Rock'n'roll swing revivalist act the Brian Setzer Orchestra and surf twangers Los Straitjackets will kick off separate holiday treks in the coming weeks.
Rock'n'roll swing revivalist act the Brian Setzer Orchestra and surf twangers Los Straitjackets will kick off separate holiday treks in the coming weeks. It will be the second such tour for both acts, revisiting a retro-Christmas theme with which they found success last year. Each also has a 2002 holiday album -- "Boogie Woogie Christmas" (Surfdog) and "'Tis the Season for Los Straitjackets" (Yep Roc), respectively -- to fuel the festivities.
Brian Setzer Orchestra's Christmas Extravaganza will kick off Nov. 28 in Washington, D.C., and wrap Dec. 20 in San Francisco. The run will also include a Dec. 3 performance during NBC's annual "Christmas in Rockefeller Center" special.
Setzer recently told Billboard he has no qualms appearing at the celebrity-laden carol-fest. "Doing something like an NBC Christmas special doesn't have to be hokey," the former Stray Cats leader said, "and I don't want it to come across that way. I'm a rock'n'roller at heart."
Los Straitjackets' Christmas Pageant gets underway Dec. 5 in New York and will make 14 stops before closing Dec. 20 in Berwyn, Ill. Each show will feature the potent combination of the mysterious Mexican wrestling masked instrumental act's surf guitar music and the burlesque go-go dancing of the Pontani Sisters.
Here are the Brian Setzer Orchestra's tour dates:
Nov. 28: Washington, D.C. (9:30 Club)
Nov. 29: Westbury, N.Y. (Music Theatre)
Dec. 3: New York (NBC's "Christmas in Rockefeller Center)
Dec. 4: Oneida, Wis. (Oneida Casino)
Dec. 5: Minneapolis (State Theater)
Dec. 6: Chicago (Chicago Theater)
Dec. 7: Detroit (State Theater)
Dec. 9: Colorado Springs, Col. (Pike's Peak Center)
Dec. 10: Denver (Fillmore)
Dec. 12-13: Reno, Nev. (Legacy Casino)
Dec. 14: Cupertino, Calif. (Flint Center)
Dec. 16: Seattle (Paramount Theater)
Dec. 18: Las Vegas (The Joint)
Dec. 19: Indio, Calif. (Trump 29)
Dec. 20: Los Angeles (Universal Amphitheater)
Here are Los Straightjackets' tour dates:
Dec 5: New York (Knitting Factory)
Dec 6: Pittsburgh (Rosebud)
Dec 7: Syracuse, N.Y. (Dinosaur BBQ)
Dec 8: Rochester, N.Y. (Dinosaur BBQ)
Dec 9: Toronto (Horseshoe Tavern)
Dec 11: Columbus, Ohio (Lil' Brothers)
Dec 12: Detroit (Magic Stick)
Dec 13: Cleveland (Beachland Ballroom)
Dec 15: Champaign, Ill. (Highdive)
Dec 16: Green Bay, Wis. (Oneida Bingo Casino)
Dec 17: Minneapolis (First Avenue)
Dec 18: Madison, Wis. (Luther's Blues)
Dec 19: Chicago (Abbey Pub)
Dec 20: Berwyn, Ill. (Fitzgerald's)