There was a time on American TV when famous people (i.e., Andy Williams, Bing Crosby, Julie Andrews and the Osmonds) made Christmas specials, and people couldn’t get enough of them. Times have changed, but the Bartlett continues that tradition, sans the TV aspect, by inviting many of their favorite local acts together for the first-ever Bartlett Christmas Special. Guests of honor include Water Monster, Marshall McLean, Mama Doll, the Holy Broke, Caroline Fowler, Scott Ryan and Windoe, along with emcee Derrick Oliver and poet Mark Anderson. Expect original Christmas songs tucked between holiday classics. And prepare yourself for a sing-along portion. The show is sold out starts at 8 pm, so start hoping for a Christmas miracle if you don't have a ticket. Take a listen to some of what will be played tonight here.
The Broken Thumbs, who have been together since June, are finally performing for the first time tonight. The lineup for the Big Dipper show also includes the Failsafe Project, Elephant Death Riot, Cameron Moore and DaethStar. Get there at 7:30 pm and bring $12 if you haven’t already bought tickets. Read our story on the band here.
Since 2011, Elton Jah and his band have played all of the classic Elton John hits, including Jah’s favorite, “Rocket Man,” with a reggae beat. Saturday night at nYne, that’s all coming to an end as the group plays its final show. The band plans to be reincarnated in the near future as a different type of classic act, so be on the lookout for that. In the meantime, take advantage of this last show and an ugly sweater Christmas contest, featuring $100 in prizes. As “Candle in the Wind” put it: Elton Jah, “Your candle burned out long before your legend ever did.” The show starts at 9 pm and is $10.
The Hop’s raucous Nightmare Before Christmas series sees its final show Saturday. This time, the huge number of local acts includes: the Ongoing Concept, Jedediah the Pilot, Extortionist, Age of Nefilim, Verbera, Cold Blooded, Projections, Resverie and Serpentspire.
Celebrate the shortest day of the year at the Big Dipper’s Winter Solstice Party. The lineup includes local rockers Phlegm Fatale, Mirror Mirror and Lost Masters. The show begins at 7:30 pm and is $3. Things are going to get loud!
Bret Michaels, man. He’s still alive and performing at casinos all around the country. Check him out at Northern Quest Resort and Casino Sunday at 7:30 pm. Cost runs between $55 and $75.
The Colourfliesreleased their new 23-track CD on Tuesday, but they’ll do it all again at Sunday’s Jingle Bell Rock and Metal Fest at the Knitting Factory. The Backups will also release their brand new EP that night. Other local acts on the monstrous lineup include: Scorch the Fallen, Heart Avail, Amnija, the Expo, Rylei Franks, Over Due and Burning Clean. The show begins at 6 pm and $10.