Tuba Christmas, plus a Christmas Eve song swap for the holidays

Dec 21, 2017
Accordion legend Flaco Jimenez joins Los Texmaniacs for a Tex-Mex holiday fiesta at ACL Live on Dec. 22. Erika Rich / for American-Statesman

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Friday: TexMex Holiday Fiesta at ACL Live. One of the last holiday shows of the season is also one of the coolest. With Grammy-winning Tex-Mex outfit Los Texmaniacs and living-legend accordionist Flaco Jimenez at the helm, this borderland party brings in a broad horizon of possibilities thanks to a stellar cast of special guests. Expect some Free Mexican Airforce action between Jimenez and folk-bluegrass great Peter Rowan, and likely a spin through Texas Tornados/Los Super Seven territory with Augie Meyers and Rick Trevino on the bill. Johnny Nicholas, Rosie Flores and a “very special surprise guest” also are promised, for a show that will include a holiday song swap. $35-$50. 8 p.m. 310 Willie Nelson Blvd. acl-live.com. — P.B.

Friday: A Tuba Christmas at the Texas State Capitol. Looking for a way to combine family-friendly daytime revelry, musical merriment and sightseeing with out of town guests? Mosey over to the Capitol South Steps where over 200 tuba players will oompah your favorite holiday classics with bass-heavy hilarity. Free. Noon to 1 p.m. 1100 Congress Ave. facebook.com/tubachristmasaustin — D.S.S.

Saturday: Wagoneers all-ages holiday show at Continental Club. The anchor of live music on South Congress caters mostly to the, uh, seasoned clubgoers among us, though it has often been a launching-ground for young artists as well — including Wagoneers leader Monte Warden, who first played the place as a teenager in the 1980s. For one night each year, though, it’s open to everyone, even grade-schoolers and toddlers. The Wagoneers anchor the proceedings with their rockin’-country music, with Warden’s jazz-pop outfit the Dangerous Few also taking part, and a few special guests in the works too. $10. 7:30 p.m. 1315 S. Congress Ave. continentalclub.com. — P.B.

Sunday: Fifth annual Christmas Eve Songwriter Special at White Horse. Local country-folk-rocker Carson McHone started this free potluck and musical marathon in 2013. It’s been at the White Horse for the past three years; the music starts at 8 p.m. and runs until 2 a.m. About three dozen locals will play two songs each, including Kalu James, Jaimee Harris, Ray Prim, Marshall Hood, Jane Ellen Bryant, William Harries Graham and Corey Baum. (Full disclosure: I’m playing too, but don’t worry, not till after midnight.) 500 Comal St. thewhitehorseaustin.com. — P.B.

Wednesday: Jackie Venson and Ray Prim live tapings at One-2-One Bar. It’s been a big year for both of these local artists. Venson got some prime national gigs opening tour dates for Austin guitar great Gary Clark Jr., and she played to a big crowd in Zilker Park as part of KGSR’s Blues on the Green summer series. Prim released a live record in the spring and followed it this fall with “To Whom It May Concern,” which earned him Austin360 Artist of the Month honors in September. Both artists will be recording their shows on this night in one of the city’s best-sounding rooms. Venson plays at 8:30 p.m., with Prim at 7 p.m.; each show carries a separate $10 admission. 1509 S. Lamar Blvd. one2onebar.com. — P.B.

Thursday: Ozomatli at the Mohawk. For almost 20 years the L.A.-based collective has been liberally mixing various Latin styles into their signature blend of exuberant Chicano rock and resistance rap. For the latest release, “Non-Stop: Mexico to Jamaica” they dig deep into reggae and dub styles to create feel-good grooves that will chase the post-holiday doldrums away. Hard Proof opens. $25.-$30. 7 p.m. doors. 912 Red River St. mohawkaustin.com — D.S.S.

