In the spirit of Christmas, drummer Brad Lepik brought together a group of local musicians at his Ellinor Place Recording Studio to put together the “Voices for St. Mary’s Home” Christmas album. Not only does the collection of holiday tracks break the gloomy nature that seems to plague some holiday music, but also all proceeds will go to St. Mary’s Home.

The purpose of this album was enough to bring Azalea punk outfit The Hormones back together. Their rendition of “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas” exchanges Gayla Peevy’s sweet, innocent vocals of the original version for front man George Kennedy’s clearly frustrated punk vocal stylings.

Speaking of the old school Mobile underground, Lepik reunites with his former bandmate Tony Matranga (The Yaks) for a version of “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” that features the children of St. Mary’s Home. Local favorite Peek provides a grooving version of “Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer” with Chris Powell’s soulful crooning accenting this classic track. This 17-song album is available for purchase online at

The holidays can be a time for old friends to visit. On Sat., Dec. 21, one of the Azalea City’s old friends will hold an epic holiday celebration at Soul Kitchen. Hip-hop artist Afroman frequented Mobile quite often in the past. When his hit “Because I Got High” was included in the Kevin Smith’s film “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back,” he found himself in the national spotlight with a Grammy nomination.

After that, Afroman’s visits tended to be less frequent. However, he is making up for lost time with “A Very AFRO Christmas” at Soul Kitchen. Afroman will charm the crowd with hits off of his Christmas album “A Colt 45 Christmas.” The crowd can look forward to yuletide melodies such as “12 J’s of Christmas,” “I Wish You Would Roll a New Blunt,” “Deck My Balls” and “Jobe Bells.” Tickets are on sale now at Soul Kitchen, their website, the WeMo and MiMo Mellow Mushrooms and by calling 1-866-468-7630.