Have a musical New Year’s Eve at these Austin shows


Friday-Sunday: Willie Nelson & Family New Year at ACL Live. This one’s too big for a single night. After Nelson began playing New Year’s Eve at this marquee downtown venue when it opened in 2011 (his statue presides out front), the event quickly grew into a two-night, and now three-night, affair. His sister Bobbie has always been in the band on piano, but this year it’s an even broader family affair: Willie’s sons Lukas and Micah Nelson open all three shows with their Promise of the Real and Particle Kid bands, respectively. The focus is fitting given this fall’s release of “Willie Nelson and the Boys,” which featured Willie, Lukas and Micah joining voices on a dozen country classics. $99-$157. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 9 p.m. Sunday (with Blackberry Smoke added to the bill). 310 Willie Nelson Blvd. acl-live. — P.B.

Sunday: Austin’s New Year at Auditorium Shores. Pop quiz: Where in town can you ring celebrate the end of 2017 to the sounds of, not one or two, but four Austin360 Artist of the Month alums? Latin funk powerhouse Brownout takes top billing at this family-friendly (and alcohol free) bash. Soul dynamo Tomar & the FCs, fierce full-band hip-hop act Magna Carda and indie-pop breakout Mobley will all put in sets. Also on the bill are Seattle-via-Austin blues-rocker Ian Moore plus Charlie Faye & the Fayettes, Jane Ellen Bryant and many more great local artists. If your New Year’s resolution is to spend more time listening to Austin bands, this party is just the ticket. Free. 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. 900 W. Riverside Drive. austinsnewyear.com. — D.S.S.

Sunday: Doyle Bramhall II, Emily Gimble, Lou Ann Barton at Antone’s. Bramhall left Austin for Los Angeles many years ago, but he’s still so connected to the city that any trip home is a celebration. Last year’s “Rich Man,” his first album in 15 years, included the song “November,” a tribute to his late father, one of Stevie Ray Vaughan’s close friends and writing partners. Helping to spark the countdown party will be two of Austin’s best female blues acts spanning a couple of generations, with Barton representing vintage Antone’s history and Gimble proving that younger singers can still get the blues big-time. DJ Mahealani spins records upstairs after Bramhall’s set, with complimentary breakfast tacos. $75. 9 p.m. 305 E. Fifth St. antonesnightclub.com. — P.B.

Sunday: Grupo Fantasma, Capyac at Empire. Oh, you’re into dancing? Austin’s world class cumbia ensemble has the hip-switching grooves to make you move, and electro funk duo Capyac spent the year destroying dancefloors around the country. Capyac served pancakes on stage at their Austin City Limits Music Festival set this year, so who knows what they’ll cook up for New Year’s Eve. Superfónicos, Trouble in the Streets and Continental Drift also play the two-stage bash. $31.56-$43.56. — D.S.S.

Sunday: NYE 1976 at Hotel Vegas. Each year, club owner Jason McNeely leads the artists who play his east side dive on a journey back in time. This year the club will embody the spirit of 1976 with members of Sweet Spirit and Digital Wild playing the Bee Gees, Leo Rondeau and Mike & the Moonpies flying like the Eagles, and Moving Panoramas taking on Blondie. The evening also includes tributes to the Ramones, Sex Pistols, Abba, Fleetwood Mac, Queen and many more. 7 p.m. 1502 E. Sixth St. texashotelvegas.com. — D.S.S.

Starting Monday: Free Week in Red River Cultural District and beyond. This annual new-calendar kickoff has become a favorite of local clubgoers. Though Red River Street remains the core, some associated shows extend to East and West Sixth, Rainey Street and even the UT campus area. (It’s worth noting, too, that other shows around town on these days also are free, even if they’re not officially associated with Free Week; we’ve noted some of them below.) Here’s a top pick for each of the first four days: Monday, Duncan Fellows, Delmer Dennis and Poly Action at Hotel Vegas; Tuesday, Jeff Plankenhorn, Peterson Brothers, Nakia & the Blues Grifters and the Bluebonnets at Empire; Wednesday, Smiile, Thor & Friends and Kraken Quartet at Mohawk outdoor; Thursday, Jackie Venson, Mobley and Melat at Stubb’s indoor. Full listings are at freeweek.do512.com; check individual venue websites for addresses and times. — P.B.



