Music News – Oct. 11, 2018

Branford Marsalis is widely known as the most respected living US jazz instrumentalist. His awards and accolades are so numerous, I could devote thousands of words just listing them all. His current world tour will take him to several countries over the course of five months. The tour started on Wednesday in Nacogdoches, tonight he’s in Dallas and Friday night he will be in our town at the Brauntex Theatre. His jazz quartet will easily be the most gifted and talented musicians to ever set foot on the Brauntex stage. Born in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana in 1960 into a musical family, Branford has three brothers, Jason, Delfeayo and Wynton. He’s a graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music and has been performing professionally since he was just a child. He’s played and recorded with such legends Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock, Dave Matthews, The Grateful Dead, and pal Harry Connick Jr. In 1985 he tour with Sting and joined up with Phil Collins at the massive Live Aid concert. From 1992 to ’95 he was the leader of the Tonight Show Band with Jay Leno. When it came time to plan his current tour, Marsalis wanted to do a few intimate shows mixed in with the huge venues he normally plays in. The historic Brauntex Theatre was selected to host one of only three of these intimate shows. As part of the Jazz It Up Downtown Festival, a weekend packed full of jazz music, Branford’s show will be one not to miss. Krause’s Café and Huisache Grill are also hosting jazz bands this weekend. Get your Branford tickets at or call 830-627-0808.


Believing For Bryleigh Benefit

On Sunday, be sure to attend the 6th Annual Believing For Bryleigh Benefit Concert at River Road Icehouse from 1 to 7pm. General admission tickets are just $35 and kids 12 and under get in free. As in the past, several local musicians are scheduled to appear including Poor J. Brown, Sylvia Kirk Band, Zack Walther, Matt Briggs, Seth James, Jessica Murray and Fast Movin Trio. Born on November 1, 2010, Bryleigh Shullanberger was diagnosed with Metachromatic Luekodystrophy or MLD at the tender age of two. Inspired by her strength and will to survive, her parents Kaprice and Corbin, started the Believing for Bryleigh Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization that promotes awareness and research for MLD. They also provide financial support to families across America that are dealing with a child suffering from MLD. For tickets and more info on this organization, see their website at


Stephanie Quayle

Upcoming country artist Stephanie Quayle is making a name for herself on the national and is currently on tour to promote her debut album, Love The Way You See Me, released by Rebel Engine Entertainment. Born in 1982 in Bozeman, Montana, she began playing the piano at 4 and by 15 she had a guitar. A year later she joined a band and began her music career. Named to Rolling Stone Magazine’s Top 10 Artists to Watch in 2017, Stephanie’s album is a must have for all fans of today’s country music. Catchy tunes like “Winnebago” and “Drinking With Dolly” will keep you singing along even after the music stops. Make plans now to catch her live show opening for Shotgun Rider at Conway’s Dancehall tomorrow night at 9pm. Tickets can be purchased at


Paul Thorn

One of my favorite singer songwriters is Paul Thorn. If you aren’t familiar with him or his music, do yourself a favor and seek his music out soon. I first heard his music on KNBT, a cool tune called I Don’t Like Half The Folks I Love. I strongly urge you to find this song online and listen to the lyrics. I think I’m safe to say it describes many of our relationships with our families. One night in Fredericksburg I requested that he play the song during his set. He smiled and said “It’s about your family too, right?” Born in Tupelo, Mississippi, a town that gave us Elvis, Paul wears his southern roots with pride. He’s had an exciting life thus far, from jumping out of airplanes, working for years in a furniture factory, boxed Roberto Duran on national television and shared stages with Bonnie Raitt, Sting, Mark Knopfler and John Prine, just to name a few. He’s currently on tour to promote his most ambitious album to date, Don’t Let The Devil Ride, which features guest vocals by Blind Boys of Alabama, the McCrary Sisters, Preservation Hall Horns and Bonnie Bishop. In fact, Bonnie will open his show on Friday night at River Road Icehouse. Get your tickets now at


Moe Bandy

Last but certainly not least, if you are near Riley’s Tavern on Friday night, check out traditional country legend Moe Bandy. This is Texas honky-tonk music at it’s purest form. Though he currently lives in Branson, we won’t hold that against him. His recent autobiography is a must read for country music fans. Bandy has had an amazing career with hundreds of hilarious stories on how he accomplished it. Check out for tickets to this show and info on all the others on their schedule.





