Montgomery and Friends
Otherlands Coffee Bar hosts a multiact bill built around singer-songwriter Dan Montgomery and his band, the 3+2. The show starts with a solo set by the group's bass player, Jeremy Scott, followed by an appearance by the band's musical couple, Candace and Robert Mache. All three (along with drummer James Cunningham) will take the stage for the finale headlined by Montgomery, who will play songs from his back catalog and preview material from his forthcoming album.
Doors open at 7:30 p.m., show starts at 8:30 p.m., 641 S. Cooper. Cover: $7. Call 901-278-4994.
Georgia singer/guitarist Corey Smith, whose reputation as a road warrior was recently confirmed with the release of his first concert recording, Live In Chattanooga, returns to Memphis for a show at Minglewood Hall. Connor Christian & Southern Gothic and Indian Rodeo also perform.
Doors open at 8 p.m. 1555 Madison. Tickets: $20. Visit minglewoodhall.com, or call 901-312-6058.
Remember Sandy Hook
"Memphis Unites for Newtown, CT" is the name of a fundraiser for the Sandy Hook School Support Fund that will be held in the 1884 Lounge at Minglewood Hall. The lineup of performers includes Faith Ruch, Away Team (with guest belly-dancers), Ping D. Rose, Nick Black and — in what is being billed as their final show — The Incredible Hook.
8 p.m. 1555 Madison. Admission by donation, accepted at the door. Call 901-312-6058.
R&B superstar Trey Songz, recently nominated for a Grammy for his hit single "Heart Attack," brings his "Chapter V" tour to Southaven's Landers Center. Singers Miguel and Elle Varner — also newly minted Grammy nominees — open the show.
8 p.m. 4560 Venture Drive. Tickets: $48, $50 and $58.50, available at the box office and through Ticketmaster. Call 888-280-9120, or visit landerscenter.com.
The Juice is Loose
At 37 already a member of the recently launched Memphis Music Hall of Fame, Memphis rapper Juicy J, née Jordan Houston, headlines "Trippy Fest 2K12" at Minglewood Hall. A new member of Wiz Khalifa's Taylor Gang, Juicy J has been touring with the bestselling rapper and is set to release his third solo album, Stay Trippy, featuring the hit single "Bandz A Make Her Dance." In addition to Juicy J, DJ Louis P, DJ QuinnRaynor, DJ Epic and DJ Deception will perform.
Fast-rising Memphis singer-songwriter Kait Lawson performs at Otherlands Coffee Bar, playing songs off her much-lauded debut album, Until We Drown. Lawson will be backed by a number of the Bluff City's finest musicians, including Al Gamble on keyboards and Mark Stuart on bass. Paul Taylor opens.
Doors open at 7:30 p.m.; show starts at 8:30 pm. 641 S. Cooper. Cover: $7. Call 901-278-4994.
Amy & Shannon
After working together for the first time earlier this year in the all-star roots band The Wandering, Mid-South singer-songwriters Amy LaVere and Shannon McNally teamed up this October for a brief duo tour. They reunite for a show at the Hi-Tone Café to promote their new Archer Records release, the EP Chasing the Ghost: Rehearsal Sessions.
8 p.m. 1913 Poplar. Cover: $10. Call 901-278-8663.
Tan, Rested and Ready
The River City Tanlines — whose most recent album, Coast to Coast, is cited as one of the year's best in this issue of Go Memphis — demonstrate why they're worthy of such praise with a show at Murphy's.
10 p.m. 1589 Madison. Cover: $5. For more information, call 901-726-4193.
Rockin' With Freeworld
Capping their yearlong silver anniversary celebration, Memphis jam band stalwarts FreeWorld present their 26th annual "Holidaze" concert at Newby's. Chinese Connection Dub Embassy and The Memphis Blue Chips also perform. The show starts at 10, and all the bands will participate in a "monster jam" that begins at 1 a.m.
10 p.m. 539 S. Highland. Cover: $7 ($1 off for each donated can of food to MIFA). Call 901-452-8408, or visit newbysmemphis.com.
Liberty Bowl Festivities
The end of the year means the annual AutoZone Liberty Bowl Parade & Battle of the Bands on Beale Street. With floats, marching bands and more, the parade starts at 3 p.m. The pep rally follows at 5 in Handy Park.
Visit bealestreet.com, or call 901-529-099.
I Want A New Year
On their way to New Orleans to play a free New Year's Eve concert in Jackson Square, '80s hitmakers Huey Lewis & The News — whose last album was the 2010 Memphis-made Soulsville — perform at Horseshoe Casino's Bluesville.
8 p.m. 1021 Casino Center Drive, Tunica Resorts, Miss. Tickets: $40, $50 and $60. Visit horseshoetunica.com.
Memphis indie rockers The Soul Thieves kick off 2013 with a concert at the Hi-Tone Café. The group— including frontman Zach Gilliam, drummer Rusty Dodd and bassist Darrian Balongie — is currently prepping its debut LP. Knoxville folk-pop band Vagabond Philosophy also performs.
1913 Poplar. Cover: $5. Visit hitonememphis.com.