Besides that whole unwarranted slaughter of millions of turkeys thing, Thanksgiving is also about being a decent person and giving help to those who need it. It's a mantra that looks nice on a greeting cardbut it's not often when we associate decency with rock 'n' roll. Except this year because Alex's Bar is hosting a benefit show that not only gives proceeds to the Eli Home and Friendship Kitchen, but also serves up a pretty kick-ass plate of live music. Featuring acoustic performances by Bad Brains frontman H.R., Walter Schreifels from the Gorilla Biscuits, Quicksand and Rival Schools, Far/onelinedrawing singer Jonah Matranga, Jeff Pezzati from Chicago punk band Naked Raygun and Adolescents bassist Steve Soto and a deejay set by Dennis Owens, the only group not benefiting from the holiday are the aforementioned turkeys, but at this stage, they're probably used to it by now.
Sun., Nov. 22, 9 p.m., 2009