Weekend music picks: TexMex Holiday Fiesta, Tuba Christmas and more

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’s south steps, where more than 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.

Friday-Sunday: Armadillo Christmas Bazaar finale at Palmer Events Center. It’s the home stretch for the 42nd annual shopping and music extravaganza. Pick up last-minute gifts and hear some of Austin’s finest musicians playing two one-hour sets each. The remaining schedule: Friday is Asleep at the Wheel (7 p.m.), Shelley King (3 p.m.) and Charley Crockett (noon); Saturday is Beto & the Fairlanes (7 p.m.), Peterson Brothers Band (3 p.m.) and Nakia (noon); and Sunday is Bill Kirchen (7 p.m.), Durawa (3 p.m.) and Albert & Gage (noon). $8 admission is good for the whole day; parking in the adjacent garage is another $8. 900 Barton Springs Road. armadillobazaar.com. — P.B.

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. 500 Comal St. thewhitehorseaustin.com. — P.B.

Asleep at the Wheel plays Friday night at the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar. Scott Newton/KLRU-TV/Austin City Limits



  • River City Pops at Long Center Rollins Studio Theatre
  • Mike Flanigin Trio with Jimmie Vaughan and George Rains at C-Boy’s


  • Armadillo Christmas Bazaar with Asleep at the Wheel, Shelley King, Charley Crockett at Palmer Events Center
  • 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
  • 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
  • Los Nahualatos, Kilo Villamizar at Sahara Lounge


  • 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


  • 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

Red River club Beerland’s owners to change, but not its identity

Austin club Beerland featured the band Cherubs in 2016. Kyser Lough for American-Statesman

The new year will bring new owners to longtime Red River music venue Beerland, but don’t expect big changes. Austin Jukebox, a curator of local music events that has booked quarterly shows into the small club that’s a haven for punk-rock bands and other underground acts, will take over Beerland from founders Randall and Donya Stockton on Jan. 1.

“If I was ever going to get involved with a club, it would be Beerland,” Austin Jukebox’s Richard Lynn said by phone on Monday. Lynn, who runs the Austin indie label Super Secret Records and its handful of offshoot imprints, noted that in addition to the quarterly Jukebox shows, many local acts on his labels have played the club regularly.

Lynn, who said the Stocktons approached him about the club a couple of months ago, plans to outfit Beerland with a new sound system, but otherwise says he doesn’t anticipate big changes in physical layout or operating practices. “I think the Stocktons did a great job,” he said. “We think that we can just kind of build on what was already established.”

RELATED: Beerland’s Randall Stockton has some hilarious opinions about SXSW

Lynn’s partners in the venture are Ray Colgan, who runs Super Secret’s reissue imprint Sonic Surgery; Sam Whitworth, who helps Lynn’s businesses with accounting and other responsibilities; Aaron Blount, who heads up the distribution company Ship Channel; and Steve Pike, who helps run the Super Secret label.

“So much of this music wouldn’t be onstage elsewhere, much less downtown in an entertainment zone,” Blount said of Beerland’s significance in an Austin Jukebox press statement. Colgan added: “The goal now is to preserve that sliver of old Red River as the city rapidly changes, preserve the launching pad of the next breakout act, and preserve the most obvious-named bar in town.”

All five members of the Austin Jukebox team will be involved in running the club along with existing employees, Lynn noted Monday. “Luckily there’s a great staff already in place,” he said. “We don’t have to go in and make a bunch of personnel changes. It’s kind of already set up for us.”

As for the club’s typical $5 cover policy, Lynn says that “we want to maintain that as much as possible. If we have a special show, we might charge more. But I’ve always loved the simple way they do things, charging five dollars and the all of the cover goes to the bands.”

When Austin Jukebox booked underground legends such as Pere Ubu and local heroes Cherubs into the venue, they stuck to the $5 model. “I just like the idea of a cover charge not being an impediment,” Lynn says.

