Casey James does a Christmas night drop-in at Buttons

Posted 4:38pm on Monday, Dec. 27, 2010

What a Christmas night delight: the Dave Millsap combo was playing along at Buttons restaurant and jazz emporium, doing its traditional Dec. 25 mini-bluesfest. Long about 10:30 or 11, in walked a familiar face -- though it was partly obscured by a pulled-down gimme cap: it was former American Idol contestant and local hero Casey James. "He got up there with them, and nobody does Casey like Casey," says Buttons owner Keith Hicks. "He did his thing for sure. It was awesome. We had all the blues cats there that night, the local legends." (In addition to Millsap, Buddy Whittington and James Hinkle were there as well.) Hicks isn't exactly sure how James ended up showing up, but he figures word got to him about the annual Christmas night blues romp. "He has played [Buttons] before," Hicks said, "but that was before he became the man the man the man." Hicks said even though James kept his hat pulled way down over his eyes, and didn't make a ton of eye contact, the crowd still went a little nuts to see him. We caught a few photos of James in our gallery of the Christmas jam at Buttons. Check them out here.

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