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— La Familia also hosts dances from 9:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. every Saturday at the Metro Lounge, 505 Westcott St., on the East Side., where admission also costs $5; lafamiliadelasalsa.com; 636-7133.

Blues Christmas

It’ll be a blues Christmas when Los Blancos returns at 9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 25, to Al’s (no longer Awful) Wine & Whiskey Lounge, 321 S. Clinton St., just a stone’s throw from Armory Square, downtown.

The Sammy Award-winning quartet features guitarist Colin Aberdeen, keyboardist Mark Nanni, bassist Steve Winston and drummer Mark Tiffault. The foursome plays a fearsome blend of blues, roots rock and originals.

On Wednesday, Dec. 28, the neo-bluegrass band Driftwood will play its updated version of old-time country. Admission is always free at Al’s; 703-4773; www.alswineandwhiskey.com.

Blues at the Bar-B-Que!

Jeff Jones’ rock combo the Pale Green Stars returns to the Dinosaur Bar-B-Que at 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 22, followed by none other than guitarist Phil Petroff & The Natural Fact at 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 23.

The world-famous honky-tonk and smokehouse will be open for booze and barbecue until 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve and closed on Christmas Day.

Big D and Dr. Pickle entertain at 9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 27, followed by Capt. Howdy on Tuesday, Dec. 27.

The Dinosaur Bar-B-Que is at 246 W. Willow St., at the corner of North Franklin Street. Admission is free and the food is fabulous; 476-4937.

Hockey: Crunch return Wednesday

The Syracuse Crunch continues its climb up the American Hockey League’s East Division standings with a home game against the Springfield Falcons at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 28, at the Onondaga County War Memorial at State and Harrison streets, downtown.

The Crunch is affiliated with the NHL’s Anaheim Ducks. Springfield is the top farm club of the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Ticket prices range from $14 to $21; 473-4444.

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