Music News – Oct. 5, 2017

On Monday morning we awoke to the news of a mass shooting in Las Vegas during an outdoor country music concert. Texas guys, the Josh Abbott Band were playing at the concert, but their set was earlier in the day and Abbott was already in his room when the shooting started about 10:15pm Sunday night. The incident has now become the worst mass shooting in America. As someone who attends about 100 concerts a year, you never really think it’s going to happen to you. This weekend is the start of the Austin City Limits outdoor music festivals and I’ve heard that security will be extra tight. In cases like the one in Vegas, it’s hard to protect crowds in that situation. We may never find out what motivated this person to commit such a horrible act.


The day continued to deliver sad news when we learned that Tom Petty had suffered a massive heart attack and was barely alive. Several news outlets reported his death pre-maturely but he did pass away late Monday night. Petty’s music was a part of my life beginning in 1976 when I was just out of high school and bought his first album for $2.99 at a local record shop in Victoria. I’ve seen Petty over a dozen times, including his opening the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Selma. When the venue closed down a decade later, Petty came back to play to their final concert. We were at that show too and it remains one of his best live concerts I’ve seen. My wife and I drove to the Woodlands back in April to catch his 40th Anniversary Tour. He and his band The Heartbreakers were at the top of their game and I’m so glad we got to see him one last time. Petty was the real deal and his passing leaves a huge void in the music world.


Starting tonight the Gruene Music & Wine Festival kicks off at Gruene Hall and will present four days and nights of great music, drinks and fun events. Walt Wilkins & the Mystiqueros and The Georges will provide music tonight starting at 5:30pm. On Friday, Ray Benson and Asleep at the Wheel will be the headline band. On Saturday it will be Jack Ingram and Sunday will feature Cory Morrow. On Saturday and Sunday, starting around noon, a long list of bands including Zac Wilkerson, Two Tons of Steel, Charlie & the Regrets, Bruce Robison, Roger Creager and Seth James, plus many more will be on hand to entertain the crowds. For all the info including tickets and schedules, see


Speaking of Gruene Hall, when I first moved to town back in the mid-90’s, one of my favorite bands to see there was Clay Blaker & the Texas Honky Tonk Band. His band, which included his wife Allene on bass guitar, were one of the best country bands around. They got their start in the late 70’s about the same time that George Strait was making a name for himself. Clay and George were good friends and Strait recorded several of Clay’s songs. Clay was one of the first singers I interviewed and he was always so generous with his time. When he and Allene decided to retire from live performing in 2001, he stopped by my house for what would be one of his last interviews before they moved to a tropical island in Panama. Clay and Allene are avid surfers so moving to a tropical island was a natural step for him, after all, his parents did the same thing in the 70’s when they left Houston and moved to Maui. I had always hoped Clay would release a live album and not long ago I got my wish. The 2-CD set titled Through The Years 1979 to 2002 is available now on iTunes or on Clay’s website and Facebook page. Clay has written songs for everyone from George Strait to Barbra Streisand and is still writing today. Only now he does it on an island paradise instead of the Texas hill country. This is what real Texas country music sounds like, captured live in dancehalls all over the country, so be sure to add this new release to your music collection now.


Donny Edwards, one of the best Elvis impersonators in the business, will return to the Brauntex Theatre next Friday night, October 13. Midales Entertainment has been renting the theatre and promoting Donny’s shows for several years now. Edwards is from Texas but now makes his home in Las Vegas, where he and his wife perform on a regular basis. Tickets are still available at the Brauntex box office or online at


Last but not least, if you missed Motley Crue’s final tour, you can catch the next best thing when Crue tribute band Looks To Kill performs at the Phoenix Saloon. These guys look and sound just like the legendary band from Los Angeles. Advance tickets are available by phone only by calling 830-832-4490 or at the door. See for more info.





