When: Sat., Dec. 17, 9 p.m. 2011
"Every year we just try to have some good music and try to pair up different types of bands," Shangri-La Records' Jared McStay says. "It's a big party that we throw for all of our customers and for anyone else who wants to come. We try to make it appeal to as many different people as we can. But it's mostly just about music." McStay is not sure how long this holiday show has been going on, as it was already established when he took over from Shangri-La founder Sherman Willmott. "It's at least 13 years, probably more like 15," he says. This year's show at the Hi-Tone Café features Magic Kids, the smooth, Bennett Foster-fronted Midtown indie-pop band whose 2010 album Memphis garnered national attention. Also on the bill is Fraysia, featuring McStay, Impala guitarist John Stivers, Tripp Lamkins of the Grifters and Dragoon, and Andy Saunders from Glorie. "It's kind of a new thing we've been doing," says McStay, whose band the Simple Ones was a mainstay of the '90s Memphis alt-rock scene. Between sets, DJ Buck Wilders will keep the party rocking with his blend of vintage soul and contemporary rock. Admission is $5 plus a can of food, which will be donated to the Memphis Food Bank.