Weekend music picks: Celebrate Austin weird old and new with Saturnalia, Cosmic Cowboys

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Golden Dawn Arkestra. DAVE CREANEY FOR AMERICAN-STATESMAN.

Friday-Sunday: Saturnalia in Austin. Traditionally, the ancient festival celebrating the Roman god Saturn is timed to coincide with the Winter Solstice, but the carnival arrives in Austin early this year. Your art jazz ritual leaders, Golden Dawn Arkestra, invite you to “prepare your masks and dust off your most elegant gowns,” for a weekend of intoxicating revelry, fuzzed out riffs and experimental groove-making. Hotel Vegas hosts a pre-party on Friday, then the event moves east to Sahara Lounge and the Webberville Road Baptist Church. It includes performances from the Allah-las, Octopus Project, American Sharks, Ringo Deathstarr and many more as well as light artists and food trucks on site. $40 wristband includes all shows. See the event’s Facebook page for more details. — D.S.S.

Saturday: Heart of the City: A Celebration of the Cosmic Cowboy at Emo’s. The annual fundraiser for the SIMS Foundation, which helps provide mental health services for Austin musicians and their families, tips its hat to the 1970s era of Austin music that gave rise to the likes of Willie Nelson, Jerry Jeff Walker and Michael Murphey. The evening will include performances by Carrie Rodriguez, Monte Warden, James Petralli, Rosie Flores, Bob Livingston, Charlie Mars, Kelley Mickwee, Warren Hood, David Ramos, Michael Ramos, Conrad Choucroun, John Michael Schoepf, Billy Cassis, Teri Joyce, Corey Baum, Amber Digby, Wild Bill Ogden, Andrea Magee and John Baumann, plus a tribute to the late Austin bassist George Reiff by the Dixie Chicks’ Martie Maguire and Emily Robison Strayer. $35-$125. 8 p.m. 2015 E. Riverside Drive. simsfoundation.org. — P.B.

Make merry at the annual Holiday Sing-Along and Downtown Stroll on Dec. 2. Dave Creaney/AMERICAN-STATESMAN.

Saturday: Holiday Sing-along and Downtown Stroll. Gather at the south steps of the Capitol building for caroling led by KUTX DJs Elizabeth McQueen and John Aielli at 6 p.m. Marvel at the Capitol tree lighting at 7, then stroll down Congress Avenue and take in local sounds on two stages with tunes from Gina Chavez, Riders Against the Storm, Charlie Faye & the Fayettes and more. Free. 1100 Congress Ave. downtownaustin.com/holidays  — D.S.S.

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Friday-Saturday

Turnpike Troubadours at ACL Live

READ MORE: Our interview with Turnpike Troubadours bassist R.C. Edwards

Dave Alvin & the Guilty Ones at Continental Club

Friday

Dream Theater at Bass Concert Hall

Fastball, Moving Panoramas at Antone’s

Snails, Boogie T, Squnto at Emo’s

FKJ at Vulcan Gas Company

Bonnie Bishop, Harvest Thieves at 3Ten

Thor & Friends, Bill Converse at Lemon Lounge

Anthony Da Costa, Jeff Plankenhorn, Denny Freeman at Saxon Pub

Cody Canada, Dalton Domino at Empire

Actress, Telefon, Tel Aviv at Barracuda

James Polk’s CenterPeace at Elephant Room

Rebecca Loebe, Korby Lenker at Cactus Cafe

Susannah Joffe at Townsend

Emily Bell & the Talkbacks, Canvas People, Diamond Thieves at Mohawk indoor

Saturday

Dead & Company at Erwin Center

John Fullbright at Cactus Cafe (two shows)

Charlie Robison, Arkansas Dave at Antone’s

Nine Mile Records & Touring Holiday Party with Patrick Sweany, Juanita Stein, Carson McHone, A. Sinclair, Belcurve at Mohawk indoor

Queue Queue album release, Kay Odyssey, Daniel Francis Doyle, Stretch Panic at Sidewinder

Porterdavis record release, Nakia & the Blues Grifters at Saxon Pub

Susto, Esme Patterson, Gold Fronts at Stubb’s indoor

Nina Diaz, Infected Mushroom at Empire

Megalodon, Skism, Krimer at Vulcan Gas Company

Red Young Quintet at Elephant Room

Palomino Shakedown, Rick Broussard’s Two Hoots & a Holler at ABGB

Sunday

Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox at ACL Live

Petula Clark at One World Theatre

Superhero Kids Organization benefit with Ginger Leigh, Patrice Pike, Wendy Colonna, Shelley King, Rod Williams & Shelley Mac at Stateside at the Paramount

8th annual Byrd & Street Mistletoe Jam with Austin Lounge Lizards, Bob Livingston, Betty Soo, Dave Scher,Bradley Kopp, Richard Bowden, Chip Dolan and more at Threadgill’s South

Soul of a Musician series with Matt the Electrician at Iron Cactus North

Lavelle White, Bobby Mack at Antone’s

Hilary York, Aimee Bobruk at C-Boy’s


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