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Copyright: December 24, 2006
By: Laura Deni


If you have enough money Las Vegas still has some rooms left for celebrating the yearly turnover in Sin City.

There are street parties and the required fireworks.

The theme of the $450,000 pyrotechnic display, stretching out over five miles of the Strip, will be Vegas Royale 2007, featuring the soundtrack from many of James Bonds' greatest adventures, including Bond Theme 007, A View to A Kill, Casino Royale and Bond Techno Finale.

The show will last five minute, 40 seconds and emanate from seven rooftop locations; The Stratosphere, Circus Circus, TI, The Venetian, Flamingo, Monte Carlo and MGM Grand.

Tickets to see Lionel Richie at the Venetian or Celine Dion at Caesars Palace top out at over $200.00.

If nightclub atmosphere is more your thing, tickets for the Pamela Anderson hosted bash at the TAO Nightclub in the Venetian are $250. Cough up $450.00 per person and you can get into the Tryst Nightclub at Wynn Las Vegas Hotel. Stay sober because you need to navigate a marble staircase. Then there is the I-Bar at the Rio Hotel. The VIP Bubble package includes a table for 6 - 10 guests, your choice of 2 bottles and one bottle of Dom Perignon for a midnight toast plus free admission to Voodoo Lounge after midnight. Includes: bottle choice from grey goose, Tanquerey No. Ten, Patron Silver, Crown Royal or Hennessy VS. Also strawberries and whipped cream and party favors. That clambake will set you back $1,000. Gratuity is not included.

Times Square in New York City
For many it's the New Year's Eve Times Square which has become the symbolic center of the New Year.

Something about dropping that ball that has fascinated people for generations.

Over the past 99 years, four versions of the Ball have been designed to signal the New Year. The first Ball was made of iron and wood, weighed 700 pounds, and was covered with 100 light bulbs. In 1920, a 400 pound iron Ball replaced the iron and wood Ball. In 1955, a 150 pound aluminum Ball with 180 light bulbs replaced the iron Ball. In 1995, the aluminum Ball was upgraded with aluminum skin, rhinestones, and computer controls. In 1999, the crystal New Year’s Eve Ball was created to welcome the new millennium.

This year The Ball is a geodesic sphere, six feet in diameter, and weighs approximately 1,070 pounds. The Ball is covered with a total of 504 Waterford Crystal triangles that vary in size, and range in length from 4 ¾ inches to 5 ¾ inches per side.

2007 Times Square Ball
For Times Square 2007, 72 of the Waterford Crystal triangles will feature the new Hope for Peace design consisting of three dovelike patterns symbolizing messengers of peace. The remaining triangles feature Waterford designs from previous years - i.e. Hope for Fellowship, Hope for Wisdom, Hope for Unity, Hope for Courage, Hope for Healing, Hope for Abundance, and Star of Hope.

The 504 Waterford Crystal triangles are bolted to 168 translucent triangular lexan panels which are attached to the aluminum frame of the Ball.

The exterior of the Ball is illuminated by 168 Philips Halogená Brilliant Crystal light bulbs, exclusively engineered for the New Year’s Eve Ball to enhance the crystal. The interior of the Ball is illuminated by 432 Philips Light Bulbs - 208 clear, 56 red, 56 blue, 56 green, and 56 yellow - and 96 high intensity strobe lights, which together create bright bubbling bursts of color.

The exterior of the Ball features 90 rotating pyramid mirrors that reflect light back into the audience at Times Square.

The 696 lights and 90 rotating pyramid mirrors are computer controlled, enabling the Ball to produce a state of-the-art light show of eye dazzling colorful patterns and a spectacular kaleidoscope effect atop One Times Square.

If Broadway or Vegas aren't in your geographic neighborhood other stop off points to consider are; Usher in the New Year at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. with a dazzling classical concert featuring guest conductor Murry Sidlin, soprano Arianna Zukerman, pianist Stewart Goodyear, and members of the National Symphony Orchestra.

Beach Blanket Babylon
If you have too much to drink you may think you see vampires, but if you are in San Francisco you can actually go looking for them. The New Year's Eve Vampire Tour of San Francisco on Dec. 31 is led by Vampress Mina Harker. The tour is held on Nob Hill and will visit seven famous stops: Grace Cathedral, the Nob Hill Cafi, Huntington Park, the Pacific-Union Club, the Fairmont Hotel, the Mark Hopkins Hotel and the Marines Memorial Club. At each stop, Harker will tell the history of the spot and how vampires "played a role" in that history.

