Oh! Look at all the gifties piled under our musical tree this week! Let’s unwrap them, shall we?

Paint it Grey

North Florida sage and soul-bent swamp rocker J.J. Grey goes solo in a pair of performances that highlight his big, soulful voice and powerful songcraft at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Thomasville Center for the Arts, 600 E. Washington St. in Thomasville, Ga. Grey’s solo shows are rare and wonderful events, and this current tour finds him performing an intimate showcase of songs from throughout his career, telling tales (as only he can tell) and leading sing-alongs. The Friday show is sold out; tickets for Saturday’s show are $40. Call 229-226-0588 or visit www.thomasvillearts.org.

Hudson Valley hoedown

Sax/harmonica player and singer Chris O’Leary — a Hudson Valley veteran of Levon Helms’ band the Barnburners — brings his posse of players to throw a horn-fueled blues extravaganza at 9 p.m. Friday at Bradfordville Blues Club, 7152 Moses Lane. Here’s what Downbeat Magazine had to say about the band: “O’Leary . . . is a more than capable singer and Chicago-style harmonica stylist; the proof comes in the shuffles and jump numbers he handles with suave assurance.” Tickets are $20 advance, $25 at the door. Visit www.bradfordvilleblues.com.

Soul in motion

The TCC African Drum and Dance Ensemble presents “Soul of Dance: A Tribute to Kwame Ross” at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Turner Auditorium. Ross was an artist, musician, choreographer and director who served as associate director of Urban Bush Women and had worked with the TCC ensemble. He died in July. The program will feature works by Ross, including his signature Haitian Suite, as well as choreography by special guest Mouminatou Camara. Admission is free. Visit Facebook.com/TCCADDE.

Capitol tunes

The Florida Historic Capitol Museum, 400 S. Monroe St., has kicked off its 36th Annual Holiday Music Series, featuring students from Leon County schools performing holiday music in festive surroundings. Stop by to hear the music and check out the museum exhibits on your lunch break. The schedule features Montford Middle School at 11 a.m. Friday, the FSU School at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Raa Middle School at 11 a.m. Thursday, Swift Creek Middle School at 11 a.m. Dec. 14 and Cobb Middle School at 11 a.m. Dec. 17. It’s all free. Visit www.flhistoriccapitol.gov.

Belle is ringing

Enjoy a festive evening with award-winning group Belle & the Band — Kathryn Belle Long, Mickey Abraham, Kevin Robertson and Mike Snelling — as they put an acoustic spin on holiday classics at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Northside Stage, 8005 Oak Grove Road. Tickets are $20 general admission. Visit www.northsidestage.com.

Shout ‘Hallelujah’!

Let local supergroup Revival — featuring the goddess with the golden voice, Avis Berry, and Jeff Davis, Dillon Bradley-Brown, Chris Skene, Mason Margut, and Allijah Motika — rejuvenate and satisfy your soul at 9 p.m. Friday at Fifth & Thomas, 1122 Thomasville Road. It’s free, just like your spirit after hearing Revival play. Stick around after Revival and let DJ Ryan Chavers rock your world starting at 11:30 p.m. Visit www.fifthandthomas.com.

Hot Gritz

Thomasville, Ga., is all dressed in holiday finery for this month’s First Friday Sip & Stroll, which features a variety of live music throughout downtown Thomasville, Ga., from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, and headliner Gritz & the Jelly Roll Band performing at 8 p.m. in the Ritz Amphitheater. It’s all free. Visit www.thomasvillega.com.

Country Christmas

Nashville comes to the banks of the Suwannee River for the TeddyMac Elvis & Friends Country Christmas Show from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday and 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park near Live Oak. Friday’s lineup features Keith Thrift (Conway Twitty), Penny Hannah (Wynonna Judd), Leamon Nipper (Merle Haggard), Bobby Long (Willie Nelson), Kathy Stafford (Shania Twain), Dale Bennett (Loretta Lynn), Calvin Smart (Johnny Cash), Texanna (Patsy Cline), Diane Johnston (Lorrie Morgan), Trese Hill (Tammy Wynette) and newcomer Anthony O’Neal (John Anderson). On Saturday, you’ll get a Las Vegas-style stage on which the same performers will strut their holiday stuff, with Ted “TeddyMac Elvis” McMullen closing the evening as The King in all his glory. Cost is $11 each night at the door. Visit www.musicliveshere.com.

