Brian Setzer Orchestra Announces Schedule For Annual “Christmas Rocks Tour”

Photo Credit: Russ Harrington

Photo Credit: Russ Harrington

America is currently in the grip of the dog days of summer.  But don’t tell Brian Setzer.  The veteran guitarist and performer announced this week the schedule for The Brian Setzer Orchestra’s 13th annual Christmas Rocks Tour.”

Setzer announced that this year’s edition of the group’s annual holiday tour will be presented by Sirius XM and will span a total of 32 cities beginning with a performance in Appleton, Wisconsin on Saturday, November 12th.  The band’s schedule also includes performances in Georgia, Virginia, Colorado, Oklahoma, and many other cities.  The band’s full schedule is noted below.

 

Catch BSO’s 13th Annual “Christmas Rocks! Tour” in the following cities:
DATE
LOCATION
VENUE
Sat-Nov-12
Appleton, WI
Fox Cities Performing Arts Center
Sun-Nov-13
Ames, IA
Stephens Auditorium
Tue-Nov-15
Saint Charles, IL
The Arcada Theatre
Wed-Nov-16
Kalamazoo, MI
State Theatre
Thu-Nov-17
Northfield, OH
Hard Rock Live
Sat-Nov-19
Mashantucket, CT
Foxwoods Casino- Grand Theatre
Sun-Nov-20
Easton, PA
State Theatre Center For The Arts
Mon-Nov-21
Red Bank, NJ
Count Basie Theatre
Wed-Nov-23
Buffalo, NY
Center For The Arts
Fri-Nov-25
Englewood, NJ
Bergen Performing Arts Center
Sat-Nov-26
Washington, DC
Warner Theatre
Sun-Nov-27
Westbury, NY
Theatre at Westbury
Tue-Nov-29
Montclair, NJ
Wellmont Theater
Fri-Dec-02
Newport News, VA
Ferguson Center For The Arts
Sat-Dec-03
Atlanta, GA
Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center
Sun-Dec-04
Nashville, TN
Ryman Auditorium
Tue-Dec-06
Louisville, KY
Palace Theatre
Wed-Dec-07
Evansville, IN
Old National Events Plaza
Fri-Dec-09
Shawnee, OK
Firelake Arena
Sat-Dec-10
Tulsa, OK
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Sun-Dec-11
Thackerville, OK
WinStar World Casino
Tue-Dec-13
Denver, CO
Paramount Theatre
Thu-Dec-15
Phoenix, AZ
Celebrity Theatre
Fri-Dec-16
Temecula, CA
Pechanga Resort & Casino
Sat-Dec-17
Los Angeles, CA
Microsoft Theatre
Tue-Dec-20
Bakersfield, CA
Fox Theatre
Thu-Dec-22
Modesto, CA
Gallo Center For The Arts
Fri-Dec-23
Reno, NV
Grand Sierra Resort & Casino
Sat-Dec-24
San Francisco, CA
Warfield Theatre
Mon-Dec-26
Seattle, WA
Paramount Theatre
Tue-Dec-27
Portland, OR
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
Thu-Dec-29
Santa Rosa, CA
Luther Burbank Center For The Arts

Fans can expect to hear a mix of music at every stop on the tour.  Setzer said of the shows’ set list that it will include music from the band’s most recent holiday album, 2015’s Rockin’ Rudolph, three of the band’s best-selling holiday albums, and Setzer’s own solo catalogue.  Tickets for this year’s holiday tour can be purchased online now here.  More information on The Brian Setzer Orchestra’s upcoming tour is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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Yule Be Cool Is A Cool Musical Treat For Any Family This Holiday Season

