Calvin Richardson headlines Saturday’s Soulbration at the Mississippi Coliseum.

We’re headed into a holiday weekend and it sounds like a good one. Seriously, this expanded edition is dedicated to live music to get you from Christmas to New Years (check out our New Years Eve list here).

TVBOO at Martin’s – Thursday
“Hailing from deep within the bible belt. . . Jackson, Mississippi’s little drummer boy is everything, but what you would expect. In fact, he has made a name for himself by creating an electronic music production project that has put him in his own lane.” (Tickets)

Cary Hudson at Hal & Mal’s – Friday
“Cary Hudson first became recognized as a pioneer of a new music movement in the late eighties while joined in songwriting partnership with John Stiratt (WILCO) in The Hilltops, an alt-country band born out of Mississippi. When Stiratt left The Hilltops to play bass in Uncle Tupelo and then Wilco, Cary Hudson formed the widely-popular Blue Mountain that captured critical acclaim and gained cult status among its followers.” Free

The Iceman Special at Martin’s – Friday
“A 4 piece outfit transplanted from the swamps of Louisiana to New Orleans, The Iceman Specials creates a sound that resonates with the psych rock community as well as writing songs that explore reggae, funk, melodic pop, prog, and other influences. The bands live shows are notorious for their intensity and their use of innovative and creative visual stimuli while also taking pride in song writing and the delivery of their message.” (Tickets)

Soulabration at the Mississippi Coliseum – Saturday
The annual post-Christmas musical party starring Calvin Richardson, Tucka, TK Soul, Big Pokey, Yayo and a special performance by the Super Soul Posse with Andre Lee, Adrena, Emerson Hill, Krishunda Echols, DBroome and more. (Tickets)

Tim Avalon at Hal & Mal’s – Saturday
“Composer, performer and teacher, Tim Avalon can shift from one genre to the next with the ease of a musical chameleon.” Free

John Paul Keith at Martin’s – Saturday
“The brilliant singer-songwriter and blistering guitarist who exploded out of a self-imposed musical exile in Memphis with 2009’s critically acclaimed Spills and Thrills and 2011’s The Man That Time Forgot, John Paul Keith returns with Memphis Circa 3AM — his most accomplished and moving collection of songs yet.” (Tickets)

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