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Geoff Tate, Tim "Ripper" Owens and Blaze Bayley as Trinity

We know that, for most folks, Thanksgiving is marked by parades, football games and turkey.

And, of course, there's Black Friday, with deep discounts on electronics and various other big-ticket items if you're willing to get up early in the morning or stay up really late the night before.

But if you'd rather sleep in on Friday morning and head out Friday night, there are plenty of options for your music-loving ears.

Five Finger Death Punch, Shinedown and Sixx:A.M. come to the DCU Center in Worcester, ex-Skid Row lead singer Sebastian Bach plays Wally's Pub in Hampton Beach, N.H., Trinity (featuring Geoff Tate formerly of Queensryche and Tim "Ripper" Owens formerly of Judas Priest) plays Tupelo Music Hall in Londonderry, N.H., Scott Stapp of Creed plays The Claddagh Pub in Lawrence, comedienne Paula Poundstone plays the Bull Run Restaurant in Shirley and veteran folk singer Jonathan Richman plays Middle East Upstairs in Cambridge.

There really is something for everyone, so have some extra turkey, sleep in an extra hour and make plans for an extra late Friday night.

Before I wrap up this week, I got mention of a special benefit concert local blues ace James Montgomery is performing on Saturday, Dec. 3, at The Zorba Room in Lowell.

Montgomery has played with Gregg Allman, Johnny Winter, B.B. King, Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, Aerosmith, The Rolling Stones, Joe Cocker and James Brown.

He's touring behind his new James Montgomery Blues Band album, A Tribute to Paul Butterfield, and the concert is also an album release show. The concert features a canned-good drive to help stock the shelves for local veterans. It will benefit New England Veterans Liberty House as they work with V is for Veterans and Veterans Assisting Veterans.


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The show begins at 8:30 p.m. and doors open at 7:30 p.m. A portion of all ticket sales will go to New England Veterans Liberty House.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!