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By now, most of us have just about had it with "White Christmas" and "Jingle Bells." Fortunately, Dan Hicks offers a respite from the same old seasonal fare with tonight's Holidaze in Hicksville, a sonic celebration featuring a sleigh full of songs that were never warbled by Mel Torme.

Hicks's woozy, idiosyncratic variation on Western swing first reached a national audience with 1969's Original Recordings, a platter whose most memorable song posed the timeless question "How Can I Miss You When You Won't Go Away?" He's pretty much stuck to this style ever since, but the musical camaraderie he enjoys with his band, the Hot Licks, doesn’t get old. Neither does his sense of humor, which he displays on would-be Yuletide staples such as "Rudolph the Bald-Headed Reindeer."

Holidaze in Hicksville kicks off at 7 p.m. at Quixote's True Blue, 2637 Welton Street; tickets are $25. For info, call 303-297-1772 or visit
Sat., Dec. 16, 7 p.m.

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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