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

Tonight – Tony Taylor – 6:30pm

Fri – Traveling Trees – 6:30pm

Sat – Right on Red – 6:30pm


Alpine Haus (251 S. Seguin Ave, 830-214-0205)

Sat – Isaak Wolfshohl – 6pm


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

Tonight – Foster The People – 7pm

Fri – Back in Black – AC/DC Tribute – 7pm

Sun – Bonobo – 7pm

Tue – Spoon – 7pm


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

Sat – Chandler & the Bings – 9pm

Tue – Austin Gilliam – 8:30pm


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

Tonight – Jesse Stratton / Flatland Cavalry – 8pm

Fri – Superfoot / Kosmo / Red Direct – 8pm

Sat – Drugstore Gypsies – 8pm

Mon – Paul Eason & Friends – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm


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

Fri – Clay Hollis / William Michael Morgan – 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 – Hayden Jones – 9:30am

Sun – Bre Jarvis – 10:30am


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

Fri – Nate Guthrie – 7pm

Sat – Crew & Gilley – 7pm


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

Fri – Amanda Shires / Willie Nelson & Family – 7pm

Sat – Amanda Shires / Willie Nelson & Family – 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 – Gruene Music & Wine Festival – 5:30pm

Sat – Gruene Music & Wine Festival – Noon

Sun – Gruene Music & Wine Festival – 3pm


Gristmill River Grill (1287 Gruene Road, 830-625-0684) Sat – Sylvia Kirk – 12:30pm / Sylvia Kirk – 6pm

Sun – Phil Hurley – 12:30pm


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

Tonight – Walt Wilkins & the Mystiqueros – 5:30pm / The Georges – 7pm

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

Sat – Gruene Music & Wine Festival – Noon

Sun – Gruene Music & Wine Festival – Noon

Mon – Bret Graham – 6pm

Tue – Tony Taylor & Friends – 6pm


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

Fri – Brian Volante Band – 8pm

Sat – David Harris Band – 9pm

Tue – Open Mic w/ Jackson Parten – 8:30pm


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

Fri – Don Riley – 6:30pm

Sat – Trace Owen Jr. – 6:30pm

Sun – Kris Smith – 6:30pm


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

Fri – All Mixed Up – 8pm

Sat – Kori Free & The Groovehounds – 8pm


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

Fri – Wagon Aces – 8pm

Sat – Stephanie Urbina Jones – 1pm / Mike & the Moonpies – 8pm

Sun – Hurricane Harvey Benefit w/ Gary P. Nunn – Noon


McQueeney Hall  (9242 FM 725, McQueeney  830-708-8557)

Sat – County Line Band – 8pm


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

Fri – Bill Middleton Band – 5pm

Sun – Dallas Burrow & Johnny Santos – 3pm

Mon – Songwriter Open Mic Night – 6pm


Oma’s Secret Garden (1263 Gruene Rd 830-625-1045)

Tonight – Jam Night – 6pm

Fri – Ruben V – 6:30pm

Sat – Aaron Stephens – 1pm / 3 Man Front – 6pm

Sun – Wyzer – 2pm


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

Tonight – Junior Nash – 5pm

Fri – Bandreu – 6pm / Bonnie & the Bootleggers – 9pm

Sat – Looks To Kill – Motley Crue Tribute Band – 9pm

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

Wed – Open Mic w/ Billy Roy – 8:30pm


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

Tonight – Slim Bawb & Fabulous Stump Grinders – 8:30pm

Fri – Dillion Meyers Band – 8:30pm

Sat – The Strayhearts – 9:30pm

Sun – The Vagabonds – 8:30pm

Mon – Chuck Shaw – 8:30pm

Tue – Open Mic Night – 9pm

Wed – Josh Holden – 8:30pm


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

Fri – Big John Mills – 9pm

Sat – Jolie & the Jackelops – 4pm

Tue – Songwriter Night w/ Rich & Miranda – 8pm


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

Fri – Bobby Schmueckle – 7pm

Sat – Gary Lee Cox – 7pm


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

Sat – Sundance Head – 8pm


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

Tonight – Thomas Wynn & the Believers – 7pm

Fri – Radney Foster – 8pm

Sat – Prophets & Outlaws / Blue Water Highway – 8pm

Wed – Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers – 7pm


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

Tonight – Reed Brothers – 9pm

Fri – 3 Man Front – 9pm

Sat – Mismatch – 9pm

Sun – Clever Name Band – 9pm


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

Sat – Tommy Dorsey Orchestra – 7:30pm


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

Wed – Fast Movin Trio – 7pm


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

Tonight – Brett Cline Quartet – 8pm

Fri – Zack Walther – 8pm

Sat – The Vagabonds – 9pm


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

Tonight – Waitin On Hayden – 8pm

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