Sunday, Dec. 9
Doors for the show open at 7:30 p.m., and the music starts at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale for $20, available by calling 1-877-4-FLY-TIX and online at ticketfly.com. (Note: Tickets for this show are not available at Rockin Rudy’s.)
Most touring bands have gone into hibernation for the month, and instead a wide variety of Christmas-themed concerts are making their way to town.
First up is indie folk singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens’ oddly titled and elaborately staged performance at the Wilma Theatre on Sunday, Dec. 9.
The official name for the show is “The Surfjohn Stevens Christmas Sing-A-Long Seasonal Affective Disorder Yuletide Disaster Pageant On Ice,” with special guest Sheila Saputo. While the title is tongue-in-cheek, Stevens is serious about Christmas music. His catalog of holiday releases is heavier than some indie bands’ entire catalogs: His latest, “Silver & Gold,” has a staggering 58 tracks.
His label, Asthmatic Kitty, offers a disclaimer for any potential Scrooges:
“All Grinches be forewarned: The show will consist entirely of Christmas music, inviting audience participation. Be prepared to sing along with bawdy bravura! Song sheets will be provided. There should be plenty of low-production props and gags, dollar-store giveaways, inflatable unicorns, cheap confetti, make-shift costumes, and Gloria in excelsis deo.”
Tickets are on sale for $20, available by calling 1-877-4-FLY-TIX and online at ticketfly.com. (Note: Tickets for this show are not available at Rockin Rudy’s.) Doors for the show open at 7:30 p.m., and the music starts at 8:30 p.m.
Irish Christmas in America
Sunday, Dec. 9
Show starts at 7:30 p.m. at the George and Jane Dennison Theatre. Tickets cost $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Student tickets are $15 with ID, and kids age 12 and under will be admitted free. Tickets are available at all GrixTix locations, Rockin Rudy’s, online at griztix.com or by calling 888-MONTANA.
A less unorthodox holiday experience is happening the same night across town.“Irish Christmas in America,” brings the Emerald Isle’s seasonal traditions to the U.S. with songs, dance and more.
The show is produced by Oisín Mac Diarmada, a member of the Irish group Téada, and features Aaron Jones of the Scottish band Old Blind Dogs, and Séamus Begley, an accordion player and storyteller.
Throughout the performances, the customs will be explained and narrated to help American audiences understand the music and dance.
The show is set for 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 9, at the George and Jane Dennison Theatre. Tickets cost $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Student tickets are $15 with ID, and kids age 12 and under will be admitted free. Tickets are available at all GrixTix locations, Rockin Rudy’s, online at griztix.com or by calling 888-MONTANA.
The performance is a fundraiser for UM’s Irish Studies program.
Friday, Dec. 15
The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. in the University of Montana Recital Hall. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. Tickets available at Fact & Fiction, Rockin Rudy’s, or via the choir’s website at dolcecanto.info.
Missoula’s own vocal ensemble Dolce Canto is presenting a holiday concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, entitled, “Serenity & Stillness.”
Their annual holiday concert, which frequently sells out, will feature artists the Missoula Mendelssohn Club and cellist Fern Glass Boyd, professor of cello at the University of Montana and director of the String Orchestra of the Rockies.
This year’s program features familiar carol arrangements by Alice Parker and Robert Shaw, Norman Luboff, and more alongside working composers such as Abbie Betinis, Ola Gjeilo, Patricia Van Ness and Kevin Memley.
The concert is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15, in the University of Montana Music Recital Hall. Tickets may be purchased at Fact & Fiction, Rockin Rudy’s, or via the choir's website at dolcecanto.info. The cost is $15 for adults and $10 for students.
Frank Zappa set a sometimes impossibly high standard as a guitarist and composer, but his son, Dweezil, has proven up to the task of performing his dad’s Stravinsky-inspired rock.
While a guitar-magazine crowned virtuoso in his own right, Dweezil has taken it upon himself to tour playing his father’s work – which would be covered more often if it weren’t so difficult and elaborately arranged. (See “Peaches En Regalia, or well, almost anything he recorded.)
For “Zappa plays Zappa,” which has been an ongoing project since 2006, Dweezil recruits and rehearses with a band, and then conducts them live, just like Frank.
“Zappa plays Zappa,” is set for Thursday, Dec. 20, at the Wilma Theatre in downtown Missoula.
Tickets are on sale now. All ages, reserved seats are $62.50, including receive sound-check access and a special event poster. General admission is $35, additional fees may apply. Available at jadepresents.com, at Rockin Rudy’s, by calling (866) 300-8300, or at tickets300.com.