Anyone wanting to hear a great night of music while doing a good deed at the same time will want to check out the special “Roni Lee Rocks Christmas” event at Tio Leo’s on Dec. 20. The concert is a fundraiser for San Diego County Foster Children, with an impressive lineup that includes singer-songwriter Sara Groban, dance band Breezin’, troubadour Rich McGee, pop trio Queen Divas of the Universe and others. However, the clear standout is headliner Lee, hands-down one of the most dynamic rock performers in the area. Perhaps best known as the writer of the song “I Wanna Be Where the Boys Are” as made famous by The Runaways, Lee has spent time in numerous top bands from Venus & The Razor Blades to Spirit, but it’s as a solo artist that she has truly emerged as a frontline act. Rock ’n’ roll may have lost a bit of its luster in recent years, but five minutes at a Roni Lee show and you’ll once again believe in its power to move and excite.
• Roni Lee performs at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 20 at Tio Leo’s, 5302 Napa St. 21 and up. $10. www.tioleos.com