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October 13th, 2012
San Marcos Tonight: George Strait anniversary


A rundown of live music and other entertainment in and around San Marcos tonight from staff reports and from our content partners at San Marcos Tonight.

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COVER: George Strait and Ace in the Hole at Cheatham Street Warehouse in 1975. CHEATHAM STREET WAREHOUSE PHOTO

George Strait Anniversary


When George Strait was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2006, Kent Finlay put a handwritten sign out front of Cheatham Street Warehouse. It read, “I told you so.”

Ace in the Hole band took the stage at the venerable San Marcos honky-tonk for the first time on October 13, 1975. Their lead singer was a Southwest Texas State student named George Strait. It was a free show.

Ace in the Hole started a weekly gig there and soon was popular in surrounding cities, too. In 1977, Finlay and Strait loaded up the warehouse’s cargo van and struck out for Nashville.

“George kept on getting more and more attention, and finally Erv Woolsey, who worked at MCA Records, got the powers that were there at the time to take a chance on George – and of course, you know what happened. George Strait and his Ace in the Hole band became the most successful country act in history,” Finlay said.

By the time Strait had outgrown his regular Cheatham Street gig, a young Stevie Ray Vaughn had started playing Tuesdays. For a while, Stevie Ray Vaughn and George Strait were both playing weekly gigs at the venue.

Finlay says the next artist to move from unknown to up-and-coming may be singer songwriter Tessy Lou Williams, who is playing at Cheatham Street tonight with The Hems.

At Cheatham Street Warehouse

Tessy Lou Williams & the Shotgun Stars with The Hems 9:15 p.m.
@ Cheatham Street Warehouse, 119 Cheatham Street

» To celebrate the anniversary, we’ve got two tickets to performances tonight by Tessy Lou and the Shotgun Stars and The Hems. “Like” this post on Facebook using the bottom at the bottom to page. We’ll announce a winner at 5 p.m. today.

San Marcos

Pregame Party. Noon.
featuring Tracy Weinberg, Bobby Standby & the Last Minute
Band, Dennis Jay, Marshall Anderson and Missoula Slim
@ The Hitch, 312 E. Hopkins

David Ramirez, The Pistolsmiths and The Lonesome Heroes 10 p.m.
@ Triple Crown, 206 N. Edward Gary

Trees with Dickie Briganza 9 p.m.
@ Wake The Dead, 1432 Ranch Road 12


Jeff Hughes & Chaparral 9 p.m.
@ Riley’s Tavern, 8894 FM 1102

Opie Hendrix 9 p.m.
@ Happy Cow, 9103 FM 1102

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