Venues across North America are gearing up for an influx of holiday spirit as several acts prepare to hit the road with seasonal tours.
Venues across North America are gearing up for an influx of holiday spirit as several acts prepare to hit the road with seasonal tours. Barenaked Ladies will strive for tradition with their second such outing, while jazz vocalist Jane Monheit joins the fray in support of a brand new recording.
For Trans Siberian Orchestra, on the other hand, this is old hat. The holiday extravaganza founded in 1996 by producer/composer/lyricist Paul O'Neill will once again have two concurrent productions playing more than 80 dates. The shows begin Nov. 6 in Lakeland, Fla., and run through Dec. 30 with concerts in Moline, Ill., and Manchester, N.H.
O'Neill and his musicians spent part of this year recording a new disc that has not yet been released, according to the TSO Web site. The group's most recent album was last year's "The Lost Christmas Eve," which debuted at No. 26 on The Billboard 200.
Barenaked Ladies will play 22 dates, 10 of which will be in their native Canada. The run gets underway Nov. 21 in Montreal and will close Dec. 21 in Winnipeg (full dates at BNLMmusic.com).
The group will most likely lean on the mix of Christmas and Hanukkah songs that graced last year's "Barenaked for the Holidays" (Desperation/Warner Bros.), along with a selection of fan favorites.
Monheit will open her 23-show tour in support of "The Season" (Epic) Nov. 28 in Eugene, Ore. Her Web site also lists a handful of non-holiday shows in early November.
Released on Tuesday, "The Season" features Monheit performing everything from the traditional carol "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day" to lighter holiday fare like "Santa Claus is Coming To Town" and a cover of the Carpenters' "Merry Christmas Darling."