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WEEKENDER | SPECIAL EVENTS

Elvis, jazz and more on tap at local venues this weekend

The Valentine Theatre will be hopping again Saturday night, when the Toledo Jazz Orchestra has its annual holiday extravaganza at 8 p.m.

The concert will feature arrangements from Cool Yule, an album made by the Air Force Airmen of Note. Special guests will include Detroit-area crooner Paul King and trumpeter Dwight Adams from Stevie Wonder’s band, plus trumpeter Ric Wolkins, one of the jazz orchestra’s founding members.

Tickets are $8 to $35. They can be purchased from the box office or online from etix at bit.ly/2zQ3DiM.

Dylan Marzec, a 23-year-old rap artist from Toledo known as “Marzek,” has partnered with Toys for Tots for a show at 8 p.m. Saturday at Frankies Inner City, 308 Main St. in East Toledo.

The show is a toy drive along with a cash donation box for the Ronald McDonald House for sick children. 

Tickets are $5 to $8, and can be purchased at the door or online at ticketf.ly/2AuC579. Also performing will be Zak Nevers, Chris Cali/Defonix, Meko, BREED, YL, and Johnny 5. For more information, see bit.ly/2nPZLgj.

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Impersonator Ryan Pelton will perform a free El­vis trib­ute at the Hol­ly­wood Ca­sino.

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■ Nothing says Christmas more than a free Elvis tribute at the Hollywood Casino, 1968 Miami St.

The event is at 7 p.m. Sunday. Hey, you think we’re joking? Go experience impersonator Ryan Pelton’s award-winning show, which will likely include his version of “Blue Christmas.” For more information, see bit.ly/2BCQVsk. Pelton, by the way, tours the country and is a past recipient of the Elvis Tribute Artist of the Year award and several other awards. He also took third runner-up in the 2015 Ultimate Elvis Contest.

■ If Elvis isn’t your thing, then try the John Denver Rocky Mountain Christmas show at the Maumee Indoor Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

The concert features a blend of traditional Christmas music with familiar John Denver songs performed by the award-winning Chris Collins & Boulder Canyon.

Never mind that Denver once wrote a song that claimed Toledo was a boring place to be on a Saturday night. This show’s in Maumee at 601 Conant St., and on a Sunday night.

Tickets are $30.50 to $50.50. They can be purchased through etix at bit.ly/2i62KyI. Denver was known for his wholesome, feel-good Christmas concerts and holiday specials.

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