By Melissa Ruggieri
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Even if you’ve fa’d your last la, it would be a travesty not to indulge in some type of musical holiday cheer.
Atlanta is a magnet for artists hitting the road for the season, and this year’s crop spans Broadway, rock operas, smooth jazz, country and some straight-ahead pop.
Here are some highlights of the holiday season. And we can almost guarantee you won’t hear any Chipmunks singing or dogs barking out “Jingle Bells.”
Tickets to all shows can be purchased at the venue box office, Ticketmaster outlets, by calling 1-800-745-3000 or at www.ticketmaster.com.
The Story Tour with Steven Curtis Chapman, Newsboys, Francesca Battistelli, Natalie Grant, Selah, Anthem Lights, Max Lucado and Randy Frazee
7 p.m. Dec. 8. $35-$74. Philips Arena. 1 Philips Drive, Atlanta.
As a reminder that Christmas is supposed to be a religious celebration and not necessarily about who received the ugliest sweater as a gift, “The Story” tour takes attendees on a musical journey from the books of Genesis to Revelation. Atlanta-based Christian artist Francesca Battistelli stars, along with Steven Curtis Chapman, the Newsboys and others.
Star 94’s Jingle Jam with Daughtry, The Script, Big Time Rush, Matt Nathanson and Parachute
7 p.m. Dec. 13. $27-$57. Gwinnett Arena, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth.
While it might not be as buzz-worthy a lineup as years past (remember the Justin Bieber and Maroon 5 shindigs?), there shouldn’t be any complaints about a headliner with a string of hits (“It’s Not Over,” “What About Now” to name a couple from Daughtry) and a secondary band that has proven to be Ireland’s most radio-friendly export since U2 (that would be The Script).
Jim Brickman’s Christmas Celebration
8 p.m. Dec. 17. $35-$75. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta.
The affable piano man/ace collaborator is embarking on a five-week tour featuring Anne Cochran, Ben Utecht and Tracy Silverman. Utecht can also be heard on Brickman’s recently released “All is Calm,” a collection of Christmas hymns which just hit No. 2 on Billboard’s New Age chart.
Sean Hannity’s Holiday Concert Salute To the Troops with Michael W. Smith, Oliver North and Five for Fighting
7 p.m. Dec. 18. $44-$150. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta.
The Fox News Channel personality enlisted his singing and writing buddies to hit a handful of cities and pay tribute to the men and women of the Armed Forces. Smith just released his 17th album, the all-instrumental “Glory,” while Five for Fighting’s John Ondrasik has been a public supporter of the troops for years, often partnering with the USO. A portion of proceeds from the show will benefit the Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund, part of the foundation founded by North that provides scholarships to children of service members killed or permanently disabled in action.