Looking to give the gift of music this holiday season but not sure how to in an age when most everyone is streaming music online instead of buying physical copies? Concert tickets might be a good way to go. Austin is, after all, the Live Music Capital of the World. We earned that title primarily for our local music, but with so many quality venues of all sizes, we also attract plenty of marquee touring shows. Here’s a batch of 10 in early 2020 that might make for good ticket gifts, plus a longer list of big shows on the horizon.


For a bootylicious night out with your best girls: Big Freedia, Jan. 18 at Emo’s. The NOLA sissy bounce queen’s new jam "Louder" (an Icona Pop collab) is the ultimate motivational body rocker to help you kick off 2020 with straight boss vibes. Round up your unruly girl gang and gift the whole posse an invitation to put their "hands on the ground, azz in the air" and let it all hang out. Bodacious bonus points if you package the tickets with spandex and beignets. Gulf Coast Soul powerhouse the Suffers open. $25-$27. 8:30 p.m. doors. 2015 E. Riverside Drive. emosaustin.com — D.S.S.


For a family rap outing: Chance the Rapper, Lil Yachty, Jan. 23 at Erwin Center. The biggest knock against Chance the Rapper’s buoyant 2019 release, "The Big Day," is that 26-year-old Chancelor Bennett has veered too far into the realm of corny dad rap. Fatherhood has clearly changed Bennett, who postponed this tour to spend time with his newborn second daughter. Instead of making party rap, he’s creating urgently positive music about maintaining strong family ties and a solid spiritual foundation. It’s the perfect show to share with the young rap fans in your household. Will your tweens/teens hate being seen with you? Probably. Will your inner Golden Era hip-hop snob cringe during Lil Yachty’s performance? Likely. Will the whole crew be wowed by Chance’s lightning rap skills and spectacular charisma? Absolutely. Chance’s little brother, Taylor Bennett, opens the show. $39.95-$99.95. 7 p.m. 1701 Red River St. uterwincenter.com — D.S.S.


For the feel-good story of the winter: Mandolin Orange, Jan. 23 at ACL Live. A decade ago when I lived in the North Carolina Triangle, this husband-wife team of Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz were aspiring upstarts who made beautiful music with fiddle, mandolin, guitar and lovely vocal harmonies. It seemed like an uphill battle, trying to bring such subtly engaging sounds to a mass audience. But by the time I’d moved to Austin in 2014, they’d started playing small-club gigs here. With each successive record, the venues grew bigger, and festivals grew hip to them as well. "Tides of a Teardrop," released earlier this year, broke open the floodgates, and now this little-band-that-could is headlining the city’s marquee downtown venue. $24.50-$39.50. 8 p.m. 310 Willie Nelson Blvd. acl-live.com — P.B.


For your loved ones who miss Old Austin: Poi Dog Pondering, Feb. 7-8 at 3Ten. Let’s set Austin’s notorious "You should’ve been here when" clock back to 1989. Richard Linklater was filming a movie called "Slacker" on largely empty downtown city streets, and his cast included Frank Orrall, a Hawaiian transplant whose band Poi Dog Pondering had broken the town’s slacker mold by getting a major-label record deal. Their music was filled with the joy and wonder of a kinder, simpler time. Orrall and many of his Poi-mates soon moved on to Chicago, but lately they’ve been returning every winter for shows at 3Ten that still carry the spirit of those early Austin years. A bonus: Former Poi Dog member Abra Moore, who stayed in Austin and eventually became a Grammy nominee on her own, opens the show along with Night Glitter, whose singer Loulou Ghelichkhani tours with Orrall in the dance-oriented Thievery Corporation. $26.50-$30. 9 p.m. 310 Willie Nelson Blvd. acl-live.com — P.B.


For the cool (kool?) grandparents who like to get down: Kool & the Gang, Feb. 29 at ACL Live. Do the grown folks in your family cut a rug? Brothers Robert "Kool" Bell and Ronald Bell have been helping fans around the world "celebrate good times" for almost 50 years. While the trunk bumping funk of hits like "Jungle Boogie" and "Hollywood Swinging" might bring the crowd to their feet, Grandma and Gramps will appreciate the world-class music venue’s comfortable seating. $59.50-$69.50. 8 p.m. 310 W. Willie Nelson Blvd. acl-live.com — D.S.S.


For a south-of-the-border escape without leaving town: Lila Downs, March 4 at Paramount Theatre. Recently recognized by the Latin Recording Academy as one of the 2019 Leading Ladies of Entertainment, Downs has a storied career that includes 14 albums, one Grammy Award and six Latin Grammys. Since her first release in 1994, she’s been a champion of indigenous Mexican languages and folkloric music styles. On her latest album, 2019’s "Al Chile," she leads listeners on a vibrant journey through rural Mexico with a voice that aches with drama, lively cumbia sound beds and lyricism that challenges the powers-that-be. $20-$63. 8 p.m. 713 Congress Ave. austintheatre.org — D.S.S.


