Despite the double-digit temperatures and disturbing lack of snow, it clearly is the holiday season. Club schedules are filled with food-bank drives, shelter fundraisers and other feel-good benefit gigs. It's one of the few times the music industry looks beyond itself and can be called charitable. Do your bit. Give generously, and pray for snow.
Sick Kids benefit w/ Bunkhouse Romeo, December 13, Horseshoe, pwyc.
Food Bank benefit w/ Chris Whiteley, Jeff Healey, Jenny Whiteley, Caitlin Hanford and Al Lerman, December 13, Hugh's Room, $10 plus a non-perishable food item.
Santa's Jolly Christmas w/ Graeme Kirkland, Liberty Silver, Mary Margaret O'Hara, Don Ross, Tina Hartt and more, December 15 (8 and 11 pm), Rivoli, $25-$40.
Stop 86 benefit w/ Emer O'Driscoll, LAL and Pure Funk, December 15, Third Floor Reilley's, $7.
NOJO's annual Christmas benefit, December 17, Rex, $tba.
Trinity Square Video benefit, December 22, Clinton's, $tba.
Lesbian Gay Bi Youth Line benefit, December 23, 5ive Nightclub, $tba.