Merry music, holiday hangs: Armadillo Christmas Bazaar, Robert Earl Keen, more live music – austin360

Here are our top picks among live music options in the Austin area for Dec. 16-22. (Check individual event websites for COVID-19 safety information.) 


Tejano Christmas Toy Drive at 3Ten. J.R. Gomez y Los Conjunto Bandits are the hosts of this fourth-annual event collecting collect new and unwrapped toys plus monetary donations for the Travis County Sheriff’s Brown Santa program, which helps provide for families and senior citizens in need during the holidays. Also performing are Mario Ortiz, La Dezz, Stevie D, Shelly Lares and others. $15-$20, or free with a new and unused toy. 7:30 p.m. — P.B.

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Armadillo Bazaar Outdoors at Palmer Events Center. The holiday music and shopping event with 45 years of history in Austin moves outside this year to create “a safe, family friendly fine-art scene.” Over 100 artists will be onsite. With its run compressed to three days, the musical portion of the events will feature two acts each day who will play two sets each. On Friday, Latin Grammy-nominated pop artist Gina Chavez and blues sensation Jackie Venson perform. On Saturday, Grammy-nominated blues and Americana artist Ruthie Foster and soul dynamos Tomar and the FCs provide your shopping serenade. And on Sunday, powerhouse singers Carolyn Wonderland and Shelley King and country soul kingpins Shinyribs close the event out. $10. 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. — D.S.S.


Pachanga presents “A Merry-Achi Christmas” with Mariachi Sol de México de Jóse Hernàndez at ACL Live. In his storied career, Hernàndez, a fifth-generation mariachi artist, has collaborated with everyone from Tejano sensation Selena to the Beach Boys. Trumpet in hand, he commands a tight-knit ensemble of a dozen players as they deliver the drama and romance of mariachi music to audiences around the world. $29-$49. 6:30 p.m. — D.S.S.

Kevn Kinney & Aaron Lee Tasjan at Antone’s. Kinney’s Southern-rock band Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ has been a rite of passage for many up-and-coming musicians across the decades. Nashville guitarist and singer-songwriter Tasjan spent time in the group before his solo career took off with a handful of albums for prominent indie label New West, including this year’s “Tasjan! Tasjan! Tasjan!” (with apologies to Marcia Brady). They’ll reconvene for this acoustic duo show; expect to hear some DNC favorites, as well as cuts from their respective solo records. $24. 9 p.m. — P.B.

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