John Mayer at the Erwin Center. This pop/blues singer-guitarist gets a bad rap for all the high profile women he dates, then dishes on. You look at that cute face with the permanent smirk and have a firehose fantasy. But there is no denying that this Connecticut native, who attracted his first record deal as a 23-year-old at South by Southwest 2000, has tons o’ talent. His style of Xanax rock may not be your thing, but the guy can sing with smooth passion, play the guitar in a manner approaching his idol Stevie Ray Vaughan and write good songs. There, I said it. Phillip Phillips open opens. $49- $69. 1701 Red River St. www.uterwincenter.com.
Also performing: Country/blues singer Ted Roddy gets the weekend started at 6 p.m. at the Carousel Lounge … Flamenco guitar rock band Del Castillo turns Saxon Pub into its Spanish castle … Austin’s geometronica group Octopus Project will mix “Whitby” and other songs from new “Fever Forms” LP with old faves at the Mohawk … Reno, Nev., rockers Hellbound Glory invade the Empire Control Room … the thing that sets country band Whiskey Myers apart from all the other Whiskey bands is that they’re playing the Midnight Rodeo country disco … If Oklahomeboys John Fullbright and Dustin Welch had a hip-hop group they could call it Grapes of Rap. The singer-songwriters come from the tradition of Dust Bowl escape through expression, but both are rockers to the core. They’re at the Continental Club … Punk rock Bulemics play eastside dive the Lost Well … Ivory-thumper Charlie Pierce and his new band Choctaw Wildfire bring a Waits meets Feat feel to Hole In the Wall … Ex-UT students Milezo celebrate new LP with fellow quirky indie rockists Corduroi, Zoltars and Kinky Machine at Scoot Inn … Washboard, dobro, harmonica and a song called “Front Porch.” That’s all you need to know about Mother Merey and the Black Dirt, who could be called Texas Lemon Drops for the old-timey stomp songs they’ll play at Swan Dive … Honey Island Swamp Band and Topaz and the Golden Dawn Arkestra will get you dancing at Antone’s … It’s another Phridaze at Empire Control Room and DJ Orion’s in control.
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin at Holy Mountain. Being named 2008’s “Best New Band in Missouri” is a lot to live up to, but subsequent albums “Pershing” and “Let It Sway” established SSLYBY as lo-fi warriors, whose music is as simple and fresh as their name is cumbersome and corny. Be warned: founding bassist John Robert Cardwell left the indie pop band before the release of new LP “Fly By Wire.” Those who “drove all the way from Leander to get some John Robert” will not receive refunds. Papermoons open. 9 p.m. 617 E. Seventh St. www.holymountainaustin.com.
Also performing: To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Parish, New Orleans jam/funk band Earphunk plays an hour and a half of Daft Punk covers … Devin the Dude brings down and dirty H-Town rap to Antone’s … Austin folk/pop duo the Roosevelts play Empire Control Room … Everybody loves Sons of Fathers, who bring Everly harmonies to their Americana rock, but do they love them enough to drive to Gruene Hall? … Pop punk band the Story So Far promotes safe crowd-surfing to Red 7 … Those old punk humorists Dead Milkmen are at the Mohawk. Graham Williams is at the Mohawk … Heady melodians Auroravore celebrate the release of self-titled debut LP at North Door, with Bobby Jealousy opening and SIP SIP closing … Knock knock. Who’s there? Who? Who, who? Looks like we’ve got the Nightowls, a nine-piece mod-soul band at Stubb’s.
Austin Chamber Music Center presents the Music of Vince Guaraldi at Antone’s. There’s much more to Guaraldi’s Christmas music than “Linus and Lucy” and this trio will explore much of it. Michelle Schumann is on the essential piano bench, with Utah Hamrick on bass and David Sierra on drums rounding out the VeeGees. There are two 90-minute shows, at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. $10- $25. 2015 E. Riverside Drive. www.antonesnightclub.
Also performing: One of Austin’s best pure honky tonk bands the Derailers leave their mark at the new Ginny’s/Dale’s Little Longhorn … Austin post-punk band Super Thief has an alibi at Holy Mountain … as always, the Wagoneers and Heybale! kick Nashville right in the Luke Bryan at the Continental Club … And if you go upstairs at the Gallery, be assured it’ll be more than you, me and Dupree. Mike Flanigin’s hot B3 trio always draws a crowd of groovers … Roadtrip! Kanye West and Ken “drank” Lamar are finna destroy the AT&T Center in San Antonio.
Warren Hood Band at Zilker Park. Over at the trailer park on Barton Springs Road where I keep an RV, we hate “The Trail of Blight” for all the traffic problems during the two weeks before Christmas. But great live music makes it much easier to take. Seth Walker kicks it off on Sunday, then comes the Warren Hood Band, whose self-titled debut is one of the best LPs of the year. Hudson Moore opens at 7 p.m., then it’s Warren, Emily and the gang at 8. Free. www.austintrailoflights.org.
