If their new Christmas EP is any indication, Roma di Luna's Holiday Special at the Cedar will be overflowing with delicate tributes to old standards, heartbreaking renditions of more contemporary seasonal classics (see: their utterly devastating cover of Joni Mitchell's "River"), and more than a few heartwarming moments between the husband-and-wife duo and their backing band. While their recent full-length releases have been upbeat, full-band affairs, the songs on their new EP are sparse and haunting, allowing Channy Moon Casselle's voice to take its rightful place center stage as she softly croons on "Silent Night" and bounces playfully through "Blue Christmas." If you go, get there early; opener Eliza Blue is another talented female roots vocalist who accompanies herself on banjo and fiddle. All ages.
Wed., Dec. 23, 7 p.m., 2009