Music News – Oct. 9, 2014

Even though it’s still 90 degrees outside, we are in the fall concert season so a lot of festivals and music fests are starting to pop up on the schedule. Obviously the main one in our area is the Gruene Music & Wine Fest, which kicks off tonight featuring Uncle Lucius. If you aren’t familiar with them, you certainly owe it to yourself to get their latest CD, ‘And You Are Me’ and go check them out at Gruene Hall tonight. They are currently in the studio working on a new album so I’m sure they will be previewing some new songs tonight. Tickets are still available online or you can get them at the door. Friday night features the Great Guitar Auction and two performances by Robert Earl Keen. Both shows are sold out so hopefully you bought your tickets early. Saturday features wine tasting plus live music supplied by Sol Patch, The Georges, Wood & Wire and Red Dirt Rangers. Cory Morrow will headline the show at the hall on Saturday night. Sunday is the all-day music fest featuring such artists as Jason Boland, Kelly Mickwee Band, Shinyribs, Midnight River Choir, Tom Gillam and Zack Walther. Proceeds from this event go to benefit the United Way of Comal County. All info can be found at, so come out and support a worthy cause and enjoy some amazing music.


Just up the road in Austin, the second weekend of the ACL Festival. Started several years ago by the folks at Austin City Limits TV series, it has become one of the major festivals in America in just a few years. A couple of years ago it expanded from one weekend in October to two weekends. This Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the festival will feature a very diverse lineup of musical talent. A quick glance at the schedule reveals Blackberry Smoke, Paolo Nutini, Jimmy Cliff, Sam Smith, Beck, Outkast, Avett Brothers, Lana Del Rey, Skrillex, Eminem, Jenny Lewis, Chromeo, Lorde, Turnpike Troubadours and Pearl Jam. That’s only a few of the names so go to their website at to see all the acts plus a schedule of appearance times.


Waylon Jennings widow, Jessi Colter, recently sold some of his personal items in an auction at her home in Mesa, Arizona. Two items that garnered the biggest price and interest were braids of Willie Nelson’s hair and Buddy Holly’s motorcycle. In 1980, Nelson cut off his signature braids of hair and gave them to Waylon to celebrate Jennings one year anniversary of sobriety. Back then, Willie’s hair was still red, so that made them very rare and evidently very expensive. The winning bidder got them for $37,000. Also sold was Buddy Holly’s Ariel Cyclone motorcycle to a major fan for $450,000. Waylon was Holly’s bass player on the night Buddy was killed in a plane crash. Waylon was supposed to be on the plane but instead gave up his seat to J.P. ‘Big Bopper’ Richardson. Holly’s family gave Waylon the motorcycle several years after his death. Waylon passed away in 2002 at the age of 64 from complications of diabetes.


Two of my favorite bands are at River Road Ice House this weekend, starting tonight night with Sam Riggs & the Night People. His ‘Outrun The Sun’ CD has been in my CD player for over a month now. There are some new releases I also love and I’ll talk about those next week. On Friday night, Johnny Cooper opens for the Mike McClure Band. Cooper is a super talented young singer songwriter and McClure is simply one of the most talented musicians around. He writes, sings, plays a killer guitar and also produces his albums as well as many more by his fellow Americana Red Dirt musicians. As soon as you finish reading today’s paper, check out Mike’s blog on his website,, it’s hilarious. While there, order his latest CD, ’50 Billion’ and any others you don’t have. McClure isn’t capable of making a bad album, they all rock, trust me on this.    







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

Tonight – 3 Man Solo

Fri – Jeremy Steding

Sat – Bru Erdman


Baja BBQ Shack  (280 Marina Drive, Canyon Lake   830-935-3122)

Wed – Open Mic Night


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

Tonight – Texas KGB

Fri – Moonlight Social

Sat – File 13

Tue – Austin Gilliam

Wed – Aaron Stephens


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

Tonight – Johnny Chops & the Razors

Fri – Pardo & Reed / William Clark Green

Sat – Doug Moreland

Mon – The Irregulars / Sterling Finlay

Tue – Haley Cole / Pardo & Reed

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle


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

Fri – John Slaughter

Sat – Cool Like Roy

Sun – Drugstore Cowboys


Friesenhaus German Restaurant  (148 S. Castell Ave   830-625-1040)

Fri – Gene Bartkiewicz

Sat – Gene Bartkiewicz


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

Sun – Bo Porter


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

Tonight – Garrett LeBeau / Uncle Lucius

Fri – Robert Earl Keen

Sat – Red Dirt Rangers / Strangetowne / Cory Morrow

Sun – Gruene Music & Wine Fest

Mon – Grouchy Like Riley

Tue – Tuesday Night Song Swap

Wed – The Georges


Iron Horse  (1030 N Bus 35, 830-606-1610)

Fri – Baby Boomers Karaoke  (7pm)


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

Tonight – Sol Patch

Fri – T & C Miller / Tessy Lou & Shotgun Stars

Sat – Kim Carson Band

Sun – Tom Gillam


McAdoo’s Seafood  (196 N Castell  830-629-3474)

Fri – Russel Bisbey

Sat – Shady Rest Duo

Wed – Troy Stone


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

Tonight – The Kinfolk

Fri – The Mighty Orq

Sat – Monty ‘Guitar’ Tyler / Kim & Her Bad Habits

Sun – Bare Fax / Pete Denny Band


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

Tonight – Jade Marie Patek

Fri – Slim Bawb & Fabulous Stumpgrinders

Sat – The Georges

Sun – James Pardo / True Audio Outland

Wed – Jesse Stratton


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

Tonight – Dillon Myers

Fri – Mothership Connection

Sat – Bill Ayers Band

Sun – Aaron Stephens

Mon – Tony Taylor

Tue – Open Mic Night w/ Jon Magill

Wed – Mississhippie


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

Tonight – Pete Benz

Fri – Roy Heinrichs & the Pickups

Sat – Pepper’s Blues

Mon – Songwriter Showcase w/ John Whipple

Wed – Jeremy Steding


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

Tonight – Sam Riggs & the Night People

Fri – Johnny Cooper / Mike McClure Band

Mon – Haley Cole


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

Fri – Colony House


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

Sun – Whiskey Rodeo

Mon – Court Nance

Tue – Zack Walther & the Awe Hells


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

Tonight – Art Garfunkel

Sun – Erasure


Vineyard at Gruene (1190 Gruene Rd,   830-387-7065)

Fri – Jeff Vaughn

Sat – Broseph

Sun – Shawn Hart

Wed – Zack Walther


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

Fri – DJ Dance

Sat – DJ Dance


Whitewater Amphitheater (11860 FM 306, 830-964-3800)

Tonight – Dirty River Boys

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