SALT LAKE CITY — Christmas is almost upon us, and that means several fun, holiday shows are coming to the Beehive State, including Mannheim Steamroller, the rollicking music of The Lower Lights and a winter-themed concert from violinist Lindsey Stirling. But Utah's concert lineup also includes nonseasonal shows featuring Foo Fighters and Lady Gaga, to name a few.
Here's a list of 18 shows hitting Utah venues soon. Note: This list is not all-inclusive.
Dec. 4-5 and 7-9 — The Lower Lights
It’s become an annual foot-stomping tradition in Utah. The supergroup of local and not-so-local musicians known as The Lower Lights is coming back for its third year at Kingsbury Hall, performing a large repertoire of old and new hymns, gospel standards and Christmas songs. Over the years, the group, which formed in 2009, has included fiddler Ryan Shupe, singer Mindy Gledhill, Neon Trees’ bassist Branden Campbell and many more. The folk/gospel group will perform five shows in Salt Lake City from Dec. 4-5 and 7-9.
Dec. 8 — The Piano Guys
Pianist Jon Schmidt of the The Piano Guys is especially looking forward to the band’s hometown show, as it will give him a chance to express gratitude to his fans for supporting him as he’s dealt with his daughter’s death this past year.
“It was so touching to get a sense that our fans were praying for us and rallying around us,” Schmidt told the Deseret News. “So to have a chance to finally do a concert at home again will be a really meaningful way for me — for all The Piano Guys — to say thank you.”
The Piano Guys will perform at Vivint Arena Dec. 8.
Dec. 9 — Mark O’Connor
Three-time Grammy winner and fiddler Mark O’Connor will bring “An Appalachian Christmas” to the Beehive State, performing bluegrass-infused Christmas music from his 2011 album. O’Connor and his band will take the State Room stage Dec. 9.
Dec. 11 — Gentri
Formed in 2014 after performing together in Hale Centre Theatre’s production of “Les Miserables,” Gentri, consisting of Utah tenors Bradley Quinn Lever, Brad Robins and Casey Elliott — who is currently performing in Hale Centre Theatre’s production of “Aida” — is devoted to uplifting audiences with inspiring music. The trio of tenors will bring its three-part harmonies to the Eccles Theater Dec. 11 in support of the album “Finding Christmas,” which was released last year.
Dec. 12 — Foo Fighters
Founded by Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl in 1994, rock band Foo Fighters is currently on tour in support of its ninth album, “Concrete and Gold,” which was released earlier this year. A Rolling Stone magazine review calls the album the band’s “most balanced record yet — from stadium-punk dive bombers like 'Run' and 'La Dee Da' to the acoustic soul that opens 'T-Shirt,' in which Grohl gets his Nina Simone on.” The band headlines Vivint Arena Dec. 12.
Dec.12 — Lindsey Stirling
Violinist/dancer Lindsey Stirling has been in the spotlight a lot recently because of her success on the TV show “Dancing With the Stars.” Now that the season is over, Stirling will be dancing onto the Eccles Theater stage Dec. 12 to feature songs from her fourth studio album, “Warmer in the Winter,” which was released earlier this year. The album includes covers of 10 Christmas songs and three original tracks written by various artists.
Dec. 14 — Nicole Atkins
Nicole Atkins’ fourth studio album, titled “Goodnight, Rhonda Lee,” is unlike anything she’s done before. The soul-infused record is a break from her earlier indie-rock sound and, in many ways, is a piece of her own soul. The album signifies a new chapter in Atkins’ life as she went through rehab and put “Rhonda Lee,” the name she applies to her drunken alter ego, to rest. The Nashville-via-New Jersey singer will perform at the State Room Dec. 14.
Dec. 14 — Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga might be a pop music icon, but the singer has showcased her strong, operatic vocal range by singing the national anthem at the 2016 Super Bowl and singing a medley of songs from “The Sound of Music” at the 87th Academy Awards. Currently on her world tour in support of her fifth album “Joanne,” the six-time Grammy winner will stop at Vivint Arena Dec. 14.
