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It’s not just carols and classical: Tacoma shows by Cathedrals and Uncle Bonsai/Christine Lavin put some spunk into the holiday concert season

Post by Rosemary Ponnekanti / The News Tribune on Nov. 27, 2012 at 5:05 am with No Comments »
November 26, 2012 1:10 pm
Uncle Bonsai. Courtesy photo.

Is decking the halls getting you down? Holly not so jolly? You don’t need to be Scrooge to appreciate a musical offering that doesn’t involve yet another rendition of “Away in a Manger” – and luckily for you, there are two alternative holiday shows this week and next, courtesy of the Broadway Center, that’ll put you onto another musical plane altogether.

The first is Friday night’s combined show by singer-songwriter Christine Lavin – called “wildly entertaining” by The New Yorker – and Northwest folk-pop trio Uncle Bonsai, who bring tight harmonies and clever lyrics to new folk music. “Just One Angel” is dubbed the anti-holiday holiday concert, with the focus on new, exuberant songs that don’t pull punches.

If indie rock is more your style, make a date for next Friday, when the Cathedrals series strikes again. Co-sponsored by the BCPA and Immanuel Presbyterian, the series combines gritty local indie sound with the reverberant acoustics of that church – hence the name. “Bare” is the holiday version, featuring bands like Shanandoah Davis, Goldfinch, Elk and Boar, Hannalee, Eternal Fair, the School of the Arts choir and more, leaving their instruments behind and simply using their voices on songs, covers and their own rocked-up version of holiday classics.

“Christine Lavin and Uncle Bonsai – Just One Angel,” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30. $42. Theatre on the Square, 915 Broadway, Tacoma. 253-591-5894, broadwaycenter.org

“Bare Tacoma – Holiday,” 8 p.m. Dec. 7. $16. Immanuel Presbyterian Church,  901 N. J St., Tacoma. 253-591-5894, broadwaycenter.org

 

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