Give Love, Raise Hell: Here’s A List of OC Food Drive and Benefit Concerts

Ghost AD: Ambassadors of Christmas cheer! (Credit: John McMurtire)

Staying out late and getting drunk off your ass while dancing to live music comes with a little less regret this holiday season as such activities will also do good for local charities. With the holidays upon us, it’s time for local musicians and venues to raise money and gifts for those in need.

Here’s a list of the organizations and artists coming together this month to inspire the public to donate their dollars, cans, toys and time to brighten up the season for those who need it most.

Frosty, Heidi and Frank’s Reinbeer Games

Raise money for St. Jude Children’s Hospital while enjoying live performances from Ghost A.D. and Metal101. Frosty, Heidi and Frank will begin the evening with a live show.

At the Slidebar, 122 East Commonwealth Avenue, Fullerton

Dec. 7, 5 p.m. $10 donation for admission; $20 donation for a limited edition Frosty, Heidi and Frank ornament

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It’s a Drag to Give

Enjoy cocktails and live music by Gericho and Halle Johnson while supporting four Long Beach nonprofits: Beacon for Him, the LGBTQ Center of Long Beach, Long Beach Immigrant Rights Coalition and WomenShelter of Long Beach. The event is hosted by Jewels of Hamburger Mary’s and community activist Ron Sylvester.

At the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center, 300 East Ocean Boulevard

Dec. 7, 7 p.m.  Admission ranges from $10 to $350

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KXMas with Nancy Wilson of Heart

Help raise money for KX 93.5 FM, an independent Laguna Beach-based radio station, by attending KXMas with Nancy Wilson of Heart. Wilson is expected to perform hits like “Crazy on You,” “Barracuda” and “Magic Man” to help keep independent radio alive in Orange County.

At the Irvine Bowl, 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach

Dec. 8, 7 p.m. Tiered seating: $55 to $95 ; VIP: $195

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Punxmas ToxicKat Productions Third Annual Toy Drive Doggy Style

Bring an unwrapped toy to benefit Orangewood Children’s Home and take in the sounds of nine punk bands including Mr. E and the Filthy Devils; Walk Proud; and Corn Dog and the Criminals.

At the World Famous Doll Hut, 107 South Adams Avenue, Anaheim

Dec. 8, 5:30 p.m. $10 unwrapped, new toy for admission

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Eighth Annual Counterfeit Presents: Holiday Toy Drive

Support Love in the Mirror — which cultivates youth-led initiatives — and enjoy live music by The Pretty Flowers; Many Faces; A Boy and His Tiger; and The Black and White.

At DiPiazza’s, 5205 East Pacific Coast Highway, Long Beach

Dec. 9, 6 p.m. Bring a new, unwrapped toy to be distributed during Love in the Mirror’s annual toy giveaway

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Rock for CHOC!

Filmspeed leads this lineup that aims to raise money for CHOC Hospital. Also playing are Glass Radio; Bash; and Iris and the Shade.

At The Karman Bar, 26022 Cape Drive, Unit C, Laguna Niguel

Dec. 14, 9 p.m. $5 suggested donation to be donated to CHOC Hospital

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Rockin Toy Drive Before Christmas

Five bands will rock to raise money and toys for Toys for Tots. Bands include C4OC, Folklorica, Black Rose (Thin Lizzy tribute), Jester McCool and Time Saxton Band.

At Malones Concert Venue, 604 East Dyer Road, Santa Ana

Dec. 14, 8 p.m. Admission is $5 with an unwrapped toy and $10 without

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For the Children

Bring a new, unwrapped toy and rage to the sounds of 20 bands like Downpresser, Twitching Tongues, Take Offense, No Zodiac and Self Defense Family.

At Toxic Toast Theatre, 757 Pine Avenue, Long Beach

Dec. 14, 4 p.m. Unwrapped, new toy for entry

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Holiday Benefit Concert with Donovan Raitt

Bring two cans of non-perishable food items for the OC Rescue Mission and enjoy the sounds of local guitarist Donovan Raitt, who incorporates percussive techniques into his modern acoustic playing.

At Jim’s Music Center, 14061 Newport Avenue, Tustin

Dec. 16, 7:30 p.m. $7.50 entry, donations of non-perishable food encouraged

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MDA Wednesdays Techno Flu Toy Drive

Donate toys for CHOC Hospital and dance to Boris M.D. and BA2LA.

At La Cave, 1695 Irvine Avenue, Costa Mesa

Dec. 19, 10 p.m. Donate an unwrapped toy for free entry

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Fifth Annual California Country Christmas

Strap on your boots, sport your best cowboy hat and make a child smile in this toy drive and concert. This event features two dozen California country artists performing hits from the 1990s.

At House of Blues Anaheim, 400 West Disney Way, Anaheim

Dec. 20, 6:30 p.m. Admission is free with a comp ticket and a donation of an unwrapped toy.

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