It feels good to give to those in need. It also feels good to see live music. Do both this holiday season by attending one or more of these four upcoming local concerts for charity.

This Saturday, Dec. 7, a group of local hip-hop artists are throwing a free show at Exhale Smoke Shop and will be accepting donations to benefit local homeless. Expect live performances from the likes of Don Blanco, D-Dubb, Mi$tuh G, Abstract Ninjaa, E-Moe and others. Bring some bucks for those in need this holiday season and kick back with some good music. It’s a win-win. This event is 18-plus and doors open at 7 p.m. Exhale is located at 2830 E St.

After taking last year off, the annual Hip Hop Helps toy drive and concert returns on Thursday, Dec. 12, this year at Cafe Colonial. An all-star roster of local and regional hip-hop talent is lined up to perform live including Mr. P Chill, Mr. Hooper, Poor Majesty, Ms. Vybe, Mahtie Bush, J.Smo of BUNKS, Madame Z and others. Plus local turntablist Mike Colossal will help set the vibe all night. Admission to this 21-plus event is one brand new, unwrapped toy. All donations will go directly to Stanford Settlement Neighborhood Center in support of their annual holiday basket program. Stanford Settlement Neighborhood Center is a private, nonprofit social service agency serving residents of all ages in the North Sacramento, Gardenland, Northgate and Natomas communities. Cafe Colonial is located at 3520 Stockton Blvd. Doors open at 8 p.m.

On Tuesday, Dec. 17, the legendary local venue and bar Torch Club will host local musician Bill Mylar’s annual Holiday Party and Warm Donation Drive to benefit Loaves and Fishes. This fun filled night will feature holiday music by Mylar and Friends, including popular sing-alongs and special guests, and in lieu of a cover charge patrons are asked to please bring new, unopened warm items like socks, scarves, sweaters, coats, jackets, blankets and sleeping bags to be donated to Loaves and Fishes, a local nonprofit that helps with food, warmth and a path home for men, women and children experiencing homelessness in Sacramento. The party, which runs from 5–8 p.m., will also feature food and drink specials. Torch is located at 904 15th St., in between I and J streets.

And last but not least, on Saturday, Dec. 21, more than a dozen of Sacramento’s best singer-songwriters will gather at Fox and Goose to perform versions of their favorite holiday classics, all for a good cause. Bring $5 cash or even better, a new, unwrapped toy to be donated to the Toys for Tots program and you’ll be in on the party, which will feature Christopher Fairman, Larisa Bryski, Hans Eberbach, Gillian Underwood, Natalie Cortez, Erik Hanson, Warren Bishop and more. This one kicks off at 9 p.m. Fox and Goose is located at 1001 R St.

If you know of any other regional concerts for charity coming up, shoot us an email us to to get it on our radar.

    Jonathan Carabba

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