‘Tis the season for giving. It’s also the season for holiday themed concert parties, and they’re already being thrown at machine-gun frequency over the next few days. Here are a few, from the charitable benefits at the Whiskey to a few shopping-mall concerts, providing the perfect respite in a maze of holiday shopping.
Toys 4 Tots Benefit
w/Dragon Seeks Path/Millennia Funk’n
12/3, 9 p.m.
An unopened toy/cash donation
The Whiskey • 1 South Front St.
Last year $600 and a bag full of toys were collected at The Whiskey’s Toys 4 Tots Benefit. Either Dragon Seeks Path (DSP) or Millennia Funk’n played; I’m not sure which. I believe it was DSP, a band made up of Mike Lewis, Johnathan Easterlin, Ben Baldwin, and Graham Barnes. They play rock and funk originals and used to cover, in their words, “everything.” Although the name doesn’t show up online until February 2010, it’s entirely plausible that the band was actually Millennia Funk’n, four gentlemen who go by the same names of the DSP members, and who also use their versatility to cover everything. I mean everything: Michael Jackson, Eagles, Megadeath.
So who are the identity thieves, DSP or Millennia Funk’n? To get down to the bottom of this, the Whiskey booked both bands in one night. To witness the confrontation, bring an unwrapped, unopened toy or make a cash donation at the door. All proceeds go to Toys 4 Tots.
The Wilmington Tuba Ensemble: Tuba Christmas
12/4, noon • FREE!
3500 Oleander Drive
Beware: TUUUBAAAS! There will be a large population of tubas in the Independence Mall come December 4th. Phenomenally large, considering any time more than four tubas get together, Earth’s magnetic field is flipped. Independence Mall’s foundation must be strong enough to fight the weight and deep tremors of this brass monster horde, because Tuba Christmas has been an annual spectacle for years. Low-register Christmas carols conducted by UNCW professor and tuba-enthusiast Dr. Daniel Johnson—and, yes, there will be polka.
The Raleigh Ringers
12/4, 8 p.m. • $14-$25
Thalian Hall Main Stage
210 Chestnut St.
Dear lord! A renowned 17-member handbell choir that pairs holiday classics with Lynyrd Skynyrd, Queen and Led Zeppelin. Zeppelin on bells is probably as accurate of a soundtrack to the birth of Jesus Christ as creatable by mortal man—something like the celestial magnificence George Frideric Handel was striving for when he composed the Messiah.
This is not a charity event, but it’ll certainly wring out some holiday spirit. Under the direction of David M. Harris, the 19-years-old Raleigh Ringers are swagged out with one of the most extensive collections of bells in the world.
AYP Magazine Hip Hop Holiday Party/Surfers Healing Benefit
12/9, 9 p.m. • $5 donation
The Whiskey • 1 South Front St.
Hip Hop Holiday Party: Now the jingle hop has begun! December 9th is the right time to rock the night away, as the Whiskey rattles and leans to hip-hop hosted by the Original Mr. Neva Dedd and Prop Joe, with Dr. Jones on the 1s and 2s. The current roster (there may be additions) is comprised of nine acts from all over the region. Representing Wilmington, there’s MindsOne and Last Ones Left. Coming in from Raleigh are Adam Rottin, Ghost Dog, and SkyBlew. Chedda Chapp and King James perform on behalf of Winston Salem, Royal Entry’s from Fayetteville, and Prop Joe’s trekking in from Danville, Virginia. Sponsored by AYP Magazine and Gravity Records, all of the proceeds from the night go to Surfers Healing, an organization that reaches out to autistic children by introducing them to the therapeutic qualities of surfing. Oh, and there will be prizes and giveaways.