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The 5 best holiday concerts, from Kenny Lattimore to the Delmark All-Stars


When it comes to holiday-themed concerts in Chicago, there’s a little bit of everything, from classical to jazz to pop to country. Whether you’re interested in a quiet evening at a wine bar or a raucous drag show downtown, this season’s event options are sure to please. Here are our picks for the five best shows happening in December.

Kick off the holiday season with Kenny Lattimore’s “Christmas and Love” show at City Winery. Lattimore’s two-decade career includes R&B staples like “Never Too Busy.” Expect his blend of soul, classical, gospel and jazz, as well as tunes from his 2016 Christmas album “A Kenny Lattimore Christmas.” Along with the holiday classics (“I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” “O’Holy Night”), the album also includes a number of originals.

Dec. 1, 7 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph St.; tickets $48-68 citywinery.com

Hideouts’ eclectic variety shows are one of the things that make the venue special. Arrive early with your kids for family time hosted by Adventure Sandwich. Later in the evening, audiences can enjoy country songs from Lawrence Peters Outfit and classic holiday tunes with Mr. & Mrs. Wednesday Night and a collection of special guests.

4 p.m. Dec. 2, The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Blvd.; Tickets are $8-10 for ages 14 and under, $12-15 for adults (guests under 21 must be accompanied by their parents), hideoutchicago.com

Although best known as the co-host of the popular podcast “Las Culturistas,” comedian Matt Rogers is also starting to make a name for himself as the “Christmas prince.” Last year, Rogers starred in the Showtime comedy special “Have You Heard of Christmas,” which is both satire and a loving homage to traditional holiday variety shows of the past. published. This year, Rogers released a dance-pop album of the same name in November. The 12-track album includes Showtime special songs, as well as remixes and new collaborations. Her single “Also Christmas” premiered with a cheeky and fresh music video. “Have You Heard About Christmas?” Catch him playing tracks from the new record at his local stop for the event. album tour.

Dec. 15, 7:30 p.m., The Vic Theatre, 3145 N. Sheffield Ave.; tickets $39-$99 (ages 18+) jamusa.com

In 1953 St. Born in St. Louis before moving to Chicago, Delmark Records released works by some of the most important and influential artists of the last century, including Sun Ra and the Art Ensemble of Chicago. Now fans can celebrate the 70th anniversary of this standout local label (the oldest of its kind in the United States) with the Delmark Blues & Jazz All-Stars Holiday Concert. Featured artists include Jimmy Burns, Soul Message Group, Mud Morganfield and Demetria Taylor.

Dec. 20, 8 p.m., Thalia Hall, 1807 S. Allport St.; tickets $30-$40 (ages 17+) www.thaliahallchicago.com

If you’re looking for a Christmas show with a little more excitement, look no further than drag superstar Alaska’s latest extravaganza. Best known as the runner-up of the fifth season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and the winner of the second season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars,” Alaska has crafted a unique, offbeat show. Working with longtime musical collaborator Jeremy, “It’s Beginning To Look Like Alaska… A Christmas Show” will feature a mix of holiday classics and surprise selections.

Dec. 21, 8 p.m., House of Blues, 329 N. Dearborn St.; tickets $45-$249 www.houseofblues.com/chicago

Britt Julious is a freelance critic.


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