Monday, November 25, 2013
Rockin’ around DFW: 14 holiday concerts to ring in the season
Your guide to the most festive musical happenings in town.
Holiday celebrations seem to come earlier every year. But if they come in the form of live music, you won’t hear us complaining. Check out these 14 seasonal concerts around Dallas-Fort Worth to kick that holiday spirit into high gear, starting as soon as early December. (If holiday-specific concerts aren’t your thing, stay tuned for a list of the best concerts coming in December.)
Jingle Ball (December 2) — 106.1 KISS FM gets credit for throwing the first party of the season and inviting an all-star pop lineup. American Airlines Center hosts Robin Thicke, Pitbull, Ariana Grande, Austin Malone, Flo Rida, Selena Gomez, Enrique Iglesias, Jason Derulo, Fifth Harmony, One Republic and SoMo. Tickets range from $43 to 213. Additionally, $1 from every ticket purchase goes to the late Kidd Kraddick’s charity, Kidd’s Kids.
How The Edge Stole Christmas (December 5) — North Texas’ alternative music radio station, 102.1 The Edge, offers a one-night festival at Verizon Theatre. The lineup includes Stone Temple Pilots, Chester Bennington, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Blue October, Panic! At The Disco, Capital Cities and New Politics. The party kicks off at 5 p.m. Tickets range from $27.50 to 57.50.
A Spune Christmas: Denton (December 7) — Local promo company Spune is bringing six local bands together to celebrate the season at Dan’s Silverleaf in Denton. Catch Chambers, Robert Gomez, Moonbather, The Days, Savage & the Big Beat and Camp David for just $5. At that price, a ticket would make a great gift, too.
Creole Christmas (December 12) — New Orleans’ Preservation Hall Jazz Band is bringing a southern flavor to this Christmas special at the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas. Big band and swing capture the essence of the season while providing a distinct Crescent City sound. Tickets average about $100.
KXT Holiday Concert Series (December 12-15) — 91.7 KXT radio station is spreading holiday cheer across three cities in one jam-packed weekend. The fun begins with singer/songwriter Brett Dennen (with support from Jeremy Messersmith) at Granada Theater in Dallas on Thursday, December 12. The Live Oak in Fort Worth then hosts southern rockers White Denim (with support from The Unlikely Candidates) on Saturday, December 14. Finally, Allen residents have the chance to see Grammy award-winner Brian Setzer and his 18-piece orchestra at the Event Center Sunday, December 15. Ticket prices are specific to the venue.
Chad D’s 14th Annual Toy Drive (December 16) — Bring a toy, spread some joy is the motto at The Libertine’s annual party Christmas soiree. Local bands The O’s, Brent Best, RTB2, Straight Tequila Night, Erik Chandler Band and Madison King will provide the tunes starting at 6 p.m. Entry is free with a packaged toy.
Robert Earl Keen’s Merry Christmas from the Fam-o-lee (December 19) — Texas country music staple Robert Earl Keen figuratively invites the crowd at House of Blues into his living room with a special concert that is sure to be rowdy. Check out his namesake video “Merry Christmas from the Family” to see what you’re in for. And if you can’t get enough Keen, shop for ornaments and commemorative holiday apparel on his website. Tickets range from $45 to 98.
Nearly Naked Nutcracker (December 21) — Amid holiday stress, there is one group in town making sure we all smile. The lovely ladies of Broads & Panties burlesque troupe return to Trees to celebrate one of the most iconic Christmas tales with plenty of music and little clothing. Attendees must be at least 18 years old. Tickets cost $20.
A Spune Christmas: Dallas (December 21) — Again, Spune is bringing local bands together for the holidays. The Dallas installment of this curated Christmas party at Texas Theater includes Midlake, Air Review, Bethan, Datahowler, -topic and Sam Lao. Not convinced? Check out our thoughts about Midlake’s new album, Antiphon. Tickets cost $12 to 15.
The Polyphonic Spree’s 11th Anniversary Holiday Extravaganza (December 21) — Dallas’ favorite choir-pop band returns to Lakewood Theater to salute the season. The band plays two sets – one holiday and one original – with special guests The O’s and Syncopated Ladies tap dancing group from Denton Senior Center. Tickets cost $35.
The Holiday Experience 2013: A Jazzy Christmas (December 23) — Nothing says Christmas like some smooth jazz in a cozy setting. Singer and SMU alum John Holiday, backed by his big band, headlines the festivities at Dallas' Kessler Theater with musical guests Damon K. Clark, Lisa E. Harris, S-Anh Rasa, Shelley Carrol, Neeki Bey, Kristin Yost and David Marquis. Expect some R&B, soul and gospel tunes as well. General admission tickets cost $20, and a portion of the proceeds go to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, which funds cancer research and education.
Kenny G Holiday Show (December 23) — Jazz music and saxophone virtuoso Kenny G will be playing the holiday hits when he swings through Winspear Opera House with support from Dallas POPS orchestra collective. Tickets cost $67.
Robert Earl Keene’s Merry Christmas from the Family
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