Perhaps my single biggest Austin music regret – besides not having seen Townes Van Zandt more – remains missing the final Texana Dames performance closing down the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar in 2011. This year, too, I’m traveling when a pair of those Dames sit in with Bill Kirchen on Christmas Eve. Legacy acts return, of course – Marcia Ball, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Carolyn Wonderland – but greet the new breed as well, like Delbert’s kid Clay McClinton and locals I consider Butch & Sundance’s Hole in the Wall gang, Sons of Fathers.
Big draws (Shinyribs), big blues (Peterson Brothers), mad roots chemistry (Warren Hood Band) – all laced among local artisans. Austin’s soundtrack bonds to the Bazaar’s communal spirit. No future holiday regrets, yo. Christmas miracles only.
Tuesday, Dec. 17 Noon: Peterson Brothers Band 3:30: Emily Bell & John Evans 8: The Eggmen
Wednesday, Dec. 18 Noon: Clay McClinton 3:30: Patricia Vonne 8: Ray Wylie Hubbard
Thursday, Dec. 19 Noon: Sarah Pierce 3:30: Carper Family 8: Shinyribs
Friday, Dec. 20 Noon: Suzanna Choffel 3:30: Eliza Gilkyson 8: Jimmy LaFave
Saturday, Dec. 21 Noon: Shelley King Band 3:30: Carolyn Wonderland 8: Alpha Rev
Sunday, Dec. 22 Noon: Sons of Fathers 3:30: Marcia Ball, with Sarah Elizabeth Campbell & Christine Albert 8: Band of Heathens
Monday, Dec. 23 Noon: Terri Hendrix 3:30: Hot Club of Cowtown 8: Warren Hood Band
Tuesday, Dec. 24 Noon: Albert & Gage 3:30: Jitterbug Vipers 8: Bill Kirchen & Friends, with Conni & Charlene Hancock– Raoul Hernandez