While most of the world keeps their eyes glued to Santa’s progress on radar on Thursday night, the Shannon Mac Band brings a heaping dose of rockabilly with more than a hint of rhythm and blues to Kathy’s Pub from 9 p.m. until midnight.
You can check out the band’s retro vibe in a handful of live videos posted at shannonmac.com. I was especially impressed by the mellow guitar work on “Big, Bad, Handsome Man.”
DJ Jordan Van Hooks hops on the 1s and 2s for a Christmas evening DJ set at Kathy’s Pub on Friday night. I have no idea what he’ll be playing, but I’ve heard through the grapevine that he’s knocked out quite a few parties with a tasteful and varied approach toward his groove selection.
On Saturday night, Kathy’s nabs familiar favorites Alex Rossi & Root City for some soulful indie waves. The Minneapolis band has knocked out tons of shows at Kathy’s over the years, and Rossi’s credentials include sharing the stage with Morris Day & The Time at one point, so come expecting top-tier musicianship.
You can check out some of the band’s music at alexrossimusic.com. “Live A Life You Love” is the first song that pops up there and features all the elements that have made this band a favorite among local music fans.
Speaking of familiar faces, Rochester native Kellie Besch is home from Nashville for the holidays and has a gig lined up in Kinney Creek Brewery’s taproom from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. on Sunday night. Besch’s tunes are best described as indie-folk, but you can catalog them yourself when you head over to her Soundcloud page, soundcloud.com/kelliebesch, where a wealth of songs are available for streaming.
You also can check out this video of her singing “All For You,” back in June at the Doggery: youtube.com/watch?v=Vyk8_fyeqUs. Besch will, presumably, head back south sometime around New Year’s, so make sure to catch her playing on her home turf while you can.
On Wednesday night, local duo Driven by Rhythm hits the Redwood Room for some guitar-led tunes augmented by various instruments, ranging from violins to flutes. They play from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. Learn more at facebook.com/DrivenByRhythm.