Also Good Bets: Today-Dec. 24


DNT file photo of the Harbor City Roller Dames

If Facebook chatter is any kind of indication of how big an event will be, and I have to believe it is, then the Harbor City Roller Dames bout with Mississippi Valley Mayhem at 10:30 p.m. Saturday at World of Wheels (AKA "The Fight Before Christmas") is, like, a big deal. So big, in fact, that unless you have tickets already or plan to kidnap someone who does, you are out of luck. Tickets were $7, but, well, you know. … But. BUT! The post-party is at Carmody Irish Pub, 308 E. Superior St. Word on the streets is that the Roller Dames will be mingling among the people who can’t play sports and be on wheels at the same time.

A LITTLE MOOD MUSIC
Dan Anderson, formerly of the soul/reggae band the Black Labels, will be playing a holiday concert starting at 9 p.m. Friday at the Zeitgeist Arts Building, 222 E. Superior St. From the event listing: "From soul, jazz, Latin and funk to easy listening, soft psychedelia and 60′s soundtrack classics, Anderson’s show delivers a memorable experience that’s perfectly suited to an evening of cocktails, dancing and major mirth-making."

AND MORE MUSIC
I know I know I just KNOW that I have seen the band A Night in a Box play live. And I know I liked them. But I cannot find evidence of said show, so maybe I made the whole thing up. But if I did in fact see this Twin Cities bluegrass/folk rock/indie band, then they were fantastic and put on a truly fun show at St. Scholastica last year. Catch them at Beaner’s Central at 8 p.m. Sunday. Also on the bill: We All Have Hooks for Hands and Destry. $5 cover. I got an email from a hard-to-find-info-on band called Stacatto in Blue — self-described as "adding grit and life to traditional smooth jazz technique, [offering] a contemporary twist to the classical jazz and blues styles the band is rooted in" — who is playing on Friday night with Pancake Breakfast (vying for the title of best.name.ever) and Poorus. Same stats as Sunday’s show.

MUGGING
The trio So Close, which includes sisters Sarah Lawson and Haley Lawson as well as Logan Amys, is playing at Red Mug at 8 p.m. Saturday. According to their MySpace site, they used to be called Sarah & Haley. I’ve given them a little bitty listen and am feeling a little Tegan & Sarah about this combo. (I consider this a good thing). Their style is indie acoustic. Expect to hear some mandolins, violins, a uke, a banjo. All sorts of good stuff. Opening: Zack Balcum, who plays classical, indie, alt music, and, in an act of great hilarity, has a MySpace url of "zack is so metal." Ha!

Sounds like Bill & Kate Isles are doing a holiday show (read: sing-along) at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Red Mug. There is a suggested $10 donation.

Also Good Bets, a companion to the Wave’s Best Bets section, is a weekly feature that includes additional ways to fill your entertainment schedule for the next week.

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