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Thursday, Dec. 9, 2004 01:40 am

music notes 12-9-04

• Prepare yourself, children, for the greatest Christmas event in the history of Western Civilization (well at least in our little world of booze, bars, and party-ons, dude). The annual Festivus Fuddarestuvus goes public this year by sponsoring the ever-exciting and always entertaining Los Straitjackets at 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, in the Grand Ballroom at the Hilton Springfield. Included on this fabulous bill of superb entertainment are the World Famous Pontani Sisters and Kaiser George and the Hi-Risers. Tickets are $15 and are available at Recycled Records (522-5122). The Hilton is also offering a special room rate for partakers in this festive holiday celebration.

• How did "Jingle Bells" become Jingle Ball as in the Jingle Ball Tour concert with Low as I and Saliva this Thursday, Dec. 9? I don't want to know and neither do you. But if you like your music loud (not too loud the neighbors might complain) and rocking, head for the Warehouse, 2548 S. First St., for the 7 p.m. all ages show, sponsored by WQLZ and Budweiser True Music Live. Tickets are $15. Go to www.wqlz.com for the lowdown.

• Hey friends, are you interested in a Marly's Pub camp-out weekend? You might want to think about it with Post War Fords on Friday and the Debbie Ross Band on Saturday. The PWFs feature former (it's been a few years now) F 5 lead vocalist Robin Bosie and an all-star lineup of musicians including Troy Cunningham, Kevin Smith, Shane Bumgarner, Vic Serbe, and Tim Lynn. The DRB has of course the great Debbie Ross handling the lead vocal duties and also is filled with an all-star lineup of musicians including Art Carey, Brian Curtis, Frank Huston, Frank Parker, and Chili Bryant. Great female vocalists and top-notch local musicians two nights in a row -- where's my sleeping bag? Music starts around 9 p.m. each night.

• Be sure to peruse the Holiday Happenings section of the calendar for the many seasonal singings that pop up in December at churches, malls, squares, neighborhoods, and back alleyways. Here's a favorite: Christmas Caroling at the Carillon. Come hang around a bonfire, sip hot chocolate, munch cookies, and sing along with community carolers accompanied by the Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon at Washington Park. Just show up at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12, cold, tired, hungry, thirsty, and ready to sing.

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