Music News – Oct. 10, 2019

The big news this week is the 33rd Annual Gruene Music & Wine Fest held at Gruene Hall and the surrounding area. Live music is a huge part of this festival that benefits the United Way of Comal County. Hopefully you have your tickets for the main concerts featuring the Bacon Brothers, Tanya Tucker and Casey Donahew Band because these are sold-out. However, there’s plenty more live music to choose from starting tonight on the Grapevine Stage with Prophets & Outlaws. On Saturday, Bo Phillips will bring his band to Gruene Hall at 1pm. Over at the Grapevine stage the music kicks off at noon with the Brian Pounds Band, the Hot Texas Swing Band at 2:20pm followed by Dirty River Dixie Band at 4:25pm. The Grapevine stage will host more live music on Sunday starting at 1pm with Walt Wilkins & the Mystiqueros, Warren Hood at 2:40pm and the Zac Wilkerson Trio at 4:20pm. Over at Gruene Hall, the Sunday music will be provided by a solid group of acts including Kody West, Mike & the Moonpies, Max Stalling, Jamie Lin Wilson, Dalton Domino, Seth James, Bart Crow and Zack Walther, just to name a few. These four days of music, food, fun and wine are the perfect way to welcome fall weather to our city. Thankfully it looks like Mother Nature will cooperate this year so check out the full schedule at


New CD and Local Show by Micky & the Motorcars

Hearing new music from Micky & the Motorcars is always a reason to throw a party and that’s exactly what they will do on Friday night at Downtown Social Club. Their new album, titled Long Time Comin is a slightly different release for this Austin band. They used producer Keith Gattis this time and also used his go-to Nashville musicians, which was a first for the band. In the past, the band played on all the songs in the studio and most of the tunes were written and sung by Micky Braun. This time his brother Gary wrote or co-wrote six songs and sings lead vocals on the songs he penned. Gary took five years to write Lions of Kandahar, a song that follows a military deployment from the first person perspective. This album was four years in the making and after just one listen it’s apparent the band wanted to take their time on this one. It’s a throwback to the days when an album was full of great songs rather than two hits and a lot of fillers. This will be the bands first time to perform at the Downtown Social Club so get your tickets now before they sell-out. Advance tickets are just $12 online at or $15 on day of the show. The new CD, Long Time Comin, will be released on November 1st on the Thirty Tigers label. Maybe they will have advance copies for sale at the show, so be sure to check their merch booth if you attend this show.


Pop Star Howard Jones Makes a Stop in Town

Howard Jones many not have a huge name in our neck of the woods, but in the pop rock world he’s a major star. Born in 1955 in Southampton, England, Jones was a big part of the second British Invasion of the 1980’s. During this period, from about 1981 to 89’, British acts dominated the pop music charts and filled big arenas across America. Jones broke onto the US scene with his first hit titled ‘New Song.’ It went to Number 1 on the British charts and made it to Number 30 in America. His album, Human Lib, was quickly certified double platinum and the same success came with album number two, Dream Into Action. Jones was one of the first performers signed on to play the massive Live Aid concert at Wembley Stadium in London in 1985. He has toured with many acts including Barenaked Ladies, Men Without Hats, Flock of Seagulls and Ringo Starr. Recently his entire record catalog has been re-issued in deluxe editions that contain bonus tracks and rare live cuts. Though his career cooled a bit in the mid-90’s, pop music is in the midst of a major nationwide resurgence. Younger fans are discovering the music of the 1980’s and many bands are touring again to fill this need. Howard just released a new album, titled Transform, it re-establishes his place at the top of the pop charts. Jones has toured constantly across the globe but rarely plays the Lone Star state. That’s about to change when he makes a rare and special appearance on October 23 at the Brauntex Theatre. Tickets are available now at


Fall Weather Brings Many Live Music Choices

The cooler weather makes me want to get out and enjoy all the amazing live music venues we have in our city. If you are also in the mood for some live tunes, here’s some suggestions that may help you decide who to see. Tonight you can start with Jamie Lin Wilson at Riley’s Tavern. She’s a fantastic singer songwriter that’s making a name for herself not just in Texas but at the Mile 0 Fest in Key West, Florida. On Friday at 6pm, swing by Black’s BBQ for some tasty food and tunes provided by Richie Allbright. He has a new album that’s available now at the usual download sites. On Saturday, Dailey & Vincent, the rock stars of bluegrass are at the Brauntex Theatre. Sunday brings the 7th Annual Believing for Bryleigh Benefit to River Road Icehouse. A huge list of stars will be on hand for this cool event. Bret Graham owns Monday nights at Gruene Hall. His free 6pm shows there are the stuff legends are made of. On Tuesday you need to check out the Eden Hill Benefit at Krause’s Café with Gary P. Nunn. Of course Wednesday nights means Zack Walther at Freiheit Country Store, but you may also want to catch Monte Good over at the Old River City Café at 5:30pm before heading to Freiheit.





