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Weekend Crush: Yuletide Cheer in Three Acts, with Hands & Knees / Tony the Bookie / Jason Anderson / Math the Band / Harry & the Potters

December 17, 2010

Oh those crazy holidays! We’ve been so diligently posting everyone’s Best of 2010 lists this week that we’ve slipped a little on our usual mission of telling you about the big fun haps. So here are three events, one for each of the next three days and all with 100% more holiday flavor, to help you bah your humbug away this weekend.

1) Tonight: PA’s Lounge Holiday Party
with Tony the Bookie Orchestra, Hands & Knees, Travels, J D Cooper & Friends
You might remember the good ol’ days when Tony booked the bands and manned the door at the Portuguese-American Lounge in Union Square. Now he’s moved west (to Western Mass, anyway) but he still drops by now and then to deliver his warbly bluesy rock cheer. The whole lineup tonight is dreamier than sugarplums. THIS JUST IN: Check out the new video for Hands & Knees’ Christmas hit “James Brown Died On Christmas Day” below.
21+ / 8:30 / $10 includes “all the food and Christmas cheer you want. Until the food is gone or you get cut off, that is.” Bring a new toy to donate and get 1/2 off admission!

2) Tomorrow night: Jason Anderson Presents: The 4th Annual Good Cheer Festival
Nobody’s better at bringing cheer than Jason Anderson. We dare you scrooges to try and keep that frown from turning upside down while he sings to you (or more likely, with you) all wide-eyed and optimistic-like. He’s an incredibly fun and upbeat performer who engages the whole wide room with ease. This is a family-friendly event with singalongs and nog, and they implore you to wear your best Christmas sweater for a chance to win a prize.
Nave Gallery / 8pm / $5 (all proceeds to benefit the Nave Gallery and ARTSomerville)

3) Sunday Evening: The Yule Ball 2010 with Harry and the Potters and MORE!
Easily the best local music holiday tradition, now in its sixth year. If you’ve seen the DeGeorge brothers in action you understand; if not, rest assured that their lively and hysterical songs will have you in stitches even if you (like me) have never opened a Harry Potter book. Our old friend Jason Anderson (see above) will be starting things off and then the momentum will stay sky-high with the Whomping Willows, Math the Band (a personal favorite), Draco and the Malfoys, the Potter Puppet Pals, and finally our heroes, Harry and the Potters. It’ll all wrap up by about 10 too, handy for a school night.
Middle East down / 5pm / $15 / all ages / Tickets

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