Staff Picks JenThe Big Sway at The Still • Saturday

Funky jam band The Big Sway are headed back to The Still for a night two sets of psychedelic rock. So get rid of those holiday blues after your last minute shopping, and celebrate with some feel good music. The Still also has a great pub menu and plenty of delicious beers on tap including my all-time favorite, BBC’s Steel Rail. No cover, 21+, The Still Bar & Grill, 858 Suffield St. (Route 75), Agawam  — Jennifer Levesque


Llama Lasagne Holiday Spectacular • SaturdayStaff Picks Kristin

Llama Lasagne is a multi-genre, theme-based ensemble of musicians, artists, businesses, and deejays that is, in its members’ words, “unlimited by genres, trends, or even good taste,” This year’s holiday spectacular promises to be a circus of music, with Toys for Tots accepting new, unwrapped gifts and monetary donations. Saturday at 9 p.m. at The Arts Block. Ages 16-plus. $12 advance; $15 at the door. 289 Main St., Greenfield. — Kristin Palpini


Staff Picks Hunter StylesEggtooth’s Holiday Vaudeville  • Thu. to Sun.

What happens when you jam an entire festival into one evening at the Shea Theatre in Turners Falls, with 13 performers creating dance, theater, cabaret, music, puppets, drag, and more? Crazy, spirited fun,  by the creators of the Full Disclosure and Double Take Fringe festivals. Thursday to Saturday at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday at 2 p.m. $15 general; free for ages 15 and under. 71 Avenue A, Turners Falls. (413) 863-2281,— Hunter Styles


Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds • FridayStaff Picks Peter Vancini

Trumpet, harmonica, saxophone — these are instruments I can’t say I’d settle in for and listen to solo. But when they blend just right, the sound is wild. That’s the case with Arleigh Kinchelo’s great hard soul collective — brassy, funky, gritty, sweet, and awesomely energetic. Friday at 9 p.m. at Gateway City Arts. Ages 18-plus. $15-$18. 92 Race St., Holyoke. — Peter Vancini