Mike Flanigin Trio with Jimmie Vaughan and George Rains at C-Boy’s


Neon Indian, Slugbug, New Rebecca at Mohawk outdoor

Reverend Horton Heat, Jesse Dayton, Rosie Flores at 3Ten

Jonathan Tyler, Texas Gentlemen at Sam’s Town Point

Greyhounds, Tameca Jones, Jai Malano at Scoot Inn

Songs of Paul Simon with Will Taylor & Strings Attached at Townsend

Milligan Vaughan Project at El Mercado Backstage

Wagoneers, Two Tons of Steel, Blues Specialists at Continental Club

Linda Gail Lewis, Danny B. Harvey, Roger Wallace, Missy Beth at White Horse

Jackie Venson at Radio Coffee & Beer

Mike Zito & Jim Suhler, Dylan Bishop Band at Antone’s

Latin at Heart, Denny Freeman at Saxon Pub

Two Hoots & a Holler at ABGB

Rubilators at Guero’s

Adrian Ruiz Quintet at Elephant Room

Sobscene Indie Disco, Sideways Grimace at Hotel Vegas

Hamilton Loomis CD release, Leeann Atherton at One-2-One Bar


Reckless Kelly’s Heartbreakers Ball: A Tribute to Tom Petty at Antone’s (sold out)

Suffers, Money Chicha at 3Ten

Los Atzex at One-2-One Bar

Jackie Venson at Geraldine’s

South Austin Moonlighters, Mandy Rowden at Saxon Pub

Booze Weasels, Redd Volkaert at Continental Club

Dale Watson at Broken Spoke

Cornell Hurd Band at Driskill Bar

Ali Holder Band, Christy Hays at Radio Coffee & Beer

Strahan & the Good Neighbors, Ricky Stein, Dave Insley’s Careless Smokers at White Horse

Rachel Reese, Grace Pettis at El Mercado Backstage

Frank Hannon, Jo Hell at Townsend

Rich Hands, Bad Lovers, Borzoi, Brother Sports at Hotel Vegas

Zoomountchi, Executive Steel Band, Afro Jazz at Sahara Lounge

Samiyam, Wallaby & Bobbes, Casey Cuts, Deli at North Door


Bob Schneider at Paramount Theatre

Ghostland Observatory’s New Year’s Eve 2017: A Space Oddity at Mohawk

Golden Dawn Arkestra, Holy Wave, Daikaiju at Barracuda

Peterson Brothers, Tomar & the FCs at Continental Club

Party for the People with Summer Salt, Ghost Wolves, Big Bill, etc. at Spider House Ballroom

