Most funder-ful time of the year
There's a chill in the air, tinsel in store windows and Santas in shopping malls. Yes, friends, the holiday season is upon us. If the thought of small dogs donning their gay apparel and a never-ending deluge of elevator carols isn't enough to make you feel jolly, why not check out some of the great benefit shows that multiply faster than candy canes at this time of year? Friday night, Holy Joe 's hosts a fab femme-powered funder for Out Of The Cold so you can help fight homelessness while listening to talented alt-pop tunesmiths including Tanisha Taitt , Ladybug Sideshow girl Lisa Winn and nü-lounge chanteuse Lily Frost . If your tastes tend more toward the funky end of the spectrum, local high-energy hiphop squad Rhythmicru throw their annual Red Ball a mere floor away at the Reverb . Save two bucks on admission if you show up with a donation for the Daily Bread Food Bank .
The Reverb also hosts the very cool Rock For Tots gig Sunday evening, where you can check out a slew of alt-rock acts for free if you bring in a new unopened toy. Like Wu-Tang says, it's all for the children.
Wednesday night (December 22), take your pick of everything from Wild T & the Spirit 's bluesy holiday jam funder at Healey's (donation is a minimum $1 with a ticket; $5 without) to the DC Holiday Massacre punkstravaganza at the 360 , where snarly rock crews like Spankdriven and Singlethreat get loud for the Daily Bread Food Bank.
But the week's best bet might just be the ninth annual Xmas benefit for Amnesty International and the Daily Bread Food Bank, which touches down Wednesday at the Rivoli and features some of the city's finest tunesmiths, from Ron Sexsmith and Mia Sheard to Kurt Swinghammer and Bob Snider . Admission's $9 in advance/$10 at the door, and remember to bring non-perishable items.