D.C.’s Raheem DeVaughn invites some friends to the Howard Theatre Thursday. (Getty Images)

Dec. 21
Raheem DeVaughn and Friends Holiday Charity Concert
Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW; Thu., 8 p.m., $40.
For the fourth year in a row, D.C. R&B singer Raheem DeVaughn is hosting a holiday charity concert at the Howard Theatre. This time, he’s brought along an all-star cast of collaborators: singers Faith Evans and Angie Stone will join Run-DMC’s DMC and D.C.’s Backyard Band (and other special guests) in supporting DeVaughn — and a good cause — during Thursday’s concert.

Dec. 21
A Very Jerry Christmas
Gypsy Sally’s, 3401 K St. NW; Thu., 8:30 p.m., $15.
It wouldn’t be the holiday season without Baltimore guitarist Cris Jacobs’ annual A Very Jerry Christmas show at Gypsy Sally’s on Thursday. As in the past, Jacobs uses these gigs as an excuse to invite some of his friends to play the music of guitarist Jerry Garcia, which can include a heavy dose of Motown, Bob Dylan and reggae covers, alongside originals.

Dec. 21-23
Judah Friedlander
DC Improv, 1140 Connecticut Ave. NW; Thu., 7:30 p.m., Fri. 7:30 & 9:45 p.m., sold out, Sat., 7:30 p.m., sold out, 9:45 p.m., $20.
Former “30 Rock” star, avid hat collector and Maryland native Judah Friedlander returns home for the holidays and a weekend of pre-Christmas shows at the DC Improv, where he appears nearly every year. This time, Friedlander, whose comedy is often either observational or about what the country would be like if he were president, is touring behind a new Netflix comedy special, “America Is the Greatest Country in the United States.” The title says it all, doesn’t it?

Dec. 23
Swift Technique
Gypsy Sally’s, 3401 K St. NW; Sat., 9 p.m., $13.
Philadelphia’s Swift Technique, which fuses funk, hip-hop, soul and rock into a dance-happy sound, heads south for a pre-Christmas party at Gypsy Sally’s. The show includes an opening set from Richmond rockers The Trongone Band, which released debut album “Keys to the House” earlier this year.

Dec. 25
All-Star Christmas Day Jazz Jam
Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW; Mon., 6 p.m., free.
If you need something to do on Christmas Day (that isn’t a movie or Chinese food), head to the Kennedy Center for the 19th installment of the All-Star Christmas Day Jazz Jam. The event’s band features vibraphonist Chuck Redd, drummer Lenny Robinson, trumpeters Robert Redd and Tom Williams, bassist James King and vocalist Delores King Williams. There should be jazz versions of Christmas songs because, legally, this is the last day of the year you’re allowed to play them.