Monday: Mystery Monday Fifth Anniversary at El Mercado Backstage. Mondays got brighter in November 2012 when Christine Albert and Sarah Lee Campbell teamed up to start a new weekly gig at one of South Austin’s best old-school Tex-Mex joints. Campbell died a year later, but the show went on, and it became so popular that it helped motivate El Mercado to build a larger stage with a new sound system in its large back room. Helping Albert and her co-host Bill Kirchen to celebrate will be Butch Hancock and Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Bill Hearne and South Dakota’s Tom Peterson (celebrating a new CD). No cover (priority seating for dinner guests). Dinner seating 5:30 p.m., music begins 7:30 p.m. 1302 S. First St. elmercadorestaurant.com. — P.B.

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Wednesday: Help Clifford Help Kids with Los Lobos at ACL Live. Any visit from the East Los Angeles roots-rockers, who mix country, folk, Latin, jazz and more into their unique Americana sound, is welcome. This one’s special, though: It’s the annual fundraiser named for the late Clifford Antone, founder of Antone’s nightclub, and benefiting American YouthWorks. $29-$39. 9 p.m. 310 Wllie Nelson Blvd. acl-live.com. — P.B.


Thursday: Ramblin’ Jack Elliott at Cactus Cafe. “They don’t call him Ramblin’ Jack because he travels a lot,” the late Guy Clark used to kid. And yet at 86, the loquacious Mr. Elliott is still out there touring, long after many of his peers have left this mortal coil. He’s a living link to the 20th-century heyday of Woody Guthrie, a troubadour whose American folk-music bona fides run as deep as anyone alive. Elliott hasn’t had a new album out for almost a decade, but his lifetime of songs and experiences make the live show still well worthwhile. $30-$35. 8 p.m. 2247 Guadalupe St. cactuscafe.org. — P.B.

Bill Carter plays Sun Radio’s “Texas Radio Live” show at Guero’s on Wednesday, November 8. Jay Janner/American-Statesman 2013



Michael McDonald, Marc Cohn at ACL LiveMicrowave, Big Jesus, Blis at BarracudaJohn Wesley Coleman, Nick Allison, (So) Lo Country, Molybden, Charles Ben at Hotel VegasMaking Movies at Mohawk indoorBlue Monday Band at Antone’sChurch on Monday Band at Continental GalleryOpen mic with Kacy Crowley at Cactus CafeBroken Spoke book signing with music from Alvin Crow, Pauline Reese, Leddy Bragg, Ben Stafford, Rogers and Paula Russell at Waterloo Records


Jesus & Mary Chain, the Dig at Emo’sTaylor Hicks at One World TheatreWilliam Topley, Ephraim Owens Experience at Continental GalleryDonut Musik at TownsendDurawa, Murali Coryell at El Mercado BackstageMike Stinson, Toni Price at Continental ClubPrivate Island, Star Parks at Stubb’s indoorLeonard Cohen Hoot Night at Hotel Vegas


Iris DeMent, Pieta Brown at Cactus CafeTexas Radio Live with Bill Carter, Blue Moon Jazz Quartet with Rosie Flores at Guero’sEve & the Exiles, Tommy Shannon Blues Band at Antone’sJon Dee Graham, William Harries Graham at Continental ClubCody Jasper, Walt Wilkins, Wagoneers at Saxon PubWarren Hood at ABGBTomar & the FCs at One-2-One BarTrube Farrell & Snizz, Matt Hubbard Trio at C-Boy’sBret Michaels at One World Theatre


Curren$y at EmpireBreakthrough Central Texas benefit with Pat Green at Stubb’s outdoorEkali at Vulcan Gas CompanyStanley Jordan at One World TheatreBad Suns, Hunny, Qty at Mohawk outdoorPoly Action album release, Toma, Lowin, Nic Armstrong at Hotel VegasPulkingham Layne at WinfloPlastician at ParishMurali Coryell & Ernie Durawa, Patrice Pike, Drakes at Saxon PubWhitney Rose at Continental ClubMonte Warden & the Dangerous Few, Bonnie Whitmore at Continental GalleryJohn Inmon at One-2-One Bar