Music News – Sept. 7, 2017

Well, it looks like we survived the great gas shortage of last week. I was able to drive to my neighborhood station and fill up my car like normal. I am old enough to remember the real gas shortage of the 70’s though and it wasn’t much fun. Last week several benefits were arranged to aid the victims of Hurricane Harvey. Charlie Robison collected a huge load of supplies after his show last Sunday night at Gruene Hall and led a caravan of vehicles to Rockport to deliver everything. Willie Nelson announced that part of the proceeds from this year’s Farm Aid would go toward Hurricane Harvey relief. He also hinted that he’ll do another benefit concert with all proceeds going to toward helping the Texas coast. George Strait owns a house in Rockport and he posted on Facebook that he plans on putting together a benefit as well.


Whitewater Amphitheater continues to bring major acts to town and next Wednesday they continue with Bryan Adams, arguably one of the biggest acts to ever play the venue. Bryan Guy Adams was born in 1959 in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, to British parents. His father, an officer in the British Army, joined the Canadian Army and later spent time as a United Nations peace keeping observer for Canada. By age 17, Adams had started working as a background vocalist in the Vancouver music scene and eventually became the vocalist for the band Sweeney Todd. He sang lead vocals on their album If Wishes Were Horses in 1977. Despite the band’s mild success, however, Adams left the group after less than a year to pursue a solo career. This turned out to be a smart move because by his third, Cut’s Like A knife, he was a huge superstar. Part of his climb to success was meeting songwriter and producer Jim Vallance. Together they wrote and recorded some of Adam’s biggest hits like Summer of ’69, Run To You, Heaven and It’s Only Love. Adams also met producer Mutt Lange, his work with Def Leppard, AC/DC and Shania Twain helped put their careers at a platinum level. He soon did the same with Adams. He has toured the world and performed for stadium size crowds for over 30 years. His latest album, Get Up, was produced by long time friend Jim Vallance and pal Jeff Lynne. Be sure you have your tickets now, this will be one show you don’t want to miss. Get your tickets at


Local guitarist Lucas Taylor has been playing around town for many years. I first heard him in a band he formed while still in Canyon High School and he’s been several other bands ever since. His newest group is called Highway Hypnosis and you can see them Friday night at Oma’s Secret Garden in Gruene. The band consists of Lucas on vocals and guitar, James ‘Moose’ Duvall on bass, Chris Kues on guitar and Jonathan ‘J Bone’ Horstmann on drums. They released their first album back in January. Lucas explained that he first heard the term highway hypnosis back in high school during driver’s ed. It’s a term also known as white line fever, which is a mental state a person can be in while driving great distances in a vehicle and then not remembering it. Lucas heard the term when he was just 17 and stored it in his memory for later use. When it came time to name the new band, it was the one that all four band members liked. In addition to the show on Friday at Oma’s. they will be at the Happy Cow in Hunter next Friday night and at the Baja BBQ Shack in Canyon Lake next Saturday. Lucas also hosts a Sunday night songfest every week at the Phoenix Saloon.


Another artist you should check out is Zac Wilkerson, Oklahoma born but now Texas based. He has two fantastic albums out and you should own them both. His first self titled CD came out in 2014 and Dustbowl Soul was released in November 2016. Walt Wilkins produced both albums for Zac and chances are good he will handle those duties when Zac is ready to record his next album. Speaking from his home in Killeen, Zac talked about his musical journey. “I grew up singing and playing in church,” he explained, “and I figured it out early in life that I could play music as often as I wanted as long as it was in church. My parents had a really good record collection. My dad had the country stuff like Hank Williams, Merle Haggard, George Strait and he loved the Marshall Tucker Band. My mom had the soul music like Aretha Franklin, Bill Withers, Ray Charles but she also had songwriter albums like James Taylor and Jim Croce. It exposed me to a lot of different music. I remember going to a family gathering when I was very young and seeing all the instruments that my family members could play. It made a huge impression on me. I could see how music was made and knew I wanted to be a part of that.” My wife discovered Zac before I did. She heard his songs on the radio and insisted that we go see him live. I’m certainly thankful we did. Simply put, he’s one of the most talented new artists I’ve seen. Tonight he’s at Conway’s Dancehall on Jahn Street so make plans now to go see him. Be sure to pick up a copy of both CD’s while you’re there. See for ticket info.




