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Austin wouldn’t be the live music capital of the world if it didn’t have such a variety of genres and venues. The December music event line is a pretty great one, if we do say so ourselves. There are events for everyone no matter what your age. You can even ring in the new year with two different well known Austin based musical acts.
Here are some of the best Austin music events happening in December!
December 4 and 5 | Wynonna Judd | Gruene Hall (New Braunfels)
The multi award-winning American country music and contemporary pop singer is coming to New Braunfels this winter. Wynonna just released a new single called “Feeling Good.” Listen to it here.
December 5 | The Get Up Kids | Barracuda
The Get Up Kids have been around since 1995 and broke up in 2005, or so we thought. In 2010 they released “Simple Science,” followed by “There Are Rules” a year later. They’re currently working on a new album.
December 6 | The Guess Who | One World Theater
The Canadian rock band that formed in 1962 is best known for their hit singles “No Time,” “American Woman,” and “These Eyes.” If you’re a fan you won’t want to miss this December tour stop.
December 7 | Emo Night Brooklyn | Empire Control Room and Garage
Emo Night Brooklyn started as a way for kids to enjoy music sets from their favorite genre but grew into something more. Now they tour the country hosting events with special guests from other bands in their genre. Austin’s special guests include Jordan Pundik of New Found Glory and William Ryan Key, formerly of Yellowcard. From the pictures on their instagram, Emo Night looks anything but Emo.
December 8 | Hanson | Emo’s
The original brother trio (of the 90’s that is) are coming back to Austin. This tour is called Wintry Mix but we’re sure they’re bound to play “MMMBop.” So don’t worry, you’ll still get the chance to belt that one out. Opening for them is “American Idol” alum Paul McDonald.
December 9 | Shakey Graves | Empire Control Room
The Austin native whose real name is Alejandro Rose-Garcia started making a splash on the music scene in 2015. Some of you might even remember him as The Swede on “Friday Night Lights.” It’s always fun to see native Austinites play their hometowns.
December 10 through 14| Austin Music Video Festival | Various Venues
AMVFest is a five day festival for discovering incredible videos from around the world on the big screen. This is the 5th annual festival and features hundreds of international music videos, world premiers, parties, panels, and an award show. They have a showcase of all of Austin’s top artists called “Alright, Alright, Alright” so count us in!
December 10 | X Ambassadors | ACL Live
X Ambassadors are an American rock band from Ithaca, New York. Their most notable songs include “Jungle,” “Renegades,”and “Unsteady.” They’ve gained a lot of popularity over the years and just released their sophomore album Orion this past summer.
December 13 | Greyson Chance | Barracuda
You might remember Greyson Chance from YouTube or “Ellen” as he’s the sixth-grader who sang Lady Gaga’s “Paparazzi” and gained over 65 million views. Now 22-years-old, Greyson tours the world and has two studio albums under his belt.
December 14 | Patty Griffin | The Paramount Theater
Known for her stripped-down songwriting style in the folk music genre Patty Griffin’s songs have been covered by everyone from the Dixie Chicks, to Sugarland, to Kelly Clarkson. Her songs have also been featured on various television and film soundtracks. Credits include: “Supernatural,” “Bones,” “Son’s of Anarchy,” and “Grey’s Anatomy.” She also happens to be a legend. Join her for Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis 20th Annual Holiday Shindig presented by KUTX Live.
December 15 | Music of the White Stripes for Kids | Mohawk
The Rock and Roll Playhouse, a family concert series hosted at historic music venues across the country, allows kids to “move, play and sing while listening to works from the classic-rock canon”. Though this event is not associated with or endorsed by the featured artist, it’s a fun way to create a new generation of music lovers!
December 16 | KALEO | ACL Live
The Grammy nominated Icelandic band KALEO quickly rose to the upper ranks in 2016. They completely sold out their first U.S. headline tour. They’ve since played Coachella, Lollapalooza, and Bonnaroo. The band took a break after three years of non-stop touring to record their second studio album which is due out in 2020. They’re not currently on tour and have just two scheduled shows, one of which is ACL Live.
December 21 | Punk Rock Lottery | Mohawk
Names are drawn, bands are formed, and the show is played. With only one month to write five songs with random band members you don’t know, what could go wrong? Find out December 21 when Punk Rock Lottery plays Mohawk.
December 27 and 28 | Billy Gibbons | Antone’s
Sometimes known as The Reverend, Billy F. Gibbons is a musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, and actor. He does it all. The Houston native is best known for his band ZZ Top and was ranked 32 in Rolling Stone’s 2011 list of 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. He’s said that Jimi Hendrix taught him to play when he was about 17-years-old in Dallas. Needless to say, this is another legend making this month’s list.
December 30 | Steely Dan | ACL Live
Steely Dan has a long history. Though one of the two founding members passed away in 2017 the band still tours with its surviving members. The band took time off from 1981 to 1993. After releasing their first album in twenty years, Two Against Nature in 2000 they won four Grammy Awards, beating out Eminem’s “The Marshall Mathers” and Radiohead’s “Kid A” for album of the year. The follow up studio album “Everything Must Go” was the last album they released in 2003.
December 31 | Ghostland Observatory | ACL Live
The Austin based band who’s genre is a mix of electro, rock, and funk are playing New Years Eve in Austin this year. The band has played Coachella, Voodoo, and, of course, Austin City Limits. During their 2007 performance of “The Band Marches On” they had the UT marching band accompany them. Though they took a hiatus in 2013, it was short lived as they were back on stage at SXSW in 2016 and released an album in 2018.
December 31 | Bob Schneider | ACL Live
One of Austin’s most celebrated musicians, Bob Schneider will be playing various venues and dates throughout December, including a New Years Eve performance at the Paramount. Earlier in the month, he’ll also be at ACL Live on December 6 performing a show called, A Holiday Evening with Bob Schneider, which featured many special guests.
Well there you have it, some of the best music events happening in Austin this December. Concert tickets also make a great Christmas gift, so keep that in mind when you’re thinking of gifts for your friends and family.
Cover Photo Courtesy of ACL Live .