Music News – Nov. 29, 2018

Christmas is all about traditions and one of the longest running ones we have is the Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis Christmas show at Gruene Hall. I’m not sure exactly how many years they have been performing their holiday show at the Hall, but trust me, it’s been a long time. Bruce was raised in Bandera with his brother Charlie and they both became staples on the Texas music scene. In 1992 Bruce met fellow singer songwriter Kelly Willis and they were married in 1996. They have four children and make their home near Austin. For the most part they keep their careers separate but join forces on occasion, like the annual Holiday Shindig this Saturday. It will be one of the few times you can hear them sing their individual hits, many duets plus cool Christmas tunes like the classic Santa Baby. If you’ve never experienced their holiday show, get your tickets now at James Steinle opens the show at 9pm followed by Bruce and Kelly starting at 10pm.


Christmas at the Brauntex

Another cool tradition in our city is Christmas at the Brauntex, which consists of three unique holiday themed shows. First up is the Grand Ol’ Christmas Show featuring Will Hearn and Blue Water Highway Band in an old fashioned radio broadcast type show. The two performances are on December 5 and 7, they take the night off for Wassailfest on December 6. Both shows are almost sold-out so get your tickets soon if you plan on going. It’s a fun family friendly show that everyone can enjoy. On December 13, country singer Suzy Bogguss will present an acoustic Swinging Little Christmas show. Suzy has a long and successful career in country music with over a dozen hit albums under her belt. The following night, December 14, local tenor Richard Novak will bring his Christmas Favorites show to the Brauntex stage. Joining Novak will be VocaLibre, the Texas State University Strutters and the Hill Country Youth Chorus. It will be a festive night of jazz, classical and traditional Christmas songs. Get tickets to these shows and more at


Rolling Stones to tour stadiums in 2019

Two massive stadium tours are set to kick off in the Spring of 2019 that will feature the biggest band in rock and roll and the biggest star in country music. The Rolling Stones last toured in 2015 on their Zip Code tour. They released their latest album ‘Blue & Lonesome’ in 2016 but didn’t perform any shows in America. The upcoming ‘No Filter’ tour will hit just thirteen cities in America, and Houston’s show on April 28 at NRG Stadium will be their only stop in Texas. They are reportedly working on a new album to coincide with the tour but no definite news about that has been confirmed. Tickets for the Houston show will go on-sale tomorrow at 10am at all Ticketmaster locations. The massive tour will take 72 truck loads of gear and a crew of 130 workers to make it happen. It will cost of over $200,000 a day to cover the expenses of the show plus another $5 million per show for the band, so expect some high ticket prices.


Garth Brooks will also tour in 2019

Country superstar Garth Brooks will also strike out on a stadium tour in 2019, visiting cities all across America. According to his website, the first date is March 9 in St. Louis, MO. In typical Garth fashion, he only has four dates listed on his site. The best way to keep up with the entire tour is to subscribe to his email blasts. As each new city is announced, fans will get an email with dates and ticket info so they can be ready to buy them the minute they go on-sale. He did a dry run, or maybe we should say wet run, on October 20 at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, IN. It was the first concert ever performed in the legendary stadium. On the night of the show, it was 35 degrees with a light rain falling. The show started 30 minutes late due to windy conditions. A film crew was on hand from CBS to capture the concert for a December 2 TV special. Garth performed sixteen songs for the film crew, often stopping and restarting songs so the cameramen could get a good shot. After ending with his traditional ballad The Dance, Garth played seven more songs for the fans that braved the brutal weather. It started snowing just as he finished his last song. Sign up for email notifications at


Local Live Music to check out

If you’re tired of turkey and have seen a bit too much of the relatives, hit the town tonight for some live music. Swing by Rudy’s BBQ tonight at 5:30pm for a free show by Caleb Haynes. On Friday night you can catch The Craze at Krause’s Café at 8pm. On Saturday night take the short drive down River Road for Curtis Grimes at River Road Icehouse. Sunday Funday is meant for the Peterson Brothers at Gruene Hall at noon and 3 Piece & a Biscuit at Tavern in the Gruene at 9pm. Bret Graham owns Monday nights in our town with his incredible shows at Gruene Hall. Why this guy isn’t playing stadiums is one of life’s greatest mysteries. Aaron Stephens still holds court on Tuesday nights at the Black Whale Pub and Billy Roy of The Mismatch hosts a neat open mic night on Wednesday at Phoenix Saloon.





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

Fri – Jordan Sleed – 6:30pm


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

Fri – Scotty McCreery – 7pm

Sat – Daughtry – 7pm


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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 8pm


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

Wed – The Grand Ol’ Christmas Show – 7:30pm


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

Fri – Dalton Domino – 8pm

Sat – Junkyard Dawgs – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm


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

Fri – Shea Abshier – 9pm


Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Don Reilly – 9:30am


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

Fri – Nick Garcia – 7pm


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

Fri – Mike Ethan Messick / Ray Wylie Hubbard – 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 – Sylvia & Matt Kirk – 4pm

Sat – Sylvia Kirk – 2pm

Sun – Bah Humbug – 1pm


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

Tonight – Chris Ruest Trio – 6pm

Fri – Amy Helm / Wood Brothers – 7pm

Sat – Grouchy Like Riley – 1pm / Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis Holiday Shindig – 8pm

Sun – Peterson Brothers – Noon

Mon – Bret Graham – 6pm

Tue – Dallas Moore & Bo Porter – 6pm

Wed – The Georges – 6pm


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

Fri – Cottonwood Crows – 8pm

Sat – Law By The Gun – 8pm


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

Fri – The Craze – 7pm


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

Fri – Bill Lewis Combo – 4pm / Emily Herring – 8pm

Sat – Christmas Bazaar – 1pm

Sun – Dan West – 1pm/ ShAnnie – 5pm


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

Fri – Silver & Gold – 7pm

Sat – Chuck Shaw – 7pm

Sun – John Cavender – 3pm


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

Sun – Terri Hendrix & Lloyd Maines – 4pm


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

Tonight – Junior Nash – 5pm

Fri – Zach Carney Band / Hunter Road Trio – 9pm

Sat – Caleb & the Hometown Tomatoes – 9pm

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

Wed – Open Mic Night w/ Billy Roy – 8:30pm


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

Tonight – Hipsonic – 8:30pm

Fri – Band of Bandits – 8:30pm

Tue – Open Mic Night – 9pm


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

Fri – Joel Hofmann Band – 9pm

Sat – The Beaumonts – 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 – Metalachi – 8pm

Sat – Isaac Jacob / Curtis Grimes – 7pm


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

Tonight – Caleb Haynes – 5:30pm


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

Tonight – Croy & the Boys – 8:30pm

Fri – Chuck Ligon – 9:30pm


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

Fri – Joe Ely – 7pm

Sat – Tom Gillam / Micky & the Motorcars – 8pm

Sun – Ramblin’ Jack Elliott – 7pm

Wed – Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers – 7pm


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

Tonight – Jordan Minor & Bottom Dollar Band – 9pm

Fri – Led Zeppelin Tribute – 9pm

Sun – 3 Piece & A Biscuit – 9pm


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

Sat – Carolyn Wonderland, Marcia Ball, Shelley King – 7:30pm

Mon – Wynton Marsalis – 7:30pm


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

Fri – Spicy Loops – 7pm


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

Fri – Two Rivers Revival – 8pm

Sat – Beau Daniels Band – 8:30pm


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

Tonight – Meyer Anderson Band – 9pm

Fri – Texas Two Lane – 8pm

Sat – Chad Anderson Band – 9pm

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