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Friday: Michael Martin Murphey’s Cowboy Christmas at Paramount Theatre. The former Austinite returns for his annual holiday show, but there’s a special twist this year: In October, he released “Austinology: Alleys of Austin,” which revisits classic songs from his early-1970s heyday here, both his own and those of peers such as Jerry Jeff Walker and Townes Van Zandt. Perhaps he’ll work some of that material into his set alongside the holiday fare. $20-$45. 8 p.m. 713 Congress Ave. austintheatre.org. — P.B.

Friday: Sunny Sweeney’s Dysfunctional Family Christmas at 3Ten. Bring your crazy cousins, and perhaps your old high school crush, as the Texas singer-songwriter hosts what will almost certainly be a “Hard Candy Christmas” with ample honky-tonk heartbreak. Brennen Leigh and Tennessee Jet also perform. $20-$25. 8:30 p.m. 310 Willie Nelson Blvd. 3tenaustin.com. — D.S.S.

Friday: A Bidi Bidi Christmas at One-2-One Bar. Here’s our big question: Will the Santa suits be sequined? The best Selena tribute band in Texas dons the big man’s garb and adds a festive selection of holiday songs to their fabulous set of the Tejano queen’s hits. $15. 10:30 p.m. 1309 S. Lamar Blvd. one2onebar.com. — D.S.S.

Saturday: Freedonia at Parker Jazz Club. New to downtown this year, Parker Jazz Club has helped give local jazz players another steady venue outside the long-standing Elephant Room. Also new to the city’s scene is Freedonia, but everyone will certainly recognize at least one member: Grammy-winning singer and guitarist Christopher Cross. The group’s eight-piece lineup also includes saxophonists Russell Haight, Seth Carper and Justin Vasquez, plus pianist Jeff Hellmer, bassist John Fremgen, percussionist James Fenner and drummer Scott Laningham. $20. 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. 117 W. Fourth St. parkerjazzclub.com. — P.B.

Sunday: Armadillo Christmas Bazaar with C.J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band at Palmer Events Center. The Bazaar mostly focuses on local talent, but a ringer this year is Chenier, the Louisiana accordion master and son of zydeco pioneer Clifton Chenier. He and his Red Hot Louisiana Band play at 7 p.m.; come early for additional sets by Blazing Bows at 5:45 p.m. Lou Ann Barton at 3 p.m. and the Redd Volkaert Band at noon. $10. 900 Barton Springs Road. armadillobazaar.com. — P.B.

Monday: Carson McHone’s sixth annual Christmas Eve Songwriter Special at White Horse. It’s a family affair on a special night, as native Austinite McHone’s father is part-owner of this popular East Side country dance hot spot. Every year, Carson — whose latest release just landed in Rolling Stone's list of 2018's top 40 country albums — coordinates a massive list of more than two dozen local musicians playing two songs each. Among those on board to perform this year are Johnny Nicholas, John Evans, Ali Holder, Mike Schoenfeld, Elsa Cross and Doug Strahan. Music starts at 8 p.m. and runs beyond midnight, into the first couple hours of Christmas morning. Donations will be accepted for the SIMS Foundation. 500 Comal St. thewhitehorseaustin.com. — P.B.

Thursday: Cotton Mather, Wiretree, Wrenfro at Stubb’s indoor. After taking part in the final show at Threadgill’s South earlier this month, Robert Harrison’s long-running indie band Cotton Mather returns to headline this engaging triple bill. Opening band Wrenfro includes Tony Scalzo, who also was part of that Threadgill’s finale. Middle act Wiretree released its fifth album, “Towards the Sky,” last year. $8. 8 p.m. doors. 801 Red River St. stubbsaustin.com. — P.B.

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Friday

A Merry-Achi Christmas with Mariachi Sol De Mexico de Jose Hernandez at ACL Live

Armadillo Christmas Bazaar with Jesse Dayton, Charlie Mars, Melat at Palmer Events Center

Wagoneers Eighth Annual All-Ages Christmas Show with Monte Warden & the Dangerous Few at Broken Spoke

