MONDAY: A VERY MERRY BB XMAS: 1st Annual Hip Hop For The Holidays Donation Drive

Christmas has always been the most wonderful time of the year and we only see it fitting to help out those in need during the holidays. So the Bloody Boombox crew (M.C. Rentz, Johnny Questionmark, KNONAM, Capaciti, Katana, Mike Shank) kindly asks you to take part in this event and bring a DONATION (Kids Toys, Canned Goods, Clothing) Make a donation and you’ll get HALF OFF ADMISSION! In return you’ll be helping out some fellow human beings and getting to see some of the hottest Hip Hop acts in the Twin Cities.

Recommended If You Like:
Bloody Boombox, Slow Spokes, ILL P.O.E., Open Minded, Nimo The Hooligan


Danny Sigelman hosts the 9th annual Jewbilee on Christmas Eve, held in the 7th St Entry and the Depot Tavern for the third consecutive year. The event will feature musical performances including the Revolution’s Bobby Z with his family’s band The Rivkinz, along with a stand-up comedy showcase featuring local comics Dan Mogol, Dave Harris, Gus Lynch, Laura Thorne, and Pat Susmilch. The Depot Tavern next door will also be open serving drinks and a full menu throughout the evening. Doors open at 8pm, with a $3 cover for the music and comedy in the Entry.

Recommended If You Like:
Going out on Christmas Eve, live music and stand-up comedy, Jewish stuff


THURSDAY: Midwest Assembly’s Funky Christmas II

For the second year, Midwest Assembly and friends take over the 7th St Entry to showcase their funk stylings amidst the usual holiday cheer. With five bands in total, that means more funk than ever before, and also featuring live painting by Ezra Loshi, Cindy Miller, and Travis Brannaman.

Recommended If You Like:
Dead Larry, Headband Jam, Shakedown City, Space Monster, jazz/funk/reggae/jam


Led by enigmatic brothers Todd and “E” Fink, The Giving Tree Band are making their way to the head of a classy class of young American songwriters and performers. The Finks extended their brotherhood to all 7 members and started out with only a collective heart as big as the ocean. They now wield a wide array of instruments from acoustic and electric guitars, slide guitars and banjos to violin, mandolin and pedal steel . A band’s band, they all live together, travel together and do everything as one family, harmonizing their voices and lives on and off stage.

Recommended If You Like:
The Avett Brothers, Chatham County Line, Pert Near Sandstone, Greensky Bluegrass


Seeing LIKEHELL perform live is like being at a party in Hollywood’s underground. It’s 4 a.m. The dark and brooding are mixing with the mischievous and wild. The beautiful walk among the depressed. It’s a blur of all things carnal, experimental, glamorous and psychotic. Around every corner is another mesmerizing scene, another form of satiation, another potential explosion. Formed in 1994 by brothers Nick Eldorado (vocals) and Tony Oliveri (drums), and longtime friends Frank Throwup (bass) and Matt Bockley (guitar), LIKEHELL is a band that defies categories. Its music is a merger of such genres as heavy metal, glam, psychopunk, ‘70s anthem rock and even a little bit of burning-through-the-desert-in-a-dusty-Cadillac country, and lyrics that are direct and deadpan.

Recommended If You Like:
Weezer, Dumpster Juice, Faux Jean, Thunder in the Valley, Dylan Hicks, Kruddler

SUNDAY: Pledge Empire Records End of the Year Bash

Local hip-hop label Pledge Empire Records rounds out 2013 in the Entry. Pledge Empire Records is the brainchild of brothers Carlton Ray Dildy Jr. aka God’s Prince aka Prince Carlton and Cedric Dildy aka Ced Linus. The brothers started performing as a duo called The Pledge Empire at Bethany Luthern College, in Mankato, MN, but turned it into a record label in 2007. Since that time.Pledge Empire has been promoting shows and performing at venues around the Twin Cities including the 7th St Entry at First Avenue, Fine Line Music Cafe, Loring Theater, Honey, The Red Sea, 400 Bar and more.

Recommended If You Like:
Sti-Lo Reel, Ced Linus, Louie P, Inspire $ Issues, local hip-hop