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Holiday Concerts Even Humbugs Will Love!

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Love music? Got family in town? Holiday concerts are happening all over the country this week and we got tickets for quite a few of them, regardless of your musical tastes.

Hate holiday music? No problem! We got something for you. How about a Winter solstice celebration featuring dubstep and witch house; or what about some klezmer brass, some Christmas polka or perhaps rappers in ugly holiday sweaters?

Love holiday music? We got everything from classical holiday concerts to jazz inspired renditions of holiday classics to the world famous Harlem Gospel Choir.

Here’s my favorite little holiday ditty courtesy of Miss Brenda Lee to get you in the festive spirit. What’s your favorite holiday tune?


TONIGHT! Wednesday, December 21

HOLIDAY ACOUSTIC SHOW WITH JON AUER (The Posies, Big Star)Seattle, Washington  Please join Volterra Restaurant for an intimate, acoustic concert with Jon Auer, acclaimed solo artist, co-founder of The Posies and member of Big Star. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to celebrate the holiday season with one of Seattle’s most beloved musicians in an intimate venue. DJ set by MARCO COLLINS. VIP Tickets include a meet and greet with Jon Auer before the show, hosted wine & light appetizers provided by Volterra, and reserved seating. A portion of the proceeds of VIP ticket purchases will be donated to the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF). Advanced tickets are no longer available online but there will be a limited amount of tickets at the door.

Light The Candles: A Hanukkah Concert for EveryoneBellevue, Washington  Seattle Jewish Chorale is pleased to present an interactive, family-friendly celebration, “Light the Candles: A Hanukkah Concert for Everyone” featuring special guests The Shalom Klezmer Ensemble, and a menorah-lighting led by Rabbi James Mirel. For Jews and non-Jews alike, this concert is a wonderful opportunity to learn what Hanukkah is all about, so invite all your friends! Come hear and sing songs of the season in Hebrew, English, Yiddish and Ladino–some  traditional and familiar (Al Hanissim, Mi Yimalel), and others that are less well-known (Drey Dreydeleh, Hazeremos Una Merenda). Contemporary favorites on the program will include Not in Our Town, a stirring ballad of the real-life Hanukkah triumph of light over darkness that transpired in Billings, MT, and Heal Us Now, which was sung at the U.S. congressional healing service for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. Following the concert, join us for a coffee and tea reception. Hanukkah treats and other baked goods will be available for sale as snacks and gifts. Advanced tickets are no longer available online but there will be a limited amount of tickets at the door.

Winter Solstice CelebrationTacoma, Washington  The Mandolin Cafe and Chiara Wood invite you to join them for an experience of community and celebration as they reflect on this year’s passing, as well as bring forth their dreams and wishes for the new year’s light. There will be a 4 course meal and live musical entertainment by Paddy Coyne’s Irish Session Band.

Bronn and Katherine Journeys’ Annual Christmas ConcertBremerton, Washington  Bronn and Katherine Journey and their friends will present a casually elegant evening featuring music celebrating the joy of the Christmas season.  Bronn’s friendly and folksy style is sure to make you feel comfortably at home.  Be prepared to thoroughly enjoy the warmth of this special event that combines harp, humor, and song.  The program will include music from many genres, but the highlight of the evening will be the beauty of traditional Christmas classics. Advanced tickets are no longer available online but there will be a limited amount of tickets at the door.

Santeria Winter Solstice PartyPortland, Oregon  A night of Magic, Music, Full Bar, B-Boys, Go Go Dancers, Live Painting, Tarot Reading, FREE SANTERIA FOOD and more! This is the first of many bi-annual Solstice Parties to come, sponsored by Santeria. They have never thrown a bad party and this is going to be a good one. Live Painting on the back patios, ponsered by “Let It Rain Gallery.” Tarot Reading by that fabulous lady, Lisa. She comes from a long line of famous Tarot readers. Music by: El Cucuy (Moombahton, FUEGO: tribal global bass), Spekt 1 (Glitch Hop, Dubstep, Boom Blap, Future Beat), Alexander East (Live House and Soul, Planet East Music), The Architects (Chicago/L.A. Soulful Tech House), and Hit Chariot (Witch House, Mashup). Advanced tickets are no longer available online but there will be a limited amount of tickets at the door.

Artists’ Vocal Ensemble (AVE): In the Bleak MidwinterSan Francisco, California  In the magnificent setting of St. Ignatius Church (where AVE enjoys Artist-in-Residence status), bedecked with dozens of evergreen trees, we celebrate the season with a concert of heartfelt music. Instrumentalists, singers and poetry crown the year celebrating the longest night.  Special settings of the Virgin Mary’s “Magnificat” will be sung. Composers include Schütz, Josquin, Britten. Advanced tickets are no longer available online but there will be a limited amount of tickets at the door.

Women Who Can’t SingMilwaukee, Wisconsin Featuring Tami Workentin, Karen Estrada & Angela Iannone. Only 4 Performances! The Women Who Can’t Sing can really belt it out! Hear the gorgeous close harmony of Star of Wonder, a crazy cookie medley, the sultry Santa Baby, a rollicking Christmas polka, the Hawaiian Christmas Song, Santa Claus Yodel and a whole lot more. Don’t miss this unique and delectable holiday treat.

Holiday Singalong with Peggy Stern and Capital City VoicesWashington D.C.  Sing along with DC’s premier jazz choir, Capital City Voices and pianist Peggy Stern for some holiday cheer with friends & neighbors.

Thursday, December 22

22nd Annual Susan Osborn Christmas ConcertsOrcas, Washington Susan will be joined again this year by Ritambhara Tyson, cello and Carolyn Cruso , hammer dulcimer and flute. This year Songhouse Productions will offer this concert on three islands in the San Juans. Check other event listing for Lopez and San Juan. Please join Songhouse Productions, Ritambhara Tyson and Carolyn Cruso for this intimate celebration of the Christmas season.

DJ AssaultSan Francisco, California  Ho Ho Hoes! Join Footwerks for a very special holiday gathering with the legendary “king of booty” – DJ ASSAULT! Born Craig De Sean Adams and raised in Detroit, Craig came to dance music like many of his Motown brethren, via the radio. Detroit radio jocks made lasting impressions on the young artist. Mixing records since 1982, Craig has been indoctrinating people with his own take on Detroit dance music, which is very much an amalgam of his radio predecessors. The introduction of scratching and rapping to non-Hip Hop genres of music, this style is something that could only have come from Detroit. Along the way, DJ Assault was born. Making his mark as a well established international DJ since 1997. Assault continues to globe trot yearly all around the US and to over 22 European countries. The evening will feature extra holiday cheer from some amazing people that work very hard to bring you some amazing music and events: Electroass (Footwerks), Sam Supa (Brap Dem, Shook), Napsty (Hellefante, Stateside), Sleazemore (Lights Down Low) and Ryury (Footwerks).


Holiday party with Klezmer Brass & Orkestar SaliBerkeley, California Light Chanukah candles (bring your own Chanukia and candles!), nosh, and dance on the third night of the festival of lights. This concert opens with the debut of a new klezmer brass band featuring members of Inspector Gadje. The evening will close with a virtuosic performance of Turkish-Romani/Bulgarian music featuring drummer and vocalist Rumen ‘Sali’ Shopov, clarinetist/trumpeter Peter Jaques (of Brass Menazeri), Dan Cantrell (accordion), and Evan Stuart (bass).  Special edible treats by the extraordinarily effervescent culinary superstar Shayna Marmar (of Honeypie Cooking).

The Kaye Bohler Christmas ShowSan Jose, California  Kaye’s Christmas! A Swinging, Rhythm and Blues Christmas Show! Kaye Bohler brings her 9-piece band to Downtown San Jose for a one time performance of Swing and Rhythm & Blues Christmas favorites. You’ll hear Kaye and her band deliver great arrangements by Lionel Hampton, Freddie King, Charles Brown, Chuck Berry, Tina Turner, Brenda Lee and Elvis Presley. Kaye also introduces a great Irving Berlin medley and her own original Christmas material. A great celebration guaranteed to get you in the holiday spirit!

An Evening of Christmas Music with Karl ScullyWrentham, Massachusetts In beautiful downtown Wrentham at the historic church of the Parish of Saint Mary, international music superstar Karl Scully of the Irish Tenors, will perform an evening of Christmas themed music.

NEW YORK HOLIDAY SINGERSNew York, New York  Come join the New York Holiday Singers as we celebrate the season with fabulous contemporary and jazz arrangements of holiday favorites. Five beautiful voices, one perfect evening! The New York Holiday Singers were formed as a quartet in late 2008 by the husband-and-wife team of Greg Kefalas and Jen Arvay. The Singers are now an elite group of five vocalists singing musically gratifying, all-original arrangements of old holiday favorites, as well as lesser-known gems of the season and some entirely new original compositions. All arrangements and original songs are written by our musical director specifically (and only) for The New York Holiday Singers. All five Holiday Singers are accomplished performers & musicians in their own right, with credits singing and performing all over the country.

Friday, December 23

Christmas with The DregsMinneapolis, Minnesota  The Dregs will once again present their unique blend of music and comedy in celebration of the holiday season.  Original songs like “Hanukah for Gentiles” and “Zombie Apocalypse at Christmas” will be presented along with traditional tunes like “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” and “Grandma got Run Over by a Reindeer.”

Ugly X-Mas Sweater Hip-Hop ExtravaganzaChicago, Illinois  Twas the night before Christmas Eve and all through the house, people are dancing and singing with some of the best underground Hip-Hop MC’s in town. Hosting the best theme party with a music showcase where everyone’s in Ugly X-Mas Sweater attire. Where the best dressed Ugly X-Mas Sweater guest wins a gift basket of delights and Champagne they desire. Hear even more live music as they invite their Rocker friends out to ignite the fire and bring in X-Mas Eve with Blackout, Reign Supreme feat. ABK, Blunt Crew, Manny Duke, Prince God, Wizdum and Vitamin D. Everyone will receive one ticket for a raffle that night. Come out and enjoy great beats and good drinks!

Beg, Scream & Shout!Worcester, Massachusetts  There is no better way to celebrate the holidays than with a floor shaking, roof raising, night of music with the giant soul band ‘Beg, Scream & Shout!’. Playing deep cuts from the 1960s heyday of the Stax/Motown era as well as original songs you’d swear were classics, this band will get you dancing and wont stop until you can’t dance any more. And there’s more! Santa Claus, yes THE Santa Claus will be in the house, holding court and taking photos all night long. You’ll have that special holiday photo just in time to impress the folks with how wholesome you are. What is Santa Claus without presents? He’s an overweight dude in a red suit, hanging out in a nightclub asking you to sit on his lap. That problem is SOLVED with a gift swap! Simply bring a awesome wrapped gift ($15 limit, no gag gifts please) that you would love to receive and you’ll be able to get a gift from Santa in return. Show your fellow soul music lover how you feel about them with something cool. To keep you in the spirits The Lucky Dog Music Hall will have plenty of unique drink specials just for this night. Let’s recap: Holiday Party with Beg, Scream & Shout! playing soul music all night, Santa Claus photo-booth, holiday drinks and a gift swap.


THE HARLEM GOSPEL CHOIR Holiday MatineeNew York, New York  The Harlem Gospel Choir’s music is “UNFETTERED, JOYOUS & INSPIRATIONAL”. With every performance the choir share the RENAISSANCE of Harlem’s culture with the audience. Every performance will take your breath away! The World Famous Harlem Gospel Choir was founded by Allen Bailey in 1986. Allen got the idea while attending a celebration in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the renowned Cotton Club in Harlem. The Harlem Gospel Choir is now the most famous gospel choir in America and a pre-eminent gospel choir world-wide. It travels the globe, sharing its joy of faith through its music, & raising funds for children’s charities. The Choir presents the finest singers & musicians from Harlem’s Black Churches & the New York/Tri-State area, and from as far away as Florida.

Saturday, December 24

Santa Songs Sing-alongSan Diego, California  The 10:00 a.m. show sold out so the Hullabaloo band have  added a second show at 11:00! Hope you’ll join them for a morning of Santa Songs and a few Hullabaloo favorites!