Ray Benson and Asleep at the Wheel were announced as the entertainment at Gruene Hall on Friday, October 6th, 2017 for the 31st Annual Gruene Music & Wine Festival benefiting United Way of Comal County (UWCC). Chris Snider, President of Texas Tito’s and UWCC Campaign Chair, says “this is THE event of the year for UWCC. It’s an incredible source of fundraising but also a great time and a unique event where attendees get to see amazing talent in an intimate setting and also be a part of the great guitar auction where autographed guitars auction off for thousands and sometimes tens of thousands of dollars all benefiting UWCC.”
From the Gruene Music & Wine Festival Website:
“The Gruene Music & Wine Fest began as a one day event in 1986 with the purpose of promoting Texas and Americana music in a fun and relaxed setting while raising funds for the United Way of Comal County. Over the years, it has become a four day celebration not only of Texas and Americana music, but also a celebration of Texas, German and New World wines, specialty beer, food and handcrafted items.
The event continues to grow each year. In recent years, we have been able to expand the “Texas Tastings & Tunes” event on Saturday to include over 40 wine & food producers for tastings and ‘Le Cordon Gruene’ food alley. To further enhance Sunday’s “Texas-Style Musicfest”, we’ve added a Specialty Beer Tasting event, a second stage and the big game on a big screen TV’s. A Craft Market has also been added to both Saturday and Sunday events. In 2010, we added an entirely new “Not From Texas” kickoff event taking place on Thursday and featuring German and New World wines, live music and “Not From Texas” door prizes!
Although the event itself has evolved through the years, our benefiting charity has always included and primarily been the local United Way, a charity whose mission is to improve the quality of life for people in Comal County by generating resources to meet the needs of the community.
In 1986, a mere $450 was raised for United Way, but as the event has grown, so too have the funds given. We now raise over 350 times that amount and have been able to double our funds raised just in the past six years. 2015 marked a record-breaking sum of $159,153.65, making us proud to be considered the highlighted event for the annual United Way campaign in our area. We hope to continue the success of the event by exceeding a $100,000 donation each coming year, and we hope you will be a part of it!
Here are some of the highlighted artists from the past few years:
2016 – Jack Ingram, Charlie & Bruce Robison, Stoney LaRue, Marshall Tucker Band
2015 – Aaron Neville, Pat Green, Marshall Tucker Band, Shinyribs, Jack Ingram
2014 – Robert Earl Keen, Cory Morrow, Uncle Lucius, Jason Boland
2013 – Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, The Mavericks, Charlie Robison, Cory Morrow
2012 – Clint Black, Pat Green, Asleep at the Wheel, Stoney LaRue
2011 – B.B. King, Lucinda Williams, Los Lonely Boys, Pat Green
2010 – Jack Ingram, Tanya Tucker, Randy Rogers/Stoney LaRue
2009 – Pat Green, Joe Ely Reunion Band, Asleep at the Wheel
2008 – The Flatlanders, Leon Russell, Randy Rogers Band”