Top 5 Must-See Phoenix Shows This Week
'Twas the week before Christmas, and all through the venues, most people weren't really doing all that much. But they were doing something, and here are five shows that will give you something to do whether you're in the spirit or not.
Promo Andrew. Brian Setzer (credit Green Gretsch)
Brian Setzer Orchestra - Celebrity Theater - Tuesday, December 17
When Brian Setzer says "Christmas Rocks!," those words take on a completely new meaning. For 10 years now the former Stray Cat has been putting a big band splash on holidays favorites, spicing that rum with a rockabilly twist. Ramping up holiday classics is nothing new, of course: James Brown gave old Saint Nick some funk, while Trans Siberian Orchestra offers Christmas a metallic edge. Setzer's party harkens back to the big bands days of Glenn Miller and Duke Ellington--coat-and-tie affairs sprinkled with elegance. Setzer takes it to the next level, though, compliments of backup singers The Vixens, revved-up guitar solos, and an ever-present rockabilly stroll inhabiting most numbers.
Thus, tracks such as "Dig That Crazy Santa Claus," "O Little Town of Bethlehem" and "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" (strikingthe perfect balance between holiday tradition and Setzer's rockabilly roots) make this concert the holly, jolly Christmas event. And while the big band is a fun diversion, Setzer sticks to his roots with a small band set of Stray Cats classics, including "Rock This Town," complete with duck walks, exaggerated knee bends and one-leg hopping--all without rumpling his suit. --Glenn BurnSilver