Cory Morrow. Larry Kolvoord/American-Statesman

“Rock the Red Kettle” at Midnight Rodeo. KOKE-FM sponsors an evening of country music to benefit local Salvation Army shelters as a kickoff to the organization’s annual holiday fundraising campaign. Cory Morrow, who helped organize the show, plays at 6 p.m., with additional performances by Shane Smith, John Baumann, Owen Temple, Carter Beckworth, Doug Moreland and the Rankin Twins. The kids-friendly event also includes pictures with Santa and face painting. $12 (under 13 free). 5 p.m. doors. 2201 E. Ben White Blvd. salvationarmyaustin.org.

Also: Local underground label American Icon brings Australian thrash metal act King Parrot to the Lost Well. … Strange Brew presents a Red River Songwriters Show at 6 p.m. with Kelley Mickwee, Walt Wilkins, Susan Gibson, Drew Kennedy and Josh Grider. … St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church moves its “Soul of a Musician” series from the shuttered Spicewood Tavern to its own upstairs room at 8134 Mesa Drive, with Dustin Welch performing at 7 p.m.