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THE FIBS celebrate the re-release of their Christmas single, "I Saw Elvis Dressed as Santa Claus," by pulling another of their patented triple plays.

It begins with their weekly 6 to 9 p.m. happy-hour visit to Nietzsche's, 248 Allen St. The second outing takes place in Marshall's, 1678 Main St., as part of the Bob Mueckl Birthday Party. Then it's on to the Essex Street Pub, 530 Rhode Island St., for a show that starts around 10:30. Come Saturday at 10:30 p.m., the comedy rock group reverts to something like normalcy with only one stop -- Gulliver's, 727 Elmwood Ave.

UP DOWNTOWN includes the joy of giving among the pleasures at its seventh annual Christmas party, from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. in the Buffalo Convention Center downtown. Those attending are asked to bring canned food to benefit City Mission.

NAMELESS is the blues band playing its first date at 11 p.m. in Marshall's, but it won't be that way once the night is over. The trio will choose from dozens of suggestions previously submitted to the club.

Meanwhile, its lineup is anything but low-profile. Up front is Willie Haddath of the Black Cat Band, voted Best Blues Guitarist in this year's Buffalo Music Awards. Holding down bass and drums, respectively, are brothers Tom and Ted Reinhardt of the jazz-rock group Gamalon. Come January, they'll be doing steady Monday nights in the Central Park Grill.

BITTERSWEET is the new home of former Rockcandy guitar whiz Steve Shaw, who should give extra firepower to go with the highly touted harmonies of these Boston heavy-metallists-on-the-make. Just back from a swing through the South, they showed their stuff in Shadrack's on Wednesday. At 11 p.m., they come back for another round, this time in Wise Guys in the University Plaza.

PAUL MARK & THE VAN DORENS have found the Lafayette Tap Room, 391 Washington St., to their liking after four years on the club scene in New York City. Tap Room patrons felt the same about the group's twangy, rough-edged blues. With Mark's debut album due out shortly, they'll preview it starting about 11 p.m.

THEM JAZZBEARDS kick off the first of three dates in the Cabaret, 255 Franklin St., at 11:30 p.m., by introducing their new bassist, Jim Krawczyk, who also plays with keyboardist David Kane in the Headhunters. "He's got the lounge attitude," Kane says of Krawczyk, who replaces Rob Scarfia, who moved to Japan. "And most importantly, he's got the clothes." Also on board, at least for the moment, is gypsy violinist Michael Miskuly. The Jazzbeards encore Dec. 22 and New Year's Eve.

CANNONSTREET, a local trio with a penchant for pensive psychedelia, brings live versions of the songs from its newly released cassette, "Lexington," to the Essex Street Pub at 11 p.m.
UNITY 2 is a black and white New York group that unites rap with reggae, courtesy of two former frontmen of the ska group the Toasters -- New Jersey-born Sean (Cavo) Dinsmore and Haitian native Lionel (Nene) Bernard.

With a new major-label debut album, "What Is It, Yo?," and a seven-man backup group (including a scratching deejay), they roll into the Marquee at the Tralf, Theater Place downtown, at 10 p.m. for what will be the last show in the club's Cutting Edge Series. Opening is the local reggae group Positive Force.

MICHAEL MELDRUM debuts a new folk series concentrating on songwriters at 9:30 p.m. in Faherty's, 486 Elmwood Ave. First to show their talents are John Brady, Joe Mancuso and Meldrum himself. The series will continue on alternate Wednesdays, with the next installment Jan. 2 featuring women songwriters.
THE WORLD'S LARGEST OFFICE PARTY from 5 to 10 p.m. in the Hyatt Regency Buffalo adds a couple of new wrinkles to the traditional Christmas blowout -- celebrity bartenders and an opportunity to sign "the world's largest Christmas card," which will go to servicemen in Saudi Arabia. Host is Larry (Snortin') Norton of WGR-FM (97 Rock). Party Squad will provide live music. Proceeds benefit the local chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

CHET CATALLO knew Stevie Ray Vaughan from his days as guitarist in the house band at a Dallas club called Mother Blues. Catallo, who hails from Rochester, went into jazz fusion and recorded eight albums with Spyro Gyra. Vaughan became one of the nation's leading blues-rockers.

Vaughan's death in a plane crash in August stirred Catallo's memories of those nights in Dallas, inspiring him to put together a special show. Catallo and his band, the Cats, bring their "Tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan" to the Marquee at the Tralf at 9 p.m.

THE THIRDS welcome back founding member Jim Brucato for their regular weekly engagement at 11 p.m. in Nietzsche's. Having spent the past four years at the Berklee School of Music in Boston (where he won awards for two songs he wrote for the Thirds' "Songs From the City Line" album), Brucato is home to stay. His return makes the harmonizing threesome a quartet, a development which will result in a new name for the group after the holidays -- the Original Thirds with guitarist Doug Yeomans.

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