The delightful San Francisco mainstay - the nation's longest running musical - Beach Blanket Babylon follows Snow White as she sings and dances her way around the world in search of her prince. Along the way she encounters many of the personalities in today's headlines, including Arnold Schwarzenegger, Harry Potter, Tiger Woods, Oprah Winfrey, 'N Sync, Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, Hillary Clinton, George and Laura Bush, Michael Jackson, Martha Stewart, Tom Cruise, Angelina, characters from Brokeback Mountain and Paris Hilton.

Beach Blanket Babylon's Seasonal Extravaganza, through Dec. 31 welcomes the New Year with special performances featuring tap dancing Christmas trees, parodies of Christmas carols and more. Snow White continue exploring the world in search of her Prince Charming. "Ring in 2007 Beach Blanket Babylon style when the 7 p.m. performance includes champagne and chocolate truffles. The 10:15 p.m. show, ending at the stroke of midnight, features a pastiche of the best and worst of 2006, as well as champagne, truffles and dancing until 1:30 a.m. $65-$190.

Bimbo's 365 Club - also in San Francisco - celebrates New Year's Eve with performances by The New Morty Show featuring Vise Grip and Connie Champagne, Steve Lucky and The Rhumba Bums, Mr. Lucky and the Cocktail Party and special appearances by The Girl in the Fish Bowl. The evening includes a glass of champagne, hats, party favors and a balloon drop. Cocktail attire-black tie optional. Ages 21 and older. $60.

At the upper crust San Francisco Empire Plush Room you can ring In The New Year With Lainie Kazan. The vocalist and actress sings in the new year. and the Dec. 31 10:30 p.m. concert will be followed by a post-performance buffet and costs $125.

The Hyatt Regency Downtown in Kansas City has a celebration which features six bands, four entertainment areas, 20,000 balloons unleashed at the stroke of midnight, indoor laser light show and pyrotechnic display. Cost: Starting at $75 per person.

The Arts Council of Oklahoma City has produced Opening Night in downtown Oklahoma City since 1987. With musical acts throughout the night, a fantastic fireworks display and a family-friendly atmosphere with a scavenger hunt, Opening Night is considered the top way to ring in the new year for Oklahoma City residents.

The Arts Council of Oklahoma has been fostering artistic performance and presentation for years. Final countdown begins at 11:30 pm with the fireworks scheduled for the moment the new year arrives. Musical Performances involve 14 venues around downtown featuring musical acts performing throughout the evening. Performers will include Edgar Cruz on classical guitar, Smilin’ Vic and the Soul Monkeys with blues/soul, Star of Tragedy with rock, David Thomas' World of Magic and the CDS Jazz Band.

From the United States to Prague fireworks are the favorite blowup toy. For some reason Czechs love setting off fireworks, the size of which may blow your hearing for a good time to come! Inexplicably, many of the fireworks in the Old Town Square are actually aimed straight into the crowd. Most of the time it's - but just barely.

The first viewing choice is anywhere by, or overlooking the river. This includes the river restaurants, the river cruises, on and around Charles Bridge, and up high on Petrin Hill and at Prague Castle. The second is the Old Town Square. This is the more 'lively' option. Chicago's famous New Year's Eve Fireworks display takes place over Monroe Harbor. Revelers will gather at Buckingham Fountain in order to witness a pyrotechnic wonder featuring a lighted fountain countdown to the new year. At midnight fireworks will continue above the lakefront choreographed to musical soundtracks that include rock, pop and classical. Best of all - admission is free.

From Chicato to Prague fireworks are the favorite blowup toy. For some reason Czechs love setting off fireworks, the size of which may blow your hearing for a good time to come! Inexplicably, many of the fireworks in the Old Town Square are actually aimed straight into the crowd. Most of the time it's safe - but just barely.


With Santa and the reindeer back up at the North Pole resting up after last night's peak of the season ride, it's of some note that the Red Nosed Rudolph - the longest running holiday special in television history - is as popular as ever. The television cartoon special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, which aired last week on CBS, was watched by 10.8 million according to Nielsen’s estimates.

