Music News – Nov. 1, 2018

Wurstfest kicks off tomorrow for another 10 days of music, fun and chicken dances. There are five main music stages located in five different locations. First, the big stage is in Wursthalle, then there’s the Grosse Zelt (Big Tent), the Kleine Zelt (Little Tent), the Stelzenhaus and the Stelzenplatz. There’s a wide variety of groups scheduled to perform during the 10 day run of the festival. A quick glance at their band schedule reveals the Jodie Mikula Orchestra, Alpin Musikanten, Die Bayrischen Hiatamadlin, Terry Cavanagh & Alpine Express, Seven Dutchmen Orchestra, Squeezebox, Eurofest, Ennis Czech Boys, Cloverleaf Orchestra, Jimmy Sturr & his Orchestra and Alex Meixner, just to name a few. For a full schedule of all the live music on tap, to buy admission tickets or to purchase drink tickets, go to


Alex Meixner New CD

Speaking of Alex Meixner, his new CD is out now and it’s appropriately called ‘Make Some Noise.’ The title fits him perfectly because making noise is what Alex is famous for. Whether it’s on the accordion or the trumpet, Alex is in constant movement on-stage during his high energy shows. Capturing that energy on tape is next to impossible but on the latest CD he gives it a shot. The album starts with his own Hey Diand’l, an instrumental he often uses to open his shows. Baby Say Maybe is the perfect pop polka singalong that will certainly be a crowd pleaser. Meixner has always mixed traditional German polkas with more modern tunes and does so here with Drei Zeifacher. Alex wrote or co-wrote nine of the albums fifteen songs, including the rocking instrumental Road Dawgz Polka, Vatavuk’s Diner Polka and the rocking title track. The first single and video for the album is our official theme song, There’s Only One S in New Braunfels. If you haven’t seen the video, check it out on his Facebook page. He tackles country on the fun Hoe Down track and proves he can write a love song with I Don’t Want To Say Goodbye. Just for laughs, he adds the Hormel Pepperoni Polka jingles as bonus tracks, which is a fun way to close out the album. Alex will always be a powerful entertainer, his insane energy can’t be captured on any format but a live stage, however, Make Some Noise is the perfect collection to listen to after attending one of his crazy shows at Wurstfest.


Local Live Series salutes AC/DC

The Local Live series continues tonight at the Brauntex Theatre with an AC/DC tribute by Riff Raff from San Antonio. It’s the first time any band has tackled the music of these classic rocks from Australia. AC/DC was founded by Malcolm and Angus Young in 1973 in Sydney, Australia. After releasing albums and touring for over 40 years, the future of AC/DC remains uncertain since Malcom passed away in 2017 and singer Brian Johnson was forced to retire due to severe hearing loss. Which makes tonight’s show even more special since the chance of seeing AC/DC in concert again is pretty slim. Riff Raff takes their name from an AC/DC song from the 1978 album titled Powerage. Members of the band include Kelley Ann McGonigal on vocals, Stan Martinez on lead guitar, Art Flores on drums, Roger Pena on rhythm guitar and Daryl Chadick on bass. They will be covering songs from the Bon Scott era plus the newer Bryan Johnson tunes. Doors open at 6:30pm, the show starts at 7:30pm and yes, ear plugs will be provided because AC/DC never played anything unplugged or mellow. See for tickets and show info.


Asleep at the Wheel Dancehall Tour comes to Gruene Hall

Asleep at the Wheel are at Gruene Hall tonight for their annual Texas Dance Hall tour. All tickets are being sold at their website In addition to the show tonight at Gruene Hall, they will play in Stonewall at the Albert Icehouse, in Hondo at Quihi Dancehall and in Blanco at Twin Sisters Dancehall. Ray Benson goes to great lengths to help preserve these iconic old dancehalls. Get your tickets now and support this great cause.


