December is usually seen as a time to stay in the warmth of your home and watch the snow fall outside. However, this month is heavy with things to do and shows to see all across the state of Colorado. If you find yourself bored inside all month, consider seeing one of these five shows.
Oak Ridge Boys
Way back in the 1940s, a quartet of singers started performing gospel songs for staff and family members at the nuclear research plant near Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The group was originally called Wally Fowler and the Georgia Clodhoppers, but after playing for the researchers so often, the name was changed to the Oak Ridge Quartet and, ultimately, the Oak Ridge Boys. Over the last 70 years, the group has embarked on a musical journey that saw multiple changes to the makeup of the band. In those years, the group shared the stage with the likes of Johnny Cash and recorded hits like “I’ll Be True to You” and “Elvira.” Now, the Oak Ridge Boys are coming to Colorado Springs on Dec. 2 at the Pikes Peak Center for their latest musical numbers. For more information, visit the Oak Ridge Boys website at http://www.oakridgeboys.com/tour.
What do you get when you mix professional actors, comedians and musicians with elementary school writers? You get an internationally-beloved program that turns stories from young children into musicals featuring celebrities such as Jon Stewart and Conan O’Brian, all to encourage kids to write. Story Pirates will be coming to the Strings Music Pavilion in Steamboat Springs on Dec. 20, featuring special holiday songs and sketches dreamed up by local children. Tickets are $15 for adults and $3 for juniors, and are available on the Strings Music Festival website at https://tickets.stringsmusicfestival.com/shows/story%20pirates/events.
Yonder Mountain String Band and Special Guests
There is no reason not to keep celebrating once the holidays have passed. On Dec. 30, the Boulder Theater will be hosting a night of unforgettable bluegrass, featuring the progressive bluegrass group Yonder Mountain String Band (originally from Nederland, Colorado) and Grammy Award-winner Sam Bush. Although Sam Bush will only be joining the Yonder Mountain String Band for one night, the group will be staying on in Boulder for the next three days and featuring performances with special guests Jerry Douglas (veteran of 13 solo albums and more than 1,600 collaboration albums) and Stanley Jordan (world-travelling jazz guitarist and pioneer of “touch technique” guitar playing). For more information or to buy tickets, visit Yonder Mountain String Band’s website at http://www.yondermountain.com/tour/.
“A Christmas Story”
A musical based on the beloved 1983 movie, “A Christmas Story” is the original Broadway version of the story of Ralphie Parker’s quest to make sure that an Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action 200-Shot Range Model Air Rifle ends up under his Christmas tree. The film version is widely available on home video and will no doubt be broadcast over the airwaves, but there is nothing like seeing it live and in-person. The show will open for the holiday season on Dec. 16 at the Buell Theater in Denver. For more information, visit http://buell.theatretickets.center/.
Mannheim Steamroller Christmas Tour
It almost is not Christmas without hearing Mannheim Steamroller’s special blend of rock and classical Christmas music, a formula that the group has been perfecting since its first album back in 1984. Luckily, Colorado residents will be getting two opportunities this December to catch one of the group’s wildly popular Christmas shows. First, the group will be performing Dec. 12 – 13 at the Buell Auditorium in Denver, and then again on Dec. 17 at Memorial Hall in Pueblo. More ticket information can be found at http://steamroller.eventticketscenter.com/.
If these events don’t pique your interest, be sure to search online or around your city—there are sure to be dozens of great shows just waiting to be seen.
This article is presented by Perkins Motors in Colorado Springs, Colorado.