The 1964 TV special is the story of Hermey the Elf (who'd rather be a dentist), the Misfit Toys, Yukon Cornelius and the gang, and filled with original songs like Holly Jolly Christmas.

Now the two original stop-motion puppets from the much loved 1964 Rankin/Bass TV special that was narrated by Burl Ives, have been meticulously restored and are on display at the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta - considered America's premier puppet museum.

Presumed lost or destroyed for over 30 years, these rare puppets surfaced in 2005. The 5-inch-high lead reindeer is joined by the 9-inch Santa puppet.

"The hand-crafted, three-dimensional puppets of stop-motion films possess a kind of warmth and charm that standard cartoon characters drawn on celluloid just don’t have,” says Alan Louis, the Center’s Director of Museum and Education Programs. “Rankin/Bass called their technique ‘Animagic’ for a reason. Rudolph’s enduring popularity for over 40 years is a testament to the magical quality the show has always had. Visitors to this exhibit will have a rare opportunity to get up close and personal with a phenomenon of TV animation history. I’m thrilled that the Center is the first museum in the world to exhibit these puppets. Up until now, they have only made a few brief appearances at toy industry trade shows.”

For their first museum appearance, the two puppets are insured for $100,000. When not on display their owner, Kevin Kreiss of keeps them in a bank safety deposit box. They're housed in a special sealed Plexiglas box at the center.

The 30 year sojourn for Rudolph and Santa began after the animation company Rankin/Bass made the special. When that wrapped Rankin/Bass stuck them in storage.

Eventually they were listed on a throw-away list.

The Yukon Cornelius puppet somehow melted, according to Rankin-Bass historian Rick Goldschmidt. That's when a Rankin/Bass secretary, who has asked to remain anonymous, got permission to take Santa and Rudolph home instead on putting them in the trash.

The secretary stored them casually among the household holiday décor. The Rudolph and Santa puppets came out every December to take their place under the family Christmas tree where her children played with them. Nobody surmised they had any great value.

Santa and Rudolph were boxed up in an attic for years until the secretary's grown son heard about the Rudolph 40th birthday hoopla in 2004 and realized he might have something of value.

In 2005, he carted them to the PBS series Antiques Roadshow where they were appraised at $8,000-$10,000 for the pair. Created for about $5,000 each in 1964, Rankin/Bass authenticated the puppets, and the family sold both figures to Kevin A. Kriess, the president of TimeandSpace an online retailer of Rudolph dolls, figurines, and Christmas décor as well as a plethora of other pop culture icons. Kreiss bought them for the publicity. Part of the deal was that he not disclose what he paid for them, and promised the family that he would restore the puppets and show them publicly.

The pair, made of wood, felted wool and wire, are thought to be two of the last surviving figures of the thousands made by Japanese puppet makers in the 1960s for the Rankin-Bass animated film production company, led by Arthur Rankin Jr. and Jules Bass.

To restore Rudolph and Santa, help came from another stop-motion studio, Los Angeles based Screen Novelties, famous for modern day stop-motion shows, such as Cartoon Network's Robot Chicken. There puppet maker Robin Walsh - once she got over the fear of handling her childhood icons - performed a scientific analysis of the materials used on every piece of the puppets to be sure to recreate any missing parts with an exact match.

It is interesting to note that Santa never had a mouth or a chin. He was designed that way. The beard gave the appearance of a normal full face. The illusion of the mouth was created by animating his mustache in the film.

Walsh was able to preserve the original paint to keep the head authentic. While the paint on\ Santa's face was lifting in places they were able to make repairs to re-attach the loosening paint layers, without the need to repaint. There's also some leftover glue marks on the face that were cleaned and removed.

Santa's beard and mustache were constructed from an animal hair - possibly goat - and the hairs were attached to a synthetic backer. Only one-half of Santa's original mustache had survived - the left side. The hairs of his beard and mustache were studied to create a perfect match to build a replacement mustache half.

The original beard was formed in a hollow round shape and stuffed with a foam material. The foam has since decayed. New and better stuffing was added to the beard to keep the original shape. The restored Santa has a new right side mustache made from kid mohair, while the left side is the cleaned original.

When discovered, Rudolph was missing his original lightbulb nose. Over 30 years ago, someone filled the original nose chamber with a red wax to display him without the open chamber nose.

