It's a good time of year to open up your heart and your wallet and enjoy some great benefit shows. Here are some of the most tantalizing offerings for this holiday season — all of which support worthy organizations.

  • Doin' Good: GLIDE Annual Holiday Jam: The Doobie Brothers' Tom Johnston, San Francisco pop troubadour Eoin Harrington, R&B superstars Tony! Toni! Tone! and Oakland pop troupe PopLyfe are among the artists who will perform at this concert. All proceeds benefit Glide Memorial Church's programs, including the Daily Meals Program, which serves up hundreds of thousands of free meals each year. Showtime is 7 p.m. Thursday at the Warfield, 982 Market St., S.F. Tickets are $65-$250 (www.axs.com).

  • Bob Weir, Jackie Greene and special guests: Original Dead member Weir and the multitalented Greene headline an evening in support of Peruvian orphanage Casa de Milagros and the Haitian Relief Organization J/P HRO. Special guests will include Primus' Les Claypool and Jay Lane, ALO's Dan "Lebo" Lebowitz and Steve Adams, and the Waybacks' James Nash. Showtime is 8 p.m. Thursday at 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. Tickets are $125-$175 (www.142throckmortontheatre.com).


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  • KBLX Hot Winter Night: Neo-soul star Eric Benet headlines this evening of cool R&B and soul. Also on the bill are Goapele, Estelle, Jon B. and Johnny Gill. One dollar from every ticket sold will be donated to Children's Hospital Oakland. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland. Tickets are $35-$75 (www.paramounttheatre.com).

  • KFOG's Concert for Kids: Matt Nathanson, the Bay Area folk-rock singer-songwriter best known for the platinum-selling 2008 single "Come On Get Higher," is the top name on the bill for KFOG's annual holiday fundraiser. The other selling points are Oregon indie-folk band Blind Pilot, rising soul star Allen Stone and, of course, contributing to a worthy cause. The Concert for Kids benefits Children's Hospital Oakland. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Nob Hill Masonic Auditorium, 1111 California St., S.F. Tickets are $25-$100 (www.livenation.com).

  • Star 101.3's Jingle Ball: Goth-pop icon Adam Lambert didn't win the 2009 "American Idol" race, but that sure hasn't hurt his post-"A.I." career. The 30-year-old vocalist hit the top of the pop charts with his most recent album, this year's "Trespassing," and has kept a high profile on TV and elsewhere. He's also pretty swell live on stage, a point he will attempt to underscore when he headlines this radio station holiday show. One Republic and Hedley also are on the bill. Go to www.1013.com to bid on the "Ultimate Jingle Ball Experience," with money raised going to the Alliance for Lupus Research. Showtime is 8 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Warfield, 982 Market St., S.F. Tickets are $42.50-$59.50 (www.axs.com).

  • Rufus & Martha Wainwright's Christmas 101: These super-talented siblings bring their holiday show to the West Coast for the first time. Christmas 101 is a program of eclectic carols, both traditional and nontraditional, sung in French and English. The concert will feature many special guests, including Emmylou Harris, Maria Muldaur and Van Dyke Parks. It is a benefit for the Kate McGarrigle Foundation, which raises awareness and funds research in the battle against the deadly form of cancer known as sarcoma. McGarrigle (the Wainwrights' mother) died from sarcoma in 2010. Showtime is 8 p.m. Dec. 19 at the Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland. Tickets are $45-$166 (www.ticketmaster.com).

  • A Very Castleface Christmas: Benefit for the Coalition on Homelessness: The Thee Oh Sees is one of the best bands in the Bay Area. You can check the indie-rock outfit out at a two-night stand, Jan. 11-12, at San Francisco's Independent (www.apeconcerts.com), or you can make plans to see them during this benefit for the Coalition on Homelessness. Also on the benefit bill are the Mallard, Blasted Canyons and Warm Soda. Showtime is 8:30 p.m. Dec. 20 at the Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F. Tickets are $15 (www.ticketfly.com). Bring a warm coat to donate.

  • Franc D'Ambrosio's Christmas in New York: To thousands of theater buffs, D'Ambrosio is the Phantom. He portrayed the title role in Andrew Lloyd Webber's "The Phantom of the Opera" and reportedly holds the record as the world's longest-running Phantom. Yet there are other sides to this actor-vocalist besides "The Music of the Night," and he will showcase them during his Christmas in New York show. The concert is presented by the Peter Pan Foundation, with the proceeds going to Children's Hospital Oakland. Showtime is 6 p.m. Dec. 21 at the New Rheem Theatre, 350 Park St., Moraga. Tickets are $50-$500 (www.brownpapertickets.com).

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