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Last weekend we attended a concert at the Cynthia Woods Pavilion in the Woodlands. It was our first concert since the COVID pandemic. Of course, I’ve seen other shows in town so I can revisit them for this column, but this was the first one I went to as a fan.

Dale Martin covers live music for The Herald-Zeitung.

We had the full concert experience. I bought the tickets online, paid the super expensive resort fee they charge now, hired a puppy sitter for Buddy, rented a room at a hotel next door to the venue, paid the $32 to park at the hotel, dealt with clear bag policy and metal detectors on site, brought cash to spend at show, then learned it was a cashless event (only cash cards credit were accepted) and we prepared for a hot and humid night in Houston.

The weather forecaster predicted rain so we brought cheap ponchos but left them in the hotel room. That’s what happens when you get old and you only have five minutes of memory. George Thorogood opened the show with a solid 50-minute set, obviously including his hits One Bourbon, One Scotch and One Beer and Bad to the Bone. Sammy Hagar and his band The Circle were the headliners and took the stage promptly at 9:05 p.m. He opened with Crazy Times, the title track from his new album due out September 30. After that, he skillfully mixed hits from all phases. of her career. There was Rock Candy from her Montrose days in the 70s.

His 80s solo hits include Only One Way to Rock, Heavy Metal, 3 Lock Box, Can’t Drive 55 and Your Love is Driving Me Crazy. His Van Halen era was represented with Poundcake, Finish What You Started, Top of the World and Why Can’t This Be Love. He let bassist Michael Anthony sing Van Halen’s first gem Ain’t Talkin’ Bout Love, which they dedicated to the late great Eddie Van Halen. Since its drummer Jason Bonham is the son of legendary Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, they included the Zeppelin Rock & Roll standard.

At 74, Hagar was singing and performing as well as when I first saw him in 1979. His energy level was insane. I’m 10 years younger than him and I’m tired of taking my trash out on the street. There are rumors that this could be Hagar’s last tour and if so, he will definitely come out with a bang.

Back to Basics Festival

When Waylon Jennings released the hit song “Let’s Go To Luckenbach Texas (Back to the Basics of Love)” in 1977, he had no idea what impact it would have on country music and small town Texas. . At the time, he had never even been there, but when his friend Chips Moman wrote the song, he thought Waylon would be the perfect singer for it.

He was right and it became a huge hit, although Waylon later confessed to not really liking the song. This, however, put Luckenbach on the map and crowds flocked to the town in droves.

On Saturday, September 24, the city will host its first “Back to the Basics” festival. The music starts at 11am on the outdoor stage with Summer Dean, followed throughout the day by Django Walker, Micky & the Motorcars, Mike & the Moonpies, Chris Knight, Cody Canada & the Departed, Hayes Carll, Cory Morrow, Jason Boland & the Stragglers and finally at 10:30 p.m., the Flatlanders.

Inside the dance hall, you can catch Adam Carroll at noon followed by Gary P. Nunn at 1 p.m. There will be food and drink available, so if you’re in the mood for a short drive through the hills, head to Luckenbach on Saturday.

Check their website at for ticket prices and information on parking and performer schedules.

Gruene Cottages kicks off the fall concert season

Gruene Cottages will begin its new fall concert season this Saturday night with Julianna Rankin opening for the Reed Brothers. On October 8, Courtney Patton will perform a sold-out concert to promote her brand new album, Electrostatic.

Courtney’s opening will be announced soon. Max and Heather Stalling will perform on October 22 and their show opening will be determined later. On December 3, Southern Brothers will be the season finale. This new duo is made up of Jason Eady and Adam Carroll. Other shows will soon be announced to fill some of the open dates.

Tickets for the December show are not yet on sale but will be soon. Go to their website at for tickets and additional information on these fun outdoor shows.

Dallas Burrow nominated for the Ameripolitan Award

The Ameripolitan Music Awards are held annually in Memphis, Tennessee, and were created to promote honky tonk, western swing, rockabilly, and outlaw music. The awards will be held February 17-19, 2023 at Graceland’s Guest House located at 3600 Elvis Presley Blvd. Dallas Burrow, a local New Braunfels singer-songwriter, is nominated this year in the Honky Tonk Male category.

Other nominees include Garrett T. Capps, Jeremy Pinnell and Timbo. Previous winners are Charley Crockett, Jesse Daniel, Luke Bell, Jake Penrod, Charlie Thompson, Wayne Hancock and James Hand.

You can vote for Dallas on their website at Burrow has a very busy year touring with his band, doing solo shows in the hills and running the Redbird Listening Room. This weekend, Warren Hood will perform on Friday, followed by Terri Hendrix and Lloyd Maines on Sunday.

If you buy tickets to any of these shows, be sure to notice some of the amazing songwriters on their next lineup. They have Shake Russell, Susan Gibson, Jason Eady, Adam Hood, Zack Walther, Kevin Galloway, Mike McClure, Darden Smith, Walt Wilkins and Joshua Ray Walker to come. That’s an incredible combination of songwriting talent if you ask me.

Random notes from the music scene

Gruene Hall just announced several new shows coming this fall. Tickets for Paul Cauthen, ARC Angels, Shinyribs, American Aquarium and Kolby Cooper will all go on sale Friday morning at 10 a.m. on

If you’re planning on seeing Rosanne Cash at the ACL Moody Theater on December 2, you better get those tickets fast. They are selling out fast and will be sold out soon.

Tomorrow night the Brauntex Theater will feature New York jazz fusion rock band Spyro Gyra. They have 31 classic jazz rock albums in their catalog and tour around the world. Get tickets now at

Country superstar Toby Keith is still battling stomach cancer and has canceled a few other live appearances. He recently updated his fans and said his treatment is going well and he hopes for a full recovery.

Bluegrass stars Dailey & Vincent release a new country album this week called “Let’s Sing Some Country”. This is the first all-country release from the dynamic duo, known for their staunch dedication to traditional bluegrass and gospel music.

Marcus Mumford, lead singer of indie folk band Mumford & Sons, has released his first solo album and is planning a small venue tour to promote it.

Rock band Halestorm will make three tour stops in the Lone Star State. Currently on their Back From The Dead tour with openers The Warning and New Years Day, they will be in San Antonio on September 29, Corpus Christi on October 1 and Lubbock on October 2. Tickets are available at

Singer-songwriter Mason Lively will headline a show Saturday night at Billy’s Ice. His latest self-titled album was produced by Wade Bowen and he has just released a brand new single titled Hold On. Check out all of his music and upcoming gigs at

Del Rio native William Beckmann has two sold-out shows at Gruene Hall on the next two Saturdays. He will also perform at the Gruene Music & Wine Fest. Mark my words, Beckmann will be the next superstar of the Texas music scene.

My favorite 80s classic rock band, Cadillac Drive, will be playing a concert Friday night at the Phoenix Saloon. If you’ve never seen this band, I suggest you remedy that situation now and attend their concert at the Phoenix Saloon.

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