Sunday music picks: Holiday shows, Marcia Ball & Carolyn Wonderland
Last of the holiday hoo-hahs. It’s the weekend before Christmas, and all through the town, many venues are stirring, with one last throwdown. Perhaps best of all is the Doug Sahm Christmas Hoot Night with the Texas Mavericks and guests, in which some of the city’s finest roots musicians play the music of Sir Doug to finish off a full day of music to benefit Front Steps of Austin (free/donations accepted, 2 p.m./Sahm Hoot at 7:30 p.m., 1305 W. Oltorf St., theabgb.com). Out west at One World Theatre, Beto & the Fairlanes want to wish you a “Merry TeXmas” (from the bottom of their hearts, no doubt) with a multicultural flair at One World Theatre ($20, 7 p.m., 7701 Bee Caves Road, oneworldtheater.org). Country band the Wagoneers, who recently placed a song on the ABC series “Nashville,” play most Sundays at the Continental Club, but this one’s an all-ages holiday-themed show ($10/under 12 free, 7:30 p.m., 1315 S. Congress Ave., continentalclub.com). Perhaps best of all is the seventh annual “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” production at First Presbyterian Church, with local jazz mainstays Alex Coke, Suzi Stern, Rich Harney and Evan Arredondo bringing the Dylan Thomas story to musical life ($5-$15, 3 p.m, 8001 Mesa Drive. fpcaustin.org).
Also: Get to the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar at Palmer Events Center early for Marcia Ball’s noon set with guest Nick Connolly, and stick around for the 3:30 p.m. set by blues-rock guitarist Carolyn Wonderland. … First-class jazz fills the Elephant Room via the Mitch Watkins Trio. … Strange Brew sways to the sounds of stellar singer-songwriters with George Ensle at 2 p.m., Kacy Crowley with Jeff Brown at 4 p.m. and Sam Baker at 6 p.m. … Indie options include Smith & Robot, Chris Lopez and Rust indoors at the Mohawk, and Other Lovers, Valley Forge and Brandon Luedtke at Scoot Inn. … St. Matthews Episcopal Church in Northwest Austin closes out this year’s “Soul of a Musician” series with a 7:30 p.m. show with Aimee Bobruk and special guests Erin Ivey, Michael Fracasso and Suzanna Choffel.