This created a huge obstacle for Walsh, as the restoration crew had to find a safe way to extract this wax without damaging Rudolph's head. The experts were successful in removing the wax glop without damage and were also able to discover the original channel through the head that feed the electrical wires to operate the light-up nose. They even found some original wire still in there!

Careful research and consultation with the original Rankin/Bass puppet builders helped Walsh in reconnecting loose parts in just the same manner as they were originally designed. Thus, they were able to rewire Rudolph's nose chamber through the original channel to connect a working light as his nose. Every attempt was made to keep as many original parts intact so as to keep the puppets pure and true to their original design.

The final stage in each rebuilding step was to clean and treat the components to prevent future deterioration. A very special type of cleanser - the kind used to clean antique priceless paintings and works of art in museums - was used to clean the puppets. The internal lead and copper metal wire oxidized and corroded over the years. Those metals were cleaned and treated with a coating that will prevent any future corrosion to keep these guys in perfect condition for all future generations to admire.

Ms. Walsh returned Rudolph and Santa to owner Kriess last July, and the Center for Puppetry Arts signed on as the first booking in what Kriess hopes will become a national tour. Rudolph and Santa will be on display to January 13 at the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta in, GA.


More than airlines were shut down in the Denver blizzard which dumped more than 2 feet of snow. While more than 4,700 people hunkered down overnight at Denver International Airport, where flights in and out were cancelled, the theatres were empty as shows went dark.

Denver Center Attractions and the Denver Center Theatre Company, the producing divisions of The Denver Center for the Performing Arts, cancelled all shows scheduled for Thursday, December 21, due to the extended snow emergency and blizzard conditions.

That included all performances of All Shook Up, The Second City's How I Lost My Denverginity, A Christmas Carol and Season's Greetings.

Performances resumed on Friday, although the facility is still experiencing telephone difficulties.

Added performances of All Shook Up and A Christmas Carol will be added to accommodate ticket exchanges.


Dolly Parton
The Kennedy Center Honors - one of the highest awards a performance can receive. Dignified. Prestigious. Then there is Jesica Simnpson and the subsequent cut and edit process.

This year's ceremony honored honoring Dolly Parton, Smokey Robinson, conductor Zubin Mehta, musical theater composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and filmmaker Steven Spielberg - all recognized for their lifetime contributions to the arts - will be broadcast on CBS December 26.

Simpson was brought on board to salute Dolly Parton. She screwed up while performing live which has been termed by some as "a Simpson family tradition." First Jessica ran off stage crying while performing 9 to 5. Her rep initially said she was nervous, then Jessica claimed her dress was falling apart. What fell apart was her participation. Simpson was brought back for take two. After viewing that effort, Simpson decided it didn't do Dolly justice and the entire segment ended up on the cutting room floor.

As for the honorees there isn't a second rate performer in the bunch.

The Kennedy Center Honors, in its 29th year, is the paramount event on the Washington cultural calendar, with events at the State Department and the White House and a concluding program at the Kennedy Center.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice hosted a State Department dinner, where medals were presented to this year’s honorees. Among the 250 guests were the soul singer Aretha Franklin, a 1994 honoree; the violinist Itzhak Perlman, a 2003 honoree; actor Tom Hanks; country singer Shania Twain; Representative Nancy Pelosi, the incoming House speaker; and Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Democrat of Massachusetts.

An accomplished pianist and self-proclaimed "lover of the arts," Ms. Rice said she went to a Smokey Robinson concert on her first date — chaperoned by her father because, "I suppose he thought there was too much power in the soul of Smokey Robinson."

"Arts flourish most when they happen in a democracy," Rice said. "The arts give expression to human spirit and give expression to human freedom."

Kennedy said the first secretary of state, "Thomas Jefferson, and Secretary Rice both knew the power of the arts to bring people together." He added, "Arts connect us with our history and inspire our future."

Webber said the Kennedy Center award was better than a Grammy or an Oscar because "it's not connected to any of the industry." His former wife, Sarah Brightman, introduced the segment honoring him. When Broadway star Betty Buckley paid tribute by singing Memory from Webber's Cats, the audience responded with a standing ovation.

President and Mrs. Bush attended the Kennedy Center program on Sunday evening after a reception at the White House for the honorees, the members of the Artists Committee who nominated them and the Kennedy Center board.

