Most offices may be closed tomorrow for Christmas Eve, but the clubs will still be hopping all weekend long with some great holiday-themed events. Here's a rundown of the nine best excuses to sneak out of the house this week (plus one reason to stay in), starting with a few gigs that are slated for this evening and running through Sunday night.
Christmas with Alexander O'Neal
Dakota Jazz Club
The lead singer of the Time pre-Morris Day, Alexander O'Neal got his footing in the local scene in the '80s and was a key player in the development of the "Minneapolis Sound." Now, after a couple of decades spent living in England, O'Neal has moved back to the Twin Cities and is celebrating at the Dakota tonight. Expect lots of holiday classics. $32. 7 p.m.
Grant Cutler and the Gorgeous Lords, Satellite Voices, Party House
Triple Rock Social Club
A solid triple-bill of moody local acts, featuring ex-Lookbook producer and busy solo artist Grant Cutler with his new band the Gorgeous Lords. 18+. $5. 8 p.m.
Mad Ripple Hootenanny
The local tradition returns at a cozy new location. The Mad Ripple Hootenanny, spearheaded by writer and musician Jim Walsh, invites songwriters to perform round-robin style and share stories. Tonight's lineup includes Lianne Smith, Dan Israel, Lucy Michelle, and Michael Morris. All ages. $5. 6 p.m.
The New Standards Holiday Show broadcast
89.3 the Current
Missed the New Standards' run of holiday-themed shows at the Fitzgerald earlier this month? No worries. The Current will be broadcasting the show on Friday night at 8 p.m., and again on Saturday morning at 8 a.m.
Stocking Stuffers with Mike 2600 and DJ Espada
7th St. Entry
A duo of always-reliable DJs are sure to pack the Entry for this Christmas Eve show. Funk specialist Mike 2600 will be joined by Wants vs. Needs party-starter DJ Espada. 18+. $3. 9 p.m.
The Bad Plus
Dakota Jazz Club
The boundary-pushing jazz trio will return to the Dakota for their annual Christmas run, this year playing three consecutive nights in support of their new album of all original material, Never Stop. $30-$40. 7:30 and 9 p.m. Through Monday.
Grant Hart Christmas Show
7th St. Entry
Another stellar triple-bill of locals, this show at the Entry features headliner Grant Hart (formerly of Husker Du) alongside brand new retro-rockers the Sex Rays and 2009 Picked to Click winners Red Pens. 18+. $8. 8 p.m.
Trailer Trash's Trashy Little Christmas
Lee's Liquor Lounge
What better way to come down off the holiday buzz than with sprightly honky-tonk classics like "Please Daddy Don't Get Drunk This X-mas" and "Walking in My Winter Underwear"? 21+. $15. 9 p.m.
Paul Di'Anno, Icarus Witch, Impaler
Paul Di'Anno, best known as the first vocalist for Iron Maiden (he sang with the group from 1978-1981), has long since crafted a successful solo career for himself. He'll perform at Station 4 this weekend with local mainstays Impaler, who we profiled in this week's print edition of City Pages.
Nomad World Pub
This annual tradition started by City on the Make has turned into a ridiculously fun night of holiday revelry. This year's bill includes Meta, Brown Moses, and Doomstruck! 21+. $5. 9 p.m.