Most of this weekends shows are basically holiday season parties. Even if theyre not actual seasonal music events, theyll serve as backdrops for old friends getting together. One event thats a little of both is the annual Evil Wiener Christmas Show, a venerable tradition. For more than a decade, local indie-rock mainstay Billy Sugarfix McCormick (most recently heard waxing angry on the N.C. Music Love Army protest song Abraham Lincoln in His Grave) has donned elfish garb to take the stage, pass out candy and lead the worlds quirkiest holiday sing-along. That happens Friday at The Cave in Chapel Hill, and its free (although a donation would be the seasonally appropriate thing to do). See caverntavern.com for details.
• Friday brings the Connells (and pretty much every club-going college-radio listener of a certain age) to Raleigh’s Lincoln Theatre. Also Friday, eclectic Celtic-styled group Scythian plays Carrboro’s Cat’s Cradle, while Lynn Blakey and Ecki Heniz do a holiday show at the Kraken in Chapel Hill.
• Kenny Roby is on the bill at the 9th annual Dune Dogs Holiday Extravaganza Saturday at Raleigh’s Southland Ballroom. And for those wishing to tune out the holiday onslaught, Mappamundi & Friends play “Cabaret Warsaw: Yiddish and Polish music from the Jazz Age,” Saturday at the Carrboro ArtsCenter.