Courtesy: Little Rockers Music/Waldmania PR

Courtesy: Little Rockers Music/Waldmania PR

It’s officially that time once again, everyone. Halloween has come and gone once more. The candy is all eaten and the costumes are put away for another year. So are the decorations both in stores and homes across America. In their place are the annual Hanukkah and Christmas decorations and music. The annual barrage of holiday television specials is not far behind, either. Considering the vast amount of holiday musical offerings that fill store shelves around this time of year and the overall lack of originality those looking to celebrate the season are left with quite a conundrum. Which of the noted offerings are really worth the purchase? That is a tough answer. As difficult as that is to answer, there are rare options out there. One of said options is The Little Rockers Band’s new holiday album Yule Be Cool. The kindie rock band’s new collection boasts twelve songs that the whole family will enjoy throughout the holiday season. That is thanks not just to its featured songs (which is just one reason for the record’s enjoyment) but to the band’s stylistic approach to said songs, too. That is yet another reason that Yule Be Cool proves to be a surprisingly enjoyable musical holiday offering. Last of note in regards to the album’s overall presentation is its sequencing. While the album spans thirteen total tracks, only twelve are actually songs. Over the course of those songs, the band keeps listeners fully engaged thanks to the energy exhibited by each song. That maintained engagement is a solid foundation on which the rest of the noted elements rest easily. All three elements together make Yule Be Cool a holiday collection that is indeed a cool yule treat for the whole family.

The Little Rockers Band’s new holiday record Yule Be Cool is a fittingly titled record. That is because despite the band–Jessie Apple (vocals, acoustic guitar), Chris Apple (vocals, bass), Liam Moroney (electric guitar, vocals), and Billy Papenberg (drums)–being known largely for its kindie rock offerings, its new collection of holiday tunes is one that the whole family will enjoy. the songs featured on this record are more than just the standard collection of holiday tunes. Those standards are there. That’s obvious. However, there are also some original compositions included among the album’s eleven musical offerings. More specifically speaking, of the album’s eleven musical offerings (the album’s twelfth track is just dialogue), five are original compositions beginning with the album’s opener ‘This Is How It Feels At Christmas.’ It is a fun, poppy piece that comes from the vantage point of a young child in which the child describes the positive emotions generated by all of the classic Christmas elements. ‘Hanukkah Is Here’ and ‘Snow Falls’ are two more of those five total original compositions. The very fact that the band would pay respect to not just Christmas but Hanukkah as well (this isn’t the only song in which the band pays respect to the Jewish community) sets it quite far from other acts and their holiday offerings. And the gentle, almost Vince Guaraldi-style sound of ‘Snow Falls’ will entertain audiences of all ages just as much. It is just one more example of how the songs that make up the body of Yule Be Cool make it such a surprisingly enjoyable musical holiday treat for the whole family. That is not to ignore any of the compilation’s other offerings. Overall, the fact that the band made an obviously concerted effort to not just churn out a standard, run-of-the-mill holiday record here, even with the included holiday standards, is reason enough for any family to have this record in its holiday music library.

The songs that make up the body of Yule Be Cool are in themselves plenty of reason for any family to have this record in its holiday music library. They are not the ony reason that families will want to add this collection to their holiday music libraries. The band’s stylistic approach to the featured songs is another reason that the record succeeds so surprisingly well. The toned down take on ‘Jingle Bells’ in ‘Jingle Bells Rock.’ In comparison to the standard take on the song, the band has slowed the song’s tempo here yet still made it just light enough in its overall delivery to make it enjoyable in its own right. Very much in the same vein, the more upbeat take of ‘Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer’ will impress any fan of The Brian Setzer Orchestra. That is especially thanks to Liam Moroney’s guitar work and Billy Papenberg’s time keeping. Moroney’s surf rock style solos will put a smile on any listener’s face, and will have said listeners dancing along just as much. The only song that can rightfully be argued to be a near direct take is the band’s take of Jose Feliciano’s hit song ‘Feliz Navidad.’ While the song itself stylistically is a near mirror image of Feliciano’s original, the band has actually mixed things up a bit here by adding Hanukkah to the mix instead of just singing Merry Christmas over and over again. It is a reflection of the times and just one more way in which Yule Be Cool proves in fact to be a cool treat for the whole family this holiday season. Together with each of the other noted songs and those not directly noted, it can be said with even more certainty that the stylistic approach taken to each of this record’s featured songs is yet another reason that the collection in whole is, again, a cool, yule treat for the whole family throughout the holiday season. It is still not the last remaining reason that the album proves so entertaining either. The record’s overall sequencing rounds out the reasons that families will want to hear this collection of holiday tunes.

