Patty Griffin performs at ACL Live on Saturday, April 8, 2017. Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman

Friday: Mack, Jack & McConaughey with Jack Ingram & Friends at ACL Live. The big news at this annual two-day benefit for children’s charities this year is the April 12 headlining show with the Dixie Chicks. But  we’ve been to this closing-night guitar-pull-styled event before, and it’s something special. The marquee names alone warrant the price of admission, yet there’s a camaraderie that happens when everybody’s onstage swapping tunes that often pushes the music into another realm. And this might be the best lineup that host Jack Ingram has ever assembled, with Austin’s Patty Griffin, Oklahoma’s John Fullbright and Nashville’s Radney Foster joining frequent participants Butch Walker, Bruce Robison, Jon Randall, and others. $49-$105. 8 p.m. 310 Willie Nelson Blvd. acl-live.com. — P.B.

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Friday: Greyhounds record release at Continental Club. Keyboardist Anthony Farrell and guitarist Andrew Trube have just released “Cheyenne Valley Drive,” their latest album of soulful roots-based original tunes. Stay after the Greyhounds’ 10 p.m. performance for a closing set by genre-defying keyboardist and singer Emily Gimble (included in the $14 ticket price), or arrive early for a separate 7:30 p.m. show with songwriter extraordinaire Whitey Johnson, a.k.a. Gary Nicholson ($10). 1315 S. Congress Ave. continentalclub.com. — P.B.

ALSO PLAYING:

Friday-Saturday

Mike Flanigin Trio with Jimmie Vaughan & George Rains at C-Boy’s

Friday

Shooter Jennings, Jaime Wyatt at Antone’s

Kevin Morby, Hand Habits at Barracuda

Kevin Morby at Waterloo Records (5 p.m.)

Clay Walker, Matt Stell at Nutty Brown Amphitheatre

Soccer Mommy, Madeline Kenney at Stubb’s indoor

Tomar & the FCs, Reputations, Tje Austin at Hotel Vegas

Will Taylor & Strings Attached plays Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” at Townsend

Arthur Yoria at Cactus Cafe

Dylan Bishop at ABGB

Elias Haslanger Quintet at Elephant Room

Eminence Ensemble, Matters, Mojo at Empire

Shy Beast at Geraldine’s

Saturday

Missio, Morgan Saint at Parish (sold out)

Blue October at Mohawk outdoor (sold out)

Big K.R.I.T., Cyhi the Prynce, Childish Major at Emo’s

Lulufest with Leeann Atherton, Allison Miller, Sara Caswell, more at St. Edward’s University

Fair City Fire album release, Torino Black at Stubb’s indoor

Andy Macintyre EP release, New Orleans Suspects at Antone’s

Cole Escola at North Door

Barbara Nesbitt, Johnny Nicholas & Hell Bent, Big State at Saxon Pub

Red Young Quintet at Elephant Room

Peterson Brothers at Cactus Cafe

Hey Loretta Hillbilly Hoedown at Continental Club

Crescent Soul Revue, Chansons Et Soulards at ABGB

El Tule, Organizacion Kumbiambera, DJ Albert at Hotel Vegas

Water & Rust at One-2-One Bar

Sunday

Marco Antonio Solis, Jesse & Joy at HEB Center at Cedar Park

Wishbone Ash at One World Theatre

Soul of a Musician series with Don Harvey & A Is Red at Threadgill’s North

Resentments, John Gaar at Saxon Pub

Jabo & the Old Dogs, Lavelle White, Miss Mack at Antone’s