PHOTOS: Austin Jukebox at Beerland, 8-20-16

While some minor remodeling might follow the sound-system upgrade, Lynn says he doesn’t expect big changes. “I’ve been telling everybody that I don’t want them to be going, ‘Oh my god, I don’t recognize the place,'” he says, but rather they’ll look for subtle tweaks that make Beerland regulars say, “I just like being here a little more.”

Running a venue downtown, where tales of skyrocketing rents are all too familiar, can be a difficult financial proposition. It helps that Lynn comes from a Texas family with oil money. “I don’t have any illusions of getting rich off of this,” he says. “But I wouldn’t do this if I though we were going to lose a lot of money. I think we can just operate it at break-even, or maybe better.”

RELATED: Beerland booker helped shape Red River scene



How much does Austin miss George Reiff? Two dozen acts testify in 5-hour show

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From chart-toppers and Grammy winners to club-level touring acts to local standbys who rarely play outside of Austin, the performers who took the stage on Sunday evening at Emo’s had one thing in common: George Reiff had worked with all of them, and he made their music better.

Reiff, who died of cancer earlier this year at age 56, was one of the city’s finest bass players and producers for three decades. That Sunday’s marathon five-hour show involved more than two dozen acts and a couple of different house bands testified to just how much-loved Reiff was in the local community: Everyone wanted to take part, to pay their respects.

The video above compiles highlights from about half of the evening’s performers, with most of the songs having a direct connection to Reiff: He played on it, produced it or wrote it. Michael Hall the show opened with “Merry Christmas From Mars”; Beaver Nelson’s “Don’t Bend Just Break” was first recorded a quarter-century ago with Reiff; Giulia Millanta dedicated a new song to Reiff; Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis sang Reiff’s song “Unsteady State”; Ray Wylie Hubbard’s “Wanna Rock and Roll” featured saxophone guest Johnny Reno, with whom Reiff had toured; Michael Fracasso’s “World in a Drop of Water” featured Charlie Sexton, who first got to know Reiff well through working with him on a Fracasso record; Sexton joined the Dixie Chicks’ Emily Strayer on a Court Yard Hounds tune Reiff played on; drummer Conrad Choucroun stepped out to play Reiff’s bass with Patty Griffin on “Let It Be the Sun”; Shinyribs put a raucous calypso twist on “Twisted,” a song Reiff co-wrote with his early-1980s new wave band the Haskells; Cotton Mather played a song the band recorded with Reiff that leader Robert Harrison endearinly described as “ragged” (and it was, joyously so); Ian Moore, who toured and recorded often with Reiff, played his inspirational tune “Today”; Sexton and Sally Allen dueted on a heartfelt number requested by Reiff’s brother Michael; and Black Crowes singer Chris Robinson closed out the night with three songs including the grand finale of Ronnie Lane’s “Ooh La La.”

Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis sing George Reiff’s song “Unsteady State” during a memorial show for Reiff at Emo’s on Sunday, December 17, 2017. Peter Blackstock/American-Statesman

The video covers only about half of those who took part. Also performing were Band of Heathens, Jon Dee Graham & William Harries Graham, Fastball, Charlie Mars, Billy Harvey, Johnny Goudie, Betty Soo, Bonnie Whitmore, Jeremy Nail and Lisa Morales. And the house bands themselves were something to behold. The first-half acoustic lineup, led by guitarist Scrappy Jud Newcomb, included drummer Stephen Belans and bassist Cornbread plus guests Rich Brotherton on guitar, Don Harvey on drums, and Michael Ramos on keyboards and accordion. Ramos returned with the second-half house band that included Sexton, dual drummers Choucroun and J.J. Johnson, bassist John Michael Schoepf, keyboardist Bukka Allen and guitarist Billy Cassis.

