Concert calendar: Merry musical shows for a harmonious holiday in Austin

We might not dream of a “White Christmas” in Austin, but we certainly know how to rock a holiday jam.  Enjoy your favorite carols and spread cheer at seasonal soirees and festive benefits.

Nov. 23: Dale Watson & his Lone Stars annual Thanksgiving Party. Just say no to post-feast food coma. Honky tonker Watson helps you dance your stuffing off in the long-standing holiday concert season kickoff party. $10. 9 p.m. doors. 1315 S. Congress Ave.

Austin, TX – Bob Schneider & Tosca String Quartet performed at the Long Center for the Performing Arts on July 15, 2016. Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman

Nov. 25: Bob Schneider and the Moonlight Orchestra at ACL Live. Schneider indulges in big band romance to ring in the holiday season. A horn section, jazz drums and the Tosca Strings fill out a set of Schneider’s holiday favorites mixed with a few originals. Special guests Lex Land, Erika Wennerstrom and Mobley will also perform.  $29.50-$63.25. 8 p.m. 310 Willie Nelson Blvd.

Nov. 25: ‘Big Don’s Big Christmas’ CD release party at Rattle Inn. The artist formerly known as MC Overlord, has spent the last several years thrilling young audiences with hip-hop takes on classic kids’ tunes. His new release features a mix of holiday classics and a few originals. The  afternoon show includes a performance from Big Don and an acoustic set from Isaac J Routh. Cookies and milk will be served. noon. 610 Nueces St.

Nov. 25: Beto Y Los Fairlanes Holiday Show at One World Theater. The Latin pop and jazz supergroup plays your holiday favorites Beto-style. $25. 8 p.m. 7701 Bee Caves Road.


Nov. 30- Dec. 3: 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 four nights of intoxicating revelry, fuzzed out riffs and experimental groove-making. The party starts at the Electric Church on Nov. 30, then moves to Hotel Vegas on Dec. 1 before landing at Sahara Lounge and the Webberville Road Baptist Church in East Austin. 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 ($35 before Nov. 17) includes all shows. See the event’s Facebook page for more details.

Dec. 2: Nine Mile Records and Touring holiday party. Austin’s premiere boutique booking agency hosts a holiday bash featuring Nashville bluesman Patrick Sweaney and Australian singer-songwriter Juanita Stein alongside an excellent selection of top-notch locals from their roster including Carson McHone, A. Sinclair and Belcurve at the Mohawk. $10-$15. 8 p.m. doors. 912 Red River St. . Nashville bluesman $10-$15. 8 p.m. doors. 912 Red River St.

Carollers attend the Austin Holiday Sing-Along on December 3, 2016. Dave Creaney/AMERICAN-STATESMAN.

Dec. 2: 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 and the Fayettes and more.  More info

Dec. 3: Ginger Leigh’s Love at Stateside at the Paramount. Leigh is joined by vocal dynamos Shelly King, Patrice Pike and Wendy Colonna, and the four women take turns singing lead on a selection of holiday classics and original songs. The afternoon show benefits the Superhero Kids Organization which supports families with children at the Dell Children’s Blood and Cancer Center. $27-$52. 3 p.m. 713 Congress Ave.

Dec. 6: 101X Indie X-mas with Cold War Kids, Mobley at Emo’s. We’re not sure how many bells will jingle at the alt-rock radio station’s holiday bash, but good cheer will spread. The show, featuring the California indie rockers alongside local standout Mobley, benefits Habitat for Humanity. $32.50. 7 p.m. doors. 2015 E Riverside Dr.

Carolyn Wonderland Guy Forsyth

Dec. 8: Roast and Toast the Holidays at One 2 One. Austin blues rock lifers Guy Forsyth and Carolyn Wonderland play “fireside songs for the soul. $25-$30. 9 p.m. 1509 S. Lamar Blvd.

Dec. 8: Norman Brown’s Joyous Christmas at One World Theatre. Grammy-winning smooth jazz guitarist Brown is joined by contemporaries Bobby Caldwell and Marion Meadows for an evening of holiday tunes. 7 and 9:30 p.m. 7701 Bee Caves Road.

Dec. 9: Charlie Brown Christmas at Stateside at the Paramount. The Austin Chamber Music Center recreates Vince Guaraldi’s jazzy take on Christmas standards from the 1965 television special, a beloved holiday classic.   $22-$37. 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. 713 Congress Ave.

Dec. 11: Ronnie Spector: Best Christmas Party Ever at the Paramount. Rock around the Christmas tree as girl band pioneer and Rock ‘n’ Roll hall of famer, Spector plays rollicking versions of classic and contemporary Christmas songs as well as hits from the Ronettes.   $25-$55. 713 Congress Ave.

