Doctors Without Borders benefit with Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars at Flamingo Cantina. Throughout the band’s existence, the SLRAS have been defined by a desire to spread joy in times of strife. They met in a refugee camp in Guinea following a brutal civil war in their homeland, offering songs full of spirited optimism and hope to their exiled countrymen. A pair of American documentarians brought their story to the world, and they’ve been touring internationally for almost a decade. Now, with their home country at the epicenter of the recent Ebola outbreak in Africa, the band has mobilized to help, playing shows across the United States to raise money for treatment and prevention efforts. Their shows are jubilant and reverberate with pure heart. In a season marked by reflection, it’s a great time to count your blessings while supporting a great cause. $15. 9 p.m. doors. 515 E. Sixth St. flamingocantina.com
Also: Two of Austin’s biggest names in Americana music begin two-night stands at classic venues: Alejandro Escovedo homesteads at the Continental Club (the Bluebonnets open Friday, the Greyhounds on Saturday), while Joe Ely sets up shop at the Saxon Pub. … Grateful Dead tribute band Deadeye plays “American Beauty” from start to finish at the Parish. … Indie punks Lemuria stop by Red 7. … Local rockers Fire in the Kitchen play a Thanksgiving hangover show at Lambert’s. … Other locals in action include Bill Carter & the Blame at One-2-One Bar, Nic Armstrong & the Thieves at ABGB with Surly Gates, Dawn & Hawkes indoors at Stubb’s with Ashley Monical, and the Belle Sounds at Strange Brew.