The Weekly Memphian: Elf, Drew and Ellie Holcomb, Starlito and Eric Gales

By Published: December 19, 2018 4:00 AM CT

The Weekly Memphian is a partial guide to things happening in Memphis, recommended by Daily Memphian staff. This guide covers December 19-23.


“Elf” at The Orpheum: One of my favorite movie moments this century has to be when Will Ferrell’s overgrown elf, Buddy, first lays eyes on a department-store imposter in a fake beard and red suit and speaks his truth to the whole wide world: “You sit on a throne of lies!” This 2003 film about an accidental elf returning to New York City to track down his real family opens with kids'-picture-book opening credits and North Pole art-direction that intentionally evokes the classic Rankin-Bass holiday television specials. These touches please the tots and provoke a warm nostalgia in their parents, hinting at the family friendly film to come. I don’t know if it’s quite a classic, but “Elf” has earned holiday heavy rotation. It’ll screen this week as a Mid-South Arts Against Hunger food drive and benefit on behalf of the Mid-South Food Bank. Come early for a photo booth with Santa (or, as Buddy would surely surmise, “Santa”) and a holiday carols sing-along.  -- Chris Herrington

7 p.m. $5 or donation of three non-perishable food items. 225 S. Main St.


Goner Records Xmas Party at Bar DKDC: Shangri-La went festive last week, now it's the other nationally renowned Midtown record store’s turn. Goner doesn’t have to go far, cross Young Avenue for DJ-spun tunes, eggnog, and giveaways at Bar DKDC. -- Herrington

10 p.m. 964 S. Cooper St.

KadyRoxz at Crosstown Arts: Keturah Brown, who performs under the moniker KadyRoxz or simply Roxz, is a Memphis native and Berklee College of Music MBA grad. The pop/soul singer will be performing her debut EP live for the first time before its release early next year. “Coloured Live,” will feature music and visual storytelling. (Note that this event takes place in Crosstown Arts’ 430 building, not their Crosstown Concourse space.) -- Elle Perry

7:30-9:30 p.m. $8 in advance, $11 at the door. 430 N. Cleveland St.


Drew and Ellie Holcomb’s Neighborly Christmas at The Orpheum: Who says Memphis and Nashville can’t get along? Not Drew Holcomb, a Memphis native and Nashville-based singer/songwriter/bandleader who has been coming home for an annual Christmas concert for the past decade. Mirroring Holcomb’s broader hard-earned, slow-building success in a hard business, his Memphis Christmas shows started (in 2007, I think) at the old Hi-Tone Cafe on Poplar, eventually moving up to the big room at Minglewood Hall, and now at the Orpheum. Holcomb, wife Ellie, and his band, the Neighbors, will draw from the band’s now-deep catalogue, some holiday-themed originals, and standards. (Spoiler alert: Drew and Ellie come down “pro” on the raging “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” debate, and make a persuasive case.) --Herrington

8 p.m. $34.50-$74.50. 225 S. Main St.

Eric Gales at Railgarten: If you missed the great Memphis native blues rocker at this year’s Mempho Music Festival, you have another chance to catch him in action. The opening act, Black Cream, is a fantastic Memphis rock/soul band. -- Perry

9-11 p.m., $20. 2166 Central Ave.


North Mississippi Allstars at Minglewood Hall: Perhaps Memphis’ longest-running band of national note, the brothers Dickinson have made their rockin’ take on the hill-country blues a durable palette over the years, their most recent collaboration, “Prayer for Peace,” recorded locally at Royal Studios. Making this even more of a family affair, will be an opening (?) set from Sons of Mudboy, where they’ll be joined by other literal and spiritual inheritors of late papa Jim Dickinson’s Mudboy & the Neutrons. -- Herrington

Doors 7 p.m, show 8 p.m. $20-$22. 1555 Madison Ave.

Starlito & Friends at 1884 Lounge: While the Allstars are in Minglewood’s mainroom, something a little different will be happening just down the Hall. Nashville rapper Starlito is often heard in concert with Memphis rapper Don Trip, although the listed “& Friends” here doesn’t mention Trip. In any combination, Lito is a witty wordsmith with a woozy, comic flow. -- Herrington

Doors 9 p.m., show 10 p.m. $25-$60. 1555 Madison Ave.


JOOKINWARZ at the Rumba Room: Memphis Urban Dance (M.U.D. Ent) presents a special edition of JOOKINWARZ featuring veteran jookers versus some of the younger variety. Jookin, of course, is the 30-year-old Memphis street dance. -- Perry

7-11 p.m., $10-15. 303 S. Main St.

Snowglobe and Star & Micey at Railgarten: Two of Memphis’ more enjoyable active (or semi-active in Snowglobe’s case) bands pair up for what should be a richly simpatico night of music. -- Herrington

7 p.m. $10. 2166 Central Ave.


Goner Records KadyRoxz Drew Holcomb Eric Gales North Mississippi Allstars

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