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El Kabong at Limp Lizard

El Kabong, the Syracuse-based rockabilly trio led by guitarist Frank Rhodes, plugs in at 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 23 at the Limp Lizard Bar & Grill, 4628 Onondaga Blvd., in the Westhill neighborhood.

The threesome also includes bassist Andy Peebles and drummer Jimmy Laratta accompanying Rhodes on tunes from their new 15-track disc, "Hola!'

El Kabong is also booked Jan. 16 at Shifty's Tavern, 1401 Burnet Ave., as part of Dave Frisina's "Soundcheck Live" show on TK99.

Boxing Day with Los Blancos

Syracuse's award-winning blues quartet, Los Blancos, celebrates Boxing Day, at 10 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 26, at Al's (awful no longer) Wine & Whiskey Lounge, 321 S. Clinton St., on the edge of Armory Square; 703-4773. Admission is free.

The band - guitarist Colin Aberdeen, keyboardist Mark Nanni, drummer Mark Tiffault and bassist Steve Winston - will play music from their recent discs, "Taj for Breakfast" and "Just This Once."

Rhythm-Airs swing Wednesdays

The Rhythm-Airs big band led by trumpeter Maureen Clum performs swing standards from 7 to 9 p.m. every Wednesday, at McNamara's Pub, 5600 Newport Road, in Camillus; $3/per person, $5/per couple; food and drinks available; 672-8872.

Driscoll, Kreutzmann at Westcott

Syracuse expatriate Joe Driscoll returns for an 8 p.m. show Sunday Dec. 26, at the Westcott Theater, 524 Westcott St., on the city's east side; 424-4973.

Opening the concert will be Ruha and Mike Powell. Now based in London, Driscoll combines beatbox drums (oral percussion) with guitar, bass and layers of verse and rhyme as he raps and rocks righteously. Admission costs $12 for all ages.

Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann performs with his new group 7 Walkers at 9 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 30, at the Westcott Theater. Kreutzmann's new combo features the Louisiana-Texas guitarist Papa Mali a.k.a Malcolm Welbourne. The band 7 Walkers performs new songs by longtime Grateful Dead collaborator Robert Hunter.

Admission costs $20 and $25; thewestcotttheater.com.

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