Big Gigs: The Twin Cities' best concerts Dec. 20-26

  • Updated: December 19, 2013 - 4:45 PM

Concert spotlights on the Steeles', Keri Noble's and Karrin Allyson's holiday shows, plus Dosh, the 4onthefloor, Bret Michaels and more.


The Steeles

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For many years, the Steeles put together one of the Twin Cities’ most inspiring holiday shows — complete with attractive outfits, nifty choreography and appearances by their not-surprisingly talented children. There will be no fancy production this year; just those sibling harmonies, J.D. Steele’s boundless energy, and the magnificent voices of Jevetta, Jearlyn, Fred, J.D. and Billy rejoicing on Christmas night. No one in Minnesota puts the spirit in holiday music like the Steeles. (8 p.m. Wed., Dakota, $30.) Bream

She’s got a new job (morning DJ on Cities 97), a new husband (Vikings long snapper-turned-talk-radio host Mike Morris) and a new self-released, seven-song EP (“Softer Place to Land”). So will her fans experience a new Keri Noble at her annual holiday concert? Will the piano popster be happier? Chattier? Eschew those potent breakup songs that have earned her many female fans? How will such joyful new numbers as “This Ring” and “Dancing in the Morning” go over? All we know for sure is that Noble has some sad, longing, missing-you holiday messages on her first-rate 2011 album “More Than Santa.” (8 p.m. Fri., Varsity Theater, $25.) Jon Bream


Rose Ensemble reprises its critically acclaimed program “And Glory Shone Around: An Early American Christmas.” This celebration of 300 years of American music — some familiar, much of it not — evokes the warmth of hearth and home with a mix of Shaker hymns, Colonial country dances, Kentucky harmonies and joyful seasonal carols from across North America. (8 p.m. Fri., Nativity Catholic Church, 1900 Wellesley Av., St. Paul; 2 p.m. Sat., Colonial Church of Edina, 6200 Colonial Way, Edina; 8 p.m. Sat., Basilica of St. Mary, 88 N. 17th St., Mpls.; 3 p.m. Sun., Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, 12650 Johnny Cake Ridge Road, Apple Valley, $10-$39, 651-225-4340, William Randall Beard


One of Santa’s favorite jazz elves, Debbie Duncan, will reprise favorites from her “It Must Be Christmas” album in a benefit concert. Backed by the excellent Jazz Central house trio (Tanner Taylor, piano; Brian Courage, bass; Mac Santiago, drums), the sassy singer will raise dough for We Care Performing Arts, which organizes summer youth programs for African-American kids. Intimate space, hip music, good cause, reservations required. (8 p.m. Sat., Jazz Central Studios, 407 Central Av. SE., Mpls. $25. 612-729-1799.) Tom Surowicz


Minnesota Chorale offers “Holiday Greetings: A Minnesota Chorale Christmas Card,” conducted by artistic director Kathy Saltzman Romey, with the Minneapolis Youth Chorus, the Hennepin Chime bell choir and poet Michael Dennis Browne, presenting readings appropriate to the season. (7:30 p.m. Fri., Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church, 511 Groveland Av., Mpls. Free.) Beard


Still ensconced at the Flamingo in Las Vegas, Donny and Marie Osmond are spending this month on tour. Hard to believe Donny has released 59 albums, starred in more than 2,000 performances of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” and won “Dancing With the Stars” in 2009. Hard to believe Marie has a line of dolls, a gig as spokesperson for Nutrisystem and a third-place trophy for “Dancing With the Stars” in 2007. Put them together for Christmas, and it’ll be a little bit holiday and a little bit hits — and lots of big smiles, onstage and in the audience. (7:30 p.m. Sat., Target Center, $49.50-$125.) Bream


New York jazz thrush Karrin Allyson, named rising star as a female vocalist in Downbeat’s Critics Poll, gets a little melancholy and moody on her first holiday collection, the self-released “Yuletide Hideaway.” Her premise is that Christmas is a place in our hearts and mind, not merely a holiday. She chooses cool obscurities in Dave Frishberg’s “Snowbound” and Bill Evans’ “It’s Love, It’s Christmas,” darkens such standbys as “Winter Wonderland” and “Let It Snow,” and sparkles on two originals by her bandmates, “Christmas Bells Are Ringing” and “You’re All I Need for Christmas.” (7 p.m. Sun.-Mon., Dakota Jazz Club, $35.) Bream


A great way to tune out all the holiday music and general yuletide din, Dosh’s annual December concert has nothing to do with the season other than ringleader Martin Dosh is sure to be home this time of year. The Minneapolis musical innovator, who drums with Andrew Bird and the Cloak Ox when he’s not touring on his own, dropped another mesmerizing instrumental loop album, “Milk Money,” in October. Opening act Anonymous Choir — an all-female vocal ensemble led by Dark Dark Dark’s Nona Marie — gorgeously re-recorded Neil Young’s “After the Gold Rush” album and will release it for the show. (8 p.m. Fri., Cedar Cultural Center, all ages, $10-$12.) Chris Riemenschneider


Poison frontman and “Rock My RV” TV host Bret Michaels somehow went from playing South America last week to the Midwest tundra this week on his so-called Life Rocks Tour, featuring his solo band — which mostly plays songs by his other band and other people’s bands. The tour shares a name with his new foundation, serving a variety of causes including diabetes services and Wounded Warriors. That’s a lot better than naming it after his new brand of cologne, Roses & Thorns. Nope, not making that up. (7:30 p.m. Fri., Myth, all ages, $25.) Riemenschneider


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