Nashville country singer Maggie Rose has been playing and performing for more than 10 years, but Thursday night marks something new: her first show in Waco.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Last October, Jason Aldean was in a Las Vegas hospital visiting some of the victims injured in a mass shooting at a country music festival a week earlier. On that Sunday afternoon, the country star turned to his longtime manager, Clarence Spalding.

Spring weather is bringing more than flowers and Waco music fans might want to stock up on insect repellent with regional and national acts scheduled for outdoor night concerts, many set along the Brazos River’s stretch through Waco.

Unlike many classical musicians, an organist can’t travel with his or her instrument, but has to perform on someone else’s. At the same time, it takes an organist’s individual talent and interpretation to bring that instrument to life, notes Grammy Award-winning organist Paul Jacobs.

Precision. Style. Chanting. The thudding rhythm of a dozen or more boots hitting the stage at the same time. The slap of hands on chests, thighs and upper arms. Singing and storytelling through the body.

Dallas musician Jeff Grossman and his band Saints Eleven make their Waco debut Saturday night as the second band of the annual Zack and Jim Anniversary Blowout, but he’s no stranger to the territory.

Miami University musicologist Tammy Kernodle will highlight the women who used songs and music to advance freedom and civil rights in her musical program “She Sang Freedom,” presented Thursday night at Baylor University’s Bennett Auditorium.

Waco country singer Holly Tucker is adding a second verse to the song of Texas musicians helping in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, thanks to a donated guitar and the goodwill — and signatures — of more than two dozen musicians.

A big hat and an American accent opened doors for Waco-born singer-songwriter Jarrod Dickenson when performing in the United Kingdom and his lyrics and performing talent made those curious audiences return again and again.

Country/Americana singer-songwriter Chris Knight is admiring the fall foliage at his farm near Slaughters, Kentucky, while talking about his Thursday night show at the Waco Hippodrome.

Weather was the determining W for last year’s Waco Wonderland with suddenly cold temperatures and rain forcing cancellation of the Waco Christmas parade and delaying Saturday’s opening by a few hours.

For local Texas country music fans, Christmas may have come a little early this year in the form of Winterfest, which tops three nights of country music with such performers as Roger Creager, Josh Abbott, William Clark Green, Waco’s Holly Tucker, Reckless Kelly and Micky and the Motorcars.

For the Central Texas Choral Society’s fall concert, director David Guess opted to shift from performance of major choral works to a varied selection of songs drawn from the 5-year-old choir’s past performances.

When soprano Renee Fleming stands before a full Waco Hall on Tuesday night, she won’t be the only one singing, though the others in the audience will sing just in their hearts and minds.

Americana singer-songwriter Drew Holcomb looks forward to a return to Common Grounds on Saturday night, the Waco venue that he and his band the Neighbors have called home in recent visits, but it’s not as enticing as what follows later this fall: a two-week tour with Willie Nelson.