Here’s what’s happening in the Live Music Capital of the World this week.


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Friday: A Very Scary Xmas: The Unholiest Holiday Party in Austin at Texas Mist. Oh hey there, Ebenezer, this shindig ditches the merriness you detest for a melee of monstrous thrills designed to spark a tremor of fear in your cold, dark heart. Worm Suicide and the Devil Club lead a roster of seven punk and metal bands who will play while live zombie actors roam the club’s haunted backyard. The event also will feature holiday horror movies, a fire pit and more. $8-$10 (21 and older). 7 p.m. 1115 Old Bastrop Highway. scaretx.com. — D.S.S.


Friday-Saturday: Countdown to Christmas with Robert Earl Keen and Shinyribs at ACL Live. For fans of Texas roots/country/Americana music, it’s hard to fathom a better holiday bill than this one (especially since Willie Nelson is skipping his usual New Year’s Eve shows this year). Fresh off hosting the "Austin City Limits" Hall of Fame gala at this same venue last month, Keen and his ace band will trot out his crowd-favorite singalong "Merry Christmas From the Family" and more seasonal fare, to follow what’s bound to be a high-energy opening set of yuletide feel-good, swampy soul from Shinyribs. $29-$49. 8 p.m. 310 Willie Nelson Blvd. acl-live.com. — P.B.


Saturday: A Motown Christmas with Tje Austin at Geraldine’s. The silky-R&B singer, who once thrilled national audiences with an appearance on "The Voice," hosts a sprawling holiday extravaganza with a live band and multiple special guests. Austin begins obsessing over which carols to cover months before the family-friendly bash, and he carefully curates a setlist that mixes soulful versions of the classics with poppy faves and more. No cover (capacity permitting). 9 p.m. 605 Davis St. geraldinesaustin.com. — D.S.S.


Sunday: A Merry-Achi Christmas at ACL Live. Fifth-generation mariachi musician Jóse Hernàndez formed his acclaimed ensemble, Mariachi Sol de México, in 1981. Over the years, the group has played high-profile performances in concert halls around the world, logged collaborations with the Beach Boys and Willie Nelson and serenaded four U.S. presidents. For the past several years, they’ve forged a new holiday tradition, infusing favorite Christmas tunes with mariachi music’s signature passion and drama. — D.S.S.


Monday: Armadillo Christmas Bazaar with Robert Ellis, Carolyn Wonderland, Jackie Venson at Palmer Events Center. The next-to-last day of the bazaar’s run is one of its best. New to the festivities this year is Ellis (7 p.m.), whose "Texas Piano Man" album was one of 2019’s best. Soulful singer and blazing blues guitarist Wonderland (3 p.m.) has spent much of the past two years in legendary bluesman John Mayall’s band. Venson (noon) was voted Austin360 Artist of the Year for 2018 and released her second full-length record, "Joy," earlier this year. $10 (free for ages 12 and under). 900 Barton Springs Road. armadillobazaar.com. — P.B.


Tuesday: Carson McHone’s seventh annual Christmas Eve Songwriter Special at White Horse. For local singer-songwriter McHone, this is a family-focused holiday evening, as her parents are co-owners of the White Horse. But the dozens of musicians and fans who gather here every year are an Austin music community family unto themselves. Participants play a couple of songs each, from 8 p.m. into the wee hours of Christmas morning. Donations to the SIMS Foundation and the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians will be accepted, as will potluck contributions for the traditional pool-table spread. 500 Comal St. thewhitehorseaustin.com. — P.B.


Tuesday: Will Taylor’s Christmas Eve Austin Music Tour. A longtime Austin presence with his Strings Attached project, violinist Taylor has combined a potluck-dinner concert with a club-crawl crasher for this unusual event. It starts at Nicholas Dawson Neighborhood Park, 604 W. Gibson St., with a performance by Taylor, Leeann Atherton and Stephen Zirkel (if the weather’s bad, they’ll move to a nearby residence). Then Taylor leads an evening on the town that’ll include stops at the Saxon Pub for sets by David Grissom and Guy Forsyth & Jeska Bailey, plus a stop at Cosmic Coffee & Beer to hear Marshall Hood. $25-$30. 5 p.m. stringsattached.org. — P.B.


ALSO PLAYING


Friday-Saturday


Christmas with the Mrs. at Parker Jazz Club


Friday


Michael Martin Murphey’s Cowboy Christmas at Paramount Theatre


Home for the Holidays with Marcia Ball, Carolyn Wonderland & Shelley King at Antone’s


Norman Brown’s Joyous Christmas with Bobby Caldwell and Marion Meadows at One World Theatre


Armadillo Christmas Bazaar with Swimming With Bears, Tomar & the FCs, Zach Person at Palmer Events Center


