Giving back to your community will make you feel good. Seeing great live entertainment will also make you feel good. What if I told you that you can do both of these things at the same time? Well, prepare to have your mind blown, because we’ve compiled a list of eight upcoming Sacramento-area concerts that are benefiting local charities and organizations in one way or another. After all, ‘tis the season of giving. Happy holidays!
Hip Hop Helps 2017 at Fox and Goose on Friday, Dec. 8, 2017
All proceeds go directly to Stanford Settlement Neighborhood Center. Expect performances from local hip-hop artists Mr. P Chill, Mr. Hooper, Poor Majesty, Max Bundles and Turntablist Ajax, J.Smo, Vox Society and DJ Mike Colossal. 9 p.m., 21-plus. Free admission with a new, unwrapped toy, otherwise it’s $10 at the door (but don’t be a scrooge, bring a damn toy, OK?).
An Acoustic Christmas Toy Drive at Boardwalk on Friday, Dec. 8, 2017
Members of local bands like Roswell, Terra Ferno, Chick Habit, Digital Havoc and more are combining forces to make sure no kid goes without a toy this holiday season. The cover to this acoustic show is just $5 with a new, unwrapped toy, or $10 at the door without. Doors open at 7 p.m. and all ages are welcome.
Santa Rhumba Extravaganza at Harlow’s on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017
Proceeds from this event will benefit Front Street Animal Shelter. On deck to perform are Rhythm Kings, Preoccupied Pipers, Hucklebucks, Todd Morgan and Harley White Jr., who will be the DJ for the evening. Doors open at 5 p.m., $12 advance, $15 at the door, all ages.
Torch Club’s Christmas Party and Warm Clothing Drive on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017
Bring some new warm clothing items like jackets, coats, gloves, beanies, scarves, socks, etc. and enjoy local singer-songwriter Bill Mylar and special guests performing holiday music and sing-alongs. All donations will go directly to Loaves and Fishes. This event is free, starts at 5 p.m., and is 21-plus.
13th Annual Rock for Tots at Holy Diver on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017
Local musician Jake Desrochers is no stranger to giving back. His annual Rock for Tots toy drive has been going for 13 years strong! This year, all donated toys will go to Saint John’s Program for Real Change, and organizers are hoping to help at least 300 children. Scheduled to play Rock for Tots this year are Life in 24 Frames, Among the First, Jacob Paul and the Heartbeat (Desrochers’ band) and Paulie from the group OnOff. Tickets are $10. Be sure to bring a toy and you’ll be entered into a raffle for prizes like haircuts, wine, food, skateboards, apparel, gift cards, even tattoos. All ages are welcome and doors open at 7 p.m.
Diapers, Wipes and Toy Drive at Blue Lamp on Sunday, Dec. 17. 2017
Blue Lamp owner Gabriell Garcia belongs to a group of women, “Las Madrinas,” who help homeless and super low income moms and children, from newborns to age 5. Bringing any of the above mentioned items (diapers, wipes, toys) will grant you entrance into this excellent local music showcase featuring performances by SpaceWalker, LaTour, Sparks Across Darkness and others. Doors open at 8 p.m. and it’s 21-plus.
Left Coast Love: A NorCal Wildfire Benefit at Ace of Spades on Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017
Enjoy excellent tunes from bands like Dog Party, Destroy Boys, Hi, Mom! and Fonty all while helping to raise money for North Bay Fire Relief. Tickets are $13 in advance, all ages are welcome and doors open at 7 p.m.
A Hepcat’s Holla’Day: Peter Petty’s Swingin’ Yuletide Revue at CLARA Auditorium on Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017
Proceeds from beer and wine sales at this swingin’ event will benefit Sacramento Preparatory Music Academy. Expect a Christmas music variety extravaganza like no other with a 12-piece band, burlesque, comedy and much more. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door, 18-plus only.
If you or anyone you know is throwing a concert or event benefiting charities or organizations doing great work in the community, let us know about it! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
**This piece first appeared in print on page 8 of issue #254 (Dec. 4 – 18, 2017)**