It’s the prime time of year for holiday parties and there are more than a few with live bands this week. The Greensboro Coliseum Complex provides a little bit of classical and a little bit of soul, as the Greensboro Oratorio Society’s presention of Handel’s “Messiah” at the War Memorial Auditorium duels with KEM, Chrisette Michele and K’Jon at the Special Events Center on Thursday. Over at the Blind Tiger, American Aquarium returns to play Dirty Santa, while Bill Callahan, Lights and Neal Morgan wear their ugly sweaters to Legitimate Business. In the caroling mood? Join Sons of Bill with Micah Schnabel and Aaron Lee Tasjan & the Madison Square Gardeners Thursday at the Garage.
The Zion Bar & Grille presents the Bob Margolin Holiday Show Friday night, while Justin Moore appears at Johnny & June’s. Groove 8 and the Vertigo Jazz Project funkify the Garage on Friday, while the Clubhouse presents the Empty Pocket. Remember flannel shirts? Dirt: A Tribute to Seattle Grunge will jog your memory Friday at the Blind Tiger, or you can enjoy a good, old-fashioned cowboy Christmas with Riders in the Sky at the Carolina Theatre. Things get heavy at the SoundVent with Stand Your Ground, Adrienne, Tomorrow Never Dies, After Elvis and alise-dmillionaire$.
Check out The Last Hour Saturday at the Clubhouse, while the Blind Tiger got that Electric Soul Pandemic. The Physics of Meaning play the Green Bean on Saturday, or give it the Old One-Two and Muddy Wheels at the Flatiron. Wrap it up on Saturday at the SoundVent with the Aurora Observatory, Slaves to Addiction and Minotaur.
Bruce Piephoff resurrects Sunday morning folk at the Presbyterian Church of the Covenant that morning. Later, the Urban Sophisticates wrap up the weekend with a Christmas party at the Blind Tiger.