Viva DeConcini plays Pisgah Brewing on Friday, Dec. 9 at 8 p.m.
The Pitch: She’s the blond Joan Jett here to bring her scorching guitar licks all the way from NYC. And it’s free. And hearing loss is inevitable anyway.
The Buzz: She calls herself “The Guitar Sorceress of the Lower East Side.” WNEW radio describes her as Talking Heads-meets-the-blues-meets-Blondie-meets-the-garage-kids-next door. Guitar Player magazine thinks she’s awesome enough for a three-page profile.
Bonus Points: Her latest release, Rock ‘n’ Roll Lover, in DeConcini’s words, “celebrate(s) rock ‘n’ roll's power to transform anger into beauty” and features cool covers of David Bowie’s “Moonage Daydream” and Carole King’s “Natural Woman.”
The Work headlines the Enter the Earth’s 10th Annual Christmas Party at the Asheville Music Hall on Friday, Dec. 9. Lyric opens and the show begins at 10 p.m.
The Pitch: You’re a sucker for shoes-optional birthday parties.
The Buzz: This Greenville, S.C., band began playing together in 2001. Citing Curtis Mayfield, Miles Davis and the Grateful Dead as influences, the group plays a freeform style of funky R&B.
Bonus Points: It’s a chance to see the new and improved Asheville Music Hall/One Stop Deli and all proceeds from the night go toward Marough Gardner, a local boy who is fighting cancer. http://www.littleironman.org.
Holy Ghost Tent Revival, Saturday, Dec. 10 at the Grey Eagle. Mike Quinn and the Farewell Drifters open. Show starts at 9 p.m.
The Pitch: Friend, you don’t have to wait until Christmas Eve to get right with Jesus.
The Buzz: High-energy Americana? Before you claim there ain’t no such thing, check out this Greensboro band. They throw in a little banjo and a lot of happy thoughts into their amped-up folk-rock sound.
Bonus Points: The Avett Brothers aren’t playing Asheville this holiday season. Langhorne Slim is nowhere in sight. HGTR is your best bet for a sweaty good time if your car is only reliable within an 8-mile radius of your house.
Roaring Lions, Monday, Dec. 12th (and every Monday in December) at Mo Daddy’s. Show starts at 9 p.m.
The Pitch: Put on your dancing shoes! You’ve been making noises about amping up your cardio since the day after Thanksgiving.
The Buzz: This trio of piano, tuba and trumpet is composed of current and former members of Firecracker Jazz Band. Get ready for some high-energy, shake-your-booty ragtime swing.
Bonus Points: The regulars know that whiskey and shin guards are a must.