Takin’ it to the street

Celebrate one of the city’s most eclectic and vibrant commercial corridors at Gaines Street Fest 2018 starting at 2 p.m. Saturday at venues in the All Saints and Gaines Street neighborhoods. There will be food trucks, local vendors, the always-popular Pineapple Drink Guy and close to 90 local bands mixing it up on stages throughout the area. The lineup includes Once Great Estate, Hold That Hand, Viper Pilot, Look Mexico, Baccone Dolce, Lee C. Payton & Gangbusters, Lil’ Grizzly, Megalops and many more. There’s no admission fee. Visit the Facebook event.

We want the ZydeFunk

Sample a lip-smacking, hip-shaking “Gumbo of Louisiana Grooves” when ZydeFunk — led by Lafayette, La.’s Charlie Wooten — sets up on the corner stage at 9 p.m. Saturday at Bradfordville Blues Club, 7152 Moses Lane. Arsene DeLay brings her big, beautiful voice and high-octane stage presence, and Tallahassee’s own zydeco-meister John “J.B.” Babich will be there with his squeezebox. Come prepared to sashay around the dance floor. Tickets are $20 advance, $25 at the door. Visit www.bradfordvilleblues.com.

Call the Copps

Get a double dose of rootsy musical goodness when local multi-instrumental marvel Jon Copps and a heap of tuneful friends play at 7 p.m. Saturday, followed by the C.S. Holt Blues Band at 10 p.m., at Blue Tavern, 1206 N. Monroe St. Cover is $5. Call 850-212-5204.

Saturday in the park

Hear the sounds of the season at the 5th Annual Holiday Stroll starting at 6 p.m. Saturday in Cascades Park. Take a ramble and admire the decorations while listening to music from groups set up throughout the park. The lineup includes the Bach Parley String Academy, the Capitol Bells, Hot Tamale, the Rolling Tones Barbershop Quartet and more. It’s all free to see.

Keyed up for Artist Series

The Artist Series of Tallahassee presents award-winning Russian pianist Arsentiy Kharitonov in a concert rescheduled from October (when Hurricane Michael blew through) at 4 p.m. Saturday in Opperman Music Hall. The program includes works by Bach, Schubert, Rachmaninoff, Respighi and Mussorgsky. Tickets are $25 adults, $5 for students 13 and older, free for children accompanied by a paying adult. Visit www.theartistseries.org or call 850-445-1616.

Scotty beams in

It’s a holiday jazz summit when renowned trumpet player and Count Basie Orchestra leader Scotty Barnhart invites friends Avis Berry, Leon Anderson, Bill Peterson and Amina Scott to join him for two sets of musical magic at 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Saturday at B Sharps Jazz Cafe, 648 W. Brevard St. Cover is $20 per set. Visit www.b-sharps.com.

Go, go, Gomes!

Hot young bluesman Anthony Gomes shreds and shares tunes from his latest CD “Peace Love and Loud Guitars” at 8 p.m. Saturday at The Junction at Monroe, 2011 S. Monroe St. Gomes’ incendiary blues has been described as falling “somewhere between Willie Dixon and Billy Gibbons.” The Joe Fox Band opens. Tickets are $10 general admission, $18 reserved seating. Visit www.junctionatmonroe.com.

Get jazzed

The Daniel Mach-Holt Quartet plays jazz classics and originals from 8 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Black Dog on the Square in Railroad Square Art Park. The group features Mach-Holt on trombone, Gabriel Landa on drums, Jalen Baker on vibraphone and Mikailo Kasha on bass. Cover is $5. Call 850-841-7778.

