Tuesday, December 3, 2013 , Updated 1:10 p.m., December 17, 2013
Merry Grinchmas: 8 DFW concerts in December without the holiday hoopla
With or without Christmas cheer, there are some big concerts to end the year.
If you're not in the mood to listen to seasonal music at one of these 14 righteous holiday concerts, there are plenty of other musical happenings in December. Victory Park in Dallas has some especially strong offerings this month.
Check out our favorite concert picks for December 2013.
Justin Timberlake (Dec. 4) — Grab your suit and tie and head to American Airlines Center at the beginning of the month where the always hilarious Justin Timberlake will be bringing sexy back to Dallas. Tickets are currently sold out, but you can try to buy from other fans via Ticketmaster.
Kanye West (Dec. 6) — Kanye West has had a helluva 2013: new album, new baby and now a headlining tour. The rapper brings his blend of unapologetic lyricism to American Airlines Center, supported by Kendrick Lamar.
Beyonce (Dec. 9) — Another show at American Airlines Center — seems to be a theme here. Queen diva Beyonce returns to the venue after her first 2013 appearance in July. We’re interested to see how the two concerts compare.
Cat Power (Dec. 11) — Cat Power may not be touring on the heels of a new release — the band’s last album dropped in August 2012 — but front woman Chan Marshall’s captivating voice sold out South Side Music Hall in January. Cat Power returns for a presumably more intimate show at Trees with Nico Turner.
Kopecky Family Band (Dec. 19) — Nashville collective Kopecky Family Band tickled audiences at Dallas’ Index Festival in October. Now, it’s Fort Worth’s turn. Join the sing-and-dance-along at The Live Oak, with local support from The Rocketboys (Austin) and The Fox and the Bird (Dallas).
French Horn Rebellion (Dec. 21) — This brotherly duo out of Brooklyn has an irresistible pop sound that begs for your quirkiest dance moves. Electronic beats lay foundation for a sweaty jam session with a healthy helping of — you guessed it — French horn. Catch French Horn Rebellion at Club Dada.
Jay-Z (Dec. 21) — If you’ve been waiting since the summer to hear Jay-Z’s Magna Carta … Holy Grail live, your chance comes this month. The original Jiggaman brings his Magna Carta Tour to American Airlines Center.
Lights All Night (Dec. 27-28) — Dallas’ iconic New Year’s Eve celebration is ironically not ringing in 2014 here. But there are still plentiful reasons to attend. The Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center hosts DJs Deadmau5, Major Lazer, Krewella, A-Trak and more, over two days of EDM awesomeness. Glow sticks and glitter encouraged.
Public Enemy (Dec. 29) — One of the most influential rap groups of the 20th century is coming to Prophet Ballroom to close out the year in style. The $50 ticket price might sound high, but the venue promises the full lineup: Chuck D, Flavor Flav, DJ Lord, The SW1 and Professor Griff.
UPDATE: According to Facebook, this concert is canceled. We called Prophet Bar and they would not confirm the cancellation, however.