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First Tuesday rings in holiday season

December 2, 2014

By Kathy Edwards McFarland and Joseph Pinson

The four weeks leading to Christmas Day is in full swing, so I will not hold back any Christmas or other holiday offerings.

TONIGHT – Tuesday, December 2:

*Note – Due to a last minute cancellation, the patio stage at Sweetwater Grill & Tavern, 115 S. Elm St., is silent this evening.

  • First Tuesday Celebration at Banter Bistro, 219 W. Oak St.Mister Joe Jazz Band, Dixieland Jazz, featuring Thad Bonduris, Dave Hume, Andy Cooper, Maristella Feustle, Drew Phelps, Steve Prouty and Lee Schloss, at 8 p.m., followed by the sweet sounds of Gypsy Jazz by Le Not So Hot Klub du Denton, performing the Annual Christmas Show at 9 p.m. – BOTH FREE

  • Texas Woman’s University Choirs and Wind Symphony present Sounds of the Seasons in Margo Jones Performance Hall at 7:30 p.m. – $5 (12 & under FREE)

Wednesday, December 3:

  • Joe Pat Hennen at Dan’s Silverleaf, 103 Industrial, 5 p.m. – FREE. Tom Bennett (One man band. Salt Lake City Folk Country/Blues Troubadour) at 8 p.m. – FREE

Jeffry Eckels presents Jazz at the White House – A Vocal Showcase, corner of Scripture and Bryan, 8-10:30 p.m. Vocalist and accordionist Ginny Mac is back! With Paul Metzger on guitar, Jeffry Eckels playing bass and Lupe Barrera on drums. You don’t want to miss this show: Jazz, Original, and Texas music from the heart. No cover.

Thursday, December 4:

  • Public Reception featuring works by CVAD faculty and staff at UNT on the Square, 109 N. Elm St., from 5-8 p.m. – FREEAnnualCVAD
  • Dolly Shine (These Texas boys have found their sound and you are going to love it) at Dan’s Silverleaf, 103 Industrial, 8 p.m. – $10
  • Open Mic Night at Banter Bistro, 219 W. Oak St. at 8 p.m. (Sign-up at 7:45 p.m.) – FREE

Friday, December 5:

Join us for a cheerful evening on the Square. There will be plenty of live local music, food, family fun and joyful holiday spirit for this one-of-a-kind community event!

  • Denton Main Street Association’s 16th Annual Wassail Fest – Wassail tastings at various merchant locations will be served during the Denton Holiday Lighting Festival on Friday, Dec. 5th from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and on Saturday, Dec. 6th during extended Wassail Fest tasting hours from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.denton-holiday-lighting-sm
  • First Friday DentonA night of art, music and fun at various stores and galleries on West Oak Street and other store locations in Downtown Denton. The event is free and open to the public and begins at 7 p.m. and runs through 9 p.m. (participating store hours may vary). Visit for more information.
  • Krampus Day is almost here! Come out to see us on Dec. 5 on Historic Denton County Courthouse Krampus St. NickSquare. We will be out during Wassail Fest from 5-9, handing out Christmas presents and running amok! And possibly drinking some delicious wassail.

If you’ve been good, come get a present! If you’ve been naughty, you may just get shoved in a basket and carried away. FYI: Krampus is a beast-like creature from the folklore of Alpine countries thought to punish children during the Christmas season who had misbehaved, in contrast with Saint Nicholas, who rewards well-behaved ones with gifts.

  • Laura Pendergraft at Banter Bistro, 219 W. Oak St., at 6 p.m., followed by Link Chalon Orchestra at 8 p.m. – BOTH FREE
  • David Neff performs on the patio at Sweetwater Grill & Tavern, 115 S. Elm St. at 9 p.m. – FREE
  • Chris Watson Band performs at Dan’s Silverleaf, 103 Industrial, at 10 p.m. – $10

Saturday, December 6:

  • Live Local Jazz at Banter Bistro, 219 W. Oak St., at 6 p.m., My Kickdrum Heart at 8 p.m. – BOTH FREE
  • University of North Texas One O’Clock Band and Jazz Singers present Sounds of the Holidays in Winspear Performance Hall at 8 p.m. – $3 (a bargain) – or FREE live stream is available at:
  • Petty Theft (Dallas-based Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers tribute band) at Dan’s Silverleaf, 103 Industrial, 10 p.m. – $10

Sunday, December 7:

  • Bone Doggie’s Open Mic at the Abbey Underground, 100 Walnut, 9 p.m. – FREE

    Bone Doggie and the Oak Street Hellraisers

    Bone Doggie and the Oak Street Hellraisers

  • Belle Adair & Walker Lukens at Dan’s Silverleaf, 103 Industrial, 10 p.m. – $7
    “…here in Alabama, there are bands like Belle Adair doing this kind of dreamy sound that has a connection to roots music but isn’t directly derivative…It fits in really nicely with the new South sound.” — NPR Music

Monday, December 8:

  • Paul Slavens

    Paul Slavens

    Paul Slavens & Friends at Dan’s Silverleaf, 103 Industrial, 10 p.m. – FREE

  • Late Night Jazz at the Greenhouse Restaurant, 600 N. Locust, 10 p.m. to Midnight – no cover

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