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

Tonight – Tony Taylor – 6:30pm

Fri – Shane Bartell – 6:30pm

Sat – JJ Garrett Band – 6:30pm


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

Tonight – Highly Suspect – 7pm

Fri – Lecrae & Andy Mineo – 6:30pm


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

Sat – Giovannie & the Hired Guns – 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 – Yesenia McNett Tribute to Linda Ronstadt – 7:30pm

Fri – An Evening With Branford Marsalis – 7:30pm


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

Tonight – Mike Ryan – 8pm

Fri – Superfoot / The Beaumonts / Peace Pipe Prophets – 8pm

Sat – The Lawless / Law By The Gun – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm


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

Fri – Stephanie Quayle / Shotgun Rider – 9pm


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

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


Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Tony Taylor – 9:30am


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

Fri – Cheap Guilt – 7pm

Sat – Highway Hypnosis – 7pm


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

Fri – James Steinle / Mike & the Moonpies – 7pm

Sat – Copper Chief / Red Shahan – 7pm


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

Fri – Larry Joe Taylor – 7pm

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 6:30pm


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

Fri – Johnny & The Blalocks – 5pm

Sat – Bret Graham – 2pm

Sun – Joey McGee & Tim Elliott – 1pm


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

Tonight – Michael O’Connor & Friends – 6pm

Fri – Wynn Williams / Bri Bagwell – 7pm

Sat – Whitey Johnson & Friends – 12:45pm / Scotty Alexander / Kyle Park – 8pm

Sun – Bret Graham – 12:30pm / Paul Oscher Band – 5:30pm

Mon – Bret Graham – 6pm

Tue – Dallas Moore & Bo Porter – 6pm

Wed – The Powell Brothers – 6pm


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

Fri – Buffalo Ruckus – 8pm


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

Fri – Grady Keen Band – 6pm

Sat – Ethan Hanson – 6pm

Sun – Lee Winwright – 6pm


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

Fri – Soul Sessions – 8pm

Sat – Aaron Stephens – 8pm

Sun – Dirty River Dixie Band – 6pm


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

Tonight – Bo Porter – 6pm

Fri – Jake Ward / Parker McCollum – 8pm

Sat – Bo Porter – 5pm

Sun – Kathy Bauer & Michael Broussard – 5pm


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

Fri – Michael James Band – 6pm

Sat – Susan G. Komen Foundation Benefit – Noon

Sun – Bob Rose – 3pm


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

Wed – Monte Good – 6pm


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

Tonight – Ethan Hansen – 5:30pm / Shawn Hart & Guests – 7:30pm

Fri – Junior Nash – 6pm / Brian Christopher & the Wild Oats – 9pm

Sat – Knotty Grove – 9pm

Sun – Code 2 Band – 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 – Slim Bawb – 8:30pm

Fri – The Strayhearts – 8:30pm

Sat – Clever Name Band – 9:30pm

Sun – Art Haus Music – 8:30pm

Mon – JJ Villareal – 8:30pm

Tue – Open Mic Night – 8:30pm

Wed – Mark Monaco – 8:30pm


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

Tonight – JJ Garrett – 8pm

Fri – Mark Jungers / Moe Bandy – 6pm

Sat – The Prussian Pompadours – 9pm

Mon – Open Mic Night – 7pm

Tue – Juliet McConkey – 8pm

Wed – Mike Ethan Messick – 9pm


River House Snack Bar (1706 Hunter Rd. 830-627-3285)

Fri – Fat Cactus – 8pm


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

Fri – Bonnie Bishop / Paul Thorn – 7pm


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

Tonight – Zack Walther & Matt Briggs – 5:30pm


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

Fri – Lawrence – 8pm

Sat – Paul Loren – 9:30pm

Sun – Stefan Prigmore – 4pm


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

Tonight – Whitey Johnson – 7:30pm

Fri – Los #3 Dinners – 8pm

Sat – Lance Lopez – 8pm


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

Fri – Slim Bawb – 9pm

Sat – Back Water Blvd – 9pm

Sun – 3 Piece & a Biscuit – 8pm


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

Sun – Aida Cuevas – 7:30pm


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

Fri – Zack Carney – 8pm

Sat – Call For Band Info – 8pm

Sun – Soul Sessions – 4pm

Wed – Fast Movin Trio – 7pm


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

Fri – The Vagabonds – 8pm

Sat – Two Rivers Trio – 8:30pm


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

Tonight – County Line Band – 8pm

Fri – The Craze – 8pm

Sat – Call For Band Info – 9pm

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