Sample more than 30 of Austin’s best musical acts at the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar

It’s beginning to look a lot like the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar. The 42nd annual holiday shopping and live music extravaganza takes over Palmer Events Center on December 14 and doesn’t pack out until Christmas Eve, offering 11 days of opportunities to catch some of Austin’s best performers in a uniquely seasonal setting.

Ray Wylie Hubbard will return to the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar on Tuesday, December 19, at Palmer Events Center. Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman

Every day features three acts performing two sets each, beginning at noon, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets, $8 for a single day or $60 for a season pass that covers the duration of the event, are on sale now via the Bazaar’s ticket website. Single-day tickets also will be available at the door each day.

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This year’s lineup includes quite a few longtime favorites of the Bazaar faithful, including Asleep at the Wheel, Ruthie Foster, Marcia Ball, Shinyribs, Gina Chavez and Ray Wylie Hubbard. A handful of new acts have been worked in for 2017 as well: Nakia, Lou Ann Barton, Beat Root Revival, Charley Crockett and the Watters all are making their first Bazaar appearance. Four acts are back in the lineup after not playing last year: Red Volkaert, Wendy Colonna, MilkDrive and Mayeux & Broussard.

The only non-local in the mix is Oklahoma singer-songwriter John Fullbright, whose performances have become one of the Bazaar’s top draws over the past few years. And there’s a special show on Monday, December 18: Eliza Gilkyson will serve as host for Jimmy LaFave Tribute Night, honoring the Austin troubadour and longtime Bazaar participant who died of cancer earlier this year.

A photo of beloved Austin singer-songwriter Jimmy LaFave is projected behind Eliza Gilkyson at the Paramount Theater during a May 2017 concert honoring LaFave’s life and music. Gilkyson will host a tribute to LaFave on Monday, Dec. 18, as part of this year’s Armadillo Christmas Bazaaar at Palmer Events Center. TAMIR KALIFA / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Here’s the full lineup:

Thursday, Dec. 14:
Noon: Watters
3 p.m.: Wendy Colonna
7 p.m.: Dale Watson

Friday, Dec. 15:
Noon: Gina Chavez
3 p.m.: Rocketboys
7 p.m.: Uncle Lucius

Saturday, Dec. 16:
Noon: Lou Ann Barton
3 p.m.: John Fullbright
7 p.m.: Shinyribs

Sunday, Dec. 17:
Noon: Jackie Venson
3 p.m.: Carolyn Wonderland
5:45 p.m.: Mary Hattersley’s Blazing Bows
7 p.m.: Eggmen

Monday, Dec. 18:
Noon: Warren Hood
3 p.m.: Milkdrive
7 p.m.: Eliza Gilkyson (Jimmy LaFave Tribute Night)

Tuesday, Dec. 19:
Noon: Mayeux & Broussard
3 p.m.: Redd Volkaert
7 p.m.: Ray Wylie Hubbard

Wednesday, Dec. 20:
Noon: Suzanna Choffel
3 p.m.: Emily Gimble
7 p.m.: Marcia Ball  (and Pianorama)

Thursday, Dec. 21:
Noon: Beat Root Revival
3 p.m.: Los Coast
7 p.m.: Ruthie Foster

Friday, Dec. 22:
Noon: Charley Crockett
3 p.m.: Shelley King
7 p.m.: Asleep at the Wheel

Saturday, Dec. 23:
Noon: Nakia
3 p.m.: Peterson Brothers Band
7 p.m.: Beto and the Fairlanes

Sunday, Dec. 24:
Noon: Albert and Gage
3 p.m.: Durawa
7 p.m.: Bill Kirchen

READ MORE: 2014 interview with Armadillo Christmas Bazaar booker Nancy Coplin


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