Step out this holiday season for diverse holiday activities taking place across the city. December offers several attractions and here are just a few to experience.
A Gospel According to Jazz Christmas
Grammy-winning tenor saxophonist, Kirk Whalum, returns to One World Theatre with his much celebrated series on Sunday, Dec. 4. He combines the stylistically sounds from his Memphis youth with the natural, expressive spiritual waves jazz embraces. With Norman Brown and Keiko Matsui.
Austin Music Chamber Music Center’s ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’
A perfect holiday tradition with all the music from the beloved TV holiday classic performed live. Featuring Michelle Schumann, piano, Utah Hamrick, bass, and David Sierra, drums. Saturday, Dec. 10, 3:30 & 7:30 p.m. at Stateside at the Paramount.
Kelly Willis and Bruce Robinson’s Holiday Shindig
It’s a bonafide Paramount holiday tradition. You can bet this singer-songwriter husband-and-wife duo will light up the house performing songs from their Christmas album, “Happy Holidays,” holiday-themed classics and more. Saturday, Dec. 17, 8 p.m.
Robert Earl Keen’s ‘Merry Christmas from the Fam-O-Lee
Keen will make a stop at ACL Live on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 8 p.m., for a very special holiday show. Now three-decades on from his debut album, Keen remains as committed to and inspired by his muse as ever. The evening also includes an appearance by Hot Club of Cowtown.
A Swingin’ Christmas
Billy Stritch and Jim Caruso are back to brighten up the yuletide season with A Swingin’ Christmas. They will be joined by vocalist Klea Blackhurst to perform some swinging jazz arrangements of “Christmas Waltz,” “Sleigh Ride,” “Holiday Season,” “Snow,” “I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm” and many other holiday favorites. Dec. 20-22 at Rollins Studio Theatre.
Kwanzaa Celebration: Nia
The principal of Nia (nee-AH) is purpose. To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness. Join the community in a recommitment to purpose, featuring performances by Elizabeth Kahura. This event is free and open to the public. Friday, Dec. 30, 6 p.m. at the Carver Museum and Cultural Center.
Armadillo Christmas Bazaar
The bazaar is actually an art fair and music festival in one, in true Austin style. With goods and crafts from 160 local artists, including ceramics, glass, home furnishings, leatherwork, mixed media, textiles, woodwork and more. “Hot music, fine art, and cold beer,” are what set this market apart from the others in Austin, and that just may be true. Check out their website for a full list of musicians and performance dates for this year. Dec. 14-24 at Palmer Events Center.