RELATED: Video from last year’s ‘Spooky Hoot’ benefit for George Reiff

Most performers did two songs, and several offered brief but telling remarks before they played. Jon Dee Graham revealed that Reiff introduced him to his wife Gretchen Harries Graham, nodding toward their son William (playing guitar at his side) to acknowledge there would be no William without George. Strayer got a bit choked up as she noted that when she and her sister Martie Seidel started their Court Yard Hounds side project, “George was always involved from the very beginning. I don’t know how we’re ever going to do  it again.” Kevin Russell of Shinyribs credited Reiff for helping him reinvent himself as an artist after his former band the Gourds split up: “He basically helped me create Shinyribs. I didn’t know what the hell to do.” And after Sexton recommended Reiff to Robinson for gigs with the Chris Robinson Brotherhood band, he said the singer later told him: “I asked you for a bass player and you gave me a brother.”

One of the most illustrative comments in the crowd came from a musician who recently moved to Austin and never had a chance to know Reiff. As Ben Jones of the band Beat Root Revival explained, “You see the reflection of someone in all of the people they affected.”

At one point in the middle of it all, emcee Jody Denberg paused to smile and ask, “Is George in the house or what?” Indeed he was, all night long. Ray Wylie Hubbard probably spoke for everyone in attendance when he said, “I’m saddened by the occasion of why we are here, but I’m deeply grateful to be a part of it.”

RELATED: Our 2017 interview with Ray Wylie Hubbard

Shinyribs, with guest saxophonist Johnny Reno, perform a song by George Reiff’s early-1980s band the Haskells during the memorial show for Reiff at Emo’s on Sunday, December 17, 2017. Peter Blackstock/American-Statesman

This week’s music picks: Jimmy LaFave tribute, Julien Baker, Steve Earle

Monday: Jimmy LaFave Tribute with Eliza Gilkyson and friends at Armadillo Christmas Bazaar. Gilkyson has played the annual holiday shopping event many times, but this year is different: She’ll lead a cast of locals paying tribute to LaFave, who died of cancer in May. LaFave’s Night Tribe bandmates John Inmon, Glenn Schuetz and Bobby Kallus will take part along with fiddler Warren Hood, with singers including Gilkyson, Slaid Cleaves, Michael Fracasso, Ray Bonneville, Christine Albert, Jaimee Harris, Betty Soo and Grace Pettis. The show begins at 7 p.m., following sets earlier in the day by MilkDrive at 3 p.m. and Warren Hood at noon. An $8 ticket is good for all day. Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road. armadillobazaar.com.

Monday: Julien Baker, Half Waif, Adam Torres at Emo’s. A member of the Memphis band Forrister, Baker issued a solo debut in 2015 that caught the ear of prominent indie label Matador Records, which released her follow-up “Turn Out the Lights” this fall. At 22, she’s one of the most arresting new American artists to arrive in years, a writer of deeply emotional material set against graceful, minimalist guitar and piano arrangements. Brooklyn’s Half Waif and Austin singer-songwriter Adam Torres open. $18. 7 p.m. doors. 2015 E. Riverside Drive. emosaustin.com. — P.B.

Tuesday: Steve Earle & the Dukes, Mastersons at Paramount Theatre. Following up an appearance at Willie Nelson’s picnic this summer and a two-night stand at the Continental Club last December, native Texan troubadour Earle returns for a theater show with his band the Dukes, which includes former Austinites Eleanor Whitmore and Chris Masterson. The two of them, who record and tour as the Mastersons, will open the show as well. $22-$42. 8 p.m. 713 Congress Ave. austintheatre.org. — P.B.

