For more than a decade, local bluesman Jon Shain has been ring-leading a day-after-Thanksgiving benefit show, the Post-Turkey Day Jam, which is a fine opportunity to multi-task. It gets you out of the house at a time when you desperately need to shake off a turkey-induced coma while starting the holiday season off on an altruistic note – plus you get to see some of the best players in the area. Friday brings the 13th annual edition to Carrboro’s Cat’s Cradle with Birds and Arrows, Backsliders guitarist Steve Howell, John Howie, Brett Harris and others. Showtime is 8 p.m. at the Cradle and cover is $10. See catscradle.com for details.
Also on Friday, psychedelic pop band MGMT plays Durham Performing Arts Center. NC Music Love Army plays protest songs from “We Are Not For Sale” Saturday at the Cradle. Christmas shows continue with ex-Doobie Brother Michael McDonald on Sunday and smooth-jazz saxophonist Dave Koz on Tuesday, both at DPAC. And Pontiak ventures down from Virginia to play Kings in Raleigh on Tuesday.