It’s the last weekend before Christmas, the last gasp of holiday cheer, and as always the Austin music scene doesn’t disappoint. Some highlights:
Thursday: The Armadillo Christmas Bazaar has top flight musical entertainment every day, including today’s lineup of the critically acclaimed Sons of Fathers and fiddle master Warren Hood and the Goods.
Ray Benson and Asleep at the Wheel bring the ghost of Bob Wills to the Paramount Theatre.
Friday: "Roast the Holidays and Toast the New Year" with Carolyn Wonderland and Guy Forsyth, two of Austin’s most-seasoned live acts, is at the Rollins Theater.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra, which bring orchestral lushness to Christmas-themed rock, music plays Cedar Park Center.
Band of Heathens play the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar.
Saturday: Bruce Willis, er, Robison, and Kelly Willis perform Christmas music and throw in some originals of the spiritual kind at Gruene Hall. This terrific bill includes Betty Soo and Hot Club of Cowtown.
Robert Earl Keen brings his tales of dysfunctional holiday gatherings and other oddball stories to ACL Live, with openers Terry Hendrix and Lloyd Maines.
Sunday: Fresh from a guest turn on "Treme" comes the revered Preservation Hall Jazz Band, playing that old New Orleans creole swing. At One World Theater.
Christmas Night: There’s only one place to be (almost literally) on the calm after the storm and that’s with Dale Watson, whose birthday parties for Jesus have become jampacked affairs at the Continental Club.
Friday Dec. 28: The always festive Fred LeBlanc jumps out from his drums and craziness ensues. Think a Cajun Keith Moon, with Roger Daltry’s pipes. And Fred keeps his shirt buttoned. At Antone’s.
The Toadies play ACL Live. Why not?
Saturday Dec. 29: Mr. Austin Music Alejandro Escovedo plays ACL Live and pretends Terry Lickona’s got the cameras rolling.
Hayes Carll, whose songs are gut-busting one minute and wrist-slitting the next, opens a two-night stand at Antone’s to wring the last bit of 2012 emotion.
Sunday Dec. 30:Willie Nelson with the Mavericks at ACL Live. Willie also plays NYE, but this gig’s especially noteworthy for the opening act, the reunited Mavericks, the band led by Raul Malo that sold millions of records in the mid-‘90s, then broke up.
New Year’s Eve: The can’t miss show of the night is the triple bill of Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears, Kashmere Stage Band and Jesse Dayton at Emo’s East. That’s five hours of wow!
The Adolescents at Red 7. Nascent SoCal punk band regroups with new album.
Neon Indian at Mohawk. Alan Palomo’s art/dance band should get the year off in a partying mode.
Sons of Fathers at the White Horse. Everybody’s favorite new band at the favorite Eastside honky tonk spells magic.
The Family Stone at Zach Scott Theater. Sans Sly, the fam band retains the hits like "Everyday People."
South Austin Jug Band at the Parish. James Hyland is back with his amazing stringsmiths to ring in 2013.
T-Bird and the Breaks, one of the best live bands in town, bring the melodic soul rock to Stubb’s.
The Gourds at Scottish Rite. Austin’s best band forges new terrain in the new year.
El Paso’s Dirty River Boys serve up melodic storytelling at Antone’s.
More holiday concert listings and New Year's Eve options can be found in our event listings.