It's Christmas in July! Reserve tickets now for two NEW bergenPAC shows on sale: Brian Setzer Orchestra (December 5), Kenny Rogers (December 19th ) on sale Friday, July 20th at 11:00am. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com or bergenPAC.org or by calling the box office at 201 227 1030.
The Brian Setzer Orchestra, fronted by three-time Grammy Award-winner Brian Setzer, brings their Christmas Rocks! Extravaganza to bergenPAC in Englewood New Jersey on Wednesday December 5, 2012. With a career spanning more than 30 years, Setzer has smash hits as founder/leader of The Stray Cats, his 18-piece Brian Setzer Orchestra and as a solo artist. His November concert will include Setzer's legendary guitar magic on hits such as "Rock This Town," "(She's) Sexy +17," "Stray Cat Strut," and "Jump, Jive and Wail" and lots more, as well as his re-imagined and acclaimed Holiday classics.
Brian Setzer is credited with consistently taking chances with innovative and daring musical styles and single-handedly resurrecting two forgotten genres of music (rockabilly in the '80s and swing in the '90s). He recorded several albums with The Stray Cats and scored countless chart-topping hits around the world.
The legendary artist formed his rockin' big band, The Brian Setzer Orchestra, in 1992 and set the stage for the '90s swing movement with his blistering performances. He has won three Grammy Awards including two in 1998 for Best Pop Instrumental Performance and Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. Setzer has also found tremendous success in redefining Christmas music and has released three best-selling holiday albums- "Boogie Woogie Christmas," "Dig That Crazy Christmas" and "Christmas Rocks! The Best of Collection."
Kenny Rogers will bring his annual Christmas tour to bergenPAC in Englewood, New Jersey on Wednesday December 19th performing traditional Christmas carols, as well as several of his own classic hits. Rogers, who released his first album of holiday tunes in 1981 ('Christmas'), has released seven more seasonal records in the last three decades, including his first live CD of Christmas tunes last year.
"I think a Christmas audience comes to a show with a different mindset that any other," Kenny explains "A Christmas audience comes in and they say, 'I really want to enjoy this.' Someone coming into a regular showwanting to hear the hits will say, 'Make me enjoy this.' I think they're there to be happy."
The multi-platinum selling singer, who rose to fame with songs like 'The Gambler,' 'Islands in the Stream' and 'Morning Desire,' also released 'The Love of God,' an album of hymns sold exclusively at Cracker Barrel, earlier this year. Sharing his own beliefs on the new CD inspired the Texas native to also share more openly with the crowd each night why Christmas is so important to him.
Kenny's most recent release, his first gospel album, The Love of God, became his 21st Top 10 country album here in North America. The critically acclaimed album will be re-released under the new name Faith by Wrasse Records in Europe digitally on May 14th and in stores on May 28th.
Kenny is also carving out time this year to begin recording a brand new studio album withproducer DAnn Huff (Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban). Huff previously worked with Kenny on 2006's Water & Bridges.
And if all of that wasn't enough, fans can count on seeing Kenny Rogers embarking on the 31st Anniversary of his Christmas & Hits Tour this winter. As always the festive show will feature live performances of holiday classics as well as his biggest hits.
Rogers has sold more than 120 million records worldwide and recorded more than 65 albums during his storied 54 years in show business. His long list of timeless classics includes an impressive 24 #1 hits – "The Gambler," "Lady," "Lucille," "Coward Of The County," "She Believes in Me," "Islands in the Stream" (with Dolly Parton) and "Every Time Two Fools Collide" (with Dottie West) among them. His Greatest Hits album has sold over 24 million copies worldwide todate. He is the RIAA's 8th best-selling male artist of all time with one Diamond album, 19 Platinum albums and 31 Gold albums.