If you can step away from the end-of-the-world hype for a second, you can instead focus on some club-style Christmas entertainment.
River Street Jazz Café will highlight the big December holiday with a double dose of Cabinet, set to play on consecutive nights with different openers. Kyle Morgan will take the stage before Cabinet tonight, and Mike Dougherty will open tomorrow.
Cabinet, a six-piece folk/bluegrass group, recently made waves locally due to its newest album, Leap.
The band recorded the tracks in front of a live studio audience, fans who contributed to the group's Kickstarter page, formed to help cover recording costs.
This forced the musicians – Pappy Biondo on banjo and vocals, J.P. Biondo on mandolin and vocals, Mickey Coviello on acoustic guitar and vocals, Dylan Skursky on electric bass and double bass, Todd Kopec on fiddle and vocals and Jami Novak on drums and percussion – to be on point with performance from the start.
It's like, ‘Well, we have these days booked, and we're going to have people come in, so we've got to do it,' Coviello said. We had no choice. It kind of forced us to be on our game and really concentrate and try to play to the best of our ability.
If you're looking for some wind-down entertainment when the Christmas festivities wrap up Tuesday, the annual Christmas show with local band Suze is set for 10 p.m. at the River Street Jazz Café.
Suze, a blues/rock band out of Kingston, has been around a little more than five years. In April, the band released its debut album, When the World is Not Enough, its sound doused heavily in rock and blues with jazz and funk undertones.
The band is Adam McKinley on lead vocals and guitar, Brandin Shaffern on bass, Kevin Gallagher on drums, Adam Gabriel on lead guitar and Angelo Miraglia on keys.
If it's not really the end of the world as we know it, why not spend tonight hanging out with some of the local musicians who will toast the conclusion anyway? Take your pick of:
• The Chatter's End of the World Bash: 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. at Ole Tyme Charley's, 31 S. River St., Plains Township.
• Face the Apocalypse
with the Best Cover Bands
: 9:30 p.m. at Evans' Roadhouse, 330 North Hunter Highway, Drums, with Ostrich Hat and Kartune
• Apocalypse Party: 10 p.m. at Rodano's, 53 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre, with Siege, Gino Lispi and the Abstract Peoples and DJ Tonez
• It's the End of the World at the Keys!: 9 p.m. at The Keys, 244 Penn Ave., Scranton, with Blinded Passenger, Kids on Bikes, and Days in Transit
What: Cabinet Christmas Shows
When: 10 tonight and tomorrow night
Where: River Street Jazz Café, 667 North River St., Plains Township
What: Annual Christmas Show with Suze
When: 10 p.m. Tuesday
Where: River Street Jazz Café, 667 N. River St., Plains Township