Music News – Nov. 22, 2018

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. We get four days off from work, there’s good food, football and you don’t have to fight the crowds to go buy a bunch of gifts, unless you want to of course. It’s the time of year to say thanks for all we have. We live in the greatest country, state and city in the world. When it comes to live music, most venues are closed today as they should be. Friday is back to normal with many fantastic choices to keep those visiting relatives happy and envious about what a cool city you live in. Austin is called the live music capital of the world but when was the last time you attended a concert there? Was there a lot of traffic, did you pay for parking and were there huge crowds of people to deal with? Fortunately we don’t have those issues here, at least not yet. Our city is growing and some of those things are on the horizon here, but until then, get out this weekend and check out our amazing live music scene. Enjoy it while you still can.


Los Texmaniacs at Krause’s Cafe

Los Texmaniacs are a Grammy Award winning conjunto band from San Antonio. Max Baca, master of the bajo sexto, was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico and formed a band that included younger brother Jimmy. He was persuaded to move to San Antonio by Flaco Jimenez to play in his band. After a while Max grew tired of being in someone else’s band and decided to form Los Texmaniacs with Josh Baca on accordion, Noel Hernandez on bass and Lorenzo Martinez on drums. By the time they released their fourth album, Borders Y Bailes in 2009, they won a Grammy and achieved critical acclaim, setting the path for a long career. Tomorrow night at Krause’s Café they will be performing a rare free concert in our city at 8pm, so make plans now to check them out.


Cody Johnson & Friends at Helotes

A few months back, Cody Johnson was scheduled to play a huge show at the Helotes Fairgrounds but Mother Nature had other plans and decided she should bless us with several inches of rain. The show was postponed until tomorrow and it looks like there’s no rain in the forecast. Joining Cody for this massive night of music will be Shotgun Rider, Jon Wolfe and David Lee Murphy. Just in case you’ve been living off the grid for the past few years and haven’t heard of Cody Johnson, it’s time you did. He seems to be following in the footsteps of George Strait as a country singer that is also a true cowboy. He’s not some fake poser that dresses in boots and a hat when he performs, he’s the real deal. He’s still an independent artist that handles all aspects of his career with no help from a major record label. The fact that he can sell out the Houston Rodeo at the huge RPG Stadium is a testament to his popularity. Floores Country Store is handling the tickets for this event and you can get them online now at


Pat Green at Gruene Hall

While we are talking about independent Texas artists, Pat Green was someone who blazed the trail for many aspiring singer songwriters. He gained massive success with no help from any powerful labels or managers. Texas artists, going all the way back to Bob Wills, Buddy Holly and Willie Nelson have always been very independent in the way they handled their careers. Green tried his hand at going to Nashville and had some moderate success but soon realized that the grass was definitely greener in Texas. He started his career playing bars and dancehalls around the state and on Saturday night her returns to Gruene Hall for two shows in one night. The first one will start about 7pm and will be an acoustic set full of stories and songs. A full band show will take place later, around 10pm. At press time, tickets were still available for both shows at


Joel Hofmann Releases Live at Riley’s CD

Joel Hofmann, owner of Riley’s Tavern, is also a musician and fronts his own band. In addition to playing regular gigs at Riley’s, they also play around the area. Hofmann just released a new CD titled Joel Hofmann & Friends: Live at Riley’s. In a recent press release, Joel explained that the album was recorded live at Riley’s and then they did a few overdubs at the studio. Many special guests like Johnny Bush, Dallas Moore, Bill Kirchen, Shelley King, Tessy Lou Williams, Tommy Alverson and Mike Ethan Messick join Hofmann on the album. The eleven songs offer a wide variety of styles, from traditional country to outlaw country, and everything in between. His duet with Dallas Moore on ‘Ain’t No Good Chain Gang’ will bring back memories of the version Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings cut years ago. It’s very cool to hear Johnny Bush join in on ‘Don’t Be Ashamed of Your Age.’ There’s a CD release party scheduled for November 30 at Riley’s Tavern at 9pm and it’s a free show. Put it on your calendar now so you can attend and pick up a copy of the new CD.






