The Quebe Sisters — Grace, Sophia and Hulda — have made a career out of distinctive sounds. Like two-part close country harmonies? They’ve got a three-part sisterly blend. Have a craving for Texas fiddling? They provide it in triple measure. Western swing and classic country in your mental jukebox? The Quebes (KWAY-bees) do all of that and more, creating what they brand “progressive western swing.”

Consider this week the concert version of a tone cluster in music, where notes are tightly packed within a more standard interval. In this case, five nationally known musicians perform in Waco on three nights within one week.

After more than three decades of performing with a band in front of sold-out auditoriums and packed churches, Steven Curtis Chapman put himself in unfamiliar territory a few years ago: alone onstage with only his guitar and a deep catalog of songs.

The Waco Jazz Orchestra plays tribute to the music of pops composer Henry Mancini in its “That Mancini Magic!” concert on Saturday, a show that’s as much about a musical serendipity as magic.

When Waco’s Tea Aguilar gets onstage or in front of an audience, there’s no telling what comes next. It may be music from his guitar; environmental sounds looped into rock, blues or electronically altered music; a beat machine; beat boxing; or even live painting.

Friday’s Common Grounds concert with Gungor, The Brilliance and solo artist Propaganda carries the tag “The End of the World Tour,” but it’s more the band Gungor bidding adieu rather than any earthly realm.

The last year or so has found Texas country singer-songwriter Casey Donahew with plenty to fill his time. He and his band play sold-out concerts across the state and nation. More than a half million fans follow him on his social media accounts and his music has logged some 70 million streams on Spotify and Apple.

Christian music icon Bill Gaither chuckles at a question about continuing to write new songs in a career that stretches some five decades with songs that have become permanent additions to many Christians’ hymnody.

Percussionist Robert Dillon admits he and his colleagues have to think carefully about the relationship between programming and packing for a concert tour. The former involves what pieces bring the effect they want, the latter about the instruments needed to achieve that. Marimba? Snare drums? Wooden blocks? Tuned bells?

Jazz pianist Beegie Adair remembers listening to all types of music on the radio while growing up in a small Kentucky town: pop, country, swing, western swing and more. Decades later, she’s finding that same musical openness in her younger audiences, some of whom are hearing with fresh ears the Great American Songbook standards that’s at the heart of her jazz.

When the newsroom discussed 2018's top local news stories several weeks ago, the ones involving the arts in my mind didn't quite make the bar for the Top 10, though definitely they were notable for the arts organizations or groups involved.

January means a slow month for many live music venues as fans recover from Christmas season spending and New Year’s Eve partying, but it’s only a sign of a busy, star-studded year to come at the Waco Hippodrome.

Waco audiences will get plenty of Murphey’s love for American folk music, Christmas and the West in his Thursday night Cowboy Christmas Show, but not from another Murphey labor of love for another genre of Texas music, the progressive country or outlaw country that rolled out of Austin in the 1970s.

With more than 22 years of performances and touring under their collective belt, Austin-based Americana rockers Reckless Kelly can handle all sorts of shows: outdoor concerts, nightclubs and bars, festivals and listener-friendly theater shows.

Waco stages ring again with music this weekend with national and regional tours dropping in to add country, classic hits, Las Vegas pop and Americana before Christmas music starts to dominate.

Texas country star Pat Green comes back to Waco Friday night with a few new songs and an updated set list, but at this stage in his career, he’s got more than music to express his creativity and energy.