That board now has a Las Vegas link.

Last October 30 The White House announced that President Bush intended to appoint resort owner Steve Wynn to the board of trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Wynn, 64, is one of six new trustees, including former Transportation Secretary Norm Mineta of California. Wynn's term lasts until Sept. 1, 2012.

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professor of dance and theatre, at the University of North Texas, will receive the 2007 Golden Pen Award from the United States Institute for Theatre Technology in March for his book, The Performing Set: The Broadway Designs of William and Jean Eckart, published by UNT Press.

USITT gives the award annually to the author of an outstanding publication in the field of design and production for the performing arts. Harris will receive the award at the USITT Annual Conference and Stage Expo in Phoenix. He also will autograph copies of the book and present a conference session on the Eckarts’ work.

"There is no higher honor for a theatre book than USITT’s Golden Pen Award," Harris says. "It confers an honor not only on The Performing Set, but also on William and Jean Eckart, the subjects of my book, whose contributions to stage and costume design might otherwise have been forgotten.” Harris' book explores the innovative work of the Eckarts, a husband-and-wife team that revolutionized Broadway musicals. The Eckarts' set designs flowed with the action of the play by moving and changing in front of the audience.

The large-scale Broadway musical is one of America's great contributions to world theatre. Bill and Jean Eckart were stage designers and producers at the peak of the musical. At a time when sets were meant to remain simply backdrops that established time and place but not much else, an Eckart set became part of the performance on stage, equal at times to an actor. Anyone who has seen Phantom of the Opera or Les Miserables has seen the innovations that the Eckarts brought to the large Broadway-style musical production. They were best known for their designs for Damn Yankees (1955); Once Upon a Mattress (1959), in which Carol Burnett made her Broadway debut; and Mame (1966) with Angela Lansbury.

The book contains more than 500 full-color illustrations, including production stills and the Eckarts' artistic renderings.

Some of the Eckarts' most famous sets include those for Damn Yankees in 1955; Once Upon a Mattress, in which Carol Burnett had her first big role in 1959; the live television production of Cinderella, featuring Julie Andrews, in 1957; and Mame, starring Angela Lansbury, in 1966.

USITT is an association of more than 3,600 design, production and technology professionals in the performing arts and entertainment industry with members from the United States, Canada and 40 other countries. USITT's Golden Pen Award is integral to the institute's mission to recognize excellence and significant contributions in the performing arts and entertainment industry.


THE WEDDING SINGER the musical version of the 1998 movie now at the Al Hirschfeld Theater on Broadway, will close after the December 31 performance. It will have had a run of 30 previews and 284 performances.

SALUTE TO VIENNA Inspired by Vienna’s world-famous New Year’s Concert, Salute to Vienna returns to the Barbara B. Mann Hall in Ft. Meyers, Florida, with another sensational performance. Lead by a friendly Viennese Maestro, the new cast includes leading singers from Europe’s finest concert halls performing the most popular excerpts from famous operettas, such as The Merry Widow and Die Fledermaus.

Swirling dancers from the Vienna City Ballet will perform the Viennese Waltz live on stage in beautiful costumes.

A brilliant cast of 75 musicians, singers and dancers presents a new program showcasing the best of Johann Strauss waltzes, polkas and marches. A New Year’s Tradition! Saturday, December 30 at the Barbara B. Mann Hal in Ft. Myers, Florida.

PIPPIN by Stephen Schwartz, composer of Wicked and three-time Oscar winner. The musical opens the Curtain Call Series of the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Calif.

Mischievous, magical, humorous and captivating – Tony Award-winning Pippin is the lively coming of age story of Charlemagne’s oldest son. A surprise waits around every corner as Pippin wanders through the worlds of politics, love and war before finding his true calling. A fantastic tale, Pippin is packed with dazzling and imaginative songs such as Magic to Do, Corner of the Sky and the audience sing-along No Time at All.

This vivid re-imagining of Pippin retains the wit, style, and charm of the original production, while infusing it with a contemporary approach. Once again there is “magic to do,” this time with fascinating new sets and costumes, plus the added attraction of “cirque-like” acrobatics.

Micky Dolenz, part of the musical phenomenon The Monkees, will perform the role of Charlemagne with Joshua Park in the title role of Pippin and Andre Ward as the Leading Player.