The vibe is right

Former FAMU drum major and Striker dance troupe member Phillip Solomon Stewart and his Palace Band present the Good Vibes Concert 2.0 at 6 p.m. Sunday at The Moon, 1105 E. Lafayette St. Stewart will mix covers of songs by Frankie Beverly & Maze, S.O.S. Band, Atlantic Starr, Bobby Brown, Anita Baker, Aretha Franklin, Prince, Phil Collins, Sly & The Family Stone, Johnny Gill, Snoop Dogg, 50 Cent with his own tunes, including the freshly released single “Good Vibes.” Tickets are $25. Call 850-878-6900 or visit www.moonevents.com.

Endless possibilities

Tallahassee Youth Orchestras present the Holiday Alumni Concert “Imagine the Possibilities,” featuring current members along with TYO alums, at 3 p.m. Sunday in Opperman Music Hall. Tickets are $10 adults, $5 children, free for FSU students. Visit the Facebook event.

Come to ze Cabaret

Enjoy a little circus and a lot of seduction when Luxotica Lounge Cabaret shimmies in for a performance at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at The Junction at Monroe, 2011 S. Monroe St. The burlesque show features saucy striptease acts performed to original music by a four-piece band led by the knife-juggling, sax-blowing Dr. Rocktagon. The Luxotica ladies include Sally B. Dash, aka former Tallahassee lassie Katie Crozier-Theis. Tickets are $10. Visit www.junctionatmonroe.com.

Heavenly chorus

The Tallahassee Civic Chorale presents the holiday program “Joy, Peace & Hope” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in TCC’s Turner Auditorium. The chorale will be accompanied by the Capital Children’s Choir from FSU. The program will feature seasonal and holiday music, from traditional carols such as “The First Noel” to popular seasonal music such as “Feliz Navidad” and songs such as “O Magnum Mysterium.” There’s a free cookie reception after the concert. Tickets are $9 adults, $7 seniors and students, free for TCC students and staff. Call 850-942-1893 or visit www.brownpapertickets.com.

Holiday harmonies

The Capital Chordsmen presents the 11th Annual Holiday Harmony Concert, “Stories of Christmas Presents Past,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Tallahassee Senior Center, 1400 N. Monroe St. The program features anecdotes from members of the chorus, as well as the story of Christmas told in barbershop harmony. The Barbershop Ladies of Tallahassee will make a special appearance. Tickets are $12.50 general admission, $10 seniors, $5 students. Call 850-891-4000 or visit www.capitalchordsmen.com.

Sing along to sackbuts

FSU Early Music presents “A Very Crumhorn Christmas” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Waterworks, 1133 Thomasville Road. Sing along to some festive Christmas carols and hear Renaissance recorders, crumhorns, sackbuts and racketts. It’s free. Call 850-224-1887.

Hot brass

Thomasville Entertainment Foundation celebrates the holiday season with “Our Kind of Christmas,” a performance by the Cleveland-based Burning River Brass. The 12-member brass-and-percussion ensemble will bring a touch of tradition, a dash of jazz and a dollop of festive holiday cheer at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Thomasville Center for the Arts, 600 E. Washington St. in Thomasville, Ga. Tickets are $38 adults, $15 students. Call 229-226-7404 or visit TEFconcerts.com.

Long-gone Lohman

Former Tallahassee musician Jimmy Lohman visits his longtime friend and musical brother-from-another-mother Jim Crozier for the Wednesday Night Lab Session from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Bird’s Aphrodisiac Oyster Shack, 325 N. Bronough St. The two 60-somethings — jokingly dubbed the Arthrighteous Brothers by Lohman — started playing together in their 20s and performed together from 1978 through the ’90s in various permutations, most notably as the Lohman-Crozier Jazz Band and as founding members of ACME Rhythm & Blues. Lohman will also stick around to play next weekend at Blue Tavern. Wednesday’s show is free. Call 850-222-1075.

