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Brian Setzer Orchestra Announces 15th Anniversary ‘Christmas Rocks! Tour’

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Brian Setzer and his 19-piece orchestra have rolled out the dates for their 15th anniversary 25-date “Christmas Rocks! Tour.” The revue kicks off on November 16th at Minneapolis’ State Theatre and wraps just before Christmas on December 22nd wraps December 22 at L.A.’s Microsoft Theatre. Setzer said in a statement announcing the dates, “The music I play in the big band is rock n’ roll with a jazz influence, What keeps it fresh is the quality of the players in the band. Also, a big part of keeping the big band fresh is the arrangements; writing the arrangement for 18-to-19 people is like writing a song within a song. It makes the song you might have heard many times sound new again.” Setzer and the band will be including tracks from their latest holiday set, Rockin’ Rudolph.

Apart from his groundbreaking ’80s rockabilly work with the Stray Cats, Brian Setzer is known for exploring many genres — including pop, big band, and jive. He told us that he can’t worry about how the public at large perceives him: “You can’t think that way. You can only do the best you can, write the best songs you can, do what I like, and keep nudging forward. If you start to tread water, I think that’s when you start to kinda slip a little. You have to kind of keep forging ahead, in little ways.”

November 16 – Minneapolis, MN – State Theatre
November 17 – Milwaukee, WI – Riverside Theater
November 18 – Detroit, MI – Fox Theatre
November 20 – Cincinnati, OH – Taft Theatre
November 21 – Northfield, OH – Hard Rock Live
November 23 – Mashantucket, CT – Foxwoods Resort Casino
November 24 – Philadelphia, PA – Academy Of Music
November 25 – Red Bank, NJ Count Basie Theatre
November 27 – Westbury, NY – NYCB Theatre At Westbury
November 28 – Englewood, NJ – Bergen PAC
November 30 – Washington, DC – The Anthem,
December 01 – Charlotte, NC – Ovens Auditorium
December 02 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
December 05 – Clearwater, FL – Ruth Eckerd Hall
December 07 – Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Live
December 08 – Birmingham, AL – BJCC Concert Hall
December 10 – Grand Prairie, TX – Verizon Theatre At Grand Prairie
December 12 – Houston, TX – Jones Hall
December 13 – Midland, TX Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center
December 15 – Phoenix, AZ – Celebrity Theatre
December 17 – Denver, CO – Paramount Theatre
December 18 – Salt Lake City, UT – Eccles Theater
December 20 – Modesto, CA – Gallo Center For The Arts
December 21 – Indio, CA – Fantasy Springs Resort Casino
December 22 – Los Angeles, CA – Microsoft Theater

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