RELATED: Our 2016 interview with Lila Downs


For a we-don’t-need-no-stinkin’-badges epiphany: Chris Stapleton with Jamey Johnson and Yola, March 12 at Erwin Center. South by Southwest takes over Austin from March 13 to 22, but one of the best triple bills of the year will set a high bar for SXSW acts to clear the day before the madness begins. Big-bearded, big-voiced singers Stapleton, whose recent albums have topped the charts and won Grammy and CMA awards, and Johnson, a mainstay of Willie Nelson’s Fourth of July Picnic, represent the high upside of country music in the past decade. The ringer is Yola, a soulful British singer whose 2019 solo debut "Walk Through Fire" just earned her a Grammy best new artist nomination. Ticket price and starting time TBA; tickets go on sale Dec. 13. 1701 Red River St. uterwincenter.org — P.B.


For your family’s new folkies and old hippies: Old Settler’s Music Festival, April 16-19 in Tilmon. Since moving to a spacious new site southeast of Lockhart two years ago, the roots-oriented festival born in Round Rock and long held in Driftwood has significantly stepped up its game in terms of bookings. Last year’s headliners were a smash doubleheader of Brandi Carlile and Jason Isbell. Expect 2020 headliners to be announced soon; in the meantime, early bookings include touring acts the Travelin’ McCourys, American Aquarium, Della Mae and Cedric Burnside, plus local favorites Shinyribs, the Deer and Charley Crockett. Four-day passes range from $169 general admission to $699 platinum, with camping and parking add-ons available. 1616 FM 3158, Tilmon/Dale. oldsettlersmusicfest.org — P.B.


For your nephew who hates playing cello in school orchestra: Apocalyptica, May 6 at Emo’s. A bit of a novelty lark when they began in Finland in the 1990s as a cello-playing Metallica tribute band, Apocalyptica has had remarkable staying power, in large part because they moved beyond covers toward their own original metal material. Their core value remains the bridging of classical and popular styles, which has always made them a good gateway for younger listeners — or those of any age, really — to better appreciate the common ground between the two often-separated realms. Lacuna Coil opens. $30-$35. 8 p.m. doors. 2015 E. Riverside Drive. emosaustin.com — P.B.


For your burnout brother who somehow became a responsible adult: Kiss, Oct. 1 at Austin360 Amphitheater. The End of the Road Tour has been a long and winding affair. Technically the second farewell excursion from the painted-face metal titans, the tour kicked off in January and is set to wrap in New York City in July 2021. The first leg of the tour hit Dallas and Corpus, the third leg hit Houston and San Antonio, and now, almost at the very end of the eighth leg, it’s Austin’s turn to "Rock and Roll All Night." Let your brother "Shout It Out Loud" one last time. $39.50-$250. 7:30 p.m. 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd. austin360amphitheater.com — D.S.S.


MORE 2020 SHOWS


January


14: Wesley Stace’s Tribute to John Wesley Harding at 3Ten


15-16: Joanna Newsom at UT Bates Recital Hall


16: Matoma, Two Friends at Emo’s


17: Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular at ACL Live


17: Dirty Honey at Parish


18: Paul Cauthen at Antone’s


18: Koe Wetzel at ACL Live


18: Ocean Blue at 3Ten


18: Sean McConnell at 04 Center


18: Terry Allen & the Panhandle Mystery Band at Paramount Theatre


21: Tool at Erwin Center


22: Queensryche at Emo’s


22: Juliana Hatfield at 3Ten


24: Lettuce at Stubb’s


24: Ladysmith Black Mambazo at Paramount Theatre


24: Trey Anastasio Band at ACL Live


24: Nada Surf at Mohawk


24-25: Patty Griffin, Carrie Rodriguez at Gruene Hall


25: Drew & Ellie Holcomb at Paramount Theatre


25: Jonny Lang at ACL Live


28: Almost, All Get Out at Scoot Inn


29: American Authors, Magic Giant at Scoot Inn


29: Earthgang at Come and Take It Live


30: Tim Easton at Cactus Cafe


31: Durand Jones & the Indications, Y La Bamba at Scoot Inn


31: Electric Guest, Soleima at Mohawk


31: Saint Motel at Emo’s


31: Y&T at 3Ten


February


1: Eric Johnson at Paramount Theatre


1: Kingston Trio at One World Theatre


4: Hayley Kiyoko at Stubb’s


5: Dashboard Confessional at Stubb’s


5: Ron T at 3Ten


6: Gary Clark Jr., Dixie Chicks at ACL Live (sold out)