While best known for his role as Micky in the television show The Monkees (1966-1968), Micky Dolenz has continued to work in show business as an actor, writer, and director. In 2002, he expanded his reach to Broadway when he took over the role of the villain, Zoser, in the Tim Rice and Elton John musical, Aida. Other theatre credits include the national tours of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Grease. Additionally, he wrote and directed Bugsy Malone for the London stage.

The cast for Pippin include Jason Blaine as Theo and James Royce Edwards as Lewis. The part of Fastrada will be undertaken by Shannon Lewis, Barbara Marineau will play the role of Berthe and Teal Wicks will play the part of Catherine.

The rest of the Players for Pippin are Sara Antkowiak-Maier, Stephen Brotebeck, Jason Dougherty, Dell Howlett, Ryan Patrick Kelly, Karl Maier, Lauren Marshall, Mayumi Miguel, Vincent Rodriguez III, Molly Tynes and Dana Winkle. Swings for this production are Ashley Arcement and Brandon Tyler Fields.

The Goodspeed production of Pippin is directed by Gabriel Barre. Producing music director is Michael O’Flaherty, who is in his 15th season as Goodspeed’s Resident Music Director. Music direction is by Mark Hartman while Michael Croiter and David Chiappetta provide orchestrations. Pippin, which began at the Goodspeed Opera House on July 14, 2006, is produced by Michael P. Price. Pippin at the Orange County Performing Arts Center's Segerstrom Hall in Costa Mesa, California January 2-7, 2007.

DEFIANCE staged by The Pasadena Playhouse has announced the full casting for the West Coast Premiere of John Patrick Shanley’s production.

Andrew J. Robinson is set to direct the first production of the Playhouse’s 2007 season which will feature: Kevin Kilner as Colonel Littlefield, Jordan Baker as Margaret Littlefield, Dennis Flanagan as Private Davis, Robert Manning, Jr. as Captain Lee King, Leo Marks as Chaplain White, and Joel Polis as Gunney. Kilner and Baker, who play husband and wife in Defiance are married and reside in Los Angeles.

Defiance is set in 1971 at North Carolina's Camp Lejeune, where the military base is rife with racial unease. When Colonel Littlefield, a white officer, invites Captain Lee King, a black officer, to his home to discuss the building tensions, unexpected and profound events turn the discourse from race to an even deeper exchange that touches the hearts and souls of all involved.

Defiance is part of an intended trilogy of plays by playwright John Patrick Shanley that began with Doubt.

The design team features John Iacovelii scenic designer, Maggie Morgan costume designer and Paulie Jenkins lighting designer.

Defiance plays at the Pasadena Playhouse, in Pasadena, CA January 12, 2007 through February 18, 2007.


AUDRA McDONALD performs at the New York Philharmonic's annual New Year's Eve gala concert on Dec. 31. PBS stations will broadcast the event live Tony Award winner Ted Sperling will conduct the New York Philharmonic orchestra for the four-time Tony Award winner. The evening, titled Audra McDonald Sings the Movies for New Year's Eve, will feature tunes from such films as The Wizard of Oz, A Star Is Born, Cabin in the Sky, A Little Night Music, Breakfast at Tiffany's and My Fair Lady.

47TH ANNUAL L.A. COUNTY HOLIDAY CELEBRATION L.A. County's biggest holiday show featuring more than 45 musical ensembles, choirs, and dance companies, about 1,500 performers in all, expressing the joy of the season. This is a free, six-hour holiday spectacular of music, song and dance unfolding on the stage of the beautiful Dorothy Chandler Pavilion of the Music Center in Los Angeles. Sunday, December 24.

JIM BRICKMAN on stage Thursday, December 28 at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, PA. On Friday he performs at the Benedum Center in Pittsburgh, PA. Sunday, December 31 the show is at the Auditorium Theatre in Rochester, NY.

MANNHEIM STEAMROLLER head home performing Tuesday, December 26 at the Qwest Center in Omaha, NE.

PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND opens a five night stand, Wednesday, December 27, at Jazz Standard in New York City.

BRIAN SETZER ORCHESTRA AND THE CHERRY POPPIN DADDIES ring in the New Year on Sunday, December 31 at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, CA.

BONNIE RAITT AND STYX in a three night gig beginning Friday, December 29 at the Pechanga Resort in Temecula, CA.

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