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FRIDAY 12/14

Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day 

Where: Aero Theater

This Friday the Aero Theatre will successfully be taking fans back in time to see one of Led Zeppelin’s concerts. In 2007 Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Robert Plant reunited to create a Zeppelin experience unlike any other in London’s O2 Arena. There they played a lengthy set filled with their iconic hits to 18,000 people. Now anyone in the Santa Monica area this weekend can see the same concert with all the creature comforts (read: foot rests and bottomless popcorn) of a movie theatre.

The Tragically Hip

Where: House of Blues, Anaheim

The Tragically Hip, or “The Hip” as they’re known to fans, are making their way down from their Canadian home all the way to Southern California. With 12 studio albums, 1 EP, and an astounding 54 singles, this band will have no shortage of rock tunes to choose from. Though not a lot of people know this band in the US, they are quite literally rock stars to our northern neighbors. They have accumulated 14 Juno Awards and 9 of their albums have made it to #1 in Canada. If you haven’t listened to this ultra-hip rock group yet, now is the perfect opportunity to do so.


Stevie Wonder’s House Full of Toys

Where: Nokia Theatre

This December will mark the 17th year of Stevie Wonder’s holiday-themed charity extravaganza, the Annual House Full of Toys Benefit Concert. Started almost two decades ago, the humanitarian and award-winning performer’s yearly event has become a holiday staple in the Los Angeles area. Though he always likes to keep the lineup for the year a secret until the last minute, the talent at the previous benefits make this year seem promising. From Janelle Monáe, to Alicia Keys, Drake, and Ziggy Marley, this Saturday is a great way to help yourself to some awesome musical acts while helping others at the same time.

Rock The Red Kettle 

Where: LA Live

To round out a weekend of charity, this Saturday a free concert with a great lineup will be hosted by Downtown’s LA Live. There, Andy Grammer, Bridgit Mendler, Hot Chelle Rae and Owl City will all play to benefit The Salvation Army. This is the impressive 122nd year of the Red Kettle Campaign, the oldest annual charity event of its kind. Bring an upwrapped toy, food, or coats for the homeless along with a ready-to-rock attitude to this worthy cause brimming with hot pop rock talent.

By: D.D.

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