See Dave Koz + Friends Christmas Tour Dates
Fri, 14 Sep 2012 11:08:52
Christmas is coming, and with it, the annual Dave Koz and Friends Christmas Tour, a high-energy holiday tradition celebrating its 15th anniversary. The tour will kick off its 2012 edition on November 23 in Sarasota, FL with a return engagement at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. The tour is one of the longest-running Christmas tours.
Led by seven-time GRAMMY® nominee and saxophonist extraordinaire Dave Koz, this year's run is featuring special guests GRAMMY-nominated pianist/composer David Benoit, who appeared in the original 1997 line-up and was instrumental in the tour's creation; Javier Colon, who sang on Koz's Saxophonic album and was the winner of the inaugural season of NBC's hit television show, The Voice and the inimitable drummer/percussionist/vocalist Sheila E. (Prince, Cyndi Lauper, Ringo Starr), who makes her debut in the Christmas lineup after appearances on previous Dave Koz & Friends summer tours, and introducing singer/songwriter Margo Rey.
Together the quintet will perform hits from their respective catalogues and jam on fresh, fun arrangements of seasonal favorites. As always, there will be surprises, but Koz hints that the production will take things to a new level and will include a special medley of Peanuts holiday music inspired by Benoit, who has paid tribute to Vince Guaraldi's timeless music with several Peanuts themed albums.
11/23 Sarasota, FL Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
11/24 Clearwater, FL Ruth Eckerd Hall
11/25 West Palm Beach, FL Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Arts
11/27 Melbourne, FL King Center of the Performing Arts
11/28 Naples, FL Philharmonic Center for the Arts
11/30 Atlanta, GA Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center
12/1 Durham, NC The Carolina Theatre of Durham
12/3 N. Bethesda, MD The Music Center at Strathmore
12/4 Newport News, VA Ferguson Center for the Arts Concert Hall
12/5 Morristown, NJ Mayo Center for the Performing Arts
12/6 Cleveland, OH Playhouse Square - Palace Theatre
12/7 Columbus, OH Palace Theatre
12/8 Chicago, OH Chicago Theatre
12/10 Denver, CO Paramount Theatre
12/11 Colorado Springs, CO Pikes Peak Center
*12/12 Ft. Worth, TX Bass Performance Hall
*12/13 El Paso, TX Plaza Theatre Performing Arts Center
12/14 Santa Rosa, CA Wells Fargo Center for the Arts
12/15 Rancho Mirage, CA Agua Caliente Casino Resort and Spa
12/16 Los Angeles, CA Nokia Theatre L.A. Live
12/18 Las Vegas, NV The Smith Center for the Performing Arts
12/19 Mesa, AZ Mesa Arts Center - Ikeda Theatre
12/20 Santa Barbara, CA Granada Theatre
12/21 Cerritos, CA Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts
12/22 Cerritos, CA Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts
12/23 San Francisco, CA Warfield Theatre
* Sheila E. does not appear on these two dates.
Artists and dates subject to change.
What is your favorite musical way to celebrate the holidays?