NYE Reset with Henry + the Invisibles, Bishops, more at Parish

Body Rock ATX Moon Masquerade at Sahara Lounge

Chromeo DJ Set, Harry Paradise at Emo’s

Silent Disglo at Scoot Inn

Keep it Quiet 2017 at Fair Market with DJ Mel

Nightowls, Kev Bev & the Woodland Creatures at Stubb’s indoor

Saved by the Ball with Go Fever, Gentlemen Rogues, more at Cheer Up Charlie’s

Jimmy LaFave tribute with John Inmon Group & Jaimee Harris at Threadgill’s North

Deadeye (Grateful Dead tribute) at One-2-One Bar

Heart Byrne (Talking Heads tribute) at 3Ten

Reggae Ball with the Mau Mau Chaplains at Flamingo Cantina

Akina Adderley & the Vintage Playboys at Geraldine’s

Carolyn Wonderland at Saxon Pub

Ephraim Owens at Elephant Room

Eastern Sea and friends at Friends & Allies Brewing

Goblin King’s NYE Ball at Elysium

Headbangers Glitter Ball at Indian Roller

Dirty Charley and Pals at Beerland

Gary P. Nunn at Poodie’s Hilltop Tavern

Alvin Crow at Broken Spoke

Donn & the Station Masters at Donn’s Depot

Josh Lightnin’ Band, Jake Penrod at Little Longhorn Saloon

Ruby Dee & the Snakehandlers, Just If at Driskill Bar

Mayeux & Broussard, Silo Road, Armadillo Road at White Horse

Ty Gavin, Eric Hisaw, Differentials, Steve McCarthy at Carousel Lounge

Dave Biller Trio, Lo Jinx Orchestra at Continental Gallery

Flow Tribe at Lamberts



Peelander-Z, Dead Music Capital Band, Drakulas at Empire

Migrant Kids, Canvas People, Major Grizz, Zula Montez at Mohawk indoor

Mayeux & Broussard, Jane Ellen Bryant, Fairbanks & the Lonesome Light at Stubb’s indoor


Dale Watson & His Lonestars, Peterson Brothers at Continental Club

Michael Hale Organ Trio with Mac McIntosh at Continental Gallery (free)

Beth/James at Geraldine’s (free)

Chris Gage at Donn’s Depot (free)

Bluegrass Night at Radio Coffee & Beer (free)

Matchmaker Band at Highball (free)



Wild Now, Tinnarose, Rival Waves at Stubb’s indoor

Annabelle Chairlegs, Modern Medicine, Glaze at Mohawk outdoor

Go Fever, Toma, Big Coat at Swan Dive

Sailor Poon, Big Bill, Geranium Drive at Hotel Vegas

Good Field, Blastfamous USA, Hours Quiet at Cheer Up Charlie’s

White Walls, Slomo Drags, Blood Pumps, Harry Paradise at Barracuda


James McMurtry Ephraim Owens Experience at Continental Gallery

Antone’s Big Trio (free)

Fingerpistol at Little Longhorn Saloon (free)

Seela at One-2-One Bar



Ringo Deathstarr, Halfways, Coattails, Teevee at Empire

Well, Ghost Wolves, My Education, Human Circuit at Barracuda

Star Parks, Knife in the Water, RF Shannon, Julia Lucille at Cheer Up Charlie’s

Tinnarose, Otis the Destroyer, Darkbird at Hotel Vegas

Zoltars, World Premiere, Mroandies at Spider House Ballroom

Stretch Panic, Barbarian at Beerland


Thee Unseen Eye, Tommy Shannon Blues Band, Bill Carter at Antone’s

Blue Moon Jazz Quartet with Rosie Flores at Continental Gallery

Trube Farrell & Snizz, Matt Hubbard Trio at C-Boy’s

Chris Gage & Friends at El Mercado Backstage (free)

Warren Hood at ABGB (free)

John Bush, Bruce Salmon & Cole El-Salah at One-2-One Bar

Uranium Savages at Little Longhorn Saloon (free)



Wood & Wire, Deer, Buck Meek, Middlespoon at Mohawk outdoor

Riverboat Gamblers, American Sharks, Eagle Claw, Billy King & the Bad Bad Bad at Barracuda

Otis the Destroyer, Megafauna, Hard Riffs, Holy Knives, Rival Waves at Empire

Borzoi, USA/Mexico, Exhalants at Beerland

Leopold & His Fiction, Cuckoos, Matt Gilmour at Belmont


Henry + the Invisibles at Antone’s (free)

Bonnie Whitmore, Monte Warden & the Dangerous Few at Continental Gallery

Aaron McDonnell at Geraldine’s (free)

Paul Oscher at C-Boy’s

Alvin Crow at Little Longhorn Saloon (free)

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