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Robert Cray Band

Robert Cray grew up planning to  be an architect. It turns out his fingers were better suited to plucking guitar strings than drawing floor plans. Thirty-five years, five Grammy awards, and a successful solo career later, Cray is still at it, along with his band, promoting his 16th studio release, Nothin’ But Love. 8 p.m. Dec. 2. $35-$45.

Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St., Royal Oak; 248-399-2980.

 

New Found Glory

It took New Found Glory two independent releases and an EP of soundtrack covers to land their first major record deal. Since then, critics and fans alike have championed the band. Some even refer to New Found Glory as pioneers of pop-punk music. The “Sticks and Stones Anniversary Tour” marks 10 years since the release of their major-label debut, Sticks and Stones. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2. $27.

The Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward, Detroit; 313-833-9700.

 

Moody Blues

The Moody Blues set themselves apart from other bands of their time by combining hard rock laced with classical. A few line-up changes haven’t hindered the band’s success, either. Although the group’s most recent recording, December, was released almost 10 years ago, the guys want us to know they’re still at it, if their “The Voyage Continues” tour is any indication. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4. $48.50-$78.50.

Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward, Detroit; 313-983-6000.

 

Celtic Woman

Often referred to as “Riverdance for the voice,” the five-woman singing group returns to perform such Christmas classics as “Silent Night,” and “The Christmas Song,” during the “Celtic Woman: A Christmas Celebration” concert. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6. $39-$89.

Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward, Detroit; 313-983-6000.

 

Straight No Chaser

If you need further proof that technology has forever changed the music industry, take a look at Straight No Chaser. The all-male a cappella group was offered a five-album record deal in 2006 after a comedic video of the troupe singing “The 12 Days of Christmas” in 1998 made its way to YouTube. The ensemble makes a stop in Detroit following their “Chasers at Sea” cruise. 8 p.m. Dec. 12. $29.50-$44.50.

Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward, Detroit; 313-983-6000.

 

Shawn Colvin

Popular on the folk circuit, Shawn Colvin has experienced some mainstream success and critical acclaim. To celebrate her first collection of original material in six years, she visits Ann Arbor to perform new songs from her latest release, All Fall Down. 8 p.m. Dec. 12. $42.50.

The Ark, 316 S. Main, Ann Arbor; 734-761-1800.

 

Kenny Rogers

To maintain tradition, the Grammy-award-winning country singer celebrates the holidays with his annual Christmas Tour. Expect traditional holiday favorites and original material from Rogers’ holiday albums. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13. $38.50-$75.50.

Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward, Detroit; 313-983-6000.

 

The Four Tops

These Detroit originals were first known as The Four Aims. The group was founded in 1953 by lead singer Levi Stubbs, Renaldo “Obie” Benson, Lawrence Payton, and Abdul “Duke” Fakir, who is now the only surviving founding member. Their roots stem from their first record deal with Motown Sound in the 1960s. 8 p.m. Dec. 13. $32.50-$35.

Sound Board at MotorCity Casino Hotel, 2901 Grand River, Detroit; 313-237-7711.

 

Clay Aiken

You may know him for his rise to fame as an American pop singer, but Aiken is equally known for being runner-up on American Idol’s second season in 2003, losing to Ruben Studdard. Since then, Aiken has gone on to become the best-selling singer of the second season, beating Studdard and earning $1.5 million last year. Aiken has released seven studio albums under two record labels, co-wrote a New York Times best-selling book, and appeared on Broadway and in his own TV special, A Clay Aiken Christmas. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14. $35-75.50.

Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward, Detroit; 313-983-6000.

 

The Verve Pipe

Hailing from East Lansing, The Verve Pipe formed in 1992 by Brian and Brad Vander Ark, Brian Stout, and Donny Brown. The band has had 13 various members and released five studio albums and two EPs — their most notable song being “The Freshmen,” from the album Villains. 8 p.m. Dec. 15. $20.

Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward, Ferndale; 248-544-3030.

 

Mannheim Steamroller

Known for their creative take on Christmas music, Mannheim Steamroller gained popularity in 1984 with the release of their first holiday album, Mannheim Steamroller Christmas, followed by A Fresh Aire Christmas in 1988, and Christmas in the Aire in 1995. Their latest album, Christmas Symphony, was recorded in Prague and features members of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. 7 p.m. Dec. 16. $30-$85.

Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward, Detroit; 313-983-6000.

 

Delbert McClinton

A native Texan and a part of the Texas Heritage Songwriters Hall of Fame since March 2011, Delbert McClinton is a blues-rock and electric blues singer-songwriter, guitarist, pianist, and harmonica player. Active in the music industry since 1962, McClinton has recorded several major-label albums, and made it to the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at No. 4 on the U.S. Country chart in 1992 with his single “Tell Me About It,” a duet with Tanya Tucker. 8 p.m. Dec. 20. $50.

The Ark, 316 S. Main, Ann Arbor; 734-761-1800.

 

Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Founded in 1993, this group blends classical, orchestral, symphonic, and progressive music. They’ve also released a series of rock operas, including a Christmas trilogy, which consists of Christmas Eve and Other Stories, The Christmas Attic, and The Lost Christmas Eve. Known for their elaborate concerts, they make extensive use of pyrotechnics, lasers, light shows, and effects synchronized to their music. 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Dec. 29. $33-$73.

Palace of Auburn Hills, 4 Championship Dr., Auburn Hills; 248-377-0100.

 

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