New Braunfels House Concert presents Folkfest Winners

New Braunfels House Concerts has another cool intimate show scheduled for this Sunday. It features the Kerrville New Folk Winners, which includes Sarah Morris, Rich Krueger, Helene Cronin, John Butler and Mac Leaphart. These winners were selected from a beginning field of 800 musicians, then again from a field of 32 finalists, so they are the absolute cream of the crop. Doors open at 4:30pm and music starts at 5pm. A potluck supper (yes, we say supper here in Texas) will be served during intermission. For tickets, contact Elaine Hayden at (210) 617-3765.





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

Fri – The Percolators – 6:30pm

Sat – Don Reilly – 6:30pm


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

Sun – Ja Rule/ Ashanti – 7pm


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

Sat – Anthony Wright 3 – 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 – Riff Raff – Tribute to AC/DC – 7:30pm


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

Fri – Monte Good Duo – 7pm

Sat – Dallas McKinley & Mark Sebby – 7pm


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

Tonight – Grant Gilbert – 8pm

Sat – Shaker Hymns / Chris Colston / Muscadine Bloodline / Koe Wetzel – 5pm

Tue – Mason Lively – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm


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

Fri – Wade Hayes – 9pm


Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Ethan Hanson – 9:30am


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

Fri – Chad Boyd – 7pm

Sat – Tyler Stuckey – 7pm


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

Fri – Gio Vannie & the Hired Guns / Kody West – 7pm

Sat – Dwight Yoakam – 7pm


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

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 6:30pm


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

Fri – Bret Graham – 4pm

Sat – Sylvia Kirk – 2pm

Sun – Dan McCoy – 1pm


Gristmill River Grill (1287 Gruene Road, 830-625-0684) Tonight – Dan McCoy – 5:30pm

Sat – Dan McCoy – Noon


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

Tonight – Asleep at the Wheel – 6pm

Fri – Michael Guerra & Nights Calling / The Mavericks – 7pm

Sat – Big Gus & Swampadelic – 1pm / Sylvia Kirk – 2pm / The Mavericks – 7pm

Sun – Hot Club of Cowtown – Noon / The Mavericks – 7pm

Mon – Bret Graham – 6pm

Tue – Mark Jungers, Adam Carroll & Nathan Hamilton – 6pm

Wed – The Georges – 6pm


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

Fri – Copper Chief – 8pm


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

Tonight – The Oompah’s – 7pm

Fri – The Oompah’s – 7pm

Sat – The Oompah’s – 7pm


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

Tonight – Jen & Fred Frumkin – 5pm

Fri – Wagon Aces – 8pm

Sat – Tommy Luke – 1pm

Sun – Walt Wilkins Song Swap – 1pm


NB House Concerts (250 Timber Wild, 210-617-3765)

Sun – Kerrville New Folk Winners – 5pm


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

Tonight – Junior Nash – 5pm / Shawn Hart & Guests – 7:30pm

Fri – Ethan Hanson – 5:30pm / Snake River Redemption / Ryan Ross Band – 9pm

Sat – River Barons – 9pm

Sun – Jeffrey Ryan Vaughn – 3:30pm / Lucas Taylor – 7:30pm

Wed – Open Mic w/ Billy Roy – 8:30pm


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

Fri – The Jonathans – 6pm / The Flametrick Subs – 9pm

Sat – Ben Morris CD Release – 7pm / John Evans Band – 9pm

Mon – Open Mic Night – 7pm

Tue – Troy Stone Band – 8pm

Wed – Manzy Lowry & Tyler Cannon – 9pm


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

Fri – Max Stalling – 6pm

Sat – Randy Rogers & Wade Bowen – 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)

Fri – Jake Ward / Hudson Moore – 8pm

Sat – The Gunslingers / Monte Montgomery – 8pm

Wed – Paul Cauthen – 6:30pm


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

Fri – 3 Man Front – 9pm

Sat – Jay Bleu – 9pm

Sun – 3 Piece & A Biscuit – 9pm


Tobin Center (100 Auditorium, 210-223-8624)

Fri – Kansas – 7:30pm


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

Sun – Soul Sessions – 4pm


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

Fri – Beau Daniels – 8pm


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

Tonight – Shades of Country – 8pm

Sat – Clint Taft & the Buck Wild Band – 9pm

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