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Come All Ye Faithful

From Robert Blake to Clambake
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Due to the inundation of holiday-related everything that starts happening the day after Halloween until does not relent until Santa has stabled his sleigh and reindeer come Christmas Day, I suppose it is possible for one’s Christmas spirit to flag a little before the big day arrives.

If your seasonal sentiment is on the wane—understandably so, I might add—instead of holing up and hiding out until the Boy Scouts have trundled off with your now-dried-out Christmas tree and 2014 has rendered you safe from all things Christmas for at least a few months, might I suggest a little immersion therapy instead?

You see, we’re in the home stretch now, and along with the concerts and choruses taking place during the coming days (see listings on the next page for full details), our favorite bars and music venues are also being overtaken with the sounds of the season. And while the luster has worn off hearing Christmas carols while you wait in line for coffee, the same cannot be said when those holiday tunes are repurposed as drinking songs (or songs you can drink to, at least). Here’s what’s on tap during the coming days.

^Glow Nightclub^ is doubling down on Christmas spirit (and spirits) and they’d like you to join them. You have your pick of poisons—first up is a Motley Crue Christmas party Thurs., Dec. 19 with Voyager providing all the faux Vince Neil and Nicki Sixx action you can handle and then some. I’m unclear about the exact location of the nexus between Christmas season and hair metal, but I’ve seen Voyager do their Motley Crue shtick, and it’s well worth checking out. The next night, Fri., Dec. 20, Glow will throw its version of the increasingly popular Ugly Christmas Sweater Party. And if the notion of a bunch of people dancing in hideous holiday sweaters doesn’t sound enticing to you, take down your stocking and hang up your humbug, because the holiday’s aren’t happening for you this year.

The ^Green Frog^ also features back-to-back holiday happenings in a couple of different forms. First up, on Thurs., Dec. 19, Robert Sarazin Blake and the High, Wide and Holiday band will, in what has become a Christmas tradition of its own, play a pair of holiday shows, the first taking place at 7pm and the second following on its heels at 9:30pm. If you’re trying to decide what show to attend, it should be known that the first is all-ages and the second is adults only, or in Blake’s words, “The early show will feature kids, the later show will feature material not appropriate for kids. Both shows will feature Lucas Hicks, Jenny Rose, and Jan Peters.” The following night, on Fri., Dec. 20, SmokeWagon’s Surfin’ Christmas Special will find its way to the Green Frog’s stage, and dancing is sure to follow shortly thereafter. If nontraditional holiday fare is what you’re seeking, SmokeWagon will be more than happy provide.

^Kulshan Brewery^ also has an ^Ugly Sweater Party^ on its entertainment agenda, and it will happen Sat., Dec. 21. So don your most fashion-backward warm-weather garb and hit up the Brewery. If you require further incentive, Bellingham’s reigning karaoke king, Zach Zinn, will be on hand to aid you in providing the musical portion of the evening’s entertainment, and I’m of the opinion that ugly sweaters and karaoke go together like Santa and Mrs. Claus.

It wouldn’t be Christmas in this neck of the woods without Clambake having something to say about it, and this year it’s the ^Shakedown^ that will play host to the proceedings. Truly a Bellingham institution, no one does Christmas the way Clambake does Christmas, so get there early and be prepared to shake your way through the season, no ugly sweaters necessary.

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