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.

Singer-songwriter John Mark McMillan explains the “Body + Ghost Tour” that brings him and two other bands to Waco’s Common Grounds on Friday night suggests the interplay between flesh and spirit that’s always intrigued him.

Spin Connection, which specializes in selling vinyl audio albums both current and vintage, marks its second anniversary of hosting live bands with a rock-driven party Saturday complete with kids’ games, prize giveaways and cotton candy.

Rain dripping, ocean waves crashing on the shore, river rapids, even the silent fluttering of butterflies — all make music to Waco musician Sandi Horton, who translates them into a different music when she composes.

Waco’s Juneteenth Family Fun Day, already one of the state’s larger Juneteenth celebrations, expands into an Extravaganza this year, with three days of activities and performances by the platinum-selling ’90s soul and hip-hop group Dru Hill and gospel singer Myron Butler.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — If the term “outlaw country” evokes images of Willie Nelson’s hippie braids or Waylon Jennings’ “Honky Tonk Heroes,” then you’ll want to see a new museum exhibit offering a deeper look at the poets, pickers and characters that revolutionized country music in the 1970s.

A milestone birthday merits something special. That’s why Texas country musician and Waco native Wade Bowen is changing some things for his annual Bowen MusicFest, which turns 20 this Sunday.

Spring, as Ted Nugent might put it, is the time when great shaggy beasts shake off winter’s sluggishness and, with hot blood pumping through their veins, go forth to stalk the land.

Predicting May weather in Waco for the annual Pints in the Park is a gambler’s game, but the remaining elements of Saturday’s edition — Texas barbecue, beer and live honky-tonk music — surely rate as a Texas trifecta.

Shotgun Rider, the Texas duo of Logan Samford and Anthony Enriquez, knows the task ahead — building a base in Texas and beyond — means introducing fans to two distinctives, the band’s West Texas-lonesome sound and its name.

The Central Texas Choral Society will do its part to mark the centennial of American composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein by performing his “Chichester Psalms” in its spring concert Monday night at Truett Seminary’s Powell Chapel.

When the band Honest Men opens for Kings Kaleidoscope Sunday night at Common Grounds, they’ll know the territory: The band started three years ago at Baylor University and Common Grounds was a basic venue.

Live music and award recognitions combine Friday night at the Music Association of Central Texas’ annual Groovy Awards, held at Lee Lockwood Library and Museum.