Top 9 Live Shows to See in Houston: December 2017

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Circle these dates on your calendar and catch our picks for must-see music in Houston for December 2017.

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December in Houston promises plenty of eye-popping performances across town thanks in part to the touring Lady Gaga and the still-working-out-its-kinks Day for Night festival, now in its third year.

For the holiday crowd, a one-two punch of Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Mannheim Steamroller offers a Christmas cheer that pleases fans of all ages.

Top 9 Live Shows to See in Houston: December 2017

  • Lady Gaga at Toyota Center | Sunday, December 3 – Last time she was in Houston, Lady Gaga gave Super Bowl spectators an explosive show that highlighted her prolific career. She returns to town in the first week of December to deliver what promises to be a spectacle as part of her last tour before taking a break from music, making this a significant show to catch. Tickets start at $46, but you may find cheaper or better seats on SeatsForEveryone’s online resale market. 7:30pm. 
  • Wye Oak at The Secret Group | Wednesday, December 6 – The Baltimore duo of Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack, collectively Wye Oak, deliver a multi-instrument punch of dreamy pop rhythms touched by tones of folk music. Following critical acclaim of their past two albums, Civilian and Shriek, the pair have begun giving glimpses of new music to fans at their recent shows. You can catch them and their new tunes at Secret Group with tickets as low as $15. 8pm. 
  • Preservation Hall Jazz Band at Heights Theater | Saturday, December 9 – For over 50 years, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band has carried the torch of New Orleans jazz music with an arrangement that has featured many musicians and influences. Now, the band embarks on yet another tour unveiling music steeped in traditional New Orleans roots blended with the city’s cultural Afro-Cuban background. Don’t miss your chance to see these jazz legends play the Heights Theater. Tickets start at $28. 8pm. 
  • Dead Kennedys at White Oak Music Hall | Friday, December 15 – The provocative and unapologetic hardcore punk legends come to Houston for a show featuring Avenue Rockers, The Secret Prostitutes, and The Cops. Tickets start $25, but better, cheaper tickets might be available on the TicketNetwork online marketplace. 8pm. 
  • Day for Night at 401 Franklin Street | Friday, December 15 through Sunday, December 17 – The unpredicatble Day for Night festival has become an annual event highlighted by huge names, underground talent, and stunning visual art displays. This year, the three-day festival invites fans to experience art by Ryoji Ikeda, Matthew Schreiber, and 17 other works while seeing performances by Nine Inch Nails, Radiohead’s Thom Yorke, Solange, and more. Tickets for single day passes begin at $105 while two-day passes can be had for $205, but you may find cheaper tickets on TicketNetwork’s resale marketplace. Times vary daily.
  • Trans-Siberian Orchestra at Toyota Center | Thursday, December 21 – The arena-rock juggernauts blending traditional Christmas songs and progressive rock guitar styles are back for their annual winter tour. With the band playing two shows (3:30pm and 8pm), fans have options when it comes to enjoying the multi-platinum holiday act. Tickets start at $48.50 up to $77.50, but find cheaper, better, or hard-to-find seats oTicketNetwork resale market
  • Newport Folk Presents & The Suffers at House of Blues: A Harvey Relief Concert | Friday, December 22 – With proceeds going to benefit the victims of Hurricane Harvey, Newport Folk has organized a night of spirited performances featuring Houston’s own The Suffers, alongside Nicole Atkins, Shakey Graves, Texas Gentlemen, and more. Tickets range from $45 to $75. Silent auction begins at 6pm with music to follow at 7:30pm. 
  • Neon Indian at White Oak Music Hall | Wednesday, December 27 – One of the forefront creators of the chillwave electronic music genre, Neon Indian burst onto the scene in 2009 with Psychic Chasms, sparking Rolling Stone magazine to name them one of the best new bands. Led by Alan Palomo, the group has seen lineup changes that look to bring a new aesthetic to their music and live performances. Catch them at White Oak for tickets as low as $23.75. 8pm. 
  • Mannheim Steamroller at Smart Financial Centre in Sugar Land | Friday, December 29 – With 28 million albums sold in the United States, Mannheim Steamroller’s blend of neoclassical music with new age rock has made them one of the world’s premier performers of modern Christmas music. The group will be delivering their hits just before the New Year at Sugar Land’s Smart Financial Centre. Tickets start at $55 and range to $205, but TicketNetwork’s online market might offer cheaper, hard-to-find seats. 8pm 
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Justin Jerkins
Justin Jerkins is a sports writer and analyst, living in Houston. From covering local and international soccer, his work has appeared in Dynamo Theory, The Cup, and Soccer Matters with Glenn Davis.

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