Christmas music embodies the spirit of the season, much like the National Anthem evokes Independence Day and the ambient compositions of Philip Glass reflect the existential angst of Valentine’s Day. Treat ears to Yuletide tunes with this GrouponLive deal to see The Brian Setzer Orchestra’s Christmas Rocks! Extravaganza at Arena Theatre. For $50, you get two tickets for seating in row S, T, or U on Saturday, December 15, at 8 p.m. (up to a $122.50 value, including all fees). Doors open at 7 p.m.
Consummate guitarist Brian Setzer leads his heralded orchestra for an extravaganza of classic Christmas tunes infused with swing-band bombast and rockabilly blitz, all led by Setzer’s signature cache of Gretsch and other craftsman guitars. Favorite Yuletide ditties such as “Jingle Bell Rock” and “Run Rudolph Run” reverberate with rollicking percussion, boisterous brass, and the tuba’s spot-on whale mating call. The band also tinsels eardrums with a vintage, cool ’50s vibe during jazzy seasonal standards such as “Dig That Crazy Santa Claus” and “Boogie Woogie Santa Claus.” Before the show ends with a customary candy-cane duel, Setzer may sprinkle his set list with non-holiday fan favorites from his Stray Cats days, including slinky hits such as “Stray Cat Strut” and “Rock This Town.” Mixing jazz, burlesque, pop, and cabaret into sultry Betty Boop harmonies, the theatrical swing band Totsy declares that “Santa Likes Naughty Girls Too” in its charmingly lascivious opening set. ####Brian Setzer Orchestra – “Blue Christmas” (2009) <iframe width="450" height="243" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/K5zUH7m99Tg" frameborder="0" allowFullScreen="allowFullScreen"></iframe>
####Totsy – “Dope on a Rope” (Official Video)
At Arena Theatre, nobody sits farther than 60 feet from the show. Most concertgoers who’ve squinted their ways through major concerts at other venues can attest that the in-the-round seating arrangement and revolving stage are causes for celebration. And the stars have noticed. Since the 1970s, the state-of-the-art venue has attracted a long list of legendary performers including Willie Nelson, Tom Jones, and Aretha Franklin. While their golden vocal chords ring through the stellar acoustics, fans sink into comfy seats, savor a flashy light system, and discard their unnecessary opera glasses.