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We recommend six local holiday shows between now and Christmas

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We released our Holiday Guide a few weeks ago, and it featured a wide selection of Christmas concerts that will get you in the seasonal spirit. But since then, a bunch of local Yuletide shows have been added to the calendars, so we're rounding up the holiday shows — rock, blues, hip-hop and metal — that we didn't get to before.

Dec. 14
The Bartlett Christmas Special

Now in its fifth year, the annual Bartlett Christmas special has gathered a diverse group of local performers playing a deep roster of holiday musical classics. But the best thing about it: Each artist writes an original Christmas song, and they're all recorded and released on an EP that's for sale at the event. Maybe one will be a future holiday staple. This year's performers include the party-pop collective Super Sparkle, folk quartet Mama Doll, singer-songwriter Dario Ré, fiddler and vocalist Jenny Anne Mannan and electro-pop duo Mountains in the Sea. $15, all ages, 8 pm.

Dec. 15
Holiday Dance Party

Berserk opened this summer and has since become a go-to downtown destination, and the bar is celebrating its first Christmas with a dance party. DJ Case will be on the ones and twos all night, and donations will go toward local artist Susan Webber, who recently completed cancer treatment. Donations accepted, 21+, 9 pm.

Dec. 21-22
The Nightmare Before Christmas

Now under new ownership, the Pin continues to be a haven for local hard-rock, metal and hip-hop. The all-ages venue is ringing in the Christmas season with a free two-day event, featuring a stacked lineup of regional artists. Performers include the Ongoing Concept, Alive in Barcelona, Age of Nefilim, Blacktracks and many more. Free, all ages, 6 pm.

Dec. 21
Holiday Hip-Hop

The Bartlett isn't content with hosting just one holiday concert this year. Get back into the spirit again with their hip-hop Christmas show, which features the rap-funk fusion of Kung Fu Vinyl (formerly KALAJ) alongside rappers Jaeda, Matisse, Briscoe and Savvy Rae. $8, all ages, 8 pm.

Dec. 22
Rock 'n' Roll Christmas Story

As one of downtown's most beloved rock venues, it's only appropriate that the Observatory's holiday show would bring together some of Spokane's most reliable bands. Pine League, Atari Ferrari and Fun Ladies are all hitting the stage with their undeniable power-pop melodies, and they're sure to get you moving. $7, 21+, 9 pm.

Dec. 22
Sammy Eubanks' Blue Christmas

Any Inland Northwest blues aficionado worth their salt is familiar with Sammy Eubanks, one of the most prominent and longest-running fixtures of the regional blues circuit. Eubanks will be taking to the Knitting Factory stage again this year for his Blue Christmas holiday concert, which will no doubt involve his bluesy takes on holiday classics and will also feature the ace guitarist's musician friends joining in. Free, 21+, 8 pm.

The original print version of this article was headlined "'Tis the Season"