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

Tonight – Tony Taylor – 6:30pm

Fri – Jeff Willis – 6:30pm

Sat – Bru’s Tunes – 6:30pm

Sun – Little Oddz & Ends – 6:30pm


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

Tonight – Zach Talbert – 8:30pm

Fri – Clever Name Band – 9pm

Sat – Chris Max Band – 9pm

Sun – Hill Country Revival – 9pm

Tue – JJ Garrett – 8:30pm

Wed – Logun Timberlake – 8:30pm


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

Fri – Richie Albright – 6pm

Sat – Big John Mills – 6pm


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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 9pm


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

Sat – Dailey & Vincent – 7:30pm


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

Fri – Monte Good Duo – 7pm

Sat – Jack Motley & Friends – 7pm


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

Sat – Brother Roscoe – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm


Dam Red Barn (16520 S. Access Rd, Canyon Lake 830-964-3276)

Sat – MC & the Mystyx – 8:30pm

Sun – Joey Kipfer – 6pm


Devil’s Backbone Tavern (4041 FM 32, Fisher, TX)

Sat – The Beaumonts/ Folk Family Revival / Robyn Ludwick Band – 8pm

Sun – Casper Rawls – 1pm

Tue – Floyd Domino – 7pm


Downtown Social Club (386 W. San Antonio, 830-214-6650)

Fri – Micky & the Motorcars – 8pm


Eagles Dance Hall (257 E. South St., 830-660-0437)

Sun – Goodtime Polka Club & Dance – w/Cloverleaf Orchestra – 3pm


Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Monte Good – 9:30am


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

Tonight – Nate Guthrie – 6pm

Fri – Marcus Morales – 6pm

Sat – Highway Hypnosis – 6pm


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

Fri – Tristen Marez / Mike & the Moonpies – 7pm

Sat – Lainey Wilson / Jon Pardi – 7pm


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

Fri – Jon Wolfe – 7pm

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 7pm


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

Tonight – Gruene Music & Wine Fest – 5:30pm

Fri – Gruene Music & Wine Fest – 5:30pm

Sat – Gruene Music & Wine Fest – Noon

Sun – Gruene Music & Wine Fest – 1pm


Gristmill River Grill (1287 Gruene Road, 830-625-0684) Sat – Zach Nytomt – 12:30pm / Colton’s Kin – 6pm

Sun – Zach Nytomt – Noon


Gruene Grove (1263 Gruene Rd, 830-765-0300)

Tonight – Call For Band Info

Fri – Silo Road – 7pm

Sat – Stray Dawg & the Wolves – 7pm

Sun – Gruene Grove Blues Jam – 2pm


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

Tonight – Lauren Lucas / Bacon Brothers – 7pm

Fri – Tanya Tucker – 5:30pm & 9pm

Sat – Bo Phillips Band – 1pm / Casey Donahew Band – 8pm

Sun – Gruene Music & Wine Fest – 1pm

Mon – Bret Graham – 6pm

Tue – Josh Grider & Drew Kennedy – 6pm

Wed – The Georges – 6pm


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

Fri – Guns For Roses – Tribute to Guns N’ Roses – 8pm

Sat – Will Carter Band – 8:30pm


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

Fri – Blues Like It Usta Wuz – 6pm

Sat – Tex Porter Band – 6pm

Sun – Mike Kropp – 6pm


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

Fri – Slim Bawb – 7pm

Tue – Eden Hill Benefit w/ Gary P. Nunn – 6pm


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

Tonight – Sam Watson – 5pm

Fri – Jen & Ted Frumkin – 4pm / Charles Wesley Godwin / Josh Morningstar – 8pm

Sat – Jon Stork / Josh Ward – 8pm

Sun – Jake Martin – 5pm


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

Fri – Michael James Band – 7pm

Sat – Dallas Burrow – 7pm

Sun – Chris Lancaster – 3pm

Wed – Open Mic Night – 6pm


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

Tonight – Nef Hernandez – 6:30pm

Fri – Fast Movin Train – 7:30pm

Sat – Derek Krueger – 6:30pm

Wed – Open Mic Night – 6pm


Old River City Café (2771 FM 725   830-620-1900)

Wed – Monte Good – 5:30pm


Our Lady Bar & Grille  (1720 Gruene Road  830-358-7545)

Fri – Broken Duckfeet – 7pm


Pale Horse & Sky Bar (2031 Central Plaza, Creekside 830-743-1067)

Tonight – Josh Holden – Sky Bar – 8pm

Fri – Gunnar Latham – Sky Bar – 8pm

Sat – Soul Ethos – Lounge – 6:30pm


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

Tonight – Devin Baize – 5:30pm

Fri – Larry Dial – 5pm / Raccoon Brothers – 9pm

Sat – Knotty Grove – 9pm

Sun – Paul Handelman – 3pm / Lucas Taylor – 7pm

Wed – Steven Vee – Noon / Open Mic w/ Billy Roy – 8pm


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

Tonight – Juliet McConkey / Jamie Lin Wilson – 7pm

Fri – Mark Jungers – 6pm / Jason Eady – 8pm

Sat – Heather Victorino – 9pm

Wed – Mike Ethen Messick – 7pm


River Hofbrau & Beer Garden  (1515 Kuehler Ave,  830-626-2200)

Fri – Rich Bermea – 6pm

Sat – Robert Jericho – 6pm


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

Tonight – Wyatt Weaver Band – 6pm

Sun – Believing For Bryleigh Concert – 1pm


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

Tonight – Second Hand Cowboys – 6pm


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

Fri – Skyrocket – 8pm

Sat – Blue Water Highway – 8pm

Sun – Vinyl Radio – 6:30pm


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

Tonight – Open Mic Night – 7:30pm

Fri – Chilton Vance – 9pm

Sat – Devin Baize – 9:30pm

Sun – Nate Guthrie – 4pm

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

Wed – Matt Polansky – 4pm


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

Sat – Fab Four – 7:30pm


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

Tonight – Anthony Wright Band – 7pm

Fri – Brian Wilson Band – 7pm

Sat – Call For Band Info

Sun – Myles Smith – 3pm

Wed – Fast Movin Trio – 7pm


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

Tonight – Danny Ray Harris – 8pm

Fri – Hill Country Revival – 8pm

Sat – Monte Good & Honky Tonk Heroes – 9pm


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