Big Holiday Happenings

November 26th, 2010 · 4 Comments · By

It’s pretty cool that, on a capitalist super-holiday like Black Friday, I have the opportunity to plug an event that’s purely charitable in nature. As some of you may know, a good friend of this blog named Bailee (who you may also recognize from the staff of Blue Moon Diner and the Tea Bazaar), had some medical issues this past August that, while quickly remedied, left her with big big hospital bills. So in hopes of helping put a dent in those bills, the local music community has teamed up for quite an epic benefit show!

The night kicks off at 10PM with Bailee’s own band, Northern Diver, leading off. If you haven’t heard them yet, you’re in for a treat! In just a couple of months since their inception, they’ve grown into a fun, heart-warming, and exciting band. Check out the new demos they just posted on Facebook for a sample.

Next up is The Extraordinaire, aka Jay Purdy, lead singer of the plural Extraordinaires. Jay is, as I’m sure you know, a natural born performer, so it’s always a really fun time when he takes to the stage. And who knows, I may even do a cameo for a song or two on keys? We’ll see!

And last, but certainly not least, one of C-ville’s all-time great rock powerhouses Truman Sparks reunite for the night! Truman Sparks includes Jon Bray and Adam Smith of The Invisible Hand and Ray Szwabowski of The Sometime Favorites, lending plenty of local rock cred, with bassist and songwriter Jon Hampton rounding out the quartet. Bailee was a big supporter of Truman Sparks in their heyday so it’s really neat to see them supporting her back. It’s giving me all kinds of Thanksgiving fuzzies!

Oh, AND Nailgun’s own DJ Hummingbird Feeder (aka James Ford) joined the bill last minute to lead off and close out the night with some select jams. So get there and drank up!

All of this is happening at 12th Street Taphouse and the price of admission is $10. That said, you don’t have to stop there — you can give more and it all goes to Bailee! If there’s something you were thinking of buying but don’t really need — because there are obviously a bunch of big sales today and the temptation is great — how about holding on to that cash and doing something more productive with it? Dad can probably live without the extra tie on Christmas, but Bailee could really use your helping hand!

That said, anti-capitalist sentiment aside, there’s another exciting and truly worthwhile event happening today. It’s the unofficial (soft) opening of The Bridge PAI’s ‘Great Gifts Holiday Shop’, featuring a variety of great local artists showcasing their “unique handmade and vintage gifts” — sort of a month-long version of the biennial craft fair that’s happened at The Bridge in the past. It’s a great way to get a lot of your Christmas shopping done, find beautiful and unique gifts that can’t be found in any other store, and support local artists while you’re at it. That’s pretty great! I expect to do most of my Christmas shopping there and you should, too. The opening today runs from noon to 8PM, with an official grand opening following on December 3rd, and store hours continuing through December 23rd. See the link above or poster below for further details.

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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 jon bray // Nov 26, 2010 at 3:18 am

    Truman Sparks is gonna melt all sorts of ovarian cysts, as Trog as our witness.

  • 2 James // Nov 26, 2010 at 9:56 am

    Sarah says apparently GULL (aka solo project of Nate from Ultra Dolphins / Snack Truck) is gonna be playing at the Bridge at some point this evening, too — awesome! If I hadn’t agreed to help out with Bailee’s thing I’d be checking out GULL for sure (he’s amazing). either way, you can’t lose!

  • 3 Ray S. // Nov 26, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    As Jon Bray’s unofficial and unlicensed legal counsel, I feel obliged to note that Truman Sparks is *not* an FDA-sanctioned treatment for ovarian cysts.

  • 4 MzFitz // Nov 26, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    That may be the case Ray, but as someone who has had two ruptures in the past 12 months, I can say that booze helped quite a bit. Drink up!