ALSO PLAYING

Friday-Saturday

River City Pops at Long Center Rollins Studio Theatre

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

Friday

Dirty White Suits, Bill Carter & the Blame at Antone’s

Dirty River Boys, Denny Freeman at Saxon Pub

Billy Bacon & the Forbidden Pigs, New Duncan Imperials at Sam’s Town Point

Armadillo Christmas Bazaar with Asleep at the Wheel, Shelley King, Charley Crockett at Palmer Events Center

Celtic Christmas at Saint Mary Cathedral

A Purple Xmas Holiday Tribute to Prince, Dead Love Club at 3Ten

ToddFamily Holiday Jam with Joe Roddy, Jack Montesinos, Kathy Kiser Benayoun, more at Monkey Nest Coffee

Noble Dog reunion, Western Youth, Jackie Venson, Dave Scher Trio at One-2-One Bar

Christian Bland & the Revelators, Ripe, Halfways, Jana Horn at Hotel Vegas

Esseks, Charles the First at Empire

Tameca Jones, Blues Specialists at Continental Club

Tish Hinojosa at Threadgill’s North

Kelley Mickwee at Geraldine’s

Leo Rondeau at ABGB

Atlas Mason, All Nighter, Whole and a Half at Mohawk indoor

Saturday

Armadillo Christmas Bazaar with Beto & the Fairlanes, Peterson Brothers Band, Nakia at Palmer Events Center

Charlie Mars, W.C. Clark, Bobby Whitlock & CoCo Carmel at Saxon Pub

Ulrich Ellison & Tribe 10-year anniversary at Antone’s

Milligan Vaughan Project at One-2-One Bar

Bukka Allen at Townsend

Fat Tony, Hevln, Blxpltn, Blastfamous USA at Hotel Vegas

Albert & Gage at Donn’s Depot

Blitzens at ABGB

Kirko Bangz, Killa Kyleon at Empire

Lex Land Holiday Band at Geraldine’s

Brennen Leigh, Candler Wilkinson at Sam’s Town Point

Black Tabs, Bitter Birds at Stubb’s indoor

Institute, Army, Temple of Angels, Disowned at Barracuda

Sunday

Armadillo Christmas Bazaar with Bill Kirchen, Durawa, Albert & Gage at Palmer Events Center

Noel McKay birthday show at Saxon Pub

Jon Emery Christmas gospel brunch at Threadgill’s South

Jazz Brunch at Geraldine’s

Candler Wilkinson, Haydon Hoodoo at Hole in the Wall

Monday

Blue Christmas Tex-Mex Dance Party with Flaco Jimenez, Los Pinkys at Antone’s

Dale Watson’s annual Christmas show & dance at Continental Club

Jonesin’, Presto Chango at C-Boy’s

Marmalakes at Hole in the Wall

George Devore at Saxon Pub

Tuesday

Robynn Shayne, David Grissom at Saxon Pub

Ephraim Owens Experience, James McMurtry at Continental Gallery

Whitney Rose at Continental Club

Dylan Bishop 8-½ Souvenirs at C-Boy’s

Kate Priestley Duo at Geraldine’s

Tuesday-Wednesday

The Jungle Show with Billy Gibbons, Jimmie Vaughan, Mike Flanigin, more at Antone’s (sold out)

Wednesday

James McMurtry, Jon Dee Graham, William Harries Graham at Continental Club

Michael Fracasso, Blue Moon Jazz Quartet with Rosie Flores at Continental Gallery

Suzanna Choffel at Geraldine’s

Croy & the Boys, David Touchton, Thrift Set Orchestra at White Horse

Walt Wilkins, Johnny Nicholas at Saxon Pub

Warren Hood at ABGB

Matt Hubbard Trio, David Young at C-Boy’s

Chris Gage & friends at El Mercado Backstage

Craig Marshall at Threadgill’s North

Thursday

Savage Poor, Tom & Us (Tom Petty tribute) at One-2-One Bar

Fourth Annual Do512 Holiday Luau and Pig Roast at Hotel Vegas

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

Aaron Stephens, Emily Gimble, Paul Oscher at C-Boy’s

Soul Man Sam & the SMS Band, Red Young & His Hot Horns at Antone’s

Shawn Pander, Love & Chaos at Saxon Pub