Local hippity hoppers who wonder what our area has to offer in rhythm 'n' rhyme may be found at the Ash Street Saloon when it hosts the Breakout Mixtape Jumpoff featuring Cool Nutz, Chicharones, illmaculate, Ray Ray of G-Ism, T and E (Tope and Epp), Eternal Family and your ever-charming host The Latin Sensation DJ Fatboy. The mixtape of local heroes will be available at www.coast2coastmixtapes.com for free at midnight Christmas Eve, so take a break from watching for the fat man in the red suit so you can download the phat jam in the cyber sleigh.
Cool Nutz, Chicharones, illmaculate, Ray Ray of G-Ism, T and E (Tope and Epp), Eternal Family, 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 26, Ash Street Saloon, 225 S.W. Ash St. $10. Info: 503-226-0430, myspace.com/coolnutz, myspace .com/thechicarones, myspace .com/illmaculate, myspace.com/ rayrayofgism, myspace.com/ topemusic, myspace.com/erternalfamily503.
Just us folks
If you spent most of your cash stocking someone else's stocking, you should consider spending that last $5 on a fine local folk show at the Doug Fir Lounge, featuring the melodically and socially aware Shoeshine Blue, evocative baritone Justin Power, and The Lower 48. The latter features Sarah, who along with her band mates lost her surname somewhere along the way but seems to have found her soul.
Shoeshine Blue, Justin Power, The Lower 48, 9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 30, Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E. Burnside St. $5. Info: 503-231-WOOD, myspace.com/shoeshine blue, myspace.com/justinpower songs, myspace.com/heylookitsthelower48
That Jello fellow
Incendiary punk icon Jello Biafra,the most alive of the Dead Kennedys, will be bringing his latest groupThe Guantanamo School of Medicine (does this guy know how to name bands or what?) to Roseland New Year's Eve with Seattle legends Murder City Devils, as well as folk Portland punksters My Life in Black and White.
Murder City Devils, Jello Biafra and The Guantanamo School of Medicine, My Life in Black and White, 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 31, Roseland Theater, 8 N.W. Sixth Ave. 21 and older. $30 and up. Info: 503-221-0288, themurdercitydevils.com, myspace .com/jellobiafraandthegsm, myspace.com/mylifeinblackand white.
Call your Duff
Duff's Garage will feature a full night of great music New Year's Eve, starting with The Stolen Sweets, who hit the stage at 6 p.m. The Sweets feature lush harmonies custom-made for strolling hand-in-hand with your lovey-dovey sweetiekins. The Sweets formed in 2005 with the intention of reviving the songs of 1930s sister act, The Boswell Sisters, but have expanded their repertoire to include material from the 1920s to the 1940s. But what if your sweetie pie decides to dump you suddenly? No worries, that's when The Insomniacs will hit the stage, offering up their award-winning 1950s-style swinging blues, allowing you to dance away your distress into a brand New Year.
The Stolen Sweets, 6-8 p.m., $10, followed by The Insomniacs at 9:30 p.m., $15, Thursday, Dec. 31, Duff's Garage, 1635 S.E. Seventh Ave. Info: 503-234-BEER, duffsgarage.com, stolensweets .com, myspace.com/insomniac blues.
I want to go to there
Quick quiz - do you remember the funky disco hits 'Fire'? 'Son of Shaft'? 'Slide'? 'Let It Whip'? Heck, the whole sound of 'Hot Buttered Soul'? If any of this is ringing a bell, particularly the one in your bottom, you should seriously consider ending this decade and starting the next at the The Masters of Funk New Year's Eve Party featuring Sugarfoot's Ohio Players, Bar-Kays, Slave, andDazz Band, along with vocal soul goddesses Liv Warfield and Linda Hornbuckle. No doubt, this will be the best-dressed, most rug-cutting party in town.
Sugarfoot's Ohio Players, Bar-Kays, Slave, Dazz Band, Liv Warfield, Linda Hornbuckle, 10 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 31, Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W. Burnside St. $45. 25 and over. Info: 503-225-0047, myspace.com/sugarfootop, myspace.com/thefunkybarkays, livalittle.com, lindahornbuckle.com.