Ramblin’ Rhodes: Country artists add a little Christmas to shows

December is just a few days away, which means that tickets for country Christmas concerts are selling fast.

 

Returning to the Imperial Theatre for the Morris Museum of Art’s Budweiser True Music’s Southern Soul and Song series will be country music star Suzy Bogguss.

Her holiday theme show will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15, with tickets priced at $15, $23 and $28.

They can be bought online at imperiatheatre.com, at the box office at 745 Broad St. or reserved by calling (706) 722-8341.

Bogguss recorded 10 albums for Capitol Records and was part of the artists who won a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album for Beautiful Dreamer: The Songs of Stephen Foster.

She has been seen on the PBS specials In Performance At The White House, A Capitol Fourth and Austin City Limits as well as the usual daytime and nighttime talk shows.

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One very familiar face to Augusta music fans is that of John Berry who also is returning to the Imperial with his own country Christmas show at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 21. Tickets are $22, $27, $30 and $35.

For an additional $20, you can be part of Berry’s VIP treatment at 5 p.m. the same day. That includes getting to talk with Berry one-on-one, having photos taken with him and having him perform a three-songs acoustic set just for the VIP patrons.

Berry, who lives with his family on a farm near Commerce, Ga., outside Athens, had a string of hits for Capitol Records including Your Love Amazes Me, Standing on the Edge of Goodbye, I Think About It All The Time, If I Had Any Pride Left At All and Kiss Me in the Car.

This season marks his 21st consecutive annual Christmas concert series.

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At last word from Augusta Amusements Inc., there were only 20 tickets left at $49 for the hugely popular Christmas With the Annie Moses Band show. It is again being presented at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20, at the Jabez S. Hardin Performing Arts Center, 7022 Evans Town Center Blvd., Evans.

Moses and her family members perform a variety of instruments. Visit AugustaAmusements.com or call (706) 726-0366 to get on a waiting list if tickets become available.

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Our friends at the Newberry (S.C.) Opera House have some great Christmas-theme concerts in the offering beginning with the Ozark Jubilee show from Branson, Mo. All seats are $26 for both the 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. performances on Thursday, Nov. 30.

Jazz legend Wynton Marsalis will be in the historic theater for his Big Band Holiday concert at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1. He will be joined by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Catherine Russell and Kenny Washington. Tickets are $130, $140 and $150.

Rising bluegrass star Sierra Hull, well known to fans of the Morris Museum’s True Music series, will be performing her own Christmas theme show at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, in Newberry. Tickets are $30-$45.

You can also catch The Embers performing their beach music Christmas show in Newberry at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12 ($30-$45) and The Platters performing their hits and classic Christmas songs at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15 ($30-$40).

For all of those shows, call the box office at (803) 276-6264 or buy online at newberryoperahouse.com.

Tons of Christmas television specials already are popping up on local and cable networks with one particular of note being the Eighth Annual CMA Country Christmas, which will air at 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 27, on the ABC (WJBF locally) network.

Taped at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tenn., this year’s show for the first time will be hosted by Reba McEntire who is following seven years of hosting by Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles.

Joining McEntire for the two-hour special will be two Augusta-reared guys, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood, performing with Hillary Scott in the trio Lady Antebellum.

Also announced to be on the show will be Luke Bryan, Alan Jackson, Little Big Town, Trisha Yearwood, CeCe Winans, Dustin Lynch, Kelsea Ballerini and a bunch of others. Ballerini, by the way, has a concert date at Bell Auditorium on Feb. 10.

So enjoy your Thanksgiving goodness this week and look forward to some good Christmas-themed shows just around the corner.

 

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