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Comedy Jam

The all-new Funny Business Comedy Club hosts the first-ever Comedy Jam on Thursday, Dec. 10. It's an evening of music and hilarity, featuring guitar comedy virtuoso Pat Godwin, who's performed on NBC's Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central, The Bob and Tom Show, the Howard Stern show and just about every top morning show you can name.

Musical comic Pat Godwin performs as part of the first Comedy Jam.

Asheville's talented Vertigo Jazz Project will open the evening. As with the Christmas Jam, all the proceeds from the Comedy Jam will go to Habitat for Humanity. Come check out the new Funny Business club on the lower level of Steak & Wine (the former S&W cafeteria building), and get your laugh on, all for a good cause: helping families in need of homes. Tickets are $20. www.ashevillecomedy.com or 318-8909. Godwin sticks around for performances on Friday, Dec. 11, at 8 and 10:30 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 12 at 8 p.m. Those shows are $15.

Hometown Holiday Jam

Thursday night's also time for the Ninth Annual Hometown Holiday Jam at the Orange Peel, which benefits Eliada Children's Home and MANNA FoodBank. The night of rockin' music features the Mike Barnes Group (Barnes will also be playing the Christmas Jam at the Civic Center), classic-rock outfit Marc Keller Band, the recently revived longtime Asheville faves Mother Soul, bluegrass sensations Sons of Ralph, dance variety band A Social Function, pop/rock up-and-comers Lewis and the eclectic Boone-based group The Native Sway.

The hometown jam features a bevy of special guests, including blues mama Peggy Ratusz, singer/songwriter Aaron La Falce,
Marsha Morgan, Jack Mascari, Jim Mascari, Will Ray (of Hellecasters fame), Ritchie Tipton (from Prayin' for Rain) and Johnny Blackwell.

Aaron LaFalce is part of Thursday's Hometown Holiday Jam at the Orange Peel.

Doors are at 7 p.m. and the action starts at 8 p.m. It's an all-ages show, and $10 gets you in. www.hometownholidayjam.org.

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