The Weekend Guide for Dec. 23-25: Leah Gardner’s Badass Band, Sam Quinn’s Xmas Debacle, and Todd Steed

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Here’s a list of what to do this holiday weekend. Visit the Knoxville Mercury online calendar or pick up this week’s issue for a full list of the weekend’s offerings. Happy Life Day!


Leah Gardner and One Badass Band
Holly’s Corner • 7 p.m. • $10
Leah Gardner, one of the original members of the Black Lillies, is performing some swinging Americana tonight in Happy Holler with One Badass Band: Devan Jones, Seth Hopper, Jon Whitlock, Matt Coker, and Clint Mullican.

Todd Steed and the Christmas Suns
WDVX • Noon • Free
As the Blue Plate Special series winds down for the year and prepares for a brief winter hiatus, Todd Steed—erudite jazz radio host, middle-aged statesman of Knoxville rock, and a songwriter of rare talent and taste—teams up with some combination of Dave Nichols, Jeff Bills, Bob Deck, and Greg Horne for his annual Christmas Eve lunchtime set.

Sam Quinn’s Christmas Debacle
Preservation Pub • 10 p.m. • Free • 21 and up
Here’s how singer-songwriter/Black Lillies utility player/former Everybodyfields guy Sam Quinn describes his fifth annual Christmas show:

dear people wasting time at work, ignoring friends nearby who are speaking to you about serious personal dilemmas, or do not have any signal and are pretending to physically use time, or living your life as the lead role in some heinous movie about insular bipeds who make duck faces in photographs taken by themselves in mirrors and documenting an existence that reflects a life that is not your own: it is with much aplomb that i am led to share the pure joy of this, the fifth annual occurrence of me & mine’s glorious celebration of our fine burg, it’s spirit and unique pageantry, it’s toothy yet velveteen underbelly, it’s doughy biscuit and also slightly burnt cornbread, in an evening of whimsical cavalry and it’s prideful delights. the jubilant coming-together of a mysterious uncoupling of style, caste, and most importantly self, holds out it’s transparent and unjudging thumb to the universe for the evening of the twenty-fifth of december, the year of our lord, two thousand and sixteen. weigh out your many options for the evening and when you understand this is really the only game in town, know that you are the one in charge of this choice to field the correct options as the temperate winter winds race across the square, not unlike time draining from your face, cracking and digging dark furrows into a mindless & busying abyss at the crossroads of settling and utter nothingness. a bin will be provided to accept any non-perishable items to be given to persons directly effected by the recent wildfires in and around sevier county who will be in need for a few more months to come. also think about bringing leftovers that will assuredly turn into colors crayola has not even thought of in the back of your refrigerator and making the slaughter of mechanically carved meats and innocent casseroles somewhat acceptable. happy life day.

Senior Editor Matthew Everett manages the Knoxville Mercury's arts & entertainment section, including the comprehensive calendar section—Knoxville’s go-to guide for everything worth doing in the area. You can reach Matthew at

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