Your guide to live local music this Christmas

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Ah, Christmas — that day a month after Thanksgiving when you get a side of presents with your holiday meal. That day when you joyfully sit around in a circle in your grandmother’s living room, holding hands with members of your extended family, lovingly enjoying the company of people you rarely see — people who definitely share your values, who are certainly not drunk and who would never think to judge your (lacking) love life. That’s how it looks for you, right? No?

For your brief vacation from what will surely be an idyllic holiday, we’ve compiled a short list of local shows that could work as viable excuses for your absence over Christmas weekend. Go forth and be merry, everyone. 

Thursday, December 24

DJ G Train — Replay Lounge Patio
10 p.m., no cover 

Datura Records’ resident DJ will hold it down on the Replay Lounge patio on Christmas Eve with enough funky grooves to help you dance off the cookies and eggnog. 

Mr. & Mrs. T’s Xmas Eve Egg Nog & Yule Log Tradition — RecordBar
10 p.m., no cover  

As RecordBar’s final days draw near, co-owner Steve Tulipana and his wife, Cheryl, will fittingly host their annual Christmas Eve cookies and cocktails party at the beloved 10-year-old venue. The couple will open the bar for a few hours starting at 10 p.m., and they promise to have “the worst Christmas music playing and maybe Santa Claus Conquers The Martians on the big screen.” 

Lambert & Thielman Quartet — Green Lady Lounge
8 p.m., no cover 

Keep it classy this Christmas Eve with the Lambert & Thielman Quartet from tenor saxophonist Steven Lambert and trumpeter Ryan Thielman. 

Friday, December 25

House vs. Hip-Hop Holiday Party — Riot Room
9 p.m., $5

DJs Kay-Fan and Justin Curtis will be bouncing between house and hip-hop music. Special guest DJ Bill Pile is also on deck. Go dance away those calories, friend. 

Goomba Nights with Bear Club — Replay Lounge Patio 
10 p.m., no cover 

Just because it’s Christmas, that doesn’t mean the Replay Lounge’s 4th Friday dance night series hits pause. As always, Bear Club will help you get down. 

Louder Than Bombs — RecordBar 
10 p.m., $5 

DJ collective Louder Than Bombs throws its final annual Christmas party at RecordBar on Friday, paying tribute, obviously, to the Smiths as well as Morrissey and other new wave artists. Stop here if you want to be jolted out of your food coma. 

Lambert & Thielman Quartet — Green Lady Lounge
8 p.m., no cover 

Lambert and Thielman are at the Green Lady for the second night in a row when they take the stage once more on Friday. 

Saturday, December 26

David Hasselhoff on Acid — Riot Room
8:30 p.m., $7

On Saturday, David Hasselhoff on Acid plays its final show of 2015, which band leader Phil Wolf says is its last before the band goes on an indefinite hiatus. (Blame drummer Brandon Bamesberger, who is moving to Los Angeles.) Metal group At the Left Hand of God, fellow prog-rock champions the Jorge Arana Trio, Janet the Planet and Odd Fox are on deck to help with the final send-off.

The Grisly Hand, the New Riddim — the Brick 
10 p.m.

Reggae meets Americana-rock on Saturday at the Brick, when the New Riddim and the Grisly Hand share the stage for a holiday show the whole family might enjoy. (And, if you’re looking for a late-Christmas gift for one of your music-loving family members, consider the Grisly Hand’s excellent September album Flesh & Gold.) 

Otis Taylor — Knuckleheads Gospel Lounge
9 p.m., $22.50

Celebrated blues musician Otis Taylor — whose instruments include guitar, banjo, mandolin and harmonica — stops at Knuckleheads’ Gospel Lounge on Saturday. His is a raw, bleeding type of blues; his songs seem to get at the essence of what blues is and how it was born. 

Fine Kettle o’ Fish, Blarney Stoned — Davey’s Uptown Rambler’s Club 
7 p.m., $6

Celebrate Irish Boxing Day at Davey’s Uptown on Saturday with Irish folk band Fine Kettle o’ Fish and Celtic folk band Blarney Stoned, as well as special guest, singer-songwriter Danny McGaw (back in town from California). Alternatively, this is the perfect place to drop off your drunk uncles. 

Steddy P, Dom Chronicles, J-Izzie, Second Hand King, Scotty Wu — RecordBar
9:45 p.m., $10 

Rapper Steddy P —  founder of local hip-hop label Indyground Entertainment — has had a great year. In August, he revived Indy Fest, Indyground’s annual music blowout; in November, he released Picture Perfect Broken Home, his first album in two years. Pierce closes his year Saturday with a host of talented friends, including Indyground signee Dom Chronicles, Second Hand King, Scotty Wu and J-Izzie.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra — Sprint Center 
Shows at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., $38.50 — $74

It’s not the holidays without Trans-Siberian Orchestra. This year, the grandiose group performs a smattering of Christmas classics from The Ghosts of Christmas Eve; you can expect joyous renditions of “O’ Come All Ye Faithful” and “This Christmas Day.” There’s a matinee show and an evening performance — two opportunities for you to get the whole fam out of your house. 

Sunday, December 27


Info Gates, Ces Cru, Heartfelt Anarchy, JL B. Hood, Joey Cool
— RecordBar
8 p.m., $20

RecordBar hosts its final hip-hop show Sunday. Rapper Justin Gillespie, who performs as Info Gates, welcomes to the stage local favorites Ces Cru, Heartfelt Anarchy (rapper Les Izmore and producer D/Will) and rapper Joey Cool. Gillespie performs a special set with JL B. Hood, as the duo Breaking Bad News. This is a night of local hip-hop that you don’t want to miss.

Missing something? Tell us how you’ll be avoiding your relatives this Christmas in the comments. 

See also:
Your guide to live local music on New Year’s Eve

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