New music nights popping up all over town 

Tastemakers

There's no schedule. There's no cover charge. There's not a microphone in sight. But there are musicians playing at the in Goochland. Sort of. Sometimes. When they feel like it, local musicians stroll into the Red Oak Café Thursday nights around 9 for jam sessions. It's always acoustic, and usually folk music, bluegrass and blues. The music gets started right around the end of the dinner rush, while there's still time to squeeze up to the bar or sit back at your table with coffee and dessert. Call ahead at 784-2330. The Red Oak Café is located at Broad Street and Rt. 623. New music nights are popping up all around town. At , Joshua Walker plays guitar and mandolin Thursday nights starting at 6:30 p.m. 1309 W. Main St. has a jazz night in North Side. The Sons of Rhythm perform this Friday. 261-4500. Jazz has also been on tap recently at The Stephen Norfleet Trio performs this Wednesday night. 1911 W. Main St. 358-9620. If intense family time this Christmas puts you in the mood for a stiff one, here's a list to buoy your spirits. Open Christmas night: Avalon, 2619 W. Main St.; Awful Arthur's, 7408 W. Broad St.; Barracuda's, 2525 Hanover Ave.; Breaker's Sports Grill, 9127 W. Broad St.; Casablanca, 6 E. Grace St.; Commercial Taphouse, 111 N. Robinson St.; Fox & Hounds British Pub, 10455 Midlothian Turnpike; Surfish Station, 2905 Patterson Ave.; TJ's at the Jefferson Hotel. Merry Christmas.

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