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Sound Notes Pick o’ the Week


By the time everyone reads this — no doubt from the comfort of your new smoking jacket or Trans Am, or whatever people give one another as gifts nowadays — the city will have probably dug itself out from underneath Thundersnowpocalypse 2013. The storm wreaked havoc on the previous week’s concert schedule which, while unfortunate, did result in the amusingly ironic cancellation of several “end of the world” shows due to bad weather.                

Got yourself plans for New Year’s Eve yet? If not, Bonita Crowe over at The GrapeVine — the venue lovingly detailed in this week’s Sound — has a show you might be interested in. Starting at 9 p.m. on 2012’s last day, The GrapeVine presents “A New Year’s Celebration: An All-Star Revue.” True to its word, the event has some of the city’s best musicians on tap, featuring performances by Bonne Finken, James Biehn and Seth Headquist, with accompaniment provided by Jon Locker, Scott Dawson and Neil Stoffregen. All attendees are encouraged to bring their own food, with a champagne toast included at midnight, and wines will be for sale by the bottle courtesy of The GrapeVine. Tickets to the event are $50 for a single, $90 for two people and $175 for a table of four. A very limited number of VIP tickets are available, at $75, $140 and $250. For more information or to RSVP (a must for the event; no tickets are sold at the door), contact Bonita Crowe at afinetimeforwine@aol.com.                

The Underground plays host to Randy Burk on Thursday, Dec. 27 starting at 8 p.m. No cover.                

On Friday, Dec. 28, House of Bricks has an all-ages show starting at 5 p.m. Shatter, Redemption Within and Kick all perform for $5 at the door.                

Head on over to Gas Lamp on Saturday, Dec. 29. For just $5 at the door, you can catch The White Elephant, Viva Montesa, Christopher the Conquered and Mumfords, starting at 9:30 p.m. The fact that the event is also serving as my birthday party has nothing at all to do with this show being the Sound Notes Pick o’ the Week.                

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If you find yourself not wanting to head downtown on Dec. 29, however, you can stay uptown and check out Johnny Reeferseed and The Highrollers over at the Hull Ave Tavern. That show starts at 9 p.m., and there’s no cover.             

Then, on Sunday, Dec. 30, there are a couple of shows for you to choose from. El Bait Shop has Thankful Dirt performing a free show at 8 p.m.                

Or, at Vaudeville Mews, you can check out Chrash, The Seed of Something, Satellite State and Captains of the Flowered Porch in an all-ages show starting at 5:30 p.m. That one is $5 at the door.                

Whatever you wind up doing for your New Year’s Eve, be it a party at a friend’s house or a show at one of the many fine establishments here in town, have fun and be safe. We’ll see each other in 2013. Mahalo. CV

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