Write on

Tallahassee Writers Association presents this month’s edition of Tallahassee Writes & Speaks at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Blue Tavern, 1206 N. Monroe St. Featured writers include Melanie Barton Bragg, Lyla Faircloth Ellzey, Rhiannon Green and Patricia C. Zick. Stick around afterwards to hear Katherine Easterling air out her fine tunes with Brett Eugene at 9 p.m. Admission is free until 8:30, at which time a $2 cover kicks in. Call 850-212-5204.

Kick your shoes off and sing

Opening Nights Performing Arts presents Nashville-based The Barefoot Movement in a special holiday performance at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Opperman Music Hall. The charismatic acoustic unit will serve up fleet picking and sweet singing in festive renditions of such classics as Chuck Berry’s “Run Run Rudolph,” Perry Como’s “It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas” and takes on the more tender songs of the season like “Oh Holy Night” and “Hark The Herald Angels Sing.” Tickets are $45 general public, $22 for FSU students. Visit openingnights.fsu.edu.

Partridge in a Purple House

Singer-songwriter and folk artist Abe Partridge doesn’t consider himself a musician but rather a communicator. “That’s what I’m trying to do,” he told Bitter Southerner in a wide-ranging profile. “I’m just doing it with a guitar in my hand. I’m not trying to make a sound you want to listen to as you’re going to sleep at night, or that you want to dance to. I do it to communicate.” His songs are raw and real and fierce, and he’ll play them for you at a Purple House concert at 7 p.m. Thursday. Admission is a $20 donation. Email ruth@nickens.net or call 850-570-5160 to reserve a seat and get directions to the Purple House.

Borders patrol

New Orleans songstress Mia Borders has been called “a chanteuse of the highest order” with “miles of style and charisma,” and she was firing on all cylinders when she performed in Tallahassee a couple of months ago. The deeply funky and fierce Borders returns for an encore performance at 8 p.m. Thursday at Blue Tavern, 1206 N. Monroe St. Don’t miss this one, y’all. Cover is $5. Call 850-212-5204.

Hark, the angels sing!

Stroll the grounds and tour the big house before treating your ears to Voces Angelorum Sings in the Season, a holiday choral concert featuring works by Giacomo Puccini (great-great-grandfather and namesake of the titan of Italian opera) and others, Thursday evening at Goodwood Museum & Gardens, 1600 Miccosukee Road. Tour the house starting at 5:30 p.m., then move to the Carriage House for the performance at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 and include a complimentary wine bar that will be open before and after the concert, a museum tour, the concert and yummy bites after the performance. Proceeds benefit Voces Angelorum and Goodwood Museum. Call 850-510-5908 or visit www.vocestally.org.

Little pitchers, big ears

Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra presents the annual Young People’s Holiday Magic Concert at 10:30 a.m. Thursday in Ruby Diamond Concert Hall. The program will feature holiday favorites like “Music for Hanukkah,” “The Christmas Song,” “Let it Snow” and more. Tickets are $10. Call 850-224-0461 or visit www.tallahasseesymphony.org.

And the beat goes on . . .

ACME Rhythm & Blues fires up the horn section for some dance action at 8 p.m. Friday at Backwoods Bistro, 401 E. Tennessee St. No cover. Call 850-320-6345. . . . Redneck Mothers are ready to rumble at 9 p.m. Friday at Corner Pocket Bar & Grill, 2475 Apalachee Parkway. No cover. Call 850-574-2724. . . . John “J.B.” Babich and Paul Harvey pair piano and percussion at 8 p.m. Friday at Blue Tavern, 1206 N. Monroe St. Cover is $5. Call 850-212-5204. . . . Rock your way into the weekend with the Jerry Thigpen Trio from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday at Hurricane Grill & Wings, 6800 Thomasville Road. No cover. Call 850-597-9129. . . . Electric Apostles preach the rockin’ gospel at 10 p.m. Saturday at Fifth & Thomas, 1122 Thomasville Road. No cover. Visit www.fifthandthomas.com. . . . Poet and leftneck bard Grant Peeples joins Holly Riley for a night of music and words at 8 p.m. Tuesday at Blue Tavern, 1206 N. Monroe St. Cover is $2. Call 850-212-5204.

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