Texas Musicians Performing in Austin December 2021

From Indie Rock to Colombian Funk and everything in between — the calendar is full of amazing concerts for the end of the year

By Holly Cowart
Local Concerts in December
Zach Person at Geraldine's photographed by Stacey Lovett

Texas pride is very real, and that goes double for our music scene. Across genres and county lines you can easily find talented performers that are helping to define our state’s musical influence on the global stage. And then there’s Austin, bursting with unique and historic venues that have played a major role in launching careers and upholding the city’s title as the Live Music Capital of the World.

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This December almost feels like a homecoming, with dozens of Texas names returning to favorite local haunts — not to mention phenomenal Austin acts that are worth adding to your bucket list. Annual holiday traditions are also back in full swing, with Christmas and New Year’s Eve shows lined up for a spectacular night of celebration.

Check through this verified, locals-only calendar of events and grab your tickets to experience Texas’ vast musical bounty this coming month.

By Date | Special Events | For Christmas | For NYE

 

By Date:

Midland photo by Harper Smith

The Peterson Brothers

December 6 – 27, Continental Club

Scott Ballew

December 10, Sam’s Town Point

Hayes Carll

December 10 – 12, Antone’s Nightclub

The Nightowls’ Block Party

December 12, 3TEN ACL Live

Paul Wall & Friends

December 18, Empire Control Room

Midland

with Hailey Whitters and Jonathan Terrell

December 22 & 23, ACL Live at the Moody Theater

The Jungle Show

with Billy F Gibbons, Mike “The Drifter” Flanigin, Chris Layton, Sue Foley, and Very Special Guest Jimmie Vaughan

December 28 & 29, Antone’s Nightclub

Toadies

December 29, Emo’s Austin

Akina Adderley

December 29, Geraldine’s

Zach Person

December 30, 3TEN at ACL Live

 

Special Events:

Jackie Venson at Armadillo Christmas Bazaar photographed by Jennifer M. Ramos

Safer Together

December 4, 8 p.m.

Empire Control Room: Otis the Destroyer, Aspen 88, Rare Bloom, Hey Hey Baby
Mohawk Austin: Blackillac, STRVCK, Sheridan Reed
The Green Jay: Billy King and the Bad Bad Bad, Lord Friday the 13th, Moon Medallion

 

A Benefit For Louise House

December 4, 8 p.m. | Cheer Up Charlie’s

Van Mary, Pelvis Wrestley, The Pinky Rings and Hotmom

 

Nine Mile Records 15 Year Anniversary

8 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. | Empire Control Room

December 10: Shinyribs, Sir Woman, Nuevo
December 11: Sweet Spirit, Go Fever, The Deer
December 12: Glorietta, Greyhounds, Buffalo Hunt

 

Armadillo Christmas Bazaar

11 a.m. & 2:30 p.m. | Outside Palmer Events Center

December 17: Gina Chavez, Jackie Venson
December 18: Tomar and the FCs, Ruthie Foster
December 19: Carolyn Wonderland and Shelley King, Shinyribs

 

For Christmas:

Houston native Robert Earl Keen

Graham Reynolds Ruins the Holidays

December 3 & 4, 7:30 p.m. | Long Center

Bruce & Kelly’s Holiday Shindig

December 11, 7 p.m. | Paramount Theatre

Ian Moore Family Christmas

December 11, 7 p.m. | Stateside at the Paramount

Motown Christmas: TJE Austin

December 15, 8 p.m. | Geraldine’s

A Very Quiet Company Christmas 2: Lost in Cedar Park

December 16, 5 p.m. | Haute Spot

Robert Earl Keen’s Christmas Show

December 18 & 19, 6:30 p.m. | ACL Live at the Moody Theater

Santiago Jimenez Jr.’s Blue Christmas

with Conjunto Los Pinkys y Manolo Black

December 25, 7 p.m. | Antone’s Nightclub

 

For New Year’s Eve:

Bob Schneider photo by Charles Reagan

Spoon

with John Doe Folk Trio and Sweet Spirit

December 31, 7 p.m. | ACL Live at the Moody Theater

Bob Schneider’s New Year’s Eve Party

December 31, 8 p.m. | Paramount Theatre

Nané New Years Eve – Welcome to the Jungle

with BLK ODYSSY, TC Superstar, Vincent Antone, Branx

December 31, 8 p.m. | Empire Control Room

COSMIC DISCO NYE

with Golden Dawn Arkestra, Superfónicos, Viben & the Submersibles

December 31, 8 p.m. | Far Out Lounge & Stage

Emo’s NYE Bash featuring Ghostland Observatory

December 31, 8:30 p.m. | Emo’s Austin

Tomar and the FCs

December 31, 9:30 p.m. | Continental Club

Lamberts NYE 2022: Paul Cauthen Solo Live!

December 31, 9:30 p.m. | Lamberts


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