Graham Reynolds plays a sold-out holiday show at the Long Center’s Rollins Studio Theatre on Wednesday. Contributed



  • Carolyn Wonderland, Marcia Ball, Guy Forsyth, Shelley King at Threadgill’s South
  • Sarah Fox & Joel Guzman Christmas Miracles CD release at One-2-One Bar
  • Agnostic Front, Confused, Force Fed at Sidewinder
  • Dale Watson & His Lonestars, Peterson Brothers at Continental Club
  • Swingtime Quintet, Kathryn Legendre, Texas Tycoons at White Horse
  • Mystery Monday with Christine Albert & Chris Gage at El Mercado Backstage
  • Church on Monday Band at Continental Gallery
  • Blue Monday Band at Antone’s
  • Steel Monday with George Carver at Sam’s Town Point



  • Graham Reynolds Ruins the Holidays at Long Center Rollins Studio Theater (sold out)
  • Armadillo Christmas Bazaar with Marcia Ball & Pianorama, Emily Gimble, Suzanna Choffel at Palmer Events Center
  • Eve & the Exiles, Tommy Shannon Blues Band, Bill Carter at Antone’s
  • Chris Gage & Friends Christmas Extravaganza at El Mercado Backstage
  • James McMurtry, Jon Dee Graham, William Harries Graham, Hot Club of Cowtown at Continental Club
  • Michael Fracasso, Blue Moon Jazz Quartet with Rosie Flores at Continental Gallery
  • Croy & the Boys, Jake Penrod, Thrift Set Orchestra at White Horse
  • Walt Wilkins, Wagoneers at Saxon Pub
  • Warren Hood at ABGB
  • Suzanna Choffel at Geraldine’s
  • Carson McHone, Warm Sugar, Matt Gilchrest at Hole in the Wall
  • Mau Mau Chaplains at Flamingo Cantina
  • Matt Hubbard Trio, David Young at C-Boy’s


Get your clicking fingers ready for $25 Jmblya early bird tickets

In 2017, Jmblya the single-day rap and EDM event produced by local powerhouse Scoremore Shows, doubled attendance for the second year in a row. They hosted a sold out crowd of 25,000 fans for a riotous turn up at the Circuit of the Americas headlined by Chance the Rapper. The party will return to Austin on May 5, 2018 and Scoremore is releasing the first round of tickets, an extremely limited run of $25 blind early birds, on Friday at 10 a.m.

Steve Aoki performs to a large crowd at the 2017 Jmblya Festival on Saturday, May 6th 2017 at Circuit of The Americas. Erika Rich for American-Statesman

The location for the 2018 event has not been announced, but organizers have promised to take steps to address the biggest complaints from this year’s event: lack of shade and water and long lines for food and drinks. They’ve partnered with an outside company Event Water Solutions to provide expanded water filling stations at the event. They plan to double the number of food vendors, increasing bar sizes and adding special non-alcoholic bars. They will also create additional shade structures on the festival grounds.

For the last four years has been staged in Austin and Dallas. In 2018, Scoremore has added a Houston date to the list. The last time, Scoremore hosted Jmblya in Houston was during the festival’s first year. At that point, Scoremore was a fledgling company staffed by rookie promoters. According to co-founder Sascha Stone Guttfreund, Scoremore lost $186,000 on the event that year and it almost sank the company.

We’re guessing it will be a much smoother run this go round.

UPDATE: This blog was updated to correct the on-sale time.

Peligrosa collective celebrates 10 years shaking up Austin’s dance scene

Ten years ago, a trio of DJs decided to shake up Austin’s dance music scene with irresistible rhythms from around the world. Over the next decade, they built on that vibe to grow a mighty collective that now boasts over a dozen members from across the state, a record label and a vibrant monthly residency that serves as home base (and community safe space) for a wide variety of dance fanatics.

Peligrosa at Empire, November 2016. Robert Hein/For American-Statesman

On Friday, they celebrate the anniversary with a party at the North Door featuring championship Nicaraguan American turntablist DJ Craze, Chulita Vinyl Club, and the full Peligrosa crew, including Houston rapper Chingo Bling. If you haven’t finished your holiday shopping (who has?), Chingo will host a pop-up shop with Tamale Time holiday sweaters and much more. There will also be other vendors on site.