Also performing: Above average country singer Wade Bowen is at the Cactus … Best-of-show Austin punk band A Giant Dog leads a fast and loud bill at Hotel Vegas … Amanda-ricana music comes to the friendly confines of the Sahara Lounge with Amanda Cevallos and the Highlands … Slim Richey and the Jitterbug Vipers play that swingin’ jazz at the Elephant Room … who’s gonna be sitting in with the Little Elmore Reed Blues Band at the Legendary White Swan? It’s always someone good … Hard Party Inc. frontman and shareholder Andrew W.K. is at Red 7.
Aaron Neville at the Paramount. The shimmering New Orleans balladeer’s 1993 album “Soulful Christmas” is a must-have for folks who do it all up for the 12/25 birthday savior and need more than Perry Como. This show will mix holiday favorites with doo-wop classics such as “Tears On My Pillow” and “This Magic Moment” from the new LP “My True Story.” If you’ve never heard Aaron croon, this is bucket list material, people. John D’Earth opens. 8 p.m. $35- $51. 701 Congress Ave. www.authintheatre.org.
Also performing: Nashville’s Infamous Stringdusters play that Berklee bluegrass with mad flair at the Parish … today’s a great day for swearin’ at the Mohawk. What a coinky-dinky: there’s a band called Swearin’ at the Mohawk … Sweet harmonizing rocker babes the Whiskey Sisters will put a smile on your face at the Trail of Lights main stage … Jimmie Vaughan and Lou Ann Barton play the Continental Club for $15 cover to prove that Austin is the live music capital of Tuesday. And you see that kid at the side of the stage? That’s 11-year-old Jack Montesinos and he’ll blow you away with his guitar playing when Jimmie calls him up.
Curren$y at Red 7. A vow of poverty does not mean being poor, but sharing all that you have for the common good. I looked it up. So even as just about every line on this New Orleans rapper’s “Stoned Immaculate” LP last year was about money and what you can get with it, he’s the Monk of Trunk because his party is for everyone. Come aboard his “jet life to the next life.” Shante Franklin came up in Master P’s No Limit family and carried Lil Wayne’s bags for a bit, but “Spitta” (also from the “one nickname can’t hold me” family) came up with his own thing: 30,000 feet in the air. His Jet Life label promotes private sky birds, muscle cars, cigarette boats, but musicality weaves through the party like the waitress with the ‘pagne. Doors at 9 p.m. $26.50. 611 E. Seventh St. www.red7austin.com.
Also performing: Texas music historian Gary Hartman lost almost everything in the Onion Creek flood, so such musicians as Ray Benson, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Shinyribs and Cody Canada are playing a benefit at Antone’s. That’s some lineup! … Get a song fix from Bill Carter, whose new album is being produced by Charlie Sexton, at the Continental Gallery … Megadeth is the headliner at ACL Live, but watch out for Fear Factory (my nephew says) … Brooklyn-based Brazos, who started in Austin, and Ski Lodge make for a double bill that both challenges and relaxes the mind at Holy Mountain … Wait a sec, Minnesota’s Dillinger 4 thinks they can come to Red 7 and headline over the mighty Riverboat Gamblers? Let’s have a garage brawl, fellas … Not a mosquito repellent, an electric folk band: Deep Dark Woods will have new CD “Jubilee” on a table at Stubb’s … Across the street at the Mohawk is Escondido, dreamfolk Nashville couple Jessica Maros and Tyler James … trumpet master Jeff Lofton is at Trail of Lights … Canadian country rocker Corb Lund is at the Cactus.
Fitz and the Tantrums at ACL Live. Michael Fitzpatrick and his Motown-worshipping clan celebrate their fifth anniversary as a band with a show that charts their progress from throwbacks to soul-pop progressives. They were “Pickin’ Up the Pieces” on the 2010 debut, but in ’13 it’s “More Than Just a Dream.” An underachieving bloodhound with a head cold can smell Hall & Oates all over this L.A. group, but I hear that’s a good thing these days. Little Hurricane opens. 8 p.m. $25-$75. 310 Willie Nelson Blvd. www.acl-live.com.
Also performing: The Continental Club has become a favorite of acts that usually play bigger rooms, like Ben Kweller, who just wrapped filming on William H. Macy’s “Rudderless” and is back into music full time, you betcha … Fiddle protege turned indie songwriter Ruby Jane is joined by 36th Infantry Band at Trail of Lights … Michael Martin Murphey still has a beautiful “Wildfire” voice, well-suited to his “Cowboy Christmas” shows at One World Theatre … or you can go the other way: Suicidal Tendencies thrash the Mohawk … Jam band cover band Another One goes phishing at Antone’s … If you haven’t caught a Jesse Dayton vintage country cover set at the Broken Spoke, you’re not doing Austin right.