Isn't this usually the night where people hang out at the bar with Bud/Bud Light specials near their parents' home? If you're not going to grab a couple drinks with your high school pals, there is music around town.
Tomorrow is one of those meager days regarding entertainment options. You could sidle to The Beehive's bar for live jazz while others eat chef-made turkey plates. If you're looking for company and camaraderie, Great Scott annually hosts a thanksgiving meal where "all are welcome".
A Night with The Cranktones
at Midway Cafe, 3496 Washington St, Jamaica Plain
I'm not sure if The Cranktones are going to play all night, or if they're going to morph into the country-ish outfits that share members: The Coachmen or The Spurs. I'm positive you're going to hear some great rockabilly at some point.
Although this is one of those annual pre-Thanksgiving gigs, I'm not even sure what the cover charge will be. Proceed with caution.
Aunt Martha (11:30pm), You Won't (10:30pm), Andrea Belanger (9:45pm), Herego (9pm)
at TT the Bear's Place, 10 Brookline St, Cambridge (Central Sq)
Hey, folky indie-rock fans. Feel like some good tunes tonight? I've listened to You Won't before and liked what I've heard. (They're even getting some non-local attention.) I don't recall hearing Aunt Martha, but they're a New Hampshire band who named their latest recording after a town in Maine and played Bonnaroo this year.
The Welch Boys, The Blue Bloods, Mark Lind & The Unloved, The Scars
at Great Scott, 1222 Comm Ave, Allston
$10 / 18+
Believe it or not, but this is "Thanksgiving Eve Fiasco VI". Mark Lind has organized 6 consecutive punk-rock shows prior to turkey and football, and this is the first year at Great Scott.
Like I mentioned seeing old friends in today's preamble, this is a show where some of these bands haven't played out in a while. Based on gigs over the years, I'm guessing these guys are friends. There's going to be a lot of love in the room.
A lot of booze and loud guitars too.
WED 11/23 (and 11/30)
The Grateful Dread
at Lizard Lounge/Cambridge Common, 1667 Mass Ave, Cambridge (between Harvard Sq & Porter Sq)
Umm... This concept might be too much for me. All I can say is that it's exactly what you'd expect: reggae-style Grateful Dead songs.
No, you can't "get irie" in the club.
Bodega Girls present "Cool Ranch"
at Middlesex Lounge, 315 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)
FREE / 21+
Feat: DJ Leah V
It's probably a good idea to dance your ass off before stuffing your face tomorrow. Usually the Bodega Girls act as DJs on 'Cool Ranch' nights while inviting other bands to play. Since their only guest seems to be DJ Leah V, they might whip out a couple live tunes.
Or maybe you won't care when you're there. From what I've seen, this is one of those dance nights that a rock guy like me could enjoy.