Dec 17th: Christmas Without Tears. Le Petit Theatre, 7:30. Annual show led by Harry Shearer and Judith Owen, with an all-star lineup: Jon Cleary, Topsy Chapman, Evan Christopher, many others.
Dec 18th: James Booker Birthday Bash. Maple Leaf Bar, 7-9. Five pianists pay their annual homage to the Piano Prince.
Dec 18th: A Very Loose Cattle Christmas Redux. Chickie Wah Wah 8pm. Michael Cerveris, a star of Broadway and TV, leads his alt-Country band, featuring singer Kimberley Kaye. Lots of fun guests.
Dec 19: Professor Longhair Birthday Centennial, Tipitina’s, 8PM. All-star lineup paying homage to Fess.
Dec 20: Three Muses solo piano, 5-7:30; Buffa’s 8-11 with Chloe Feoranzo.
Dec 23: Bywater Bakery, 10-12 am.
Dec 24: Duet with Antoine Diel at the Roosevelt Hotel, 6-9.
“Mr. McDermott is not simply a follower of tradition or a repository of old tunes. He composes within his wide-ranging idiom with a knowledgeable feeling for his sources and a sense of humor.” The New York Times