Darlene Love
Darlene Love

We're at that point in the holiday season where we've gotten rid of all traces of Thanksgiving but it's still a little too early about plans for Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa just yet.

We may be hitting up holiday parties, but we've probably already bought the tree and decorated it. As for shopping, it can wait as there are still three weekends between now and the aforementioned holidays.

That leaves plenty of time to just enjoy the spirit and sounds of the season, and for those of you looking for some musical accompaniment to either get (or keep) you in the mood, that's where this week's Nightlife comes in.

Actually, given the breadth and depth of shows that are happening Thursday night, if you like pretty much any kind of music, you'll get your holiday fix tonight.

Melissa Etheridge
Melissa Etheridge

Here's a very quick look at all of the shows that are happening in the area, most of which are holiday-themed shows.

The legendary Darlene Love performs the first of two holiday shows at The Cabot in Beverly (she's also there Saturday night but that show is sold out). Those of you with long memories will remember her annual holiday performance of "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" on the Late Show with David Letterman, but as she said in many interviews at the time, she hasn't performed it on television anywhere else since he retired.


That means this is your best chance to hear her sing it live.

If your tastes are a bit more eclectic, fiddler Eileen Ivers is also performing in Beverly on Thursday night with a 7:30 p.m. show at the Larcom Performing Arts Center. The virtuoso fiddler will blend age-old Wren Day songs, timeless American carols and even some Bach in An Nollaig: An Irish Christmas. Expect a warm celebration that tells the story of Christmas through dance and music.

If you like your music with a bit of an edge, Melissa Etheridge's Holiday Trio will be at the Lynn Auditorium for a 7:30 p.m. show. The show features Etheridge with just a drummer and bassist -- hence, the holiday trio -- mixing her biggest hits in with Christmas songs and soul covers from her new album of blues covers, "MEmphis Rock and Soul" and sounds like a nice twist on a holiday show. A check of a setlist from a Sunday night show in Wilkes Barre, Pa., shows that she played "It's Christmas Time," "Christmas in America," "O Night Divine" and medleys of "Bring Me Some Water/Jingle Bells/Santa Claus is Coming to Town" and "I'm the Only One/Merry Christmas Baby."

If that's not enough holiday fun, there's also Kenny G at the Shubert Theatre for an 8 p.m. show. The show features Kenny playing some of his favorite Christmas classics.