Rapper Mac Lethal performs Christmas Day at the Riot Room, 4048 Broadway. Above, he performs something new he wrote in the wake of the school shootings in Connecticut last week. The song takes on the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka.
The year is winding down, and most of the big venues will be dark and empty until next year. But there is plenty of music to be heard over this weekend and into next week, even on Christmas Day.
• The Mike Dillon Band headlines a show at the Brick, 1727 McGee St. The band features Dillon on lead vocals, percussion and vibes; the ebullient Carly Meyers on trombone and Moog Taurus pedals; Adam Gertner on drums, and Cliff Hines on guitar, bass and keys. The End of the World Party opens around 10 p.m.
• Trumpeter Hermon Mehari performs at Kill Devil Club, 61 E. 14th St., the new jazz club/bar in the Power & Light District. Doors open at 7 p.m.; the show starts at 8 p.m.
• Country/roots/Americana songwriters Shannon McNally and Amy LaVere (with their bands) perform at Knuckleheads, 2715 Rochester St. Showtime is 8 p.m. Admission is $12.
• Making Movies, Kansas City’s best-known Afro-Cuban/indie-rock band, will celebrate the release of “A La Deriva,” its new album produced by Steve Berlin of Los Lobos. Also on the bill: Heartfelt Anarchy, featuring Les Izmore of Hearts of Darkness. Showtime is 10 p.m. at the RecordBar, 1020 Westport Road. Admission is $20. It includes a copy of “A La Deriva.”
• The Monarchs (rock that gets heavy, atmospheric and psychedelic); the Clementines (acoustic pop/folk duo), Root & Stem (a blend of folk, acoustic blues, rock and old-time country) and the Summit Show are at the Brick.
• Fans of all flavors of country music (except the modern kind) take note: Phantoms of the Opry, Loaded Goat, the Blue Boot Heelers and St. Dallas and the Sinners perform at Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club, 3402 Main St.
• Rock show: The Casket Lottery with Dead Girls and Simple Lines at the Riot Room, 4048 Broadway. Admission is $8.
• Holiday show: The Floozies, Nmezee and Thumpur at the Beaumont Club, 4050 Pennsylvania Ave. Showtime is 9 p.m. Admission is $4.
• New Riddim with Radkey and Clearway 51 at the Czar Bar, 1531 Grand Blvd. Showtime is 9 p.m. Cover is $5.
• Two of the better live local bands in this city are on the same bill at Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club: the Caves (electro/acoustic folk and rock) and the Grisly Hand (insurgent country). Showtime is 10 p.m. Cover is $10.
• The Katy Guillien Trio (grimy blues), Appropriate Grammar (bright, percussive pop), Drew Black and the Dirty Electric (gritty rock ‘n; roll) perform at the Brick.
• Owen/Cox Dance Group and the People’s Liberation Big Band present “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” at the Folly Theatre. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 to $50.
• The Beautiful Bodies will ignite a holiday-evening conflagration at the RecordBar. Is Paris Burning opens at 9:45 p.m. The Bodies go on at 10:30 p.m. DJ Thundercutz follows the headliner. Admission to the 18 and-older show is $7.
• Rapper Mac Lethal headlines at the Riot Room, 4048 Broadway. DJ You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out will spin classic hip-hop. Cover is $10.