• After hosting his own release party/holiday shindig last week, local guitarist/producer Ric Hordinski is turning his Monastery studio/performance space in Walnut Hills over to local drummer/pianist/teacher/producer Daniel Joseph Dorff, who will be celebrating his new album, the lovely solo instrumental Living Room. The recording of “improvisations, songs and hymns” is one of the first being issued on the Ol Kentuck Records imprint, founded this year by Northern Kentucky-based Sub Pop recording artist Daniel Martin Moore.
• Cincinnati greats Over the Rhine present their annual holiday show at the Taft Theatre on Saturday, but there’s another local musician in town who will also carry on a Christmastime tradition. For the 15th year, Jazz pianist/organist Steve Schmidt has hosted “The Steve Schmidt Organ Trio Christmas Spectacular.” The Spectacular (a free event) returns to The Comet in Northside on Monday and Tuesday, this year featuring two special guest vocalists — Triage singer Eugene Goss and Mandy Gaines, who has spent much of the year touring the globe. Schmidt — rounding out his trio this year with guitarist Brad Myers and drummer Marc Wolfley — promises lots of holiday favorites (“Some jazzy, some funky,” he says) and some cool non-Christmas songs, too. Showtime both nights is 8:30 p.m.
• The final dates at the Southgate House filled up fast, as local musicians rushed to book one last show at the old Newport mansion before the current, longtime owners vacate the premises and the SGH era officially ends on Dec. 31. If this is your week to make one last visit to the beloved music venue, you have a lot of good options (visit southgatehouse.com for the full rundown). On Friday, Chakras is joined by local Progressive Hard Rock brethren like Tower of Silence, Atlantis Becoming and Second Chance at Eden (plus Indy’s The Canal) for its annual Toys for Tots benefit show. On Saturday in the SGH Parlour, Jason Wells and his band for algernon present their annual holiday party, which they always do up like those old ’50s/’60s TV Christmas specials, with an endless line of special guests. This year, those guests include Scot Torres of State Song, The Minor Leagues, Ashley Peacock, Shiny & the Spoon, Mike Fair and some fat dude in a red suit and white beard. Save Our Strays will also be there to collect donations and sell handmade pet gifts. Show starts at 9 p.m. and cover is $5. On Monday, also in the Parlour, Indie Rock crew Koala Fires hosts “Goodbye, This Old House,” their final show at the club, featuring guests The Harlequins and Killer Star Effect. Showtime is 9 p.m. Cover charge is $5.
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