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

Noel McKay, Ray Prim, Denny Freeman at Saxon Pub

Peterson Brothers Band at Zilker Park Trail of Lights

W.C. Clark Blues Revue, Soul Man Sam, Red Young & His Hot Horns at Antone’s

Sam Pace, Eric Tessmer, Blues Specialists at Continental Club

Motown Christmas with Tje Austin & Friends at Geraldine’s

Christian Bland & the Revelators, Blushing at Hotel Vegas

Rock & Roll Christmas Showcase with Black Heart Saints at Come and Take It Live

Brandon Hughes at Stubb’s indoor

Soul Supporters, Lonesome Heroes, Missy Beth & the Morning Afters at White Horse

Lost Counts, Robert Kraft Trio at Continental Gallery

David Jimenez, David Hamburger & Eric Bettencourt at Townsend

Jazz Kween’s Naughty & Nice at Scoot Inn

Saturday

Robert Earl Keen’s Cosmic Cowboy Christmas, Shinyribs at ACL Live

Armadillo Christmas Bazaar with Marcia Ball’s Pianorama, Carolyn Wonderland, Shelley King at Palmer Events Center

Shane Smith & the Saints’ Ugly Christmas Sweater Party at Paramount Theatre

Black & Purple Xmas Ball featuring AJ Vallejo’s Prince Xperience, Robert Wagner’s Black Crowes Revival at 3Ten

Deer, Roger Sellers at Radio Coffee & Beer

Jackie Venson, Ruby Jane & the Reckless, Barbara Nesbitt & Jeff Plankenhorn at One-2-One Bar

Booze Weasels, Peterson Brothers at Continental Club

Los Coast at Zilker Park Trail of Lights

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

Charlie Mars, W.C. Clark at Saxon Pub

Dale Watson, Them Duquaines, Dave Insley’s Careless Smokers at White Horse

Cory Kendrix record release at Empire

Guy Forsyth’s Rockin’ Holiday Party, Ulrich Ellison CD release at Antone’s

ABGB Debuts with Cosmic Convoy, the Point, Linen Closet at ABGB

Sweetheart of the Rodeo Hoot Night with Croy & the Boys, Lake of Fire, Wil Cope, more at Hotel Vegas

Mountebank, Ruby & the Reckless at Mohawk indoor

Mammoths, Bryce Bangs, Dr. Joe at Stubb’s indoor

Connie Kirk Jazz Quartet at Townsend

KP & the Boom Boom at Geraldine’s

Alex Marrero & Friends at Cosmic Coffee

Sunday

Jack Ingram, Dalton Domino at Antone’s

Greyhounds, Datura at Zilker Park Trail of Lights

Alice Spencer & Bukka Allen at Townsend

Temporex, Wassup, Rocker Aolani at Barracuda

Graham Wilkinson, Resentments, Denim at Saxon Pub

Red Young Trio at Elephant Room

David Beebe at ABGB

Hilary York at C-Boy’s

Savage Poor, Soul Exchange at One-2-One Bar

Blackbird Sing, Fort Defiance, Cold Jackets at Mohawk indoor

Kevin Lovejoy, Doug Strahan at Lamberts

Daisy O’Connor, Lex Land at Radio Coffee & Beer

Monday

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

Matchmaker Band at Highball

Jazz Jam with Jon Blondell at Elephant Room

Hoody & the Wolves at Saxon Pub

Tuesday

Flaco Jimenez’s 2nd Annual Blue Christmas Dance Party, Conjunto Los Pinkys at Antone’s

Dale Watson’s Annual Christmas Show & Dance at Continental Club

Ephraim Owens, James McMurtry at Continental Gallery

Alex Coke & Rich Harney Quartet at Elephant Room

Jonathan Toubin Soul Clap at Hotel Vegas

Wednesday

Kevin Galloway, Malford Milligan Band, Johnny Nicholas at Saxon Pub

James McMurtry, Jon Dee Graham, William Harries Graham at Continental Club

Brannen & Red Show, Blue Moon Jazz Quartet with Rosie Flores at Continental Gallery

Chris Gage & Friends with Ben Jones at El Mercado Backstage

Jake Penrod at Broken Spoke

Matthew Robinson & the Jelly Kings, Eve Monsees & Friends, Bill Carter at Antone’s

Nic Armstrong & the Thieves, Loteria at Hole in the Wall

Betty Soo at Geraldine’s

Warren Hood at ABGB

La Mona Loca, Seela at One-2-One Bar

Trube Farrell & Snizz, Matt Hubbard Trio, Cheatin’ Hearts at C-Boy’s

Monochrome, Duke’s Dune at Mohawk indoor

Thursday

Chip Davis’ Mannheim Steamroller Christmas at ACL Live

Patrice Pike, Love & Chaos at Saxon Pub

Soul Man Sam, Carl Weathersby at Antone’s

Dale Watson at Highball

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

Barfield, Casper Rawls at Continental Club

Tender Things, Rosie & the Ramblers, Saddle Sores at White Horse

Derailers at Broken Spoke

Raina Rose at Radio Coffee & Beer

Lucas Johnson Band at Geraldine’s

Joelton Mayfield at Townsend