A-Hole Santa comes to your house Saturday, December 6

A-Hole Santa and his elves bring their shenanigans to your house on Saturday, December 6.

Visiting A-Hole Santa has become a depraved Atlanta holiday tradition. This year, to help slow the spread of COVID-19, Santa and Co. are making house calls (in and around East Atlanta, Grant Park, Cabbagetown, and Reynoldstown). Santa and his band of merry mischief-makers will come to your house and be total A-Holes in your front yard, while you watch from a safe distance. A professional photographer will be on hand to take a picture of your family and the A-Holes.

Donations are being taken to benefit Camp Olio. Suggested donation is $30.

RSVP: aholesantaeav@gmail.com.
Include: name, address, phone number, and preferred time for visit (morning, early afternoon, late afternoon).

Head over to the Facebook event page for more details.

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John Densmore of the Doors on ‘The Seekers’

John Densmore photo by Jeff Katz.


It’s the people one encounters along the way that turns any trip into a journey.

With his latest memoir, titled The Seekers: Meetings with Remarkable Musicians (and Other Artists), John Densmore, the former drummer with the late great Los Angeles psychedelic rock group the Doors, reflects on a lifetime spent crossing paths with greatness. From Elvin Jones to Joseph Campbell, Patti Smith, the Dalai Lama, Willie Nelson, his own mother, and more, The Seeker is a rumination on the knowledge that Densmore has gained through various remarkable encounters, and an exploration of his own relationship with art, music, and humankind.

On Wednesday, December 16, at 7 p.m. Eastern, Densmore and I will talk via Zoom about playing drums in one of the greatest psychedelic rock bands of all time, and the characters with whom he has crossed paths.

A Cappella Books hosts our conversation. Tickets are limited to 100 guests. Head over to A Cappella’s website to pre-order a copy of “The Seekers,” which includes a bookplate signed by Densmore, along with your private invitation to sign in to our Zoom chat. Your access code will arrive via email from A Cappella Books a day ahead of the program.

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Johanna Warren: ‘Winter Solstice’ live stream Sunday, December 20

Photo by Shervin Lainez

Singer, songwriter, and former Sticklips composer and frontwoman Johanna Warren plays a live-streaming Winter Solstice concert on Sunday, December 20.

The Noonchorus live stream is presented by the Masquerade. Proceeds from ticket sales help keep the venue alive until live music can return. $11. 8 p.m. Eastern.
Click here for more information.

In May, Warren’s fifth album, Chaotic Good Arrived via Wax Nine/ Car Park Records. Press play below.

The Post-Apocalyptic Malone Show every Thursday night on Facebook

SELF PORTRAIT: Bryan G. Malone

Bryan Malone, the long-standing Star Bar promoter, and guitar player with Atlanta rockers the Forty-Fives and Bad Spell, hosts a weekly live stream from his home in Pendleton Manor.

Malone takes on a new theme every week, ranging from Kinks and Ramones-heavy rock ‘n’ roll dance parties to root beer float appreciation nights.

Tune in via Facebook every Thursday night at 8 p.m. Eastern Time.

Gallery 992 Improv. Jam, every Sunday evening

Photo by Chad Radford

Gallery 992‘s Sunday night free improv jams are back!

For the time being, every Sunday evening from 6-10 p.m., the weekly jam has moved just a few doors down to the lot near the corner of Ralph David Abernathy Blvd. and Peeples Street, where there’s plenty of space to get spaced out. Under the direction of alto saxophone player Quinn Mason and percussionist Dallas Dawson, an assemblage of the city’s finest players lock into each other for a massive and seemingly telepathic group improv blast before opening up the stage. They’ll play for as long as the law allows—the noise ordinance kicks in at 10 p.m.

In this new, temporary outdoor setting, the weekly jam has taken on a whole new vibe, summoning a rejuvenated sense of community spirit in the West End. These performances are about catharsis, purgation, and finding mental and spiritual balance in the shadow of a world in turmoil.

Witnessing so much energy, and engaging with live music on such visceral and cerebral levels, after so many months spent in lock down is a powerful and emotionally riveting experience that’s not to be taken lightly—you need it more than you know.

Bring a lawn chair—it’s outside, but wearing a mask and maintaining that six-feet of social distance makes everyone feel a safer, and little more comfortable.

Mass Destruction Metal Fest IV feat. Repulsion, Nuclear Assault, Vimur, and more Nov. 5-7, 2021

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Due to the ongoing global pandemic, Mass Destruction Metal Fest IV has been postponed. A Rippin Production’s rescheduled annual metal fest is set to take over the Loft at Center Stage Friday through Sunday, November 5-7, 2021. Mass Destruction has been upgraded to a three-day gathering—current weekend pass holders will be allowed attend all three days.

Bands on this year’s lineup (so far) include Vio-Lence, Repulsion, Nuclear Assault, MonstrosityMassacre, Evoken, CenotaphUsurper, Thornspawn, MALIGNANCY, CruciamentumWITCHTRAPESTUARY, Antichrist Siege Machine, and Vimur. More will be announced soon. Stay tuned for more details as they become available.

Tickets are available now. $55-$150.

In the meantime, read Chad Radford’s CL feature story, “Vimur finds truth in the abyss: ‘Triumphant Master of Fates’ takes black metal to a grand scale”