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The First Holiday Invitational at The Comet

The week between Christmas and New Years is one of the most unusual times of the year. Some call it Twixmas, Norwegians call it Romjul, and a quick Reddit search shows a few more vulgar names. A lot of folks are still off work but have fulfilled their family obligations for the Holidays, and some are looking for fun things to do. On Friday, December 29th, right in the middle of this strange week, Burrito Boys Booking has partnered with local punk band Stokelys to bring Cincinnati a full evening of great music at The Comet.

Anyone whose been part of a musical community knows just how many creative and talented people you’re likely to meet. Sometimes you meet another local act that tickles your fancy, sometimes you cross paths with travelers who really blow your mind. This event was created with the intent of celebrating and supporting one another while capping off the great year of independent music here in Cincinnati. During their first full year as a band, Stokelys began to realize just how many incredible and unique talents they’d met from near and far. “There's nothing more important to artists than a supportive community,” said guitarist Bryan Harsh, “and we hope we can use this opportunity to show our support for local and traveling acts and expand those creative relationships.” The group has also expressed that they intend to do a much larger, weekend-long Invitational event sometime next year.

In addition to Stokelys themselves, this lineup also includes:

Scarlet Street: One of Cincinnati’s most revered pop punk/ emo bands, Scarlet Street has been making a name for themselves in the region for nearly a decade. They’ve opened for the likes of Dave Hause, Tiny Moving Parts, and Jack O’Shea from Bayside. They’re certainly a local to watch.

Siren Suit: Siren Suit combines post punk, alternative rock, and elements of stoner metal into a dark delight. Known for his drumming contributions to multiple local bands, Dave Cupp takes center stage as the bands guitarist and primary songwriter. Their newest album, Wait, was released in September.

Manor Gates: With a sharp mix of hardcore guitar, pop hooks, and electronic/acoustic hybrid drums, its not hard to see why Manor Gates is one of Columbus’s hottest up and coming bands. Their music has been featured in independent music publications like Tuned Up, Dusty Organ, and Havoc Underground. Their first full length album, So Much Brooding, was released in November of 2023.

Caravan Discordia: Accordion led southern gothic rock music with a Tom Waits rasp and a sardonic wit. Led by the prolific and brilliant Eric McM, Caravan Discordia is a Lexington-based band that’s no stranger to Cincinnati stages. Perfect for a moonlit night of magic.

Maria Keck: Cincinnati’s leading folk-tronica musician, Maria combines electronic beats and looping with flute, ukelele, and her own voice to make music unlike anything else. Hardly a stranger to Burrito Boys events, Maria was one of only two acts to perform at both Burritofests thus far.

As with most Burrito Boys events, donations will be collected on a pay-what-you-can basis at the door. Music kicks off at 6:30 pm and goes all night long. Come hang out, eat a burrito, and say goodbye to 2023 in style.