band, will be at Billy’s Ice on Friday night. Like many bands, they purposely have a mystique about them. Not much bio material is provided on their website or Facebook page. The information that was available says the band formed in 1982 in Juarez, Mexico and is now based out of Hollywood. The Facebook page lists band members as Vega De La Rockha, El Cucuy, Kyla Vera, Paco Halen, Kiko Cane and Warren Moscow, all obviously stage names. They have three albums, appropriately titled, Uno, Dos and Tres. Though I’ve never seen the band in concert, I have all of their albums and must admit they are very talented. They cover just about every classic heavy metal song you can name from Black Sabbath’s Paranoid to Ac/DC’s Thunderstruck. For ticket info see and if you go, say hello to new owner Bob Wilson. He purchased Billy’s Ice about a year ago and continues their tradition of great live music and also home to many benefits, like Saturday’s Mudge Family Foundation that starts at noon.


Matt Briggs Locks of Love Benefit

Speaking of benefits, on Sunday Matt Briggs will host his annual Locks of Love Benefit at Freiheit Country Store. The 15th Annual Briggs Family Hairdrive gets started at 2pm at Freiheit Country Store. It is a family friendly event with food, lots of live music and hair donations being taken all day. The Foundry Salon will be on hand cutting hair and taking the donations. Even if your hair isn’t long enough to donate, you can still get a fantastic haircut and the money you donate will go to benefit those that lost their hair to illness. Check out Matt Briggs Facebook page for more information.


Randy Travis Writes His Memoir

When Randy Travis came on the music scene back in the early 80’s, he was in the same category as George Strait. Like Strait, he almost wasn’t signed to a record contract because they said he was too country. When his first album, the classic Storms of Life, was released in 1982, it didn’t even make the charts. Then Randy started touring and introducing his music to America and within six months, he was at the top of the charts. It started a ten year run of hit songs and sold out concerts, and then the wheels fell off the machine. First was his trouble with his wife, Lib Hatcher, who was also his manager and rescued Randy from a life of crime when he was barely out of his teens. Lib was many years older than Randy and was very controlling in both his personal and professional life. Not long after they divorced, Randy was arrested several times for driving drunk. He got engaged to a Texas gal named Mary Davis and started getting his life back on track. In July of 2013 he was admitted to the hospital with an upper respiratory infection that attacked his heart causing a condition known as viral cardiomyopathy. As his doctors were treating that, he suffered a massive stroke and almost died. Miraculously he survived only to learn that his ex-wife Lib had basically taken all of his money. Lawsuits followed and he and Mary were able to salvage enough money to live comfortably on his ranch near Tioga, Texas. He just released his memoir, written with the help of Ken Abraham, titled Forever and Ever, Amen. It’s a painfully honest look at a career that has seen incredible highs and devastating lows. If you were ever a fan of Randy and his music, this book is a must read and one that I highly recommend.





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

Tonight – Josh Holden – 6:30pm

Fri – Traveling Trees – 6:30pm


Baja BBQ (280 Marina, Canyon Lake 830-935-3122) Fri – Jesse Stratton Band – 8:30pm


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

Tonight – Bike Night w/ Chris Max Band – 7pm

Fri – Metalachi – 8:30pm

Sat – Mudge Family Foundation Benefit – 11am / Nautical Nation – 9:30pm

Sun – Keith Hickle – 3pm

Wed – Logun Timberlake – 8:30pm


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

Fri – Bill Hearne – 6pm

Sat – Billy Dee – 6pm

Sun – Sophia Johnson – 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 – Aaron Kantor – 7pm

Sat – Slim Bawb – 7pm


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

Fri – Jamie Lin Wilson / Lee Ann Womack – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm


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

Tonight – Tony Taylor – 7:30pm

Fri – JJ Garrett Duo – 7:30pm


Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Steve & Don – 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 – Matt Castillo / Sunny Sweeney / Mark Chesnutt – 7pm

