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Arrogance (and Terry Anderson) at Christmastime

Have yourself a merry Little Christmas, and let Arrogance be your soundtrack. But just remember that holiday festivities don't end with opening presents, eating too much turkey and picking fights with loved ones. Bounce on down to the Pour House in downtown Raleigh Thursday night for local rock legend Terry Anderson's ninth annual Christmas/birthday throwdown.

Yes, Anderson was born on Christmas day 53 years ago, as was his late great bandmate David Enloe (who passed away last year). Anderson's OAK Team will be playing, along with Chip Robinson & the Heavy Beat Outfit.

(Thanks, Stuart and Bob.)

Have a Holly Raleigh Christmas

Continuing our theme of premature Christmas music, I'm still not ready to start hearing it on the radio or in the air -- but I do think I'm ready to hear some Christmas music played live. Fortuitously, the release party for the third volume of "Have a Holly Raleigh Christmas" is Thursday night at Tir Na Nog. The album is wonderful, the best yet in the series, with 14 diverse tracks ranging from the conjunto of Rey Norteno's "De La Mano De Dios" to the mournful pop of Day Action Band's "Your Last Childhood Christmas Eve" and Don Dixon's majestic "Winter's on the Run." It also has a handful of sharp instrumentals, including Triangle Tuba Quartet's "Jolly Old St. Nicholas" and Tracy Thornton's steel-drum delight "Jingle Bells."

Proceeds from the album benefit the Community Music School. And here's the lineup for Thursday night's show, which will also feature Dan Bryk (an alumus of the first "Holly Raleigh" album, from 2006) appearing as Santa Claus:

7:00 Joe Newberry
7:15 Nathan Oliver
7:35 Day Action Band
7:55 Regina Hexaphone
8:15 Gray Young
8:35 Terry Anderson/OAK Team
8:55 Port Huron Statement
9:15 Killer Filler

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