Kelly Clarkson performs onstage during the 2017 Nickelodeon HALO Awards at Pier 36 on November 4, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images for Nickelodeon)

Dec. 13: Mix 94.7’s Merry Mix Show with Kelly Clarkson at ACL Live. In 2013, Texas powerhouse singer Kelly Clarkson released an excellent contemporary Christmas album, “Wrapped in Red,” and this holiday season her Austin fans will have a chance to hear the songs live, courtesy of radio station, Mix 94.7. Tickets are not cheap, but ACL Live is an intimate venue for Clarkson, who has played the Frank Erwin Center.  Clarkson will be joined on the bill by Rachel Platten and Secondhand Serenade.$65-$105. 7:30 p.m. 310 Willie Nelson Blvd.

Dec. 14-24: Armadillo Christmas Bazaar at Palmer Events Center. Wrap up your holiday shopping to the sound of seasonal tunes from Austin artists at this artisan gifting extravaganza. Performers include Dale Watson, Ruthie Foster, Jackie Venson, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Shinyribs and many more. At least three bands perform each day. $8, kids 12 & under free. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. 900 Barton Springs Road.

Tje Austin. Contributed by Kevin Garner.

Dec. 15: Christmas with Tje Austin at Geraldine’s. Free. 9 p.m. 605 Davis St. Earlier this year, Austin released the EP “I Belong to You,” a rich and varied release that easily slides from earnest songcraft to groovy disco to brassy blasts of classic soul. He wrote the record while completing a grueling three-year course of chemotherapy and it aches with heart. Austin says Christmas is his favorite holiday, so expect plenty of soulful takes on holiday faves. Free. 9 p.m.

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Dec. 15: Full Service Christmas show at Stubb’s indoors. The psych-folk/indie rock act plays songs from their 2014 release “Full Service Saves Christmas.” $8-$10. 8 p.m. doors. 801 Red River St.

Dec. 15: Tidings of Jazz and Joy at One World Theatre. Master pianist Keiko Matsui, multi-instrumentalist Euge Groove, singer-songwriter Lindsey Webster and guitarist Adam Hawley join forces for a jazzy Christmas. $25-$98. 7 and 9:30 p.m. 7701 Bee Caves Road.

Dec. 15: Christmas on Congress at the Paramount. Marc & Ted Broussard, Reed Turner, Jackie Venson and Eve Monsees gather and make merry to raise funds for Alzheimer’s Texas and Austin Sunshine Camps. $15-$76. 7 p.m. 713 Congress Ave.

Mark Matson for American-Statesman ( 4/18/15) Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis performing at the Old Settlers Music Festival, Saturday April 18, 2015.

Dec. 16: Bruce and Kelly at the Paramount.The fans return every year for the warm and friendly spirit that Robison and Willis bring to the stage,” Team 360’s Peter Blackstock writes. “They strike perfect husband-wife harmonies when they team up on favorites both seasonal (‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’) and perennial (Dave Alvin’s ‘Border Radio’). And each shines brightly when they’re in the spotlight on their own: Willis’ voice drifted like pure falling snow atop the strings-and-piano backing of ‘In the Bleak Midwinter,’ and Robison spread smiles throughout the theater with his poignant signature tune ‘My Brother and Me.’ Special guest TBA. $30-$53. 8 p.m.  713 Congress Ave.

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Dec. 16: Robert Earl Keen Fam-O-Lee Back to the Country Jamboree. Break out the champagne punch and homemade eggnog, everyone gets drunk at Keen’s country Christmas party. Special guests TBA.   $29-$49. 8 p.m. 310 Willie Nelson Blvd.

Flaco Jimenez. Erika Rich for American-Statesman

Dec. 22: Tex Mex Holiday Fiesta at ACL Live. Tejano giants, Los Texmaniacs and Flaco Jimenez reunite with their amigos, Peter Rowan, Rick Trevino, Augie Meyers, Johnny Nicholas, Rosie Flores and a very special surprise guest for an evening of holiday festive fun. 8 p.m. $35-$50. 8 p.m. 310 Willie Nelson Blvd.

Dec. 22: AJ Vallejo’s Purple Xmas: A Holiday Tribute to Prince at 3Ten. Forget a “Blue Christmas,” Vallejo opts for holiday cheer with a purple hue. $10-$15. 310 Willie Nelson Blvd, Suite 1A.

Dec. 25: Dale Watson’s annual Christmas Party and Dance. Over-stuffed on a holiday again? Break out the boots and two-step that Christmas dinner away. $10. 10 p.m. 1315 S. Congress Ave.


Author: Deborah Sengupta Stith

Deborah Sengupta Stith has been hanging out in dimly lit corners of the city soaking in the music scene for almost 20 years. Twitter: @deborific

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