The Fenway – December Music Spotlight
November 30 through December 24 – Symphony Hall
Tis the Season
A holiday tradition dating back to 1973, the Boston Pops are celebrating the season with a month of shows including matinees for children, visits from Santa, and symphonic holiday favorites. Led by Keith Lockhart, celebrating his 21st year as conductor of the Pops, the orchestra brings holiday cheer to the masses once again.
December 8 – House of Blues
Boston Music Awards
Not “Just Another Band Out of Boston”
Bouncing around from the Liberty Hotel and the Revere Hotel, to its home last year at the Sinclair, the BMAs seem to continually be looking for a different, unique, and exciting location to host their toast to the best music in Boston. Lucky for all of us, this year’s soiree will be held at the House of Blues in The Fenway. Besides announcing the winners of all 32 categories, the awards ceremony will feature performances by Air Traffic Controller, The Ballroom Thieves, Bearstronaut, Contact, The Hotelier, Julie Rhodes, Kyle Bent, Lady Pills, Michael Christmas, Sadie Dupuis of Speedy Ortiz, Shun Ng and the Shunettes, Walter Sickert and the Army of Broken Toys, DJ Knife, and Leah V.
December 9 – Café 939
Ruby Rose Fox
Fantastic Ms. Fox
Last year was a big one for Ruby Rose Fox. Besides being named “Boston’s Best Musician” by the Improper Bostonian, RRF also brought home Boston Music Awards for “Best Pop Artist” and “Best Female Vocalist.” Combining soul, pop, rock, and new wave, Ruby Rose Fox will deliver at Café 939, supporting her recent record, “Domestic,” released this past spring.
December 13 – House of Blues
Not Your Common Crooks
One of the most important and long-lasting downtempo duos in the history of electronic music, the Thievery Corporation have been at it for more than 20 years. Founded by Rob Garza and Eric Hilton in Washington, DC, the two fuse dub, bossa nova, acid jazz, reggae, Indian and Middle Eastern music to create their unique blend of music textures. The band alternates between DJ sets and a live band. There is no word yet on what will happen, but it’s gonna be good!
December 16 & 17 – Museum of Fine Arts
NEC Millennium Gospel Choir
Singing for the Season
The New England Conservatory Millennium Gospel Choir brings their harmonic holiday show back to the MFA. The choir, which draws upon its 200 members from 30 local church choirs and range in age from 16 to 82, brings the best in gospel music from several generations.
December 17 – Berklee Performance Center
Have Yourself a Sacrilegious X-mas
Over his career, John Waters accomplished the seemingly impossible—the cult director and shock artist gained a following so large that he’s become a reference point for the mainstream. With a cinematic resume that includes infamous works like “Pink Flamingos” and more accessible, but still edgy films such as “Hairspray,” “Cry Baby,” and “Pecker,” Waters’ films have made him a pioneer in well-crafted unsavory cinema. In addition to his 16 films, Waters has written five books, and every December makes his rounds for “A John Waters Christmas,” where he combines storytelling and stand-up comedy as a way for fans to brace for and embrace the upcoming holiday season.
December 28, 29 & 30 – House of Blues
Mighty Mighty Bosstones
Miracle on Lansdowne Street
It’s a holiday tradition of still another kind as the Mighty Mighty Bosstones celebrate their Hometown Throwdown in The Fenway. The venues may have changed over time, but each year fans from all over the world come to join the Bosstones as they make their way home for the holidays. Depending what day you choose, you’ll have the chance to see ska legends like Peelander Z, The Skatalites, Planet Smashers, The Skints, and Los Kung Fu Monkeys. Be aware, tickets go fast! They may even be gone already.
December 30 & 31 – Symphony Hall
Boston Pops Do “Back to the Future” Live
How Do You Play a Flux Capacitor?
Travel back in time with the Steven Spielberg classic “Back to the Future” as the Boston Pops celebrate the cult classic’s 30th anniversary. Enjoy the film in HD as Constantine Kitsopoulos conducts and they perform the movie soundtrack live including 20 minutes of additional music written for the event.
December 31 – House of Blues
Let Us Play
No matter where you are or who is playing, New Year’s Eve concerts always offer up some epic surprises. See what will happen as the acclaimed funk band Lettuce, homegrown in Boston back in 1992, mixes up a mélange of organic goodness and celebrates the new year.