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Plenty of concerts to help you rock around the Christmas tree

By the time December hits, you’ve pretty much fa-la-la’d yourselves out thanks to hearing piped-in Christmas music since the day after Halloween at the grocery store, mall, gym and anywhere else with an overhead speaker.

Yes, it’s understandable to sigh heavily and start thinking un-Christmassy thoughts after hearing Bing Crosby pine for that white Christmas for the 7,392th time.

But what can be grating on record takes on a new festiveness live, so ditch the Scrooge-like thoughts and hit a local venue for some wintry concert celebrations.

All tickets can be purchased at the venue box office or through Ticketmaster — 1-800-745-3000, www.tickemaster.com — unless otherwise noted.

This is Dave Koz's 15th annual Christmas tour. Photo: Greg Allen

This is Dave Koz's 15th annual Christmas tour. Photo: Greg Allen

Dave Koz and Friends Christmas Tour. The smooth jazz saxophonist is celebrating the 15th anniversary of his annual holiday run and bringing along pianist David Benoit (who helped create the tour); Javier Colon, winner of the first season of “The Voice”; ace percussionist Sheila E., making her tour debut; and newcomer Margo Rey. Expect to hear seasonal songs as well as tunes from the crew’s respective catalogs. 8 p.m. Friday. $36-$76. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, Atlanta.

Sandi Patty and Jason Crabb. Between Patty’s 40 (!) Dove Awards and Crabb’s six, they could build one heck of a trophy room. There won’t be any heavy metal on display at their “Christmas Live” show, just a lot of heavenly holiday hymns. 7 p.m. Saturday. $27.50. Mount Paran Church of God, Atlanta. 1-888-591-9416.

Brian Setzer Orchestra Christmas Rocks! Extravaganza. The rockabilly king might still be best associated with the Stray Cats, but he has a trio of swingin’ Christmas albums that will serve as the anchors to this high-spirited affair. 8 p.m. Dec. 8. $40-$60. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, Atlanta.

Flo Rida will bring the style to the Power 96.1's Jingle Ball. Photo: Alex Kirzhner

Flo Rida will bring the style to the Power 96.1's Jingle Ball. Photo: Alex Kirzhner

Jingle Ball with Justin Bieber, Enrique Iglesias, Kesha, Flo Rida, Owl City, and Austin Mahone. The powerhouse pop lineup (including the just-here Iglesias) brought to you by newcomer Top 40 station Power 96.1 also will feature appearances by morning show star Elvis Duran, as well as Mo’Bounce, Maddox and Sonic. 7 p.m. Dec. 12. $35-$175. Philips Arena, Atlanta.

Jingle Jam with Jason Mraz, Ed Sheeran, Grace Potter, Alex Clare, Phillip Phillips and Andy Grammer. Star 94 hosts this annual gathering, which appears to be spotlighting singer-songwriters this go-around. Mraz, who played Lakewood Amphitheatre over the summer and performed at Jingle Jam in 2005, isn’t the only familiar face. This will be Potter’s third appearance in Atlanta this year and Grammer’s second. 7 p.m. Dec. 13. $37-$57. The Arena at Gwinnett Center, Duluth.

John Waters will bring his unique style to his Christmas show. Photo: Getty Images

John Waters will bring his unique style to his Christmas show. Photo: Getty Images

A John Waters Christmas. The eclectic — OK, downright kooky — film director/actor/writer has been touring every December for a decade in a show that the Baltimore Sun last year described as “part stand-up, part monologue, part pep talk.” Waters himself has referred to it as a “self-help show.” Just don’t expect any singing. 8 p.m. Dec. 13. $35 (general admission). Variety Playhouse, Atlanta.

The Yacht Rock Holiday Special. Atlanta’s legendary smooth-groovers Yacht Rock Revue will join with their offshoot troupe, Yacht Rock Schooner, and other guests to glide into the holiday season. YRR also will celebrate the release of the band’s self-titled EP, which includes four originals and their version of Toto’s “Africa.” Can you think of a better way to stuff the stocking? 8 p.m. Dec. 15. $20 in advance/$25 day of the show. Variety Playhouse, Atlanta.

Joy, An Irish Christmas with Keith and Kristyn Getty. The acclaimed hymn writers are celebrating the release of their debut recording, “Joy – An Irish Christmas,” with a 15-city tour. Joining them onstage is an “Irish Christmas” band comprised of “Riverdance” vet Fionan de Barra; Jeff Taylor, who has played with the Chieftains; uilleann piper Patrick D’Arcy; and Dave Cleveland, who has worked with Christian artists Michael W. Smith and Point of Grace. 7 p.m. Dec. 20. $25-$55. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, Atlanta.

Jennifer Knapp and Margaret Becker. The well-regarded Christian artists have teamed for “The Hymns of Christmas Tour” to complement their album of the same name. The pair said the songs on the album — which they also will perform live — are inspired by hymns that make Christmas “reverent and memorable.” 8 p.m. Dec. 21. $20 in advance/$25 at the door. Red Clay Theatre, Duluth. 404-478-2749, www.eddieowenpresents.com.

David Ellington. The New Orleans staple-turned-Atlantan will use his Hammond B3 organ and acoustic piano to pay homage to “A Charlie Brown Christmas” in his signature jazz style. The show is a family matinee — perfect for a last-minute holiday de-stressor. 3 p.m. Dec. 23. $10 (adults), $5 (children 12 and under). Eddie’s Attic, Decatur. 1-877-725-8849, www.ticketalternative.com.

Peach Drop 2013. Abbey Road Live will headline the 24th annual New Year’s Eve celebration. The Beatles tribute band will perform at Underground Atlanta (50 Upper Alabama St. S.W.) in downtown Atlanta toward the end of the daylong free celebration, which includes various activities for kids and sports fans. 11 a.m. Dec. 31. Free. Underground Atlanta. Information: www.peachdrop.com.

For a complete lineup of upcoming shows, check out our “Tickets” list.

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By Melissa Ruggieri, Atlanta Music Scene

One comment Add your comment

Da Mick

November 30th, 2012
12:08 am

Weak…. What’s happened to some of our age-old Atlanta holiday musical traditions. I know everyone is getting older, but something…..please.