The Toy Drive for Pine Ridge is in the home stretch. By the time you read this, the toys will be on their way to the Pine Ridge Reservation to bring some joy and holiday hope to the children there. In recent years, the Toy Drive has been able to expand to offer emergency heating assistance and other support. While toy donations have been generous, this year’s donations are less than half of previous years in terms of funds that can help with emergency heating and propane. Larry “Lash” Dunn and the Toy Drive receive calls throughout the winter when elders and families are in an emergency situation and running out of propane.  The help the Toy Drive is able to provide can truly mean life or death for individuals in need.  Please see for more information. Donations can be made on the website any time.

The website will also be updated later this month with photos of the children receiving their toys, so you can see your gift give a child a smile and a happier holiday.

Friday, Dec. 12, at Barley Street Tavern, Vago and Brad Hoshaw host an evening of music with donations going to benefit the Toy Drive and the heating fund.

Roadhouse & Toy Drive

Dean Dobmeier’s and Gary Grobeck’s Sunday Roadhouse concert at The Waiting Room Sunday, Dec. 14, 5 p.m. will also benefit the Toy Drive for Pine Ridge’s emergency heating fund. Singer-songwriter Pieta Brown, daughter of Greg Brown, performs along with The Pines, a Minneapolis-based folk-Americana act. Doors open at 4 p.m. For more about the artists see

21st Saloon

Wednesday, Dec. 10, The 21st Saloon hosts powerhouse supergroup Royal Southern Brotherhood featuring Cyril Neville, Devon Allman and young guitarist Bart Walker. Kris Lager Trio opens, 5:30 p.m.  

Thursday, Dec. 11, Australian blues-rock guitarist Michael Charles plays 6-9 p.m. Charles is celebrating a 30-year career with a new CD anthology. See

Hot Notes

Little Joe McCarthy releases a new disc, Find Another Fool, Sunday, Dec. 14, 4-7 p.m. at Barrett’s, 4330 Leavenworth St.

The Zoo Bar rocks with Brave Combo on Thursday, Dec. 11, 6-9 p.m., followed by folk-blues guitarist Matt Anderson. Anderson is a three-time Maple Blues Award winner. See

Earl & Them, a band featuring Earl Cate and Jason Davis, is up at Lincoln’s Zoo Bar Friday, Dec. 12, 9 p.m.’ and Saturday, Dec. 13, 6 p.m. The Bel Airs play the Zoo Wednesday, Dec. 17, 6-9 p.m., and then plug in at The 21st Saloon Thursday, Dec. 18, 6-9 p.m.  

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