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

Fri – Jordan Sleed – 6:30pm

Sat – Dan White – 6:30pm


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

Sat – Brian Volante Band – 9pm


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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 8pm


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

Tue – Mason Lively – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm


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

Fri – Bart Crow – 9pm


Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Steve Tscheope – 9:30am


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

Fri – Nate Guthrie – 7pm

Sat – Groovius Ceasar – 7pm


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

Fri – Cody Johnson & Friends (Helotes Fairgrounds) – 5pm

Sat – Dalton Domino / William Clark Green – 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 – Dan McCoy – Noon / Rusty Martin – 4pm

Sat – Sylvia & Matt Kirk – Noon / Adam Johnson – 4pm

Sun – Dan McCoy – 1pm


Gristmill River Grill (1287 Gruene Road, 830-625-0684) Sat – Dan McCoy – Noon


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

Tonight – Closed For Thanksgiving

Fri – Peterson Brothers – Noon / Charley Crockett – 7pm

Sat – Pat Green (acoustic) – 6pm / Pat Green (Full Band) – 10pm

Sun – Slim Bawb – Noon / Guy Forsyth – 4pm

Mon – Bret Graham – 6pm

Tue – Austin Meade Song Swap – 6pm

Wed – Billy Bacon & Forbidden Pigs – 6pm


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

Fri – Jeff Jacobs Band – 8:30pm

Sat – Skyler Hamilton Band – 8:30pm


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

Fri – Los Texmaniacs – 8pm


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

Tonight – Closed For Thanksgiving

Fri – Bill Lewis Combo – 4pm / Jeremy Steding – 8pm

Sat – Oliver Penn / Shinyribs – 8pm

Sun – Kathy Bauer & Michael Broussard – 5pm


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

Tonight – Closed For Thanksgiving

Fri – Michael James Band – 7pm

Sat – Grateful Dead Tribute w/ Gerry Burns – 3pm / Nick Garcia – 7pm

Sun – Jim Mayer – 3pm

Mon – Open Mic Night – 6pm


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

Fri – Larry Dial – 5pm

Sat – Natalie Rose Band – 9pm

Sun – All Mixed Up – 3:30pm / Lucas Taylor – 7:30pm

Wed – Open Mic w/ Billy Roy – 8:30pm


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

Fri – 3 Man Front – 8:30pm

Sat – Scott Wiggins Band – 8:30pm

Sun – The Vagabonds – 8:30pm

Mon – Dennis Jay – 8:30pm

Tue – Open Mic Night – 8:30pm

Wed – Jade Marie Patek – 8:30


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

Fri – Grouchy Like Riley – 9pm

Sat – The Revs – 9pm

Sun – Blues Jam – 4pm

Mon – Open Mic Night – 7pm

Tue – Buffalo Rogers – 8pm

Wed – Tony Taylor – 8pm


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

Fri – Shane Watson / Brice Daniels Band – 7pm

Sat – Forty Thieves / Dirty River Boys – 7pm


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

Fri – Allen Hendrickson – 9:30pm

Sat – Blue Apollo – 4pm

Sun – Steve Curd – 4pm


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

Fri – Slaid Cleaves – 7:30pm

Sat – Foreign Arm / Black Pumas – 8pm

Wed – Dave Alvin & Jimmie Dale Gilmore – 7pm


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

Sat – Dave Jorgenson Band – 9pm

Sun – Clever Name Band – 9pm


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

Fri – Kinky Wires – 8pm

Sat – Hipsonic – 8pm

Sun – Bo Brumble & Garrett Mann – 4pm

Wed – Myles Smith – 7pm


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

Fri – Pete Williams – 8pm

Sat – The Vagabonds – 8pm


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

Fri – Anthony Wright Band – 8pm

Sat – County Line Band – 9pm

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