The songs that make up the body of Yule Be Cool and the band’s stylistic approach to each gives listeners of all ages plenty of reason to hear this compilation. Both elements together make it a record not just for children but for the whole family. While both elements prove to be of equal importance in the grand scheme of things here, they are only two-thirds of the album’s overall presentation. The record’s sequencing rounds out the reasons that Yule Be Cool is indeed a cool holiday record. Over the course of the record’s twelve (technically thirteen) tracks and forty-six minutes, The Little Rockers Band manages the record’s energy in such fashion that the record never loses its proverbial “oomph.” Much like a perfect wave for surfers or mountain for skiers, the ups and downs throughout the record are so perfectly balanced that the energy is never too much or too little at any one point from beginning to end. Every song stays just close enough to the next in terms of its energy and overall delivery that the record in whole proves from beginning to end a holiday record that every family will enjoy without having to ever skip one song or another. That being the case, it means that families that add this record to their holiday music collections will hear for themselves just how cool it is. This is especially the case when the songs and the band’s approach to each is taken into consideration. All things considered, Yule Be Cool proves in the end to be a truly cool treat for the whole family this and every holiday season.

Yule Be Cool is one of the most surprisingly enjoyable of this year’s holiday music offerings. That is largely thanks to its mix of musical selections. Instead of just being another collection of standards, the band has taken a handful of standards and mixed it with its own selection of original compositions. The end result is a collection of songs that stands out quite well from all of the other annual musical holiday offerings churned out this and every year. The band’s stylistic approach to each of the record’s featured songs adds even more reason for audiences to check out this compilation of holiday tunes. The band presents its own original take on the standards and just as interesting takes on its own compositions. The sequencing of the featured songs couples with both of the previously noted elements to make Yule Be Cool a record that is in whole a surprisingly cool collection of songs for any family this and every holiday season. It is available now in stores and online. It can be ordered online direct via CD Baby at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/thelittlerockersband4. More information on Yule Be Cool is available online now along with all of The Little Rockers Band’s latest news at:

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BSO’s New Christmas Music Is A Surprisingly Enjoyable Musical Holiday Treat

Courtesy:  Surfdog Records

Courtesy: Surfdog Records

Ten years have passed since Brian Setzer and his feow musicians in The Brian Setzer Orchestra released their last holiday album. Now with Halloween only days away at the time of this posting and Christmas still well over a month away, Setzer and company have brought audiences an early present for all of the group’s fans. The present comes in the form of its new album Rockin’ Rudolph. Being the group’s first Christmas album in a decade it is a welcome return. Given, there is no original material presented in this record per se. However, the group’s upbeat renditions of the featured holiday standards are within themselves plenty of reason to have this record echoing through any family’s house this holiday season. This is obvious right from the album’s opener, the big band rendition of ‘Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree.’ The song boasts the group’s trademark swing and also keeps the song’s original feel at the same time. ‘Rockabilly Rudolph’ is more proof of what makes BSO’s new holiday such a welcome return. It is anything but the original song. Rather, Setzer and company have taken the classic tune and completely re-imagined it. One could even say that they turned it on its ear. The band’s updated take on ‘O Little Town Of Bethlehem’ is just as intriguing. That is because Setzer and company have also re-imagined this holiday standard in its own unexpected fashion. All three songs are in themselves clear examples of why Rockin’ Rudolph is such a welcome return. Together with the collection’s other nine covers the collection in whole proves to be quite the surprisingly enjoyable musical holiday treat.

