The Closing Jingle Bell

Before we close up shop for the holiday weekend we’d like to leave you with a Christmas stocking stuffed with new dates for The Charlie Daniels Band, Pat Green, Saliva and Dave Alvin & The Guilty Men, and links to stories about the hottest-selling items of the year, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Gregg Allman, YouTube and jellyfish lamps.

All of us at wish you and yours a merry Christmas. During the next few days we’ll be turning back the hands of time to relive the days of HotStars past. Watch for these special interviews appearing through January 5 under the “From The Vault” moniker.

Link-O-Rama …

What’s the hottest selling item this year? Shoppers Advantage says it’s the iPod Nano –

Trans-Siberian Orchestra loves blowing things up – The Plain Dealer

Photo: Justin Brady
Rose Garden, Portland, Ore.

Labels weak, YouTube strong – Reuters

Gregg Allman talks about music, the first concert he ever saw and shroomin’ with the band – New Haven Advocate

Looking for that special gift for the person who has everything? Bet he/she doesn’t have jellyfish lamps – Deep Sea News

Dates, Dates & More Dates …

The Charlie Daniels Band updates on this fine Christmas Eve with new dates for Mississippi, Nevada, California, Nevada and Ohio. Details include March 14 in Choctaw, Miss., at Pearl River Resort / Silver Star; June 28 in San Dimas, California, at Bonelli Park; July 3 in Jackpot, Nevada, at Cactus Petes Resort Casino/Gala Showroom; July 4 in West Wendover, Nevada, at Peppermill Concert Hall and September 7 in Wauseon, Ohio, at Fulton County Fair.

Pat Green adds several show dates for the first half of 2009. New on Mr. Green’s calendar is January 22 in Columbia, Missouri, at The Blue Note; February 21 in Cleveland, Ohio, at Quicken Loans Arena; March 7 in New Orleans at House Of Blues and May 13 in Wichita at Century II Perf. Arts & Conv. Ctr.

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But Pat Green gives his fans lots of crossover tunes at Columbia, S.C.’s Rivers Music Festival.

Just a couple of new Saliva dates today – January 31 in Towson, Maryland, at Volunteer Fire Station and May 16 in Columbus, Ohio, at Crew Stadium.

Finally, a string of California dates for Dave Alvin & The Guilty Men, including June 20 in San Juan Capistrano at The Coach House; June 23 in Chico at Sierra Nevada Brewing Company and June 25 in Redding at a venue to be announced. Dave and the band also add a March 21 date for Chicago at Old Town School Of Folk Music.

And that’s going to do it for the rest of the week. Merry Christmas, happy holidays and may God bless you and yours on this very special weekend. G’night!