6: Highly Suspect at Emo’s


6: Savoy Brown at One World Theatre


7: Pat Green at ACL Live


7: Banda MS at H-E-B Center


7: Periphery at Emo’s


8: Big Head Todd & the Monsters, Los Colognes at ACL Live


8: Yola at Scoot Inn


8: Charlie Wilson at H-E-B Center


8: Murder By Death at Mohawk


8: Devil Makes Three at Emo’s


9: Camilla at ACL Live


9: B.J. Thomas at One World Theatre


10: Dermot Kennedy at ACL Live


10: New Pornographers, Diane Coffee at Emo’s


11: Xavier Omär, Baby Rose at Mohawk


12: Marc E. Bassy at Emo’s


14: Terri Hendrix Band, Lloyd Maines at Stateside at the Paramount


14: Andy Schauf, Molly Sarlé at Mohawk


14-15: Booker T. Jones at Antone’s


15: Grace Potter at ACL Live


15: Cold War Kids at Stubb’s


15: Mark Broussard at 04 Center


15: Donny Benét at Mohawk


16: Doyle Bramhall II & Friends at ACL Live


16: Chelsea Cutler at Emo’s


17: Dar Williams at One World Theatre


18: Amber Liu at Scoot Inn


18-19: George Winston at One World Theatre


19: Kat Edmonson at Paramount Theatre


20: Thrice, MeWithoutYou at Emo’s


21: Mary Wilson of the Supremes at One World Theatre


21: Pinegrove, Whitney Ballen at Emo’s


21: Tones & I at Parish


21: Lower Dens at Barracuda


22: Marisela at ACL Live


23: Tori Kelly, Audrey Mika at ACL Live


23: Wishbone Ash at One World Theatre


24: Rex Orange Kelly at Stubb’s


25: ABBA Mania at ACL Live


26: Metronomy at Scoot Inn


26: Dweezil Zappa at Paramount Theatre


26: Destroyer, Eleanor Friedberger at Mohawk


26: SteelDrivers at One World Theatre


27: Lone Bellow at Scoot Inn


27: Nghtmre at Emo’s


28: Sloan at 3Ten


28: Amanda Shires at Antone’s


28: Magic City Hippies at Emo’s


29: Shinyribs at Paramount Theatre


March


1: Marc Anthony at H-E-B Center


1: Pup at Emo’s


1: Eliza Gilkyson & Carrie Rodriguez at One World Theatre


7: Delbert McClinton at Paramount Theatre


7: Dan Deacon at Scoot Inn


8: Atlanta Rhythm Section at One World Theatre


10: Post Malone at Erwin Center


14: Rüfüs Du Soul at Austin360 Amphitheater


15: Keane at Emo’s


22: Buddy Guy at ACL Live


27: Ricky Skaggs at One World Theatre


28: Sturgill Simpson, Tyler Childers at Erwin Center


28: Best Coast, Mannequin Pussy at Mohawk


April


2: Brent Faiyaz at Emo’s


2: Los Amigos Invisibles, Aterciopelados at Mohawk


2: Strunz & Farah at One World Theatre


3-4: Drive-By Truckers at Scoot Inn


3-4: Mavericks at ACL Live


4: King Krule at Stubb’s outdoor


5: Michael Bublé at Erwin Center


7: Weepies at One World Theatre


8: Julian Lage & Chris Eldridge at Cactus Cafe


10: Black Violin at Long Center


10: Mary Gauthier, Jaimee Harris at Cactus Cafe


10: Victor Wooten at One World Theatre


10: Ripe at Scoot Inn


17: Arturo Sandoval at One World Theatre.


18: Lil Mosey at Emo’s


19: Jane Monheit at One World Theatre


20: Monkees at ACL Live


22: Bella Gaia at Bass Concert Hall


22: Waifs at One World Theatre


24: Crash Test Dummies at One World Theatre


27: Poliça at Scoot Inn


30: Avett Brothers at Austin360 Amphitheater


30: Rain (Beatles tribute) at Bass Concert Hall


May


1: Adam Ant at Paramount


3: Suzy Bogguss at One World Theatre


5: Soccer Mommy at Emo’s


8-9: Jayhawks at 3Ten


9: Colin Hay at Cactus Cafe


9: Yacht Rock Revue at Emo’s


13: Real Estate at Stubb’s outdoor


13: Anti-Flag at Barracuda


14: Chris Botti at Paramount Theatre


17: David Foster, Katharine McPhee at Paramount Theatre


19: Barns Courtney at Emo’s


29: Airborne Toxic Event at Emo’s