Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Best live concerts this holiday season in Dallas-Fort Worth
Everything from a charitable show to the best New Year's Eve acts.
We've pulled together a simple list of Christmas and New Year's Eve shows to help you have the most entertaining holiday season without the stale fruit cake and moldy eggnog.
- Verizon Theatre
1001 Performance Place
Grand Prairie, TX
- Age limit: All ages $37.50 - $47.50
December 2: - How the Edge Stole Christmas at Verizon Theater featuring Rise Against, AWOLNATION, A Day to Remember, Taking Back Sunday, Naked and Famous, Joy Formidable, and Electric Touch
This is the best lineup the annual show has had in years. AWOLNATION puts on a hell of a show, and Taking Back Sunday has a new album to wear out. Naked and Famous and Joy Formidable have been climbing the 2011 charts, so they have a lot of expectations to live up to. Each act is worth catching in its own right.
December 7: - 91.7 Holiday Party at the Kessler Theater featuring Givers and The Orbans
Givers, a new indie band, has an infectiously cheerful style that further encourages the holiday spirit. The Orbans are a fitting opener with their equally peppy rock songs.
December 10: - The 9th Annual Holiday Extravaganza Show with the Polyphonic Spree at the Lakewood Theater
There will be photos with Santa, live reindeer, costumed characters, snow, and joy for all (or most, anyway). Organizers are collecting canned food for the North Texas Food Bank and new toys for Toys for Tots. Sounds like a good time for a good cause.
- Dan's Silver Leaf
103 Industrial Street
- Age limit: All ages $7 - $10
December 11 - A Spune Christmas Part 1 at Dan's Silverleaf featuring Seryn, Bethan, Doug Burr, Spooky Folk, The Angelus, and Volt Revolt
Each of these artists sets their own mood when performing, and you'll be enveloped in to their musical and lyrical world. Seryn induces goosebumps while Spooky Folk ignites lively dancing. It will be an eventful event.
- Club Dada
2720 Elm Street
- Age limit: All ages $10 - $13
December 16: - A Spune Christmas Part 2 at Club Dada featuring Telegraph Canyon, Air Review, The Fox and the Bird, Datahowler, and Bethan
An eclectic show, Spune hosts their second Christmas shindig which brings folk, electronic, and indie music all together in one place. Who doesn't love some variety?
December 31: - New Year's Eve Bash with Brave Combo and Singapore Slingers at the Kessler Theater
If you want to dance this New Year's Eve, make your way down to the Kessler Theater in Oak Cliff. Two-time Grammy award winning Denton music makers Brave Combo, as well as the Singapore Slingers big band, give you a reason to break out the foxtrot, two step, and even a little shuffle.
- Granada Theater
3524 Greenville Avenue
- Age limit: 14+ $16 - $70
December 31: - Jonathan Tyler and the Northern Lights, Ishi, and Kirby Brown at the Granada Theater
From what we've seen, Jonathan Tyler puts on a fantastic NYE show with their whiskey-infused Southern rock.
- Club Dada
2720 Elm Street
- Age limit: 21+ $17 - $20
December 31: - Astronautalis, Gallery Cat, The Rich Girls (Hall & Oates tribute band), Hello Lover, Mystery Skulls and more at Club Dada
- House of Blues
2200 North Lamar Street
- Age limit: All ages $25 - $40
December 31: - New Year's Eve Spectacular at the House of Blues with Polyphonic Spree, Centro-matic, and Deathray Davies
Who can go wrong with yet another holiday show from the effervescent and melodious Polyphonic Spree? Centro-matic and Deathray Davies will help bring some meat to the bill with their grungy and low-key sets.
We've only got a month left in 2011. Make it worth celebrating!
Jessica Harp contributed to this story.