It’s been frickin’ freezing out there the last few weeks, and, frankly, I’ve had enough. This weekend, I’m going to warm myself with fiery music and fierce drinks at the Winter Hoot Fest
. Hosted by Josh Windmiller and the North Bay Hootenanny, who are trying to finance themselves into becoming a genuine nonprofit organization, this two-day benefit show is a who’s who of popular North bay folk and rock bands. John Courage, Three Legged Sister, Manzanita Falls, the Crux, the Bad Apple String Band, Pine Street Ramblers, Royal Jelly Jive, Mr. December, Kristen Pearce, the Sam Chase, Snake Walk and others are all slated to perform. The fest keeps the cold away on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 16–17, at the Arlene Francis Center. 99 Sixth St., Santa Rosa. 6pm. $10–$20. Northbayhootenanny.com.