Celtic Christmas at St. Mary’s Cathedral


Junkyard, Broken Teeth, Midnight Killers at 3Ten


Mike Flanigin Trio with Jimmie Vaughan, Rosie Flores Revue at C-Boy’s


Go Fever, Glass Grapes at Stay Gold


Wagoneers at Broken Spoke


Savage Poor, Eric Tessmer, Denny Freeman at Saxon Pub


Peligrosa 12th anniversary with Chingo Bling, El Dusty at North Door


Brian Scartocci, Sue Foley, Blues Specialists at Continental Club


Giulia Millanta, Barbara Nesbitt, and Andrea Magee at Threadgill’s


A. Sinclair, Will Courtney, Mountain Time at Mohawk indoor


Goons, Kady Rain, Flavor Raid at Empire


Mean Jolene, Tyler Jordan & the Negative Space at ABGB


AJ & Alex Vallejo at One-2-One Bar


Mayeux & Broussard, Armadillo Road, Missy Beth & the Morning Afters at White Horse


Tottsie & the Flames, Bill Carter at Sam’s Town Point


Donovan Keith at Geraldine’s


Saturday


Armadillo Christmas Bazaar with C.J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band, Ruthie Foster, Melat at Palmer Events Center


Marti Brom, Lou Ann Barton, Kinky Friedman & Cleve Hattersley, Redd Volkaert at Continental Club


Diamond Smugglers Holiday Extravaganza at 3Ten


Harvest Thieves, Matthew McNeal at ABGB


James Hand, Golden Roses, Dave Insley at White Horse


W.C. Clark, Folk Uke at Saxon Pub


Sunsquabi, Cycles, Casual T at Empire Garage


Wrecks, Slomo Drags, Luna Luna at Empire Control Room


Bukka Allen at Townsend


Ephraim Owens Experience at Elephant Room


Wilson Marks Trio, Amy Sue Berlin, Amy Rosalyn at Radio


Los Texmaniacs at Sam’s Town Point


Flow Tribe, Selfless Lovers at Antone’s


Nolan Potter’s Nightmare Before Christmas, Halfways at Hotel Vegas


Holidaze Formal with Modern Medicine, Nightblooms, Con Man at Far Out Lounge


Money Chica, Nemegata, Lavelle White at C-Boy’s


Lost Counts, Beaver Nelson at Continental Gallery


Honey Made, Capitol at Stubb’s


Roland & the Roots Riddim, Buenos Diaz at Stay Gold


Churchwood at Carousel Lounge


Sunday


Armadillo Christmas Bazaar with Sir Woman, Brothers of the Castle with Del Castillo & Friends, Wood & Wire at Palmer Events Center


Noel McKay, Resentments, Sam Baker, Ulla at Saxon Pub


Women of Western Swing Xmas Bash at Sam’s Town Point


Mitch Watkins Trio at Elephant Room


Mazel Tov Kocktail Hour at Cosmic


Erin Jaimes, Lavelle White at Antone’s


Mike & the Burnalls, Hilary York at C-Boy’s


Haydn Vitera at One-2-One Bar


Andrew Heller’s Christmas Spectacular at Parker Jazz Club


Monday


Austin360 Residency of the Month: Chris Gage at Donn’s Depot


Dale Watson, Peterson Brothers at Continental Club


Church on Monday Band at Continental Gallery


Mystery Monday with Christine Albert, Bill Kirchen, Chip Dolan at El Mercado Backstage


Steel Monday with Rose Sinclair at Sam’s Town Point


Lonelyland, Hoody & the Wolves at Saxon Pub


Brad Stivers, Matthew Robinson & the Jelly Kings, James Bullard at Antone’s


Kevin Fox, James Moritz, Texas Tycoons at White Horse


Jonesin’, Andrea Magee’s Girl Jam at C-Boy’s


Oscar Ornelas at Stay Gold


Bluegrass Night at Radio


Tuesday


Armadillo Christmas Bazaar with Bill Kirchen, Albert & Gage, Blazing Bows at Palmer Events Center


Guy Forsyth & Jeska Bailey at Saxon Pub


Theo Lawrence, Ida Red at Sam’s Town Point


Kenny Williams at Geraldine’s


Jon Blondell Quintet at Elephant Room


Wednesday


Flaco Jimenez, David Beck’s Tejano Weekend, Theo Lawrence at Antone’s


Dale Watson at Continental Club


Mazel Tov Kocktail Hour Chanukah Concert at Barrel O’ Fun


Alex Coke Quintet at Elephant Room


Jeff Lofton, Sarah Arenella at Geraldine’s


Trube Farrell & Snizz, Henri Herbert at C-Boy’s


Stars at Night at Hole in the Wall


Candler Wilkinson at Stay Gold


Thursday


Bonnie Whitmore, Monte Warden & the Dangerous Few at Continental Gallery


Casper Rawls with Earl Poole Ball, Lisa Pankratz & Brad Fordham at Continental Club


Soul Man Sam, Sauce Gonzalez & the Westside Sound at Antone’s


Theo Lawrence, Eve & Buck’s Lowdown Blues at C-Boy’s


Sahara Smith at Geraldine’s


Patrice Pike, Drakes at Saxon Pub


Derailers at Broken Spoke


Crescent Soul Revue, Guitar Grady at Sam’s Town Point


Ron Wilkins Quartet, Alexa Torres Quartet at Elephant Room


Mrs. Glass at Stay Gold