Sat – Isaac Jacob Band – 7pm


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

Tonight – Mario Flores / Shenandoah – 7pm

Sun – Locks of Love Benefit

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 6:30pm


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

Fri – Bret Graham – 5pm

Sat – Sylvia Kirk – 2pm / Robert Irwin – 6pm

Sun – Bob Appel – 1pm


Gristmill River Grill (1287 Gruene Road, 830-625-0684) Fri – Clifton Jansky – 7pm


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

Tonight – Powell Brothers – 7pm

Fri – Frenchies Blues Destroyers / Jack Ingram – 7pm

Sat – Soul Sessions – 1pm / Cooder Graw – 8pm

Sun – Linda Gail Lewis – 12:30pm / Houston Marchman – 5pm

Mon – Nick Garcia Trio – 7pm

Tue – Two Tons of Steel – 7:30pm

Wed – Casper Rawls Band – 7pm


Gruene Records (1386 Industrial Street # 105)

Sat – Susan Gibson – 6:30pm


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

Fri – Canaan Bryce & the Damn Band – 8:30pm

Sat – The Lawless / Chris Colston – 8pm


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

Tonight – Ethan Hanson – 6pm

Fri – The Percolators – 6pm


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

Fri – Colton’s Kin – 4pm / Kori Free & the Groove Hounds – 8pm

Wed – Terry Cavanagh – 7pm


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

Sun – Eric Middleton – 5pm


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

Tonight – Peter Tory – 5pm

Fri – Charlie Kelly – 4pm / Almost Patsy Cline Band – 8pm

Sat – Mason Lively / Kyle Park / Aaron Watson – 8pm

Sun – Walt Wilkins & Susan Gibson – 1pm


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

Fri – The Texas Duet – 7pm

Sat – Stray Dawg & the Wolves – 7pm

Sun – Allen Daniell – 3pm

Mon – Open Mic Night w/ Bill Middleton – 6pm


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

Tonight – Clifton DeLeon – 7pm

Fri – Nef Hernandez – 8pm

Sat – March Divide – 8pm


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

Tonight – Jason Uher – 5:30pm

Fri – Junior Nash – 5pm / Billy Kiesel – 9pm

Sat – Lesser Antilles / RAGE – 9pm

Sun – Jeffrey Ryan Vaughn – 3pm / Lucas Taylor – 7pm

Wed – Open Mic w/ Billy Roy – 8pm


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

Tonight – Jade Marie Patek – 8:30pm

Fri – Damon Curtis – 8:30pm

Sat – Megan Ashley – 3pm / Terry Derryberry – 9:30pm

Sun – Jay Bleu – 8:30pm

Mon – BMW Jam – 8:30pm

Tue – Open Mic Night – 8:30pm

Wed – Ben Cina – 8:30pm


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

Tonight – Susan Hickman – 7pm

Fri – Shelley King – 7pm

Sat – Sons of Johnny Cash – 9pm

Wed – Manzy Lowry & Tyler Cannon – 9pm


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

Tonight – Country & A Fiddle – 4pm

Fri – The Motts – 6pm


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

Tonight – Chris Lopez Band – 8:30pm

Fri – Allan Hendrickson – 9:30pm


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

Tonight – South Austin Moonlighters – 7pm

Fri – James McMurtry – 8pm

Sat – Indiaskies – 7:30pm

Sun – Sounds of Alamo City – 1pm


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

Sat – Billy Lister – 2pm / Dirty White Horse – 9pm

Sun – Empty Handed Vagabonds – 2pm

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

Wed – Jazz Jam w/ Brett Cline – 8pm


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

Tonight – Bo Brumble & Garrett Mann – 7pm

Fri – The Brew – 8pm

Sat – Jr. Castro – 3pm / Logun Timberlake – 7pm

Sun – Tony Taylor & Geoff Hill – 4pm

Wed – Fast Movin Trio – 7pm


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

Tonight – Frenchie’s Blues Destroyers – 7pm

Fri – Call For Band Info

Sat – Two Rivers Revival – 8:30pm


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

Tonight – Aaron Kantor – 8pm

Fri – Popgun – 8pm

Sat – Fast Movin Train – 9pm

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

Sat – Josh Ward / Billy Currington – 8:30pm

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