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Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011 07:39 am

On the way to Thanksgiving Eve

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Concertmaster and VFW #755 present ZZ Trip with Zach Fedor at a benefit for the Central Illinois Foodbank, 7-11pm, Wed. Nov. 23, Thanksgiving Eve.

Looks like that time is here again, when the biggest party night of the year rolls around on next Wednesday, Thanksgiving Eve. For the last several years I’ve been saying the night before Thanksgiving is now the number one night to go out and get real gone and party till the cows come home. I doubt if good old Honest Abe dreamt of this happening when he proclaimed the first Thanksgiving Day in 1862. Who knows, but I doubt it.

Yes, folks, St. Patrick’s Day and New Years Eve, once the storied epic nights for tying one on, are now mere moments for amateurs. Thanksgiving Eve has steadily climbed to the top of the party pile over the last 20 years. With a little thought to the subject, it suddenly becomes a no-brainer as to why the night is so popular.

First comes the next four days off work for most, making a certain celebration an easy call with the extensive amount of recovery time available. Or if work is not the issue, likely it’s those playful college kids home for the holidays and looking for some fun times. The next benefit comes the next day after the plentiful party night, when revelers are asked to sleep in, awake to eat as much and often more than possible, then return to sleep while watching TV or do another task that requires little or no effort. That’s the perfect day after a night of unbridled cavorting, no matter the cause, thereby adding to the increased popularity of the big night.

Now for bands leading up to Thanksgiving Eve, here are a few things going on this weekend. A band called Ernest T and the Rock Throwers plays at Double D’s in Edinburg on Friday, Nov. 18, at 9 p.m. I have no idea what they do, other than they obviously like to watch Andy Griffith reruns (Google the band name if you don’t recall or never knew), but really, that inventive name should be enough to warrant a look and listen anyway.

Up and coming country star hopeful Chris Cavanaugh comes out of Nashville, Tenn., for a stop in at Timbuktu in Decatur on Saturday night. Chris comes from the Midwest and sings about the notions wrapped up in our rural areas rapidly becoming more urban. Known as a “special artist who’s not waiting on Nashville (or the radio) to make him a star,” Cavanaugh goes for the gut and gets there, reaching into what makes Midwesterners tick and tock. Catch him now as he hits the ground running while reaching for the stars.

Throughout the holiday season Concertmaster and VFW Post #755 (on Old Jacksonville Road by the big blue water tower) have partnered for a series of benefit concerts featuring local music makers supporting good causes. For our first Thanksgiving Eve featured event and the first benefit of the series, ZZ Trip, a local, very fun and cool ZZ Top tribute band, complete with bearded attire, entertain from 7 to 11 p.m., as Zach Fedor opens the show. The proceeds go entirely for the Central Illinois Foodbank to do good things for needy people, like help them not go hungry. More on upcoming benefit events as they happen.

The other night before Thanksgiving show I’d like to mention this week (more on the day of, next week) takes place at the downtown Alamo from 6 to 9, when Rachel & Matt perform lovely songs of a good nature. For those not in the know (shame, shame, shame) that would be Rachel Raumbach and Matthew Combs as the featured performers.

So off we go into the holiday season, ready or not here we come.

Contact Tom Irwin at tirwin@illinoistimes.com.

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