Dec. 14-16 and Dec. 22-25 — A Kurt Bestor Christmas
The 30th-anniversary edition of “A Kurt Bestor Christmas” has arrived. The show has become a beloved holiday tradition, and as such, the Utah-based composer and pianist will bring his interpretations of Christmas carols to the Eccles Theater from Dec. 14-16 and to Park City’s Egyptian Theatre from Dec. 22-25.
Dec. 14-16 — Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Guest artists for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s annual Christmas concert this year are Broadway star Sutton Foster and British actor Hugh Bonneville, well-known for playing the role of Robert Crawley in the TV series “Downton Abbey.” The pair will perform alongside the choir and Orchestra and Bells on Temple Square at the Conference Center Dec. 14-16.
Dec. 15 — Colter Wall
He’s 22 years old and has a voice like Johnny Cash. Emerging onto the music scene in 2015 with his single, “The Devil Wears a Suit and Tie,” Canadian singer-songwriter Colter Wall delivers his music with a surprisingly deep tone. Most recently, his songs have been included on the soundtracks for the films “Hell or High Water” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Wall takes the Urban Lounge stage Dec. 15.
Dec. 15 — Esme Patterson
For her second album, “Woman to Woman,” Denver songwriter Esme Patterson gave a voice to the women of popular music: Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean,” The Beatles’ “Eleanor Rigby” and Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” to name a few.
“I started thinking about how one-sided and subjective a lot of 'love songs' are, and how a lot of women immortalized in songs might tell a different side of the story if anyone ever asked,” Patterson said in an interview with the Denver-based record label Greater Than Collective.
In Patterson’s song “Never Chase a Man,” Jolene tells Dolly Parton's character she deserves better and should find a man that can love her back. Patterson performs at Kilby Court Dec. 15.
Dec. 15-16: “A Broadway Christmas with Brian Stokes Mitchell”
A featured guest in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s 2008 Christmas concert and last year's grand opening of the Eccles Theater, Broadway singer Brian Stokes Mitchell once again returns to the Beehive State. The baritone will join the Utah Symphony on the Abravanel Hall stage and perform a variety of carols and Christmas songs, including “White Christmas” and “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch,” according to artsaltlake.org.
Dec. 19 — The Score
Indie-pop band The Score is relatively new to the music scene, emerging out of New York City in 2015. Now based in Los Angeles, The Score will bring its infectious pop music to Kilby Court Dec. 19. The band is also scheduled to headline The Depot on April 20, 2018.
Dec. 19 — LeAnn Rimes
LeAnn Rimes rose to fame in her early teens with her recording of the classic country song “Blue” that displayed her Patsy Cline-esque voice. Since her breakthrough album “Blue” in 1996, the singer has crossed over into the realm of pop music. The singer brings her holiday performance to Abravanel Hall Dec. 19, including a collection of Christmas songs, greatest hits and songs from her most recent album, “Remnants,” according to my.usuo.org.
Dec. 20 — Gary Numan
British artist Gary Numan, best known for his heavy synthesizer hooks, rose to prominence at the end of the 1970s for his hit “Cars,” which peaked at No. 9 on the U.S. charts in 1980, according to billboard.com. The synth-pop singer will perform at Salt Lake City’s Metro Music Hall Dec. 20. The stop is a part of his North American tour in support of his 22nd album, “Savages,” that was released earlier this year.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ldyx3KHOFXw
Dec. 22-23 — Mannheim Steamroller Christmas
It’s been more than 30 years since Mannheim Steamroller released its first holiday album, “Mannheim Steamroller Christmas.” The group has since become a holiday staple, along with Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and founder Chip Davis is bringing his classical/rock Christmas music hybrid to the Eccles Theater Dec. 22-23.
Dec. 28-29 — Robert Randolph and the Family Band
Robert Randolph grew up in New Jersey as a pedal steel guitarist for an African-American Pentecostal place of worship, known as the House of God Church. Much of his background bleeds through the funk and soul music of his group Robert Randolph and the Family Band, which draws heavily from the 1970s style of Earth Wind and Fire and Sly and the Family Stone. The band released its fifth album, “Got Soul,” earlier this year, and will play at O.P. Rockwell in Park City on Dec. 28 and the State Room on Dec. 29.