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Got the holiday blues? If not, get 'em at Vinyl on Saturday

3:37 AM, Dec. 14, 2012

Top Ten

Julia Alexandra Christie, Chef de Cuisine/Restaurateur

1. “Don’t You Fake It,” The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus.
2. “Raising Sand,” Robert Plant and Alison Krauss.
3. “Trap Door,” T. Bone Burnett.
4. “Performance: Rockin’ the Fillmore,” Humble Pie.
5. “Giving You the Best That I Got,” Anita Baker.
6. “Secrets,” Toni Braxton.
7. “Rapture,” Anita Baker.
8. “Catch Bull at Four,” Cat Stevens.
9. “Blind Faith,” Blind Faith.
10. “Lie for the Liars,” The Used.
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It’s going to be a bluesy kind of Christmas party as Chris Thomas King performs a holiday concert Saturday at Vinyl Music Hall, 2 Palafox Place.

“You’ll hear a few classic Christmas renditions,” the Grammy Award-winning blues musician said. “A song like ‘Please Come Home for Christmas’ is something that we always do around this time when we have a show. It’ll be kind of a joyful, soulful bluesy Christmas rendition.”

The concert at Vinyl was a late surprise for King, whose most recent performance in Pensacola was during this year’s DeLuna Fest. “We were invited by the staff to come and play this holiday party, and it only came about recently. We really weren’t expecting to be back in the Vinyl until spring.”

The gift of a new album by the “King of 21st Century Blues” is arriving soon, but the long list of albums and awards might not have been possible without a special, childhood Christmas present from King’s father, legendary Baton Rouge blues artist Tabby Thomas.

“I had been playing on my dad’s guitar and he tired of coming home from work and seeing me breaking strings and things like that, so he decided that he would give me a little guitar for Christmas,” King said.

Since that special Christmas, King has built a career honoring the blues and revolutionizing its sound with hip-hop and digital innovations. His dedication has made him an heir to blues royalty and one of its most dedicated ambassadors. “This blues genre, we don’t want to see it fade away,” he said. “I’m still carrying the torch for that genre of music.”

Local favorites Hollowman/Badwater also will perform. Tickets are $10 for this all-ages show. There is a $5 surcharge if you’re younger than 21. For more information, visit

Heritage CD release

Tonight, local reggae rock group Heritage will celebrate its new album “Out There” with a CD release party at Vinyl. Tickets for this all-ages show are $5, with a $5 surcharge if you’re younger than 21. Doors open at 8 p.m.

Samuel Sanders

Also on Saturday, Samuel Sanders will headline a show full of folk rock at the Handlebar, 319 N. Tarragona St. At 12 years old, the Jacksonville musician discovered a drum set waiting for him on Christmas morning. Sanders toured the country as frontman for Florida hardcore band Our Finest Hour, and after the band broke up, Sanders continued to write music while forgoing the breakdowns to focus on folk.

Aiyana, Pale Fox and Hali Cherry will also perform. The cost is $5 for ages 21 and older, $7 for ages 20 and younger. For details, visit

The Vile Impurity

Tech-death metal band The Vile Impurity hits the Handlebar on Tuesday. The Springfield, Ill., band will be joined by Exophagy, To Die Once More, Degenerates and more. Tickets are $6 for ages 21 and older; $8 for 20 and younger.

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