The Brian Setzer Orchestra has brought audiences quite a surprisingly enjoyable musical holiday treat in Rockin’ Rudolph. The twelve-track, thirty-four minute collection of holiday standards is such a welcome return for Setzer and company because unlike so many other well-known mainstream acts out there, Setzer and his fellow musicians don’t just perform the standards and call it a day. Instead, they take the noted standards and build on them at some points while totally re-imagining them at others. The end result is a record that any family will want echoing through their homes this holiday season. This is obvious right from the album’s opener ‘Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree.’ Setzer and his band mates have taken the original standard here and given it a full-on big band swing touch that also features Setzer’s own rockabilly style on guitar. The album’s liner notes don’t specifically note who handled the drums on this song (apparently there were two drummers utilized in recording the featured songs). Regardless, the drums absolutely swing and will have listeners dancing in their kitchens and living rooms as they bake those christmas cookies and drink their eggnog. The same can be said of the band’s horns. They swing just as much as the group’s drummer. The horns and drums set alongside Setzer’s own trademark rockabilly style sound make this cover one that stands head and shoulders above all of its other renditions across the musical universe. It is just one example of what makes this record such a solid collection of holiday covers, too. The band’s updated take on ‘Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer,’ titled here ‘Rockabilly Rudolph’ is another example of everything right with this record.

The big band swing of ‘Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree’ presented by the members of BSO makes the song a great first impression from Setzer and company in its first new holiday record in a decade. It shows that Setzer and his fellow musicians offer audiences more than just the standard holiday covers. And it does so quite convincingly, too. ‘Rockabilly Rudolph,’ the band’s take on ‘Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer’ is just as enjoyable for audiences. That is because it is yet another piece in which Setzer and his fellow musicians do more than just cover the old standard. Instead, they completely turn the song on its ear with a rockabilly take on the classic. It goes without saying that this rendition of ‘Rudolph The Red-Nosed’ sounds almost nothing like the original. And that is not a bad thing, either. There’s even a tribute to James Bond with the famous spy’s theme song incorporated into the song. Setzer is the main star of this piece. Though, his band mates shine just as much. All things considered here, this original take on the holiday standard is something that audiences won’t hear anywhere else. It proves even more why Rockin’ Rudolph is such a standout holiday offering and an equally impressive return for Setzer and his fellow musicians to the realm of holiday music. It is of course still not the only example of what makes this record so surprisingly enjoyable. The group’s take on ‘O Little Town Of Bethlehem’ is just as interesting to hear.

BSO’s cover of ‘Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree’ and ‘Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer’ are both clear examples of why the group’s first holiday album in ten years is such a welcome collection in any family’s home this holiday season. While both songs show in their way just how much this compilation has to offer audiences they are only a couple of examples of just how much the record offers. The group’s take on ‘O Little Town Of Bethlehem’ is one more example of just how much this record sets itself apart from all of the year’s other holiday music offerings. As most audiences know, ‘O Little Town Of Bethlehem’ is quite the solemn piece’ in its original presentation. In the case of BSO’s rendition, the band has replaced that much more solemn feel with something more along the lines of a slow jazz sound. It’s quite the departure from the far more reserved sound to which audiences are accustomed. That’s not to say that it is a bad thing. Rather it is just a something different. The very fact that Setzer and his band mates have opted to go a different route just as much here as with the record’s other covers makes the record in whole all the more interesting. Speaking of those songs, the collection in whole is so original in regards to its renditions that audiences will agree in hearing it that it is in fact quite the surprisingly enjoyable musical holiday treat for any family.

