Staying out late and getting drunk off your ass while dancing to live music comes with a little less regret this holiday season as such activities will also do good for local charities. With the holidays upon us, it’s time for local musicians and venues to raise money and gifts for those in need.
Here’s a list of the organizations and artists coming together this month to inspire the public to donate their dollars, cans, toys and time to brighten up the season for those who need it most.
Frosty, Heidi and Frank’s Reinbeer Games
Raise money for St. Jude Children’s Hospital while enjoying live performances from Ghost A.D. and Metal101. Frosty, Heidi and Frank will begin the evening with a live show.
At the Slidebar, 122 East Commonwealth Avenue, Fullerton
Dec. 7, 5 p.m. $10 donation for admission; $20 donation for a limited edition Frosty, Heidi and Frank ornament
For more information, visit http://www.955klos.com/reinbeergames/
It’s a Drag to Give
Enjoy cocktails and live music by Gericho and Halle Johnson while supporting four Long Beach nonprofits: Beacon for Him, the LGBTQ Center of Long Beach, Long Beach Immigrant Rights Coalition and WomenShelter of Long Beach. The event is hosted by Jewels of Hamburger Mary’s and community activist Ron Sylvester.
At the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center, 300 East Ocean Boulevard
Dec. 7, 7 p.m. Admission ranges from $10 to $350
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit https://bit.ly/2RwGKtu
KXMas with Nancy Wilson of Heart
Help raise money for KX 93.5 FM, an independent Laguna Beach-based radio station, by attending KXMas with Nancy Wilson of Heart. Wilson is expected to perform hits like “Crazy on You,” “Barracuda” and “Magic Man” to help keep independent radio alive in Orange County.
At the Irvine Bowl, 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach
Dec. 8, 7 p.m. Tiered seating: $55 to $95 ; VIP: $195
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit http://www.kx935.com/kxmas/
Punxmas ToxicKat Productions Third Annual Toy Drive Doggy Style
Bring an unwrapped toy to benefit Orangewood Children’s Home and take in the sounds of nine punk bands including Mr. E and the Filthy Devils; Walk Proud; and Corn Dog and the Criminals.
At the World Famous Doll Hut, 107 South Adams Avenue, Anaheim
Dec. 8, 5:30 p.m. $10 unwrapped, new toy for admission
For more information, visit https://bit.ly/2QdWNzV
Eighth Annual Counterfeit Presents: Holiday Toy Drive
Support Love in the Mirror — which cultivates youth-led initiatives — and enjoy live music by The Pretty Flowers; Many Faces; A Boy and His Tiger; and The Black and White.
At DiPiazza’s, 5205 East Pacific Coast Highway, Long Beach
Dec. 9, 6 p.m. Bring a new, unwrapped toy to be distributed during Love in the Mirror’s annual toy giveaway
For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/248818062497384/
Rock for CHOC!
Filmspeed leads this lineup that aims to raise money for CHOC Hospital. Also playing are Glass Radio; Bash; and Iris and the Shade.
At The Karman Bar, 26022 Cape Drive, Unit C, Laguna Niguel
Dec. 14, 9 p.m. $5 suggested donation to be donated to CHOC Hospital
For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/265254344347338/
Rockin Toy Drive Before Christmas
Five bands will rock to raise money and toys for Toys for Tots. Bands include C4OC, Folklorica, Black Rose (Thin Lizzy tribute), Jester McCool and Time Saxton Band.
At Malones Concert Venue, 604 East Dyer Road, Santa Ana
Dec. 14, 8 p.m. Admission is $5 with an unwrapped toy and $10 without
For more information, visit https://bit.ly/2ATaKZq
For the Children
Bring a new, unwrapped toy and rage to the sounds of 20 bands like Downpresser, Twitching Tongues, Take Offense, No Zodiac and Self Defense Family.
At Toxic Toast Theatre, 757 Pine Avenue, Long Beach
Dec. 14, 4 p.m. Unwrapped, new toy for entry
For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/359088391514986/
Holiday Benefit Concert with Donovan Raitt
Bring two cans of non-perishable food items for the OC Rescue Mission and enjoy the sounds of local guitarist Donovan Raitt, who incorporates percussive techniques into his modern acoustic playing.
At Jim’s Music Center, 14061 Newport Avenue, Tustin
Dec. 16, 7:30 p.m. $7.50 entry, donations of non-perishable food encouraged
For more information, visit https://bit.ly/2RGzhbe
MDA Wednesdays Techno Flu Toy Drive
Donate toys for CHOC Hospital and dance to Boris M.D. and BA2LA.
At La Cave, 1695 Irvine Avenue, Costa Mesa
Dec. 19, 10 p.m. Donate an unwrapped toy for free entry
For more information, visit www.followmda.com
Fifth Annual California Country Christmas
Strap on your boots, sport your best cowboy hat and make a child smile in this toy drive and concert. This event features two dozen California country artists performing hits from the 1990s.
At House of Blues Anaheim, 400 West Disney Way, Anaheim
Dec. 20, 6:30 p.m. Admission is free with a comp ticket and a donation of an unwrapped toy.
For more information, visit https://bit.ly/2zItgE3
By day, Brittany covers hard-hitting city news in San Diego. By night, she’s prowling the Orange County music scene, and is usually a regular attendee of local ska and punk shows. Reporting and music have always been Brittany’s passions. She wrote for her middle school and high school newspapers and studied journalism at Cal State Long Beach, where she graduated in 2012. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her French Bulldog, watching probably too many Disney movies for someone her age and napping.