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

Tonight – Josh Holden – 6:30pm

Fri – 3 Man Front – 6:30pm

Sat – Bru’s Tunes – 6:30pm


Baja BBQ (280 Marina, Canyon Lake 830-935-3122) Fri – Greg Harris – 9pm


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

Fri – Callahan Divide – 8:30pm

Sat – LC Rocks – 9pm

Tue – Austin Gilliam – 8:30pm

Wed – Aaron Stephens – 8:30pm


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

Fri – Bandreu – 7pm

Sat – Texas Atras – 7pm


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

Tonight – Ty Dillon – 8pm

Fri – Max Stalling – 9:30pm

Mon – Paul Eason & Friends – 8pm

Tue – Parker McCollum – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm


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

Tonight – Zac Wilkerson – 9pm

Fri – Live 80 – 9pm


Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Georgia Parker – 9:30am

Sun – Monte Good – 10:30am


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

Tonight – Derek Krueger – 6:30pm

Fri – Ian Eisinger – 7pm

Sat – Marcus Morales – 7pm


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

Fri – Altamesa / Mike & the Moonpies – 7pm

Sat – Cole Risner / Jason Boland & the Stragglers – 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 – Bret Graham – 5pm

Sat – Sylvia Kirk – 3pm


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

Tonight – Bo Porter Band – 6pm

Fri – South Austin Moonlighters – 7pm

Sat – Sol Patch – 1pm / Matthew Ryan / American Aquarium – 8pm

Sun – Bret Graham – 12:30pm / Whitney Rose Band – 5:30pm

Mon – Grouchy Like Riley – 6pm

Wed – Tony Furtado & Tommy Elskes – 6pm


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

Fri – Armadillo Road – 8pm

Sat – The Patrons – 9pm

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


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

Fri – John Bowlin – 6pm

Sat – Anthony Wright – 6pm


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

Tonight – Tubameisters – 8pm

Fri – The Craze – 8pm

Sat – Steel Betty – 8pm


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

Fri – John Baumann / Cody Canada & the Departed – 8pm

Sat – Car Show w/ Tessy Lou & Shotgun Stars / Sarah Peacok – Noon

Sun – Song Swap w/ Shelley King, Tom Gillam & Robert Cline Jr. – 1pm


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

Sat – Good Ole Boys Texas Dance Band – 8pm


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

Tonight – Jam Night – 6pm

Fri – Highway Hypnosis – 6:30pm

Sat – Jay Wimberley – 1pm / Robert Johnson’s Soul – 6pm

Sun – Greg Izor & Friends – 2pm


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

Tonight – Larry Dial – 6pm/ Throwback Thursday w/ DJ KC – 9pm

Fri – Junior Nash – 5pm / The Texases / Ranch House – 9pm

Sat – Broseph – 9pm

Sun – All Mixed Up – 3pm / Lucas Taylor – 7pm


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

Tonight – Brent Michael Wood – 8:30pm

Fri – Silvercloud – 8:30pm

Sat – Drew Moreland & Neon Hustle – 9:30pm

Mon – Bandreu – 8:30pm

Tue – Open Mic Night – 9pm

Wed – Derek Krueger – 8:30pm


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

Tonight – Colton O’Neil – 8pm

Fri – Mark Jungers / Kath & the Kilowatts – 6pm

Sat – Brian Duarte Trio – 9pm

Sun – Songwriter Sunday – 4pm

Tue – Open Mic w/ Rich & Miranda – 8pm


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

Fri – Nathan Rodriguez – 7pm

Sat – Don Reilly – 7pm


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

Fri – Prophets & Outlaws – 8pm


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

Tonight – Austin Meade / Cody Canada & the Departed – 7pm

Fri – The Nightowls – 9pm

Sat – Ruben V – 8pm


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

Sun – 3 Piece & A Biscuit – 9pm


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

Fri – Secret Sisters – 7:30pm

Sat – Trace Bundy – 7:30pm


Underground Pizza (202 N. Seguin Ave, 830-625-2630)

Wed – Monte Good – 6pm


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 – Tyler Cannon – 8pm

Sat – Charlie & Amy – 4pm


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

Tonight – Waitin On Hayden – 8pm

Fri – Drake Hayes Band – 8pm

Sat – Kim Meeks & Her Bad Habits – 9pm

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

Wed – Bryan Adams – 6:30pm


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