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Get ready for Christmas with Charlie Daniels and Brian Setzer

Brian Setzer Orchestra
Brian Setzer Orchestra
Becky Hansen

It’s Christmas in July! Or for those that can actually think about Christmas in July, (don't you usually hate those people), Danny Zelikso Presents and the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix announced today two upcoming Christmas themed shows. The Celebrity Theatre will host the legendary Charlie Daniels Band and their Greatest Hits & Holiday Classic Show at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 11, 2014. Four nights later, on Monday, December 15, at 7:30 p.m., the Celebrity Theatre will be rocking with the Brian Setzer Orchestra Christmas Rocks Extravaganza.

Although always a Nashville regular, Charlie Daniels was able to cross over successfully many times into the pop rock arena, riding the Southern rock wave that was popular in the 1970’s. Daniels had some success with songs such as “The South’s Gonna Do It Again,” “Long Haired Country Boy,” and “Uneasy Rider.”

This year Daniels celebrated the thirty fifth anniversary of his mainstream breakout hit “The Devil Went Down To Georgia.” The song was a number one hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles and reached number three on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart. Follow up top forty songs included “In America,” “The Legend of Wooley Swamp” and “Still in Saigon.”

So why is a country boy doing a Christmas show? Charlie Daniels has released four Christmas albums since 1990, his most current one being 2012’s “Hallelujah, It's Christmas Time Again.”

In April of this year Charlie Daniels released his first new studio album since 2007, “Off the Grid – Doin’ It Dylan,” a tribute to the songs of Bob Dylan. "Having new material to play on the live show is like pouring a little hot sauce on your morning eggs, it just adds a little extra zest to the set," says the 77-year-old Charlie Daniels.

Brian Setzer first came to fame as the guitarist for the 1980’s rockabilly trio, The Stray Cats. In 1990, Setzer changed gears and went from rockabilly to swing when he formed the Brian Setzer Orchestra.

Success has found Setzer in both musical genres. The Stray Cats had three top ten hits in the United States, “Stray Cat Strut,” “Rock This Town” and “(She’s) Sexy + 17. The Brian Setzer Orchestra has earned three Grammy Awards. Their version of Louis Prima’s “Jump, Jive and Wail,” earned Setzer a Grammy award as 1998’s Best Pop Performance By A Duo or Group with Vocal. Setzer, along with his band, also won two Grammy Awards for Best Pop Instrumental Performance, one for 1998 ‘s “Sleep Walk,” and another for “Caravan” in 2000.

In 2002, Setzer and his orchestra released the first of their Christmas albums, “Boogie Woogie Christmas.” Along with 2005’s “Dig That Crazy Christmas,” and 2010’s “Christmas Comes Alive!,” as one might expect, the albums contain traditional Christmas music done with a big band swing flair. They are a must have for anyone’s Christmas music catalog.

Later this year Setzer is returning to his love of rockabilly with his release of the album “Rockabilly Riot! All Original.” Despite the Brian Setzer Orchestra’s big band sound, you can expect to hear some rockabilly in the Christmas show as well.

Last year, Setzer’s performance at the Celebrity Theatre was a five star effort. It was one of the must see concerts of 2013. His Christmas show for 2014 is another must see event.

With these two upcoming concerts, for those who find it nearly intolerable, it's okay to embrace Christmas in July. Tickets for Charlie Daniels will be priced at $38, $58 and $68, plus any fees and will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Thursday, July 24, 2014. Tickets for Brian Setzer will be priced at $60 and $78, plus fees and will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 25, 2014. Tickets for both shows can be purchased at the Celebrity Theatre Box Office or online at To charge by phone, call 602-267-1600 ext. 1. All tickets are subject to a surcharge. Further information can be obtained through Danny Zelisko Presents.

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