Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis at Kessler Theater
It’s billed as a “holiday shindig,” and for the 19th year in a row, husband-wife troubadour duo Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis are dispatching themselves to seemingly every corner of Texas to spread a little seasonal joy in the form of songs. As much a part of the Christmas festivities as tinsel, trees and gifts, Robison and Willis are performing a pair of shows in the cozy Kessler Theater (the early show has sold out, but there are still general admission tickets for the late show), which should make everybody piled into the Oak Cliff performance space feel a bit like family gathering to mark the arrival of another festive holiday season.
9 p.m. Saturday. Kessler Theater, Dallas. (A 6 p.m. show is sold out.) $22.
Jim James at House of Blues
Known to most as the limber, ethereal voice fronting acclaimed indie rock collective My Morning Jacket, Jim James has also carved out a respectable career as a solo artist, indulging his more peculiar sonic whims on albums like his 2013 solo debut Regions of Light and Sound of God and this year’s follow-up, Eternally Even. Co-produced by Blake Mills, James described the nine-track Even as more politically charged than it might seem: “I wanted to make an album that hopefully speaks to the issues of the day, many of which, sadly, are issues we have been dealing with since the beginning of time,” he said in a press release. With Twin Limb.
7 p.m. Wednesday. House of Blues, Dallas. $28.50-$33.50.