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Rock Picks: Pour House tribute, ‘Occasional Shivers’ with Chris Stamey

Chris Stamey’s “Occasional Shivers” is an old-fashioned radio play set in 1960s-vintage Manhattan, and billed as “a brand new holiday special with music that harkens back to an earlier age.”
Chris Stamey’s “Occasional Shivers” is an old-fashioned radio play set in 1960s-vintage Manhattan, and billed as “a brand new holiday special with music that harkens back to an earlier age.”

From Prince to Merle and Bowie to Blowfly, 2016 has been the toughest of years for rock-star deaths. Unfortunately, since nobody out there is getting any younger, 2017 will no doubt bring more of the same. But in the meantime, paying tribute to this year’s fallen idols seems like a highly appropriate way to spend Christmas Eve. So head for Raleigh’s Pour House on Saturday night to see some of the best players in town put on a show, “Honoring the Legends We Lost in 2016” – a benefit for the Community Music School.

Showtime is 9 p.m., and they’re asking for a suggested donation of $10. See thepourhousemusichall.com for details.

Other highlights

  • With Christmas this weekend and the holidays in full effect, the live-show schedule is pretty light. But here’s a very cool thing you can partake of without even leaving the house: Chris Stamey’s “Occasional Shivers.” It’s an old-fashioned radio play set in 1960s-vintage Manhattan, and billed as “a brand new holiday special with music that harkens back to an earlier age.” Durham jazzman Branford Marsalis serves as host, with performers including Skylar Gudasz, Django Haskins, Bill Frisell, Nnenna Freelon, Don Dixon, John Brown and many others alongside composer/dB’s co-founder Stamey. You can hear it multiple times this weekend on WUNC, 91.5-FM or wunc.org online – noon Friday; 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday; and 6 p.m. Sunday (all times Eastern).
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