The Tradition Continues
Arts Youniverse, 156 South Franklin Street in downtown Wilkes-Barre, will be the setting as the tradition continues for yet another year with “Live at Downtown Arts”. Celebrate Thanksgiving Eve and be part of another live album recording when Scranton-based musician, MiZ takes the stage. The show will also feature local singer/songwriter Ryan Brown (currently residing in Nashville, Tenn.) as the opening act for the night. This show will be a donation-based benefit concert for those affected by hurricane Sandy with all proceeds benefiting the American Red Cross. MiZ with opening act Ryan Brown at Arts Youniverse starts at 7 p.m. and is an all ages event. For more information, call 970-2787.

Take the Leap
Cabinet’s is releasing their 4th record, Leap, on Ropeadope Records on Tuesday, Nov. 20.
Leap was recorded live at The Windmill Agency over four days with a live audience. Cousins JP and Pappy Biondo’s smooth swinging vocals help tie together a record that showcases the musicianship of a local band that has taken to the road and come back experienced journeyman and artists. Dylan Skursky’s thumping bass, Todd Kopec mighty fiddle, Mickey Coviello’s elegant guitar work dance around the frame of their tunes with drummer Jami Novak’s laying down a sturdy and steady pace.
Leap does what a true record should always strive to do: it captures the band and its members smack dab in the moment in which they are living, breathing and creating.
To pick up a copy of Leap and more Cabinet merchandise, visit http://store.ropeadope.com/products/cabinet or visit www.cabinetmusic.com and www.facebook.com/CabinetMusic.

Paws and a Cause
McGrath’s Pub and Eatery in Dalton will host a Pub for Paws Benefit on Sunday, Dec. 2 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. The benefit is in loving memory of Haus McGrath, Jimmy McGrath’s dog who was killed in a hit-and-run accident in late October.
There will be live musical performances from the likes of Ken Norton and Mark Yanish from Graces Downfall, Rick Gillette and John Canjar from Nowhere Slow, Aaron Bruch and John Guido Phillips from Ourafter, Bryant and Jay Green and Mace In Dickson. Admission is $20, or $10 and a bag of pet food or supplies. Fifty percent of proceeds will be donated to Griffin Pond Animal Shelter and the other 50 percent will be donated to True-Friends Animal Welfare. There will also be drink specials, prizes, gift baskets and 50/50 drawings. Anyone who wishes to help or donate should contact McGrath’s Pub for more information at 563-2668.

Give Thanks
Not only is Thanksgiving Eve the biggest night of the year for people to go out to bars, restaurants, pubs and clubs with their friends, family and other loved ones, it’s a great night to catch live music. Please remember to enjoy the night responsibly and to also be patient with each other; it’s a high volume night and one should be prepared to wait a little bit longer for food, drinks, door admission and bathroom use. It may already be the beginning of the stressful holiday season, but if you stop and take a moment to reflect on your surroundings, you may find that some things are worth the wait. And by some things, I mean whiskey and beer, in that order, on repeat, to make the voices stop.

Here’s what’s in my headphones this week: Various Artists War Child Presents Heroes (Astralwerks) 2009

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