BSO’s covers of ‘Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree,’ ‘Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer’ and ‘O Little Town Of Bethlehem’ are all good examples of just how much Rockin’ Rudolph has to offer listeners. Instead of just taking the easy road, all three songs show a group that opted to take the original tunes and build on them in some cases and even totally re-imagine them in others. That is displayed just as much in the rest of the album’s songs as through the trip directly noted here. Whether one chooses one of that trio or any of the others not directly noted, one will agree that the album in whole proves to be one of the few holiday music collections actually worth purchasing this year. It is available now in stores and online. More information on this and other titles from Brian Setzer and the Brian Setzer Orchestra is available online now along with all of the group’s latest news at:

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Page’s New Holiday LP Will Have Listeners Of All Ages Wiggling With Holiday Cheer

Courtesy:  Yellow Entertainment

Courtesy: Yellow Entertainment

Greg Page is one of the most iconic figures in the world of children’s music and entertainment. One of the original members of the beloved children’s entertainment group The Wiggles, Page rose to fame as the original “Yellow Wiggle.” He spent roughly fifteen years with the world-renowned group until his retirement in 2006 due to health compilations. While he might have stepped out of the limelight his career did not end. He released his second solo album Let It Be Me in 2012 and even rejoined his fellow entertainers in The Wiggles for a few months before bowing out once more in mid-2012 and proceeding to join the cast of the children’s program Butterscotch’s Playground, which he helped develop alongside the show’s creators. Now in 2015, Page’s fans will be happy to know that next month, he will release another new album, an album of Christmas tunes called Here Comes Christmas. The album will be released November 24th. The hour-long, twenty-six track record is an interesting addition to the annual barrage of cookie cutter Christmas albums. That is because over the course of those songs, most of which are covers of traditional Christmas carols, Page breaks the all too rigid mold created by so many mainstream pop stars in their holiday offerings. This will be discussed at more length shortly. It is just one reason that young listeners will enjoy this recording. Another reason that audiences (including older audiences) will enjoy Page’s new record is his trio of new compositions that open the record. They collectively serve as the compilation’s anchor. The reason for that will be discussed at more length later. Last but not least worth noting of the new record is the inclusion of a handful of songs from the new Butterscotch’s Playground DVD to round out the CD. The songs are not Christmas-themed compositions, obviously. But parents and children alike will still agree on their enjoyment. That in mind, the inclusion of those songs alongside Page’s own original holiday-themed works and his re-workings of the more well-known carols makes a record that in whole proves to be an enjoyable new collection of holiday tunes for the whole family.

Here Comes Christmas is a welcome and enjoyable new collection of holiday-themed songs that listeners of all ages will enjoy. Regardless of age, listeners in whole will agree that it is a welcome break from the cookie cutter holiday covers albums that are churned out every year by all the mainstream pop artists. The main reason that it is such a welcome change of pace is that the nineteen covers featured among the album’s twenty-six total songs feature arrangements of those classic holiday tunes that have rarely if ever been crafted before by artists of any genre. Page has taken, in those songs, works that are commonly aimed at audiences of all ages and directly aimed them at his younger listeners. That is evident through the songs’ arrangements both stylistically speaking and in regards to their instrumental makeups. ‘Santa Claus Is Coming To Town,’ the first of the album’s covers is a prime example of this. Speaking in terms of the song’s stylistic approach, Page approaches it with something of an over-the-top delivery that one might expect from a children’s educational DVD. Of course it makes sense being that Page is a trained educator. A side by side comparison of Page’s take on the song and the original reveals the drastic stylistic change. The song’ apparent wholly synthesized instrumentation shows even more what sets the song apart from the original composition and its many different mainstream renditions. That synthesized instrumentation includes horns, strings, and bells among other instruments. Much the same can be said of Page’s rendition of ‘Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer’ and ‘Frosty The Snowman.’ For all of the kid-friendly arrangements featured among Page’s nineteen total overs, it would be unfair to say that they are all so directly aimed at his younger audiences. His take on ‘Jingle Bell Rock’ conjures thoughts of The Brian Setzer Orchestra while the his take on ‘I Saw Three Ships’ actually does generate something of a sea shanty sound thanks to Page’s vocal delivery while the doo-wop vibe presented in the song’s verses gives a wholly different sound within itself. That it could present two wholly different sounds in one song and still be entertaining speaks volumes. Perhaps most surprising of the covers is the full on re-imagining of ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas.’ Page has replaced all of the traditional gifts presented in the original composition and replaced them with animals, including goldfish in the place of gold rings, a goat on the first day (whose milk is used to make cheese), and horses among many others. It becomes a virtual farmyard full of holiday gifts that will surprise listeners just as much as it will entertain them. It is just one more example of why the covers featured in Page’s new holiday record do plenty to make this collection an interesting (and surprisingly welcome) break from the standard model used by so many other artists. The noted covers alongside those not noted make for plenty of reason for listeners of all ages to check out this record. They are only part of the reason that families will want to check out this record, too. The original compositions that open the record give listeners just as much reason to give it a chance.

