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Adolph Hofner Birthday - Celebrating 101 Years


Jul 22, 2017 – 7:30 PM

14492 Old Bandera Rd.
Helotes, TX 78023 Map

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with The New Pearl Wranglers, The Circle C Band
Adolph Hofner Celebrating 101 YearsAdolph Hofner (1916 - 2000) was a Texas western swing bandleader based in San Antonio.Hofner was born into a family of Czech-German origin. When he was ten years old his family moved to San Antonio. He and his younger brother Emil (Bash Hofner) together with Simon Garcia, formed the "Hawaiian Serenaders" performing locally. Influenced by Milton Brown and His Brownies, Hofner decided to become a singer in a Western Swing band. In the mid-1930s, he joined Jimmie Revard's Oklahoma Playboys and in October 1936, he made his first recordings with them as singer and guitarist. Hofner made his solo debut in 1938 when he was offered a contract with Bluebird Records. Hofner formed his own swing band "Adolph Hofner and His Texans." They made their recording debut recording at the Texas Hotel in downtown San Antonio. Hofner had his first and biggest hit in 1940 with "Maria Elena." Some of his other hits included "Cotton-Eyed Joe," "Alamo Rag," and "Jessie Polka." Sponsored by Pearl Beer in 1950, Hofner formed the "Pearl Wranglers" performing at KTSA in San Antonio with their musical mix of swing, country, rockabilly, and polka. They also recorded for the obscure Sarg label until the mid 70s.This event will commemorate the 75th anniversary of Floores Country Store and with a birthday salute to the grandfather of San Antonio Country & Western Music.The evening will include a special performance by another legendary band from San Antone, The Circle C Band. Forming in the early 1950s they had a musical theatrical show called The Hayloft Hoedown. From there they joined KMAC disc jockey Charlie Walker and were hired to perform live on his radio show. The band also played on a weekly television show, Ranch House Party on Channel 5 KEYL. Walker had a dancehall in San Antonio called The Barn where he arranged to showcase national celebrity guest artists. The Circle C Band was the house band there and backed every musician from Ray Price to Hank Williams, (in one of Hanks last shows before he passed). They have also played just about every dancehall in South Texas including many dances at Floores Country Store. Now most of the fellas are up in age but they can still swing with the best!Headlining the evening will be The New Pearl Wranglers which consists of some of the top pickers from Central Texas. Focusing on Western Swing, Polkas and Czech music in the spirit of Adolph Hofner and the small towns all around San Antonio.We hope to see you for this special evening of music and dancing to that South Texas Swing and the roots of old San Antone!
$8 - $10