There's two grand holiday traditions in downtown Minneapolis, and only one of them involves elbowing through skyway crowds as you gawk at garishly lit parade floats traipsing down Nicollet. The other one sits a few blocks down, in the looming shadows of Target Field's new edifice: It's Trailer Trash's Trashy Little X-Mas, a staple of Lee's Liquor Lounge since the early '90s. This irreverent but camaraderie-filled honky-tonk take on the holidays has weathered the ages for a reason, and even in these uncertain times—Trailer Trash has lamented elf layoffs and sub-prime defaults being on Santa's agenda—you can always count on the band members to provide shit-kicking, beer-drinking, stocking-stuffing good cheer. Expect a set list heavy on tweaks of traditional carols (including a Kinks-ed up revamp of "Do You Hear What I Hear?"), TV classics ("You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch"), and tear-in-your-nog originals ("All I Get for X-Mas Is Lonely"). Holidazzle's fine, but we'll take getting Holisozzled.
Saturdays, 9 p.m.; Thursdays, Fridays, 9 p.m.; Wed., Dec. 23, 9 p.m. Starts: Dec. 5. Continues through Dec. 18, 2009