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Who Needs Silent Nights?

by Sarah McCartan and Jessica Forbes

Not us. And certainty not when we have a week full of standout shows happening around town leading up to Christmas Day. Starting with Cat Power and ending with local shows at The Handlebar and Sluggo’s, there’s something to look forward to and keep music lovers jolly just about every night this week.

Cat Power Thursday
Chan Marshall, a.k.a. Cat Power, plays Pensacola for the first time, and it’s an understatement to say this show is a big deal for local fans. Marshall, on a solo tour with just her guitars and a grand piano, has been a songwriter and vocalist of regard since releasing her first full-length album, 1995’s “Dear Sir.” Throughout her career, Marshall has been frank about her struggles with anxiety and health issues, and her distinctive voice has expressed her heartaches over nine albums, her most recent being 2012’s “Sun.” Two of those albums are exclusively comprised of covers, and Marshall commonly covers musicians from Mary J. Blige to Bob Dylan live, showing the host of influences that come together between the ears of one of the most noteworthy artists currently making music. L.A.-based multi-instrumentalist and experimental musician, Nico Turner has been touring with Marshall, and will open what promises to be one of Vinyl’s most memorable shows of the year. 7 p.m. Thursday Dec. 19, Vinyl Music Hall, 2 S. Palafox. $20-$25. 607-6758 or vinylmusichall.com

Friday Night Discotheque
What better way to dance off those holiday indulgences than a night at the disco? Put on your dancing shoes and maybe an awkward holiday sweater, because the ‘Silent Disco’ is back at Vinyl Music Hall. This time it’s the holiday edition, which hopefully means we’ll be treated to least two, maybe three rounds, of Mariah Carey’s classic “All I Want for Christmas is You.” And if you haven’t been to any of the other Headphone Disco events at Vinyl, trust us when we say you really are missing out on a legitimate time of dancing and singing along with everything from the latest and greatest hits to nostalgic throwbacks. 9 p.m. Friday Dec. 20, Vinyl Music Hall, 2 S. Palafox. $5. 607-6758 or vinylmusichall.com

Saturday Night Brooks
Chances are you have seen Brooks Hubbert III on any number of stages around town — McGuire’s Irish Pub, Vinyl Music Hall and the Ticket, just to name a few.  But there’s one place you haven’t seen this vocalist and multi-instrumentalist in any capacity — it’s Sluggo’s Vegetarian Restaurant. That is, until now. Whether he’s playing guitar, fiddle, harmonica, cello and/or mandolin, Brooks’ shows are never short on original sounds. Expect songs spanning from psychedelic rock to blues, country and bluegrass.  10 p.m. Saturday Dec. 21, Sluggo’s Vegetarian Restaurant, 101 S. Jefferson St. $5. 791-6501 or sluggos.net

Big Virginia Sky Sunday
It’s an acoustic-bluegrass-Americana fueled occasion on Sunday, with a lineup nearly of entirely homegrown musicians. Locals Tanya Gallagher, who relocated to Vancouver earlier this year and is home visiting for the holidays, and Brooks Hubbert open for Big Virginia Sky. The headliner is a project led by Pensacola’s own James Adkins and Scott Slay, joined by award-winning banjoist Sammy Shelor, who normally plays with Lonesome River Band. The perfect lineup to keep the party going as you slide into the week of Christmas. 6 p.m. Sunday Dec. 22, Vinyl Music Hall, 2 S. Palafox. $10. 607-6758 or vinylmusichall.com

Christmas Eve at the Handlebar
Before you tuck yourself in for the night to wait for Santa, sneak away for a PBR at The Handlebar and a few tunes from Transmute and Dinosaur Daze. Both bands released debut albums last fall/winter. From the spacey, dark sounds of Transmute to the more upbeat beats of Dinosaur Daze, we’re sure you’ll be happy that this where you picked to spend part of your Christmas Eve. 9 p.m. Tuesday Dec. 24, The Handlebar, 319 N. Tarragona. $5 for ages 21+ ; 7 for ages 18-20. 434-9060 or pensacolahandlebar.com

Christmas Day at Sluggo’s
We can’t think of a better way to close out Christmas than a Sluggo’s show. Those who agree can check it out in for a treat with Cookies and Cake. On top of enjoying hits like “Yeti,” you may even get some cookie treats thrown at you while watching this lady duo all wrapped up and rapping. Then there’s solo act Mika Perritt. While Perritt’s band in NYC, Evil Child, is one she notes as being a bit more on the doom side, tonight she will be singing and playing guitar solo by the name Vangie Lee, with what she considers to be a more country or “doo wop” sound. Another solo act, Corbit, joins the lineup, who our sources tell us is comparable to a band we happen to love, Cursive. The collective group Company of Ghosts also makes a return to the Sluggo’s stage. And for fans of this particular act, Bear with Me is also worth sticking around for. X-Mas Local Showcase 9 p.m. Sluggo’s Vegetarian Restaurant. 101 S. Jefferson St. 791-6501 or sluggos.net