Thursday, June 20, 2013

17th Annual Americana Music Jam Donation!


KNBT Radio & Gruene Hall Present Donation Check to Connections

Pictured (Left to Right): Kris Mund (Mund Group Casualty Co.), Trevor Bird (Gruene Harley Davidson), Mattson Rainer (KNBT 92.1 FM, Project Director), Pat Molak (Gruene Hall, Owner), Chris Young (Val-Mark Chevrolet), Shane Wolf (Rockin’ R), Brian Betsworth (Christus Santa Rosa Hospital), Kellie Stalling (Connections, Exec. Director) and Doug Miller, II (Connections, Board VP)
Not pictured: Wynn Wallace (NB Mattress)
JUNE 20: (GRUENE, TX) – Mattson Rainer, General Manager of KNBT 92.1 FM Radio New Braunfels, and Pat Molak, owner of Gruene Hall, presented $60,698.43 to Connections Individual and Family Services, the benefiting organization of this year’s 17th Annual KNBT Americana Music Jam. The Jam was held on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at Gruene Hall.

The KNBT Americana Music Jam is an annual celebration of Americana music featuring exceptional artists of the genre. Sponsors of this year's Jam were NB Mattress, Rockin’ R River Rides, Christus Santa Rosa New Braunfels, ValMark Chevrolet, Gruene Harley Davidson and The Mund Group.
The music lineup included Jack Ingram, Randy Rogers, Hayes Carll, Reckless Kelly, Cody Canada & The Departed, Wade Bowen, Sean McConnell, Uncle Lucius, Walt Wilkins & The Mystiqueros, Slaid Cleaves, Monty Byrom Band, Zack Walther, Midnight River Choir, Bleu Edmondson, Statesboro Revue and Dustin Welch. Most of the performers are long-time veterans of the Americana Music Jam, and were thrilled to help such a great cause once again, and to support KNBT and Gruene Hall, both of which are major advocates of Americana music.

Connections is a 501(c)3 private, non-profit organization that was founded by a group of community leaders in 1981 to provide a safe and secure alternative to the “streets” for homeless, abused, or at-risk youth. Today, Connections provides program services in eighteen (18) rural counties and operates thirteen (13) counseling offices and three (3) residential locations. Connections provides social services to families and individuals to include:
1) Counseling and prevention education services for youth, adults, and families
2) Short-term residential services for runaway, abused or neglected, homeless, and at-risk youth
3) Chrysalis Transitional Living Program for older youth ages 16-21
4) Crisis hotline and referral services
5) Kids Exchange/supervised visitation services
6) Substance Abuse Prevention

Gruene Hall is a true Texas tradition. The 6,000 square foot, open air dance hall has remained much the same since its start. The wood floors, antique advertisements on the walls and rustic stage provide perfect examples. A favorite music venue for artists and patrons alike, the overriding attraction from the late ‘70s has always been the magic and intimacy created between the audience and performer due to the close proximity of the stage to the dance floor. The booking direction is focused on singer-songwriters and artists who play original material, and the Hall stage has proved to be a fertile ground for many former “new talents” such as George Strait, Hal Ketchum and Lyle Lovett. For a lengthier list of artists who have played the Hall, please visit our website. For information, call (830) 606-1281 or visit

KNBT 92.1 FM Radio New Braunfels is the leading Americana radio station in the nation and is designed to attract a loyal and attentive audience of passionate Americana music fans. Between achieving national recognition and being a local New Braunfels radio favorite, KNBT has carved out a unique place on the radio dial and on the web, with its Americana music. Featuring artists like Alison Krauss, Robert Earl Keen, Willie Nelson, Lucinda Williams and other acclaimed singer/songwriters, the Americana format brings together some of the most desirable listener demographics in music and radio.


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