The classic holiday covers that make up the majority of Page’s new record make for plenty of reason for audiences of all ages to check out this new compilation. They are just part of the reason that listeners will want to give the record a chance, though. The original compositions that open the disc are collectively another reason that listeners of all ages will enjoy Page’s latest collection of songs. That is because all three of the songs are more clearly aimed at the whole family than Page’s young audiences alone. Ironically the first of the songs, the album’s title track is sung from the vantage point of a child. He sings against the happy sounds of the song’s guitars, bells, drums, and keyboards, “We’ve waited all this year/Seems so long it’s been away/We hope we’ve made his list/So we see him Christmas Day/With every moment/The time is drawing near/And soon we know it/The yuletide will be here.” The excitement of the children on Christmas Day is just as expertly translated both musically and lyrically through the sudden burst of joyful energy exuded just before the chorus and the chorus itself. On another note, the more poppy sound of ‘Christmas Bells’ is just as enjoyable alongside its lyrical content, which celebrates the annual ringing of the Christmas bells. If those two songs are not enough for listeners, then the celebratory calypso-tinged dance sound of ‘It’s Christmas’ is sure to get listeners of all ages dancing, singing, and smiling. All three songs set against Page’s extensive collection of covers makes Here Comes Christmas even more interesting of a listen for anyone wanting a break from the same old same old holiday music collections. Even taken into consideration together, all twenty-two songs are still not all that makes this record so interesting. The bonus songs included at the record’s end in themselves give listeners a break from getting worn out on holiday cheer.

Here Comes Christmas features a grand total of twenty-two holiday tunes throughout the body of its hour-long run time. For all of the holiday cheer that the songs in question offer listeners, they are not the only songs featured in this record. In an apparent effort to keep from overwhelming listeners with that holiday cheer Page has also included four bonus songs from the new Butterscotch’s Playground DVD. None of the songs have any link to the holidays whatsoever. ‘Everybody Dance’ is self-explanatory. It is a fun, celebratory piece that is certain to get young listeners moving around. ‘At The Fire Station’ plays on children’s fascination with all things fire station-related. ‘Knead It’ is just as self-explanatory as is ‘Get Down Low and Go, Go, Go.’ Each of the bonus compositions is enjoyable in its own right. And after the expansive amount of holiday cheer spread across the majority of Page’s new record, it can’t be denied that they are just as much of a welcome break in their own right. They bar listeners from feeling overwhelmed with holiday cheer, which is never a bad thing. Taking this into account, these four songs set alongside the rest of the album’s compositions make Here Comes Christmas a record that is in whole one of the more interesting and welcome of this year’s annual crop of musical holiday offerings.

Here Comes Christmas is one of the more interesting and welcome of this year’s crop of musical holiday offerings. For that matter, it is one of the more interesting and welcome musical holiday offerings in recent memory. That is because it balances a handful of original compositions aimed at audiences of all ages with an expansive and original collection of covers aimed mainly at younger audiences for an experience that is sure to get listeners of all ages well into the holiday spirit. The bonus non-holiday compositions that round out the record will keep listeners from feeling overwhelmed with holiday cheer by bringing listeners back to Earth so to speak. The combination of all twenty-six songs makes the hour-long musical experience that is Here Comes Christmas a record that every family will want to have in their household this holiday season. It will be available in stores and online on November 24th. More information on this and other recordings from Greg Page is available online now along with all of Greg’s latest news at:

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