Tonight, Tonight: KXT's One-Year Anniversary Party at Gilley's, Bobby Patterson at The Kessler, In This Moment at Trees and Traffic 911 Benefit at Dan's Silverleaf

An interesting array of shows taking place around our area this Thursday evening. A celebration in one corner of town, some legendary soul at another, some inspired metal in yet another corner, and, up north, some impressive local acts working it for a worthy cause.

KXT's One-Year Anniversary Party at Gilley's with Sarah Jaffe, The Orbans and The O's
About as strong an all-local triple-bill as one can expect on a Thursday night comes to us courtesy of KKXT-91.7 FM KXT, which, tonight, is celebrating it's one-year anniversary. Seems like only yesterday that the station launched with a Carlos Santana song leading the way. Fortunately, the station appears to have found and settled into its path over the past 12 months. And for members who have supported the station over that stretch of time, this party will serve as a thank you. Only for them, though; this is a private event for station members.

Bobby Patterson and Jimmy Baldwin at The Kessler Theater
Legendary hometown blues and soul singer/DJ/producer Bobby Patterson performs a rare gig at an intimate venue tonight. Since 1962, Patterson has been releasing some of the best soul and blues to come out of our area, and his songs have been covered by the likes of Albert King and The Fabulous Thunderbirds. With as much talent as more renowned singers such as Bobby Bland and Wilson Pickett, the fact that Patterson never scored more than a regional hit is especially baffling. Thankfully, it's not too late to start enjoying Patterson's talent, and tonight is as good of an opportunity as any.

In This Moment, Taking Dawn, Red Pyramid and I Met Tragedy at Trees
Hailing out of Los Angeles, In This Moment is a metalcore outfit led by Maria Brink. Brink was once voted the hottest chick in metal, but don't discount the lady just because she's hot. In The Moment's sound would land at the fringes of metal if not for Brink's whacked-out howl. Even with her impressive pipes, the band can sound more like a rock band with some deeply buried New Wave influences. Songs like "The Gun Show" and "Iron Army" are an unholy mix of No Doubt and AC/DC. If that sounds like your cup of tea, then In This Moment is the band for you. Las Vegas' Taking Dawn, one of the three supporting acts, is more of your basic metal band, spewing out its Iron Maiden-inspired noise with glee and purpose. This is not the kind of music your mother would want you hearing this time of year, so go anyway.

Traffick 911 Benefit at Dan's Silverleaf with Peopleodian, Lazy Native, Sour Mash, Alien Brew and The Red 100s
Five area bands come together during the holiday season to raise money for a worthy cause. Human trafficking is a serious, worldwide issue that cuts across demographics and socio-economic boundaries. So, instead of just talking about it, these acts have come together to play for a measly five dollar cover. And it's a nice collection of acts as well: From the rowdy punkabilly of The Red 100s to the experimental electronica of Peopleodian, tonight is a great chance to hear great music and all for a cause that matters. You just can't beat that.

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