We hit up Peligrosa founding member Orión Garcia to talk about the evolution of Peligrosa and what’s next for the local groove collective.

Austin360: What was the original concept for Peligrosa and what were the early parties like?

Orión Garcia: The original concept has held through the years: Playing music some may consider antiquated or folk (mixed) with the sounds of today. We still play the music we grew up with and we still mix it with modern sounds. The only difference is that we have all (moved) beyond the collection of our parents’ music. Our affinity for folk music will never fade, what changes most frequently is the music of today… The early parties were very exploratory. We were creating new sounds  as we mixed records. These days, original songs can sound like what we were creating back then which allows for even more amalgamating, which is how the party stays fresh and innovative to this day.

How long did it take to develop into a real scene and what was striking to you about the way the scene developed?

Even in 2007, people’s desire to hear the music we were playing was prevalent. We were playing traditional music in an unconventional way and HOW we were performing the music is what helped nurture our specific scene….What is most striking is the support we have received from our audience. They could have pulled us off stage with a shepherd’s cane a long time ago, but the fact that they feel included and represented in the sounds emanating from the Live Music Capital of the World allows us to keep an open dialogue which continues to develop to this day.

A-LIST PHOTOS: Peligrosa at Empire, 11.16.16

How many people are in the Peligrosa crew these days and will everyone be at the anniversary party?

I think there are 13 of us now. Every member will be present at the anniversary which is something that happens every 10 years.

What’s the vibe like when you have so many artists in the mix?

I personally love having a lot of artists involved. It’s definitely a family affair. Our performance times get reduced but we get to talk and listen to the people in our community. We have Austin, San Antonio, Houston, Corpus Christie, New York and Miami artists for the anniversary. I can safely say the seeds of a collaboration between artists will occur at this party. Peligrosa House 2017, our four day South by Southwest party, for example, had 68 performing artists and collaborations from that have been going on all year.

How is the record label going and what’s on the new compilation?

I love the label side of Peligrosa, Discos Peligrosa. I’ve released about five records a year since I started it in 2015 so it’s still a baby. I have the 2018 releases planned and they are in different stages of development. The new compilation features friends and family of Peligrosa who have contributed to our party or label over the last 10 years. I did compile a list of every artist that has played a Peligrosa party since 2007. It’s around 300. It would have been an unfathomable task to curate 300 songs, so consider the compilation a snippet and a peek into whats to come. Here’s the tracklist for the compilation:

1. Dead Stare & Chong-X – El Asesino
2. Sotomayor – A Mi Lado
3. Raka Rich – Tiene El Control
4. El Dusty ft La Diabla – Mi Cumbia Se Respeta
5. Deltatron – Tragic Life Traffic Life
6. MoonDoctoR – Ponto
7. Jefferson D Lion – No Es Un Taboo
8. Dj Chap – PDX Test
9. Royal Highness – Saka La Bukana
10. Niña Dioz – Mierda (Reptilian Commander Rmx)
11. Dave Nada & Orión García – Playa Sin Agua

Finally, what’s next for Peligrosa? You’ve moved to a new venue, will the monthly parties continue? 

We’ve moved operations to The North Door. We will continue our monthly party, which has occurred every third Friday since 2007, at our new home. I’m very focused on Discos Peligrosa. I’m working on a record with Mamis (who will be performing Friday). We just wrapped recording with Adrian Quesada this weekend at his Electric Deluxe studios and I’m super pumped for the record. Another record I’m working on is with Trippy Cholo. Members include Svani Quintanilla (Selena’s nephew), Gio Chamba, Bobby Hinojosa, and Coffee Guzman. (I’m) also working on a Boombahchero compilation (a genre Pagame and I invented) with the half-Mexican/half-Hungarian duo Dead Stare. The first track on the 10 year compilation is a track that is forthcoming on that release. Then there’s Peligrosa House 2018, our free unofficial SXSW parties that will occur at the North Door in March.

I always have a lot going on but most importantly is to set goals and meet them. If we continue down that path another 10 years shouldn’t be a problem.


The Peligrosa Tenth Anniversary party Friday at the North Door is $10 in advance. 501 Brushy St. 8 p.m. doors. More info.

Dale Watson will wish your friends and family a ‘Honky Tonk Christmas’

Is someone on your holiday list a homesick former Austinite who misses the sounds of our city? Local company Muziccardz has produced a series of online music video greeting cards featuring Austin artists. For $1.99 a pop, you can send your friends and loved ones holiday messages that include videos of festive songs performed by favorite Austin musicians.

Screengrab of Dale Watson in a Muziccardz greeting video.

The company, which produces online birthday cards featuring Austin musicians year round, has a dozen holiday-themed cards to choose from including Dale Watson singing “Honky Tonk Christmas,” Gina Chavez performing “Silent Night” in English and Spanish and Marcia Ball doing  “Christmas Fais Do Do.”

The videos begin with a brief introduction from the artist — “Someone wants to wish you a ‘Honky Tonk Christmas,'” Watson says at the top of his — followed by a performance of the song. Users can add a personalized message to the recipient and schedule the card’s delivery for any time in the next 364 days. So technically, you could knock out a few holiday greetings for next year while you’re at it.

Weekend music picks: Peligrosa turns 10, merry music from Bruce and Kelly, REK, more


Peligrosa DJ Crew celebrates its tenth anniversary at the North Door on Friday. Robert Hein for American-Statesman

Friday: Peligrosa 10-year anniversary at North Door. Ten years ago, a trio of DJs decided to shake up Austin’s dance music scene with irresistible rhythms from around the world. Over the next decade, they built on that vibe to grow a mighty collective that now boasts over a dozen members from across the state, a record label and a vibrant monthly residency that serves as home base (and community safe space) for a wide variety of dance fanatics. The party features championship Nicaraguan American turntablist DJ Craze, Chulita Vinyl Club, and the full Peligrosa crew, including Houston rapper Chingo Bling. Chingo will host a pop-up shop with Tamale Time holiday sweaters and much more. $10 in advance. 501 Brushy St. 8 p.m. doors. ndvenue.com. — D.S.S.

Friday: Christmas with Tje Austin at Geraldine’s. 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, and he’s billing this event as “A Motown Christmas.” Free. 9 p.m. 605 Davis St. geraldinesaustin.com. — D.S.S.

RELATED: Free of cancer, free to create, Tje Austin releases new album

Friday: 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 Cave Road. oneworldtheatre.org. — D.S.S.

Saturday: Robert Earl Keen Fam-O-Lee Back to the Country Jamboree at ACL Live. Yes, of course he’ll play “Merry Christmas From the Family,” the yuletide “Free Bird” of Keen’s extensive repertoire. But he’ll play lots of his non-holiday-themed favorites, too, and recent set lists indicate he and his ace band have been digging out some cool covers by the likes of Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and Neil Young. Robert Ellis opens. $29-$49. 8 p.m. 310 Willie Nelson Blvd. acl-live.com. — P.B.

Saturday: Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis Holiday Shindig at Paramount Theatre. From “In the Bleak Midwinter” to “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” the husband-wife country duo has built up a pretty cool seasonal set for this annual occasion. And then there’s the home movies starring their kids, always a highlight of the evening. This year’s special guest is Jack Ingram, fresh off a Grammy nomination for co-writing Miranda Lambert’s “Tin Man.” $30-$53. 8 p.m. 713 Congress Ave. austintheatre.org. — P.B.

RELATED: Bruce Robison looks toward the future with ‘The Next Waltz”

Saturday: Tamale Pari at Tamale House East. Groove to DJs Chorizo Funk, Diggie Dutch, Gracie Chavez and more while shopping local vendors and sipping on cocktails from Tito’s and Southern Glazer’s wine and spirits. A portion of drink sales benefits Casa Marianella, and, yes, there will be plenty of tamale. Free. 4 to 9 p.m. 1707 E. Sixth St. Check the event’s Facebook page for details. — D.S.S.

Sunday: George Reiff memorial at Emo’s. Austin musicians Charlie Sexton, Scrappy Jud Newcomb and Michael Ramos have assembled this salute to the local bassist and producer who died of cancer in May. Chris Robinson of the Black Crowes joins an extended cast of hometown acts including Emily Strayer of the Dixie Chicks, Patty Griffin, Fastball, Shinyribs, Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Cotton Mather, Band of Heathens and Jon Graham. $25. 5 p.m. doors. 2015 E. Riverside Drive. emosaustin.com. — P.B.



Joe Ely, Miles Zuniga at Cactus Cafe

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

Los Skarnales at Continental Club


Christmas on Congress with Marc and Ted Broussard, Jackie Venson, more at Paramount Theatre

Metz, Cherubs, Moaning at Mohawk outdoor

Donnie Fritts, Bobby Patterson & the Disciples, Bobby Mack at Antone’s

Little Mazarn record release, Twain, Kendra Kinsey at Central Presbyterian Church

Jesse Dayton, Two Hoots & a Holler, Avocados at Hole in the Wall

Extreme Heat 40th anniversary show at One-2-One Bar

Armadillo Christmas Bazaar with Uncle Lucius, Rocketboys, Gina Chavez at Palmer Events Center

Dale Watson at Broken Spoke

Beat Root Revival at El Mercado Backstage

Calliope Musicals, Otis the Destroyer, Coattails at Hotel Vegas

Protohype at Vulcan Gas Company

Rapsody, Don Flamingo, GQ, Deante Hitchcock at Barracuda

Cover Letter, American Dreamer, Meanswell at Stubb’s indoor

Beto & the Fairlanes at Elephant Room

Memphis Strange, Rubilators at Sam’s Town Point

Uranium Savages at ABGB

Mamafesta album release at Parish

Los Skarnales at the Continental Club

Dylan Bishop at Lamberts

La Frenetika at Flamingo Cantina


Armadillo Christmas Bazaar with Shinyribs, John Fullbright, Lou Ann Barton at Palmer Events Center

Gary Numan, Me Not You at Mohawk outdoor

Charlie Mars, Derrick Davis Band at Saxon Pub

A-Town GetDown, Resonant Frequency at 3Ten

Ghost Wolves, Queue Queue at ABGB

Mike & the Moonpies, Sour Bridges at Stubb’s indoor

Two Hoots & a Holler, White Ghost Shivers, Dave Insley’s Careless Smokers at White Horse

Folk Uke at One-2-One Bar

Ephraim Owens Quintet at Elephant Room

Raheem DeVaughn at Hanover’s 2.0

Jai Malano at Geraldine’s

Ramsay Midwood, Paul Nipper at Sam’s Town Point

Cilantro Boombox, Water Seed, Jauntee, Jay Stiles Trio at Antone’s

Harry Nilsson tribute with Willy Chapel, Born Again Virgins at Hole in the Wall

Ben Balmer, Eric Bettencourt at Townsend

Lowin, Bitter Birds, Kay Odyssey at Hard Luck Lounge

Peterson Brothers at Lamberts

Jack Wilson at Empire

Ugly Beats at Carousel Lounge


Armadillo Christmas Bazaar with Eggmen, Carolyn Wonderland, Jackie Venson at Palmer Events Center

Soul of a Musician series Christmas show with Cotton Mather at Iron Cactus North

Dead Kennedys at Come and Take It Live

Miss Lavelle White, Andrea Dawson at Antone’s

Willlie Pipkin & Friends, Heybale, Marshall Hood at Continental Club

Eagle Claw, Blues Funeral, Destroyer of Light at Barracuda

Resentments, Joe Forlini & Michael Cross at Saxon Pub

Mitch Watkins Trio at Elephant Room

Free local music at the Trail of Lights? Thursday’s the ticket

The Trail of Lights in Zilker Park. Cap City Music Night on Thursday, December 14, features free admission and live local bands. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Live music and Austin’s Trail of Lights are a natural combo, but Thursday, December 14, marks a new effort to cast the spotlight on several local organizations that work to make the lives of Austin musicians better.

Cap City Music Night runs from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. in Zilker Park. General admission is free, with representatives on hand from Health Alliance for Austin Musicians, the SIMS Foundation, Black Fret, All ATX and Swan Songs to provide information about what they do and to accept donations. Attendees also are encouraged to bring a can of food for the Central Texas Food Bank.

Performances are at 7 p.m. with the Interrobang Brass Band, 7:45 p.m with the Ephraim Owens Trio and 9 p.m. with Mother Falcon. KGSR’s Andy Langer will be on hand as well for a storytime session. Early 6 p.m. entry to the trail and other amenities are available for those with ZIP Fast Passes, which can be purchased via the event’s website.

Austin360 On The Record: Sarah Fox & Joel Guzman, Little Mazarn

Lindsey Verrill, a.k.a. Little Mazarn. Contributed


Sarah Fox & Joel Guzman, “Christmas Miracles.” The husband-wife team behind the Grammy-winning group Los Aztex rolls out a holiday-themed set of 10 songs that mix not-quite-yuletide classics like  “Amazing Grace” and Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” with newer tunes such as Christopher Telles and Greg Massouh’s rockin’ “Christmas Baby.” Along the way, they’re joined by a rather amazing cast of guest, including David Hidalgo of Los Lobos and the great Delbert McClinton as well as local heavy hitters including Jon Dee Graham, Carolyn Wonderland, David Grissom, Adrian Quesada, Malford Milligan, Ephraim Owens and Nakia. Proceeds go to Hungry for Music, which provides musical instruments for underprivileged children. Release show Dec. 18 at One-2-One Bar with guests including Grissom, Milligan and Jake Andrews. Here’s the accordion-driven instrumental “Conjunto Sleighride”:

Little Mazarn, self-titled EP (Self Sabotage Records). Just five songs but clocking in at almost a half-hour — two tracks exceed eight and seven minutes — this follows an EP that Lindsey Verrill (a.k.a. Little Mazarn) made with multi-instrumentalist Ralph White last year. Known for her supporting work with Dana Falconberry and others, Verrill steps out on her own confidently, performing atmospheric acoustic music that’s as beautiful as it is haunting. Three original tunes bracket the traditional “Rain and Snow” and Cyril Tawney’s “The Grey Funnel Line,” a whirling, swirling meditation that shows Verrill’s experimental edge. Contributors include Beth Chrisman on violin and Jeff Johnston on saw and harmonium. Release show Dec. 15 at Central Presbyterian Church. Here’s the eight-minute leadoff track “In Dreams”:


  • DEC. 21: Russell Haight, “Destination,” release show Dec. 21 at Elephant Room.
  • JAN. 10: John Mills Times Ten, “Flying Blind,” release show Jan. 10 at Elephant Room.
  • JAN. 18: Summer Fires, “Without a Word” EP, release show Jan. 18 at Stubb’s indoor.
  • JAN. 19: Johnny Dango, “Dear Everybody, I Love You.”
  • JAN. 26: Lew Card, “Takeouts Vol. 1.”
  • FEB. 1: Good Field, “Surface Tension.”
  • FEB. 2: Mike & the Moonpies, “Steak Night at the Prairie Rose.”
  • FEB. 9: Jerry David DeCicca, “Time the Teacher” (Impossible Ark).
  • FEBRUARY: Sharks in the Deep End, EP.