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.

It all starts with a song, as some musicians like to say, and it’s Texas songwriters — an ad hoc group called the Traveling Red River Songwriters — who kick off a busy music weekend at the Waco Hippodrome on Thursday night.

Two pianos add a musical twist to the Central Texas Choral Society’s fall concert Monday night, providing a different accompaniment for the finale to Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony (the choral “Ode To Joy” movement) and allowing a chamber music setting for Johannes Brahms’ waltzes.

Waco opera fans get two operas for the price of one in Baylor Opera Theater’s fall production opening Tuesday — the one-acts “Signor Deluso” and “Trouble In Tahiti” — but theater director Susan Li also has her eye out for the potential fan, too.

More than two dozen creative and talented women will take the stage at the Whistle Stop in Crawford, 6432 N. Lone Star Parkway, on Saturday, Oct. 27, for the Witchy Woman's Whistle Fair, which will fill more than nine hours with music, poetry, speech and maybe a little dance.

Waco jazz guitarist Chuck Jennings’ years playing in New York City clubs not only honed his considerable skills, but connected him to players of like ability and interests.

Ludwig van Beethoven scholars for more than a century have tried to analyze his music and life through yellowing manuscripts, conversation books, diaries and articles, looking for clues to answer a fundamental mystery: How could one of the world’s greatest composers create such monumental music while deaf in his middle and later years?

Nearly two decades after forming to nudge Christian college students into a more vibrant relationship with God, the trio Passion is still, well, passionate about its work, even as its audience has grown far beyond the college crowd of its initial years. 

On a muggy Fourth of July night just outside Austin, Rep. Beto O’Rourke walked on stage wearing a light blue button-down, with a Texas-size American flag in the background. But rather than one of his campaign rallies in his Senate bid against Republican Ted Cruz, the Democrat was in front of the thousands that came out for Willie Nelson’s Fourth of July Picnic, an annual celebration of country music started by the legendary singer 45 years ago.