Top 10 Concerts & Live Shows This Month: December 2018

Elton John | Photo courtesy of the artist

Give the gift of concert tickets this month for these must-see live music and concerts in Houston for December 2018.

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The Rocket Man launches a farewell tour with a two-day stop in Houston while musicians with decades-spanning hits find their way in town for special performances this Holiday season.

Top 10 Concerts & Live Shows This Month: December 2018

  • Seven Lions’ The Journey 2 Tour at Revention Music Center | Saturday, December 1 – Jeff Montalvo, known professionally as Seven Lions, is an American DJ, record producer, instrumentalist, and remixer from Santa Barbara, California. His music combines styles as diverse as trance, melodic dubstep, drum and bass, glitch hop, and electro house. Tickets are $30. 8pm.
  • Freddie Gibbs at Warehouse Live (Studio) | Tuesday, December 4 – Toeing the line between gangster rap and the forefront of hip-hop production, Freddie Gibbs brings a breath of fresh air out of Gary, Indiana. Tickets range from $20 in advance to $75 for a VIP meet and greet. 8pm.
  • Commodores, with The Temptations at Arena Theatre | Friday, December 7 – Motown legends co-headline a special show at the Arena Theatre, bringing along hits like “Three Times A Lady”, “Brick House”, and “My Girl”. Tickets start at $55, but you may find better or cheaper seats using the TicketNetwork online marketplace. 8:30pm.
  • Martina McBride at Smart Financial Centre | Saturday, December 8 – One of country music’s greatest female vocalists, Martina McBride celebrates Christmas time with a performance of favorites from her two Christmas albums, including the forthcoming It’s The Holiday Season. She performs alongside a symphony orchestra for a night of unforgettable holiday music. Tickets range from $39.75 to $79.75. 8pm.
  • Elton John at Toyota Center | Saturday, December 8 and Sunday, December 9 – With over five decades of influential music, Elton John takes one final stroll down the Yellow Brick Road before retiring from touring for good. His final two shows in Houston cover a weekend and tickets range from $59.50 to $249.50, but you may find better, cheaper, or hard-to-get seats using the TicketNetwork resale marketplace. 8pm.
  • Ministry, with Carpenter Brut, Igorrr at House of Blues | Thursday, December 13 – Pioneers of industrial metal dating back to the early ’80s, Ministry are angry about the country’s politics and have embarked on a tour in support of their fourteenth studio album. Tickets for their show in Downtown range from $35 to $55. 6:30pm.
  • Jason Mraz, with Toca Rivera, Gregory Page at Smart Financial Centre | Friday, December 14 – Longtime friends, Jason Mraz and percussionist Toca Rivera have joined for the “Live in Stereo” tour, offering fans an intimate acoustic performance from the multiple Grammy Award-winning musician. Tickets range from $34.50 to $124.50, but you may find better or cheaper seats using the TicketNetwork online marketplace. 8pm.
  • Robert Earl Keen, with Shinyribs at House of Blues | Friday, December 21 – The Houston native has carved his place in country music, with 18 full-length albums and a storied songwriting career that spans four decades. His upcoming “Cosmic Cowboy Christmas Tour” stops by Houston a few days before the holiday and will leave toe-tapping fans in the Christmas spirit. Tickets range from $47 to over $99. 7pm.
  • Toadies, with In The Whale at White Oak Music Hall | Saturday, December 29 – The Texas four-piece alt-rock group is still going strong, thirty years later. The recent release of the band’s seventh studio album, The Lower Side of Uptown, continues to show how their talent has grown over the years alongside their old-school sound. Tickets are $27.50 in advance; $30 day of show. 7pm.
  • Washed Out at White Oak Music Hall | Sunday, December 30 – If you’ve happened to catch the critically-acclaimed comedy Portlandia, then you’ve heard Washed Out’s chillwave classic, “Feel it All Around”, during the intro credits. The mellow, hip-hop-inspired production of Washed Out has garnered a following that grooves at festivals and shows around the country. Tickets are $20 in advance; $22 day of show. 7pm.

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A longtime Houstonian, Justin Jerkins keeps an eye out for all sorts of happenings in H-Town, including breweries, sports, concerts, must-see destinations and much more while serving as Editor-in-Chief of 365 Things to Do in Houston.