9 Concerts to Check Out in December

By Katie Davis
In Culture

Despite the cold, icy weather, December is a great time to go out and about on the town – especially to hear great live music. Check out our top nine picks for the best concerts this month.

the black keys

The Black Keys. Photo courtesy of Scottrade Center.

Garth Brooks
Dec. 4-7, Scottrade Center
Known for big American country-pop hits, singer-songwriter Garth Brooks comes to town and performs his latest work from albums like “Man Against Machine,” as well as his older hits like “Wild Horses” and “Lost In You.” This show is one that’s sure to be high-energy, lots of fun and filled with fans of all ages.

The Black Keys
Dec. 9, Scottrade Center
Opened by special guest indie musician St. Vincent, blues-rock legends The Black Keys come to town on the band’s “Turn Blue World Tour.” Supporting the duo’s brand-new album, “Turn Blue,” this show features some of The Black Keys’ latest music but also favorite songs such as “Have Love, Will Travel” and “Girl Is On My Mind.”

Manheim Steamroller Christmas
Dec. 9-10, The Fox Theatre
In its 30th Anniversary Christmas Tour, Manheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis again showcases holiday tunes in a whole new fashion with its Grammy Award-winning style, amazing instrumentation and strategic, but beautiful, presentation. Don’t miss this holiday concert and event perfect for the entire family.

Say Anything and Saves the Day
Dec. 10, The Pageant
Indie-emo rock band Say Anything is known for lead singer-songwriter Max Bemis’ unusual singing voice, bold lyrics and provocative messages. Head to The Pageant this month to witness the band perform new music from 2014’s “Hebrews,” as well as older songs from albums like “…Is a Real Boy” and “In Defense of the Genre.” Punk-rock group Saves the Day opens the show.

Chris Isaak
Dec. 11, The Pageant
Known for carrying on the style and genre of great musicians like Carl Perkins, Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison and Johnny Cash, musician Chris Isaak has poured his heart into his latest album, titled “Beyond the Sun.” Reminiscent of music from 1950s Sun Studios in Memphis, this album is both soulful and full of substance.

Straight No Chaser
Dec. 11, The Fox Theatre
On the group’s “Happy Hour Tour,” the male a cappella band again breaks boundaries for its genre, wearing suave suits and singing everything from Jason Mraz to Rob Thomas, Phil Collins, Dolly Parton and much more.

Blue October
Dec. 13, The Pageant
Texas-based alt-grunge-rock group Blue October has continued to perform and win over new fans since its debut in the mid-90s. Playing favorite and haunting tunes like “Gun Metal Blue” and “Hate Me,” the band should also perform from its latest album, 2013’s “Sway.”

Royal Southern Brotherhood
Dec. 16, Old Rock House
With opening acts like Big Mike and the Blu City All Stars, the top-notch country rockers put on one heck of a show featuring Gospel-sounding tunes, influences from blues, funk and soul legends and a powerful set of vocals and guitar riffs. This is one concert where show-goers can expect plenty of energy and fun!

Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Dec. 26, Scottrade Center
With the re-release of “The Christmas Attic,” the Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s latest seasonal concert tour (Winter Tour 2014) features its signature bright lights, festive music and one-of-a-kind sound.

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