The weekend in music, with the Fayetteville Jazz Collective and more

December 7th, 2012 at 5:03 am

Fayetteville Jazz Collective

This is a pretty busy time of the year, with all the holiday parties and gatherings scheduled.

And, sometimes, it’s nice to just sneak away and see some live music. We’re here to help.

There are, of course, ways to combine the two.

At more than 15 members strong, the Fayetteville Jazz Collective will on Saturday (Dec. 8) lend their combined talents to Christmas music, including the Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn arrangement of Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite.” Admission to the 7 p.m. show at Clapp Auditorium on Mount Sequoyah is $10. For details, visit www.mountsequoyah.org.

Tonight (Dec. 7), Benjamin Del Shreve releases a brand new album, one in a much different tone than previous efforts. This acoustic-first album comes in sharp contrast to his previous party rock records of the past few years. Del Shreve and his band will launch “The Diamond” for fans at about 9 p.m. at George’s Majestic Lounge. Admission is $7. Look back later for more on that event.

Elsewhere, George’s hosts a Dimebag Darrel tribute show on Saturday night, The School of Rock of Bentonville/Rogers will play a show Saturday at The Lightbulb Club and several bands will perform for a Humane Society Benefit on Sunday (Dec. 9) at Mojo’s Pints and Pies.

What’s on your live music agenda?