Pop music: Holiday concerts from Nov. 27 to Dec. 29
The outdoor concert season is over but don't fret. There are plenty of great holiday concerts at indoor venues over the next month. Here's a by-no-means-all-inclusive list of who is coming to Utah. Bonus points to those who can make a decision on which show to attend Dec. 7.
Nov. 27 • Jonathan Coulton and John Roderick (original holiday songs); The State Room; $20 at thestateroom.com
Nov. 30 • Mindy Gledhill's Christmas Show (folk); Velour Live Music Gallery, Provo; $12 at 24Tix
Dec. 3 • Big Bad Voodoo Daddy's Wild & Swingin' Holiday Party; Covey Center, Provo; $28 to $58 at coveycenter.org
Dec. 4 • How the Grouch Stole Christmas (rap); In The Venue; $18 to $20 at SmithsTix
Dec. 5 • Chris Isaak's Holiday Show; Kingsbury Hall; $42 to $58 at kingsburyhall.utah.edu
Dec. 7 • Santa Jam with Brett Eldredge; Outlaw Saloon, Ogden; $10 to $15 at SmithsTix
Dec. 7 • Winter Wonderland (dance music); The Complex; $15 to $30 at SmithsTix
Dec. 7 • Don Waldis' A Little Jazz With Your Mistletoe; Leona Wagner Black Box; $15 at ArtTix
Dec. 7 • Lark & Spur; Gallivan Center; free
Dec. 7 • Ryan Shupe and the Rubberband; Covey Center, Provo; $15 to $18 at coveycenter.org
Dec. 12-13 • The Lower Lights (Utah-based folk-rock collective); Masonic Temple Auditorium; $10 at thelowerlightschristmas2012.eventbrite.com
Dec. 13-14 • Christmas Jam 3 (rock 'n' roll); One Mind Studio; $10 at 24Tix
Dec. 13-15 • Kurt Bestor with Jenny Oaks Baker; Abravanel Hall; $17.50 to $45 at ArtTix
Dec. 14-15, 17-22 • Michael McLean's "The Forgotten Carols"; Cottonwood High School; $13-$29 at forgottencarols.com/tickets
Dec. 15 • X96's Nightmare Before Christmas with Anberlin; The Complex; $21 to $50 at SmithsTix
Dec. 17 • Christmas Carol Sing Along with Collin Raye; EnergySolutions Arena; free
Dec. 19 • The Piano Guys; Kingsbury Hall; $19.50 to $39.50 at kingsburyhall.utah.edu
Dec. 20 • Voice Male Christmas (a cappella); Abravanel Hall; $10 to $16 at ArtTix
Dec. 21 • The Savoys featuring Sam Payne; Sandy City Council Chambers; $10 sandyarts.com/christmas
Dec. 26-Dec. 29 • Donny & Marie Osmond; Abravanel Hall; $25 to $135 at ArtTix
Dec. 31 • An Evening With Kristin Chenoweth, star of the stage and screen; Eccles Center for the Performing Arts, 1750 Kearns Blvd., Park City; $30-$160 with discounts for seniors and children; 435-655-3114 or http://www.ecclescenter.org.
Peter Breinholt returns with two Christmas shows in one day
Mannheim Steamroller and Trans-Siberian Orchestra pull out all of the stops in their Christmas spectaculars, but Utah singer-songwriter Peter Breinholt always focuses on the songs and anima of the holidays with his spirited holiday shows. But not initially. "It took me about four years to figure out how to do a Christmas show," he said. "I learned what songs to avoid." While his solo, secular work can turn rootsy with bluegrass instruments, he now realizes that the "banjo is not a Christmas instrument," he said. Once a Kingsbury Hall staple, Breinholt prefers the more intimate surroundings of the JeannÃ© Wagner Theatre, and it shows.
When • Saturday, Dec. 22, 4 and 8 p.m.
Where • JeannÃ© Wagner Theatre, Rose Wagner Center for Performing Arts, 